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Notice of Permit Application Received Under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978

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National Science Foundation (NSF).


Notice of permit applications received under the Antarctic Conservation Act.


Notice is hereby given that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has received a waste management permit application for operation of a remote field support and emergency provisions helicopter flight seeing for the Motor Vessel, Octopus for the 2006-2007 austral summer season. The application is submitted to NSF pursuant to regulations issued under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978.


Interested parties are invited to submit written data, comments, or views with respect to this permit application within January 17, 2007. Permit applications may be inspected by interested parties at the Permit Office, address below.


Comments should be addressed to Permit Office, Room 755, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230.

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Dr. Polly A. Penhale, Environmental Officer at the above address or (703) 292-8030.

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NSF's Antarctic Waste Regulation, 45 CFR part 671, requires all U.S. citizens and entities to obtain a permit for the use or release of a designated pollutant in Antarctica, and for the release of waste in Antarctica. NSF has received a permit application under this Regulation for the operation of up to nine expeditions per year to Antarctica. Passengers will be taken ashore at selected sites by Zodiac (rubber raft) or helicopter for approximately for several hours at a time. On each of the two helicopters, emergency gear would be taken ashore in case weather deteriorates and passengers are required to camp on shore. Anything taken ashore will be removed from Antarctica and disposed of in a port of disembarkation. No hazardous domestic products or wastes (aerosol cans, paints, solvents, etc.) will be brought ashore. Cooking stoves/fuel will be used only in an emergency were passengers are forced to spend night on shore. Conditions of the permit would include requirements to report on the removal of materials and any accidental releases, and management of all waste, including human waste, in accordance with Antarctic waste regulations.

Application for the permit is made by: Othmar Hehli, Senior Director of Yacht Operatons, Valcan Incorporated, 505 Fifth Avenue S., Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104.

Location: Antarctica (south of 60 degrees south latitude) .

Dates: February 1, 2007 to February 29, 2007.

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Nadene G. Kennedy,

Permit Officer.

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[FR Doc. E6-21508 Filed 12-18-06; 8:45 am]