Notice of availability in Australia of a Draft Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation

In accordance with the Protocol on Environmental Protection the Antarctic Treaty (Environmental Protocol), proposed activities in Antarctica are required to undergo prior environmental impact assessment. If it is determined that a proposed activity is likely to have more than a minor or transitory impact, a Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation is prepared and circulated for comment to all countries that are party to the Environmental Protocol. Each party is required to make the Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation available for public comment.

Australia has received a draft comprehensive environmental evaluation for the following planned activity: “Continuation and Modernization of McMurdo Station Area Activities”, prepared under the jurisdiction of the United States of America.

A copy of the draft evaluation may be obtained from the Manager of the Territories, Environment and Treaties Section, Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston, Tasmania 7050, or by phoning (03) 6232 3209.

Electronic copies of the evaluations are also available electronically: Draft Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation (PDF)

Comments may be sent to Gillian Slocum, Manager Territories, Environment and Treaties, Strategies Branch, Australian Antarctic Division (email gill.slocum@aad.gov.au) by 5 April 2019.