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Receipt of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) Regarding Nongovernmental Activities in Antarctica

 As required by the Antarctic Science, Tourism, and Conservation Act of 1996, EPA has issued regulations that provide for the environmental impact assessment of nongovernmental activities (including tourism) in Antarctica, and that coordinate the information review of environmental impact assessments received from other Parties.  These activities are called for by the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty of 1959.

When nongovernmental operators (including tour operators) plan to conduct expeditions to Antarctica, they are required to submit environmental documentation to EPA.  The purpose of the documentation is to evaluate the potential environmental impact of their proposed activities.

Below is a list of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) received by EPA regarding nongovernmental activities in Antarctica for the current austral summer season (October through March).  An EIA describes an activity’s purpose, location, duration and intensity, and considers alternatives and assesses impacts, including cumulative impacts, in light of existing and known proposed activities.  

The list includes Initial Environmental Evaluations (IEEs) and Preliminary Environmental Review Memorandums (PERMs).

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of these documents or a list of previous austral summer season EIAs, please contact Julie Roemele (roemele.julie@epa.gov).  


2020-2021

August 17, 2020

Initial Environmental Evaluation submitted on August 17, 2020 by the SV Zephyros expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula
 
SV Zephyros Expedition
411 Walnut Street # 12926
Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043
 
Contact: Jonathan Schwartz
Tel: 425/533-6305
Email: jeschwartz@gmail.com
 
August 31, 2020
 
Supplemental Information submitted August 31, 2020 for the Multi-Year Initial Environmental Evaluation by Silversea Cruises Ltd. for Ship-Based Expeditions in the Peninsula Area
 
Silversea Cruises Ltd.
Wells Fargo Center
333 Southeast 2nd Avenue
Suite 2600
Miami, Florida 33131
 
Contact: Conrad Combrink
Tel: 954/713-3943
Email: conradc@silversea.com

September 15, 2020
 
Supplemental Information submitted on September 15, 2020 for the Multi-Year Initial Environmental Evaluation by Oceanites, Inc. for Antarctic Site Inventory activities in the Peninsula Area
 
Oceanites, Inc.
P.O. Box 15259
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20825
 
Contact: Ron Naveen
Tel: 202/237-6262
Email: oceanites.mail@verizon.net

September 24, 2020
 
Supplemental Information submitted September 24, 2020 for the Multi-Year Initial Environmental Evaluation by Quixote Expeditions for proposed Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
 
Quixote Expeditions, LLC
1498 Paradise Point Road
Oakland, Maryland 21550
 
Contact: Laura K. O. Smith
Tel: 301/387-6008
Email: info@quixote-expeditions.com

September 28, 2020
 
Multi-Year Initial Environmental Evaluation submitted on September 28, 2020 by Norwegian Cruise Line for Ship-Based Expeditions in the Peninsula Area
 
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, Florida 33126
 
Contact: Sarah Ferguson-Brown
Tel: 305/436-4349
Email: sbrown@nclcorp.com

October 5, 2020

Multi-Year Initial Environmental Evaluation submitted on October 5, 2020 by Lindblad Expeditions for Ship-Based Expeditions in the Peninsula Area

Lindblad Expeditions
2502 2nd Avenue, Suite 300
Seattle, Washington 98121
 
Contact: Prash Karnik
Tel: 206/403-1500
Fax: 206/403-1501
Email: prashk@expeditions.com

October 6, 2020
 
Supplemental Information submitted on October 6, 2020 for the Multi-Year Initial Environmental Evaluation by Albatros Expeditions for Ship-Based Expeditions in the Antarctica Peninsula Area
 
Albatros Expeditions US Ltd.
4770 Biscayne Boulevard PHR
Miami, Florida 33137
 
Contact: Michael Hjorth
Tel: 305/447-2789
Email: mhj@albatros-travel.com

November 4, 2020

Multi-Year Initial Environmental Evaluation submitted on November 4, 2020 by the Friedlaender Expedition for proposed research activities in the Antarctica Peninsula Area
 
Ari. S. Friedlaender
IMS
UCSC 115 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, California 95060
 
Tel: 919/672-0103
Email: ari.friedlaender@ucsc.edu

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