NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION 4201 WILSON BOULEVARD ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22230 3 1 March 1995 OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL To: I93030011 From: tor General Through: -- Subject: CLOSE-OUT requires that an environmental impact e prepared for major federal actions that significantly affect the human environment. In EDF v. Massey, 986 F.2d 528 (D.C.Cir. 1992), the held that the requirements o-Pply to U.S. government actions in this, it is unclear whether the leasing of th constitutes a signzjicantly affects the human environment. an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the National Oceanic he informed me that NOAA had never prepared an environmental impact assessment or statement when leasing or purchasing a ship. In addition, I was unable to locate any cases that dealt with the application of NEPA to the government's lease or purchase of a vessel. NSF has now adopted procedures for environmental assessments on actions involving Antarctica; however, these procedures were adopted after th-halter had become effective. Thus, it does not appear that NSF violated any clear legal requuements by not preparing a-for the lease of the NSF has adopted a waste regulation which deals with the disposal of waste in Antarctica. We have received no information from the complainant or otherwise that NSF is violating this regulation or provisions of the Antarctic Treaty regarding waste disposal by ships. As a result, this case is closed, and no further action will be taken.
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1995-03-31.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)