Following decades of scientific operations in Antarctica, where summer temperatures average from -5 to -31°F (-15 to 35°C) and in winter drop as low as -129°F (-89°C), the National Science Foundation (NSF) began a plan to remediate waste sites associated with U.S. bases. Our client, a civilian contractor, was selected to help clean up existing waste stockpiles used by NSF in Antarctica.
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., was retained to unravel the complex layers of international environmental law governing the Antarctic region. We also advised on the international laws applicable to the transboundary movement of hazardous and other wastes. Finally, we worked with our client to assess the national legislation governing waste imports in several possible destination countries, including the U.S., that allowed our client to move wastes out of Antarctica safely and with the appropriate level of legal certainty regarding national and international law requirements.