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Short Titles as Enacted

Antarctic Science, Tourism, and Conservation Act of 1996

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

Antarctic Environmental Protection Act of 1996

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

Antarctic Science, Tourism, and Conservation Act of 1996

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To implement the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.


Actions Overview (10)

Date Actions Overview
10/02/1996Became Public Law No: 104-227. (TXT | PDF)
10/02/1996Signed by President.
09/20/1996Presented to President.
09/10/1996Resolving differences -- House actions: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote.(consideration: CR H10144)
09/04/1996Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate in lieu of S. 1645 with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
06/10/1996Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 352 - 4 (Roll no. 224).
05/23/1996Committee on Resources discharged.
05/23/1996Committee on International Relations discharged.
05/23/1996Reported by the Committee on Science. H. Rept. 104-593, Part I.
03/12/1996Introduced in House

All Actions (36)

Date Chamber All Actions
10/02/1996Became Public Law No: 104-227. (TXT | PDF)
10/02/1996Signed by President.
09/20/1996HousePresented to President.
09/10/1996-4:02pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
09/10/1996-4:02pmHouseOn motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote. (consideration: CR H10144)
09/10/1996-3:52pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate.
09/10/1996-3:51pmHouseMr. Walker moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.
09/05/1996SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
09/04/1996SenatePassed Senate in lieu of S. 1645 with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
09/04/1996SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S9864-9867)
09/04/1996SenateSenate struck all after the Enacting Clause and substituted the language of S. 1645 amended.
06/19/1996SenateRead twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 445.
06/11/1996SenateReceived in the Senate.
06/10/1996-5:47pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
06/10/1996-5:47pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 352 - 4 (Roll no. 224).
06/10/1996-5:41pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business.
06/10/1996-4:13pmHouseAt the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 5, rule I, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
06/10/1996-3:57pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate.
06/10/1996-3:57pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H6084-6089, H6091-6092)
06/10/1996-3:56pmHouseMr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
05/23/1996HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 293.
05/23/1996HouseCommittee on Resources discharged.
05/23/1996HouseCommittee on International Relations discharged.
05/23/1996HouseHouse Committee on Resources Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than May 23, 1996.
05/23/1996HouseHouse Committee on International Relations Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than May 23, 1996.
05/23/1996HouseReported by the Committee on Science. H. Rept. 104-593, Part I.
04/24/1996HouseOrdered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on Science
04/24/1996HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Science
04/18/1996HouseCommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: Committee on Science
03/25/1996HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade.
Action By: Committee on International Relations
03/14/1996HouseExecutive Comment Requested from Commerce, State, EPA.
03/12/1996HouseReferred to the Committee on Science, and in addition to the Committees on International Relations, and Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/12/1996HouseReferred to the Committee on Science, and in addition to the Committees on International Relations, and Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/12/1996HouseReferred to the Committee on Science, and in addition to the Committees on International Relations, and Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/12/1996HouseReferred to the Committee on Science, and in addition to the Committees on International Relations, and Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/12/1996HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (28)


Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Science03/12/1996 Referred to
04/18/1996 Hearings by
04/24/1996 Markup by
05/23/1996 Reported by H. Rept. 104-593
House International Relations03/12/1996 Referred to
05/23/1996 Discharged from
House International Relations Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade03/25/1996 Referred to
House Resources03/12/1996 Referred to
05/23/1996 Discharged from

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Latest Summary (2)

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Shown Here:
Passed Senate amended (09/04/1996)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Amendments to the Antarctic Conservation Act of

1978

Title II: Conforming Amendments to Other Laws

Title III: Polar Research and Policy Study

Antarctic Science, Tourism, and Conservation Act of 1996 - Title I: Amendments to the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 - Amends the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 to restate findings and purposes of the Act regarding scientific activities and tourism in Antarctica and the Antarctic Treaty and the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Treaty.

(Sec. 102) Modifies definitions.

(Sec. 103) Revises provisions concerning prohibited acts by any person (currently, U.S. citizens) to modify the prohibitions, in accordance with the Protocol, and make unlawful the following activities in or respecting Antarctica: (1) introduction of any prohibited product onto land or ice shelves or into water; (2) disposal of any waste onto ice-free land areas or into fresh water systems or of any prohibited waste; (3) engaging in open burning of waste; (4) transporting passengers by any seagoing vessel not required to comply with the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, except by agreement under which the vessel owner or operator must comply with Annex IV; (5) failure of an organizer or operator to notify members of an expedition of the environmental protection obligations of this Act and means of compliance by participants; (6) damage to historic sites or monuments; (7) refusal of permission to any authorized U.S. officer or employee to board a U.S. vessel, vehicle, or aircraft for purposes of search or inspection in connection with enforcement of this Act and forcible assault of or other interference with an authorized U.S. officer or employee in the conduct of such activities; (8) resisting lawful arrest or detention for a prohibited act; (9) interference with the apprehension, arrest, or detention of another person, knowing that the other person has committed a prohibited act; (10) violation of any regulation, or a term or condition of a permit, issued pursuant to this Act; and (11) attempting to commit or cause to be committed any prohibited act.

Prohibits specified other activities in Antarctica (including disposal of waste and introducing any member of a nonnative species) except as authorized by permit. Exempts from prohibitions these activities and certain of those enumerated above under defined emergency circumstances.

(Sec. 104) Provides standards and procedures for the environmental impact assessment of Federal agency activities in Antarctica (which shall be the sole and exclusive obligations regarding such assessment) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, allowing an activity to proceed after an initial evaluation if it is determined that the activity is likely to have no more than a minor or transitory impact. Excepts from these procedures activities conducted jointly or in cooperation with foreign signatory governments where it is determined that the major part of the activity is being conducted by one or more other governments and another government is coordinating environmental assessment procedures.

Directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate regulations regarding environmental assessment of certain nongovernmental activities.

Conditions decisions to proceed with a comprehensively evaluated activity upon consideration of the draft evaluation at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.

Provides exceptions from this Act's environmental assessment requirements under emergency circumstances.

(Sec. 105) Revises requirements for the issuance of permits authorizing takings and harmful interferences or entry into Specially Protected Areas.

(Sec. 106) Revises requirements for the issuance of regulations by the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Removes general consultation requirements.

Requires the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to issue regulations to implement certain provisions of the Protocol and this Act regarding vessels.

Title II: Conforming Amendments to Other Laws - Amends the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships to apply the requirements of Annex IV to the Protocol, for purposes of such Act, to all vessels in Antarctica over which the United States has jurisdiction. Applies the Act to vessel activities regulated under the Protocol and provides authority to the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to administer and enforce Annex IV to the Protocol (including the Protocol in provisions concerning violations, penalties, and the promulgation of regulations).

(Sec. 202) Amends the Antarctic Protection Act of 1990 to state the indefinite prohibition on Antarctic mineral resource activities, eliminating references to further agreements.

Title III: Polar Research and Policy Study - Directs the NSF to report to the Congress on: (1) the status of implementation of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy and Federal funds used therefor; and (2) all Federal programs relating to Arctic and Antarctic research and the total annual expenditures for each program.