Summary: S.1691 — 95th Congress (1977-1978)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (06/14/1977)

Antarctic Conservation Act - Declares it the purpose of this Act to implement the Antarctic Treaty, and the Agreed Measures for the Conservation of Antarctic Fauna and Flora.

Stipulates that the taking of any native animal, collection of any native plant, introduction of any non-indigenous plant, entrance with certain restricted areas, or discharge of oil or hazardous substances into adjacent waters and ice shelves shall be unlawful in Antarctica. Sets forth import-export restrictions on animals and plants taken in violation of this Act.

Authorizes the Director of the National Science Foundation to issue permits for any act in Antarctica otherwise prohibited by this Act.

Requires the Director, in consultation with the Secretary of State and other Federal officials, to promulgate such regulations as are necessary to implement this Act.

Requires all persons participating in expeditions proceeding to Antarctica from the United States to notify the Secretary of State of the purpose and itinerary of such expedition. Requires the Director to notify such persons of any risks to the safety of persons and property in Antarctica which might occur during the period of the expedition.

Sets forth the civil and criminal penalties for violations of this Act.

Authorizes such appropriations as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act.