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Rothera Point Airstrip, Antarctica

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the containment capacity of the retaining berm for the fuel tank farm under construction at the Rothera Point airstrip in Antarctica.

The retaining berm for the fuel tank farm at Rothera Point has a capacity of approximately 125,000 imperial gallons.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what measure he proposes to take to reduce the incidence of dust covering the site of the Rothera Point airstrip in Antarctica; and if he will make a statement.

Measures to be employed by the contractor to reduce the incidence of dust during construction of the Rothera Point airstrip in Antarctica are given in the final comprehensive environmental evaluation published in September 1989 by the NERC. A copy is in the Library.