The traditional and characteristic use of the site would notbe changed by the proposed action.Is the activity expected to adversely affect scientific studiesor locations or research interest? Are the physical or environ-mental characteristics of the land suitable for the proposedactivity?The area to be excavated and regraded is currently a dead-end street which has obviously been regraded before.The area is currently vacant. On occasion it is likelythe area has been used for temporary storage of materials.However, the site is not a designated cargo lot and does notprovide significant storage area.FindingThe Environmental Officer has reviewed the initial EAM and theinformation presented for this addendum. The Program's concernfor conservative, selective and wise use of earth fill materialsat McMurdo Station is encouraging. Reference should be made tothe Environmental Action Memoranda on: "Review of "EnvironmentalAssessment for Collection [and Placement] of Earth Fill Materi-al", dated November 17, 1990; and "Assessment of Additional EarthFill Materials Available at McMurdo Station, Antarctica", datedJanuary 10, 1991. Also, attention should be given to Safety,Environment and Health Program Policy Memorandum 90-2. Subject:Authorization and Reporting Procedures for, Gathering and Use ofFill and Associated Activity, at McMurdo Station, Antarctica;dated October 1, 1990.The contractor shall consider the benefits of assuring that thefill material collected to provide adequate level space for thenewly proposed, larger liquor storage building (and to be used inconnection with the proposed Building 155 fuel tank facility) isre-worked so as to possesses an aggregate size that is wellgraded, and that when wetted, exhibits a cementing quality thatsets up as a hard surface requiring less frequent replacement.In addition, the contractor shall consider the benefits ofassuring that any substrate placed around the newly proposed,larger liquor storage building is well graded, and when wetted,exhibits a cementing quality that sets up as a hard surfacerequiring less frequent replacement. Also, consideration shallbe given to establishing clearly marked and regularly maintainedwalkways and waiting-line areas around the proposed liquorstorage building. The area around the building is expected to becharacterized by a high level of pedestrian traffic and should bedesigned to minimize the impacts of such activity.In light of the abovementioned EAMs and USAP policy, and fillpreparation and area use considerations, the EnvironmentalOfficer authorizes adoption of the newly proposed actionsassociated with liquor storage facility. The EnvironmentalOfficer believes that the proposed actions would have no morethan minor and transitory impacts on the environment.