48 NORTH's Support of
APL-UW for Navy Ice Exercise 2016
The Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington (APL-UW) was contracted by the U.S. Navy's (Navy) Arctic Submarine Laboratory (ASL) to support the U.S. Navy arctic mission by providing logistics, operations, and underwater tracking. Navy Ice Exercise 2016 (ICEX2016) was a United States Navy sponsored project on the Arctic ice sheet in the Beaufort Sea approximately 200 miles north of Deadhorse, Alaska.
UW-APL contracted 48 NORTH to research all applicable international, Federal, and State of Alaska environmental regulations and permits required to conduct a temporary ice camp operations on Arctic ice inside the 200-nautical mile U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.
48 NORTH helped obtain the first of it's kind EPA issued NPDES permit under the Clean Water Act for a temporary camp on ice. In support of the permit, 48 NORTH worked with the Navy to receive a Letter of Authorization for the Intentional Take of Polar Bears from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In March 2016 48 NORTH’s Jan Brandt spent a week on Arctic seaice at ICEX 2016 to assist UW-APL and Navy with all permit compliance requirements.