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14.A.
         
City Council Meeting - FINAL
Meeting Date: 11/07/2017  
From: Caleb Blaschke, Assistant to the City Manager

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TITLE:
Consideration and Adoption of Resolution No. 2017-38:  A resolution of the Flagstaff City Council opposing uranium mining and the transportation of uranium ore through the City of Flagstaff and indigenous lands, and reaffirming Flagstaff as a nuclear free zone.
STAFF RECOMMENDED ACTION:
1) Read Resolution No. 2017-38 by title only
2) City Clerk reads Resolution No. 2017-38
3) Adopt Resolution No. 2017-38
Executive Summary:
On June 6, 2017 the City of Flagstaff received a petition asking Council to: 1) Establish a resolution to oppose transport of uranium ore and other radioactive materials from Canyon Mine to the White Mesa Mill near Blanding Utah; or, 2) Explore creation of an ordinance opposing transport of uranium ore through Flagstaff roadways. The petition was brought before Council on July 5, 2017. At that meeting, Councilmembers Putzova and Barotz requested it be discussed as a Future Agenda Item.

On October 10, 2017 the City Council discussed the transportation of uranium through Flagstaff. In staff's report, Council was notified that the federal government exercises general preemption over state and local governments in the regulation of transportation of radioactive materials and waste (Attachment 1). City Council directed staff to draft a resolution opposing uranium mining and transportation, lobby the United States Department of Transportation to change its policies and statues for transporting uranium and reaffirm Flagstaff a Nuclear Free Zone (Attachment 2).

Staff circulated the resolution on uranium among the different Councilmembers for review. Many of the changes submitted back to staff were minimal and did not alter the overall context of the resolution. Comments that were more substantive in nature are attached as separate documents for Council's consideration from the dais.   
 
Financial Impact:
None.
Policy Impact:
None.
Connection to Council Goal, Regional Plan and/or Team Flagstaff Strategic Plan:
Council Goals:
Social Justice.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
None.
Options and Alternatives:
 1. Adopt Resolution 2017-38
 2. Amend the Resolution 2017-38
 3. Do not approve Resolution 2017-38
Background/History:
On June 6, 2017 the City of Flagstaff received a petition asking Council to: 1) Establish a resolution to oppose transport of uranium ore and other radioactive materials from Canyon Mine to the White Mesa Mill near Blanding Utah; or, 2) Explore creation of an ordinance opposing transport of uranium ore through Flagstaff roadways. The petition was brought before Council on July 5, 2017. At that meeting, Councilmembers Putzova and Barotz requested it be discussed as a Future Agenda Item.
 
On October 10, 2017 staff shared with the Council that the federal government exercises general preemption over state and local governments in the regulation of transportation of radioactive materials and waste. City Council directed staff to draft a resolution opposing uranium mining and transportation, lobby the United States Department of Transportation to change its policies and statues for transporting uranium and reaffirm Flagstaff a Nuclear Free Zone.
Community Involvement:
 1. Inform.
 2. Consult.
 3. Involve.
Attachments
Attachment 1: Oct 10, 2017 Uranium
Attachment 2: Res. 2017-38
Councilmember Putzova's Comments
Councilmember McCarthy's Comments

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