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R85-23 oppositon to storage and transport radioactive substances in I-70b Commissioner �(�Sr/L�SbI� moved adoption of the following Resolution: BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COUNTY OF EAGLE, STATE OF COLORADO RESOLUTION NO. 85- DECLARATION OF OPPOSITION TO THE STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION OF RADIOACTIVE NUCLEAR WASTE SUBSTANCES IN THE COUNTY OF EAGLE AND ALONG INTERSTATE HIGHWAY I -70, U.S. HIGHWAY NOS. 24 AND 131, AND EAGLE COUNTY ROAD NOS. P -293 AND P -301 WHEREAS, the County of Eagle, State of Colorado, is a body corporate and politic existing under and by virtue of the Constitution and laws of the State of Colorado with all of the powers conferred thereby; and WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Eagle, State of Colorado, hereinafter the "Board ", is intent upon pursuing every legal and financially feasible possibility to maintain and protect the County of Eagle as a "Nuclear Free Zone "; and WHEREAS, the Board finds that contamination by radioactive nuclear waste substances within the County of Eagle, by accident or intent, would have extremely detrimental effects upon the health, safety and welfare of the residents and visitors of, and businesses and wildlife within, the County of Eagle, as well as outside the territorial boundaries of the County of Eagle, and WHEREAS, such detrimental effects referred to in the paragraph next above include, by way of example only, the potential contamination of domestic water supplies of local municipalities, in addition to the potential contamination of the Colorado River upon which the lower basin states rely pursuant to The Colorado River Compact, and upon which Mexico relies pursuant to the Mexican Treaty of 1944; and WHEREAS, because Interstate Highway I -70 is the primary ground route for visitors and inhabitants traveling to and from the County of Eagle, the Board opposes the transportation of radioactive nuclear waste substances along Interstate Highway I -70; and WHEREAS, the Board notes the already high accident rate involving truck traffic on Interstate Highway I -70 over Vail Pass and in the vicinity of the easterly entrance to the Glenwood Canyon during the winter months, primarily due to adverse weather conditions, the limiting nature of the natural geologic formations in such areas, and, with respect to Vail Pass, the steep grades; and WHEREAS, since U.S. Highway Nos. 24 and 131, and Eagle County Road Nos. P -293 and P -301, located within the County of Eagle, State of Colorado, could also be readily improved to accomodate the transportation of radioactive nuclear waste substances through the County of Eagle, the Board also opposes the potential transportation of radioactive nuclear waste substances along the aforementioned transportation routes; and WHEREAS, the Board is aware that certain court decisions have limited the ability of local governments to prohibit or regulate transportation and storage of radioactive nuclear waste substances on state and federal highways; and WHEREAS, in light of the foregoing, the Board desires to voice its support for a congressional hearing to elicit and review in depth, substantive facts and the potential adverse effects pertaining to the transportation and storage of radioactive nuclear waste substances and, based thereon, to enact legislation prohibiting and /or effectively regulating the same; and -2- WHEREAS, the Board further desires to declare its opposition to the storage and transportation of radioactive_ nuclear waste substances in the County of Eagle and along Interstate Highway I -70, U.S. Highway Nos. 24 and 131, and Eagle County Road Nos. P -293 and P -301 and, therefore, desires that the Countv Manager and County Attorney participate with other local governments in a program for prohibiting or regulating the storage and transportation of radioactive nuclear waste substances within the County of Eagle and the other respective jurisdictions, consistent with such local governments' legal authority in such matters. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF THE COUNTY OF EAGLE, STATE OF COLORADO: THAT, the Board hereby declares its opposition to the storage and transportation of radioactive nuclear waste substances in the County of Eagle and along Interstate Highway I -70, U.S. Highway Nos. 24 and 131, and Eagle County Road Nos. P -293 and P -301. THAT, the Board advocates a congressional hearing to ascertain and determine the substantive facts and the potential adverse effects surrounding the storage and transportation, and the possible contamination therefrom, of radioactive nuclear waste substances and, based thereon, to enact legislation prohibiting and /or effectively regulating the same. THAT, the Board further advocates the permanent storage and /or disposal of radioactive nuclear waste substances at the site of origin of the same. THAT, the County Manager and County Attorney are hereby directed to participate in the development of recommendations with other similarly situated local governments to determine what positive steps such local governments can take, within their respective legal bounds, to prohibit or effectively regulate the storage and transportation of radioactive nuclear waste substances within the County of Eagle and the other respective jurisdictions. -3- THAT, the Clerk of the Board shall certify a copy of this Resolution to the Governor of the State of Colorado, and such other local, state and federal officials, as the County Manager deems appropriate. MOVED, READ AND ADOPTED by the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Eagle, Sta}te of Colorado, at its regular meeting held the 5&- day of,&4985. COUNTY OF EAGLE, STATE OF COLORADO By and Through its ATTEST: BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS By. {� %�`� �J By lerk of the-Board' of County Commissioners vonaiCL H. Welch, Commissioner -4- i l Commissioner 61 tt..l0j, seconded adoption of the foregoing resolution. The roll having been called, the vote was as follows: Commissioner David E. Mott2 Commissioner Richard L. Gustafson Commissioner Donald H. Welch This Resolution passed by Nr- �//�9�C /S vote of the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Eagle, State of Colorado. -5-