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Sponsored by: Mayor Dunham <br /> CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2010 -010 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, SUPPORTING THE ALASKA RAILROAD CORPORATION AND <br /> AURORA ENERGY SERVICES, LLC IN THEIR ONGOING EFFORTS TO <br /> CONDUCT BUSINESS IN SEWARD AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT <br /> WHILE ABIDING BY STATE AND FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS <br /> AND REGULATIONS <br /> WHEREAS, the Seward Coal Loading Facility was originally built in 1984 as an economic <br /> development project of the State of Alaska with the support of Usibelli Coal Mine and the City of <br /> Seward, by a loan from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority(AIDEA); and <br /> WHEREAS, this facility allows Alaskan coal to be exported by ship to international <br /> markets; and <br /> WHEREAS, at the urging from the Seward community and Senator Ted Stevens, the Alaska <br /> Railroad received a federal grant to purchase the Seward coal loading facility from then- owners <br /> Hyundai Merchant Marine and AIDEA in 2003, thus preserving the export coal business in Alaska; <br /> and <br /> WHEREAS, the City recognizes the vital importance of the coal loading facility and the <br /> Alaska Railroad for the viability and existence of Seward, and to the entire state of Alaska; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Alaska Railroad Corporation and Aurora Energy Services, LLC were <br /> recently sued by the Trustees for Alaska on behalf of the Alaska Community Action on Toxics and <br /> Alaska Chapter of the Sierra Club under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act on December 28, <br /> 2009; and <br /> WHEREAS, last year was a record year and saw the second greatest shipment of coal from <br /> Seward in the history of the facility; and <br /> WHEREAS, Alaska' s low sulfur coal is in increasing demand throughout the international <br /> market, in large part because Alaska' s coal can be mixed with other coal to reduce the environmental <br /> impacts; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Seward City Council and the community take public health concerns <br /> seriously and support all mitigation efforts in environmental stewardship; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City is not aware of any facts to support allegations of medical harm caused <br /> by the activities at the Seward coal- loading facility; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Alaska Railroad Corporation and Aurora Energy Services, LLC have spent <br />