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DocuSign Envelope ID:468F6B2E-B46F-4EED-A84B-97E8DC29ACA7 <br /> RESOLUTION NO. 3027 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF <br /> ANACORTES OPPOSING THE IMPERIAL METALS CORPORATION'S <br /> EXPLORATORY MINING PERMIT AND URGING PERMANENT <br /> PROTECTION OF THE SKAGIT HEADWATERS IN BRITISH <br /> COLUMBIA <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Anacortes is a noncharter code city pursuant to Chapter 35A.02 of the <br /> Revised Code of Washington, incorporated as a city in the State of Washington in 1891; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Anacortes currently holds the oldest and largest uninterruptible water <br /> rights in the lower Skagit River, which provides the right to divert approximately 55 million <br /> gallons per day; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Anacortes uses its water rights to serve over 65,000 residential, <br /> commercial, and industrial customers, including the Skagit Public Utility District No. 1, the City <br /> of Oak Harbor, Washington and United States Naval Air Station at Whidbey Island, the Town of <br /> LaConner, Washington, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the City of Anacortes, and the <br /> Andeavor and Shell Refineries at March's Point; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Anacortes constructed a $70 million state-of-the-art water treatment <br /> plant in Mount Vernon, Washington in 2013, which is designed with the capacity to withdraw <br /> the full amount of the City's water right using the latest technologies to minimize environmental <br /> impact and prepare for the impacts of climate change; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Anacortes is very concerned about the Imperial Metals Corporation's <br /> proposals in the upper Skagit River to explore mining metals within the unprotected"Donut <br /> Hole"because of the potential release of mining effluent into the waters of the Skagit,potentially <br /> contaminating the River with toxins such as arsenic, copper, lead, aluminum, and mercury; and <br /> WHEREAS, if the Imperial Metals Corporation's activity leads to the release of such <br /> contaminants, the City's water treatment plant could be forced to cease operations because it <br /> does not have the capability of treating water with heavy concentrations of copper, lead, <br /> aluminum, mercury, and arsenic,potentially leaving 65,000 people and businesses without <br /> water; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Imperial Metals Corporation caused what has been described as the worst <br /> mining disaster in B.C. history when its Mount Polley Mine tailings pond collapsed in 2014, <br /> discharging 25 billion liters of contaminants into nearby drinking water and salmon spawning <br /> grounds; and <br />