[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Hoboken 9-19-1984. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The People of the City of Hoboken hereby find that:
Nuclear weapons production, in the United States and in other countries, is draining the world's resources and presenting humanity with an ever-increasing threat of nuclear war.
Any participation in the nuclear war industry, locally, federally or otherwise, directly condones the possible annihilation of our civilization. We see this as a crime against the sacredness of our humanity.
The emphatic expression of our community, along with communities throughout the world, can help initiate steps by the United States, the Soviet Union and other nuclear weapons powers to end the arms race and the proliferation of all nuclear weapon systems.
Hoboken shall be established as a Nuclear-Free Zone. A Nuclear-Free Zone shall be defined by these requirements:
No nuclear weapons, delivery systems for such weapons or components expressly intended to contribute to the operation, guidance or delivery of a nuclear weapon shall be produced or stored within the city or its port.
No waste from the production of nuclear weapons, their components or commercial nuclear power shall be stored within the city or its port.
No research furthering nuclear weapons development shall be conducted within the city, subject to rights guaranteed under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The Mayor and Council of the City of Hoboken shall request the United States Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Department of Transportation to provide the city with advance notification of any radioactive waste shipment through the city limits. Upon such notification, the Mayor and Council shall act to prevent transportation of radioactive waste through the city by seeking an exemption from preemption by Department of Transportation regulations or using other legal means at their disposal.
The Mayor and Council of the City of Hoboken shall not do business or award any municipal contract to any person, firm or organization engaged in the production of nuclear weapons or components.
This ordinance expresses the policy of the City of Hoboken. It is not intended to make violations subject to forfeiture and nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to prohibit or regulate any activity not specifically described in § 135-2.