Black Clouds and Silver Iodide: Public Safety and Weather Modification Law

Ray Jay Davis

Abstract


Public safety concerns underlie weather modification law. There are express references in statutes, administrative rules and judicial opinions to seeding-related drought, downpours, disaster and damages, to toxic seeding agents and to liability insurance requirements. Laws also regulate atmospheric weather resources development activities by requiring modifier licenses, operational permits, seeding suspension criteria and public notice of proposed projects. These provisions imply that public safety could be harmed unless cloud seeding is regulated. This legal perception calls for caution in operating projects not only so they avoid harm, but also so they cannot reasonably be seen as causing damages.

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