Federal Liability for Negligent Maintenance of Weather Modification Equipment

Ray Jay Davis


Governmental immunity, among other reasons, explains why the United States has not yet been held liable for claims based on its weather modification programs. Brown v. United States, a recent federal district court case involving negligent maintenance of a NOAA weather data buoy, indicates that in future cases, if there is proof of harm resulting from negligent maintenance of weather modification equipment, governmental immunity will not bar federal liability.

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