Sunset and Sunrise of the Illinois Weather Modification Act


  • Stanley A. Changnon Illinois State Water Survey



Illinois, which had enacted a regulatory and monitoring act for planned weather modification activities in 1973, recently saw its model act sunset (repealed), as a part of a State’s sunsetting act for all lllinois regulatory activities. This paper describes the original Illinois Control Act, the process of sunsetting, and the subsequent reformulation of a new control act in lllinois. A review of the history of these sunsetting and then sunrise activities, as represented by the new 1981 Weather Modification Act in ~llinois, may help others facing similar sunsetting of regulatory activities, specifically those relating to weather modification, why the 1973 Weather Modification Control Act in lllinois, considered by many to be a model statute (Weather Modification Advisory Board, 1978) was revised, with parts eliminated, during the sunsetting and sunrising is discussed.




How to Cite

Changnon, S. A. (2012). Sunset and Sunrise of the Illinois Weather Modification Act. The Journal of Weather Modification, 15(1), 71–73.



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