Weather Modification Regulation for the Twenty-First Century

by Ray Jay Davis, Brigham Young Univ, Provo, UT, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation Systems for the 21st Century

Abstract: Those areas in which weather modification law is being altered to fit the twenty-first century are: 1. De-regulation. Regulation of weather modification through mandating professional licenses of cloud seeders and permits for seeding projects and requiring record keeping and reporting is now the norm; but the extent of such regulation is diminishing. 2. Cost consciousness. Weather modification technology users are being required to bear a larger share of the cost of operations and regulation. 3. Tort reform. Weather modification operators and sponsors have less exposure to legal liability now than previously because of legislative tort law reform which has changed substantive and procedural liability law and the law of damages. This should affect liability insurance availability, coverage and cost in the twenty-first century.

Subject Headings: Liability | Laws | Licensure and certification | Weather modification | Permits | Legislation | Insurance

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