H. R. 3445
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
August 3, 2007
Mr. Udall of Colorado introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science and Technology
To establish the Weather Mitigation Operations and Research Board, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Weather Mitigation Research and
Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2007.
It is the purpose of this Act to develop and implement a comprehensive and coordinated national weather mitigation policy and a national cooperative Federal and State program of weather mitigation research and development.
In this Act:
Board means the Weather Mitigation Advisory and Research
Executive Director means the
Executive Director of the Weather Mitigation Advisory and Research
Research and development
research and development
means theoretical analysis, exploration, experimentation, and the extension of
investigative findings and theories of scientific or technical nature into
practical application for experimental and demonstration purposes, including
the experimental production and testing of models, devices, equipment,
materials, and processes.
weather mitigation means
changing or controlling, or attempting to change or control, by artificial
methods the natural development of atmospheric cloud forms or precipitation
forms which occur in the troposphere. Examples include rain enhancement,
snowpack augmentation, and hail suppression.
Weather mitigation advisory and research board established
There is established in the Department of Commerce the Weather Mitigation Advisory and Research Board.
The Board shall consist of 11 members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, of whom—
at least 1 shall be a representative of the American Meteorological Society;
at least 1 shall be a representative of the American Society of Civil Engineers;
at least 1 shall be a representative of the National Academy of Sciences;
at least 1 shall be a representative of the National Center for Atmospheric Research of the National Science Foundation;
at least 2 shall be representatives of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce;
at least 1 shall be a representative of institutions of higher education or research institutes; and
at least 1 shall be a representative of a State that is currently supporting operational weather mitigation projects.
A member of the Board serves at the pleasure of the Secretary of Commerce.
Any vacancy on the Board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
The Board may establish advisory committees to advise the Board and to make recommendations to the Board concerning legislation, policies, administration, research, and other matters.
Not later than 30 days after the date on which all members of the Board have been appointed, the Board shall hold its first meeting.
The Board shall meet at the call of the Chair.
A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number of members may hold hearings.
Chair and Vice Chair
The Board shall select a Chair and Vice Chair from among its members.
Duties of the board
Promotion of Research and Development
In order to assist in expanding the theoretical and practical knowledge of weather mitigation, the Board shall promote and fund research and development, studies, and investigations with respect to—
improved forecast and decisionmaking technologies for weather mitigation operations, including tailored computer workstations and software and new observation systems with remote sensors; and
assessments and evaluations of the efficacy of weather mitigation, both purposeful (including cloud-seeding operations) and inadvertent (including downwind effects and anthropogenic effects).
Unless the use of the money is restricted or subject to any limitations provided by law, the Board shall use amounts in the Weather Mitigation Research and Development Fund—
to pay its expenses in the administration of this Act; and
to provide for research and development with respect to weather mitigation by grants to, or contracts or cooperative arrangements with, public or private agencies.
The Board shall submit to the Secretary of Commerce biennially a report on its findings and research results.
Powers of the board
Studies, Investigations, and Hearings
The Board may make any studies or investigations, obtain any information, and hold any hearings necessary or proper to administer or enforce this Act or any rules or orders issued under this Act.
The Board may employ, as provided for in appropriations Acts, an Executive Director and other support staff necessary to perform duties and functions under this Act.
Cooperation With Other Agencies
The Board may cooperate with public or private agencies to promote the purposes of this Act.
The Board may enter into cooperative agreements with the head of any department or agency of the United States, an appropriate official of any State or political subdivision of a State, or an appropriate official of any private or public agency or organization for conducting weather mitigation activities or cloud-seeding operations.
Conduct and Contracts for Research and Development
The Executive Director, with the approval of the Board, may conduct and may contract for research and development activities relating to the purpose described in section 2.
Cooperation with the weather mitigation operations and research board
The heads of the departments and agencies of the United States and the heads of any other public or private agencies and institutions that receive research funds from the United States shall, to the extent possible, give full support and cooperation to the Board and to initiate independent research and development programs that address weather mitigations.
There is established within the Treasury of the United States the Weather Mitigation Research and Development Fund, which shall consist of amounts appropriated pursuant to subsection (b) or received by the Board under subsection (c).
Authorization of Appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Board for the purposes of carrying out this Act $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2006 through 2015. Any sums appropriated under this subsection shall remain available, without fiscal year limitation, until expended.
The Board may accept, use, and dispose of gifts or donations of services or property.