In a move to curb environmental pollution, the South Dakota Legislature has introduced Senate Bill 215 (SB 215) aimed at prohibiting weather engineering activities within the state. The bill specifically targets the intentional release of polluting emissions into the atmosphere through methods such as cloud seeding and weather modification.
According to the bill text, SB 215 seeks to "prohibit the intentional release of polluting emissions into the atmosphere by cloud seeding, weather modification, excessive electromagnetic radio". This legislation comes amidst growing concerns over the environmental impact of such activities.
The bill also addresses the proposed method of solar radiation modification known as "Stratospheric aerosol injection." This technique is often associated with weather engineering or atmospheric experimentation involving the release of certain substances into the atmosphere.
The introduction of SB 215 marks a significant step in South Dakota's environmental protection efforts. By targeting weather engineering activities, the state aims to mitigate potential risks associated with these practices. However, it remains to be seen how this legislation will be received and whether it will effectively address the intended concerns.
This legislation was introduced on January 31, 2024, according to Zero Geoengineering, an organization focused on raising awareness about geoengineering activities.
While the bill is currently under consideration, its introduction signals a growing trend among lawmakers to regulate activities that may have substantial effects on the environment. As this legislative session continues, all eyes will be on South Dakota as it navigates this complex and critical issue.