(note: excerpts abridged from CMA.gov.cn)
Regulations on Administration of Weather Modification
Decree of the State Council of
the People's Republic of China
Regulations on Administration of Weather Modification, adopted at the 56th Executive Meeting of the State Council on March 13, 2002, are hereby promulgated and shall be effective as of May 1, 2002.
These Regulations are formulated in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Meteorology Law of the People's Republic of China for the purpose of strengthening the administration of weather modification, and preparing against and mitigating meteorological disasters.
Weather modification activities carried out in the territory of the People's Republic of China shall be in conformity with these Regulations.
For the purpose of these Regulations, "weather modification" refers to the activities carried out for rain or snow enhancement, hail suppression, rain suppression, fog dispersal, or frost protection by exerting, under appropriate conditions, artificial influence on local atmospheric physical and chemical processes through scientific and technological means, so as to mitigate or avert meteorological disasters and properly exploit climatic resources.
Persons engaged in weather modification operations may not implement such operations until they have received training and passed the exams organized by the competent meteorological departments of provinces, autonomous regions, or municipalities directly under the Central Government.
Where anti-aircraft guns and/or rocket launchers are used in implementing weather modification operations, the local competent meteorological departments at or above the county levels in the places where such operations are carried out shall submit an application to the relevant flight control department for air space and time period for the operations.
Where aircrafts are used in implementing weather modification operations, the competent meteorological department of a province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government shall submit an application to the relevant flight control department for air space and time period for such operations; the aircrafts needed therefor shall be supplied by the military or civil aviation authorities in a way as determined through consultations by both demanding and supplying parties; the airport authorities and other departments concerned shall provide necessary support according to the work plan for weather modification.
The flight control department concerned shall, upon the receipt of the application, promptly make a decision and give a notice to the applicant.
The transportation and storage of anti-aircraft guns, rocket launchers, shells and rockets used for weather modification operations shall be subject to the laws and regulations of the State on the administration of weaponry and explosives.
Shells and rockets used for implementing weather modification operations shall be stored with the help of the military forces and/or local arm-the-people departments; if they are to be transported, the departments concerned shall go through the formalities in accordance with the laws and regulations of the State on the administration of weaponry and explosives.