(7) Increases in acid rain loads from the airborne injection or releases of sulfur and aluminum oxide, with human, animal, plant, and water-resource degradation therefrom;
(8) The near impossibility of restoring natural resources, with the undermining and devaluation of state-funded conservation programs;
(9) Changes in micro-climates, local weather, and larger-scale climates within short time periods, with greater likelihood of increased and cascading effects.
(10) Droughts and flooding, which may severely impact state, regional, and global food production;
(11) Increases in ultraviolet radiation (UVA, UVB, and/or UVC), to Earth’s surface;
(12) The delay by decades of the ozone layer’s potential recovery;
(13) The burden that airborne, reflective particulates must be repeatedly replenished,
since their atmospheric time is limited;
(14) Visibility impairment and clutter, impeding aviation safety and increasing the
likelihood of small- and large-particle collisions;
(15) Economic losses to various sectors of society and to the state itself, resulting from,
without limitation, human health damages and increased health care needs, contaminated soils and drinking water supplies, decline of fisheries, loss of pollinators such as bees, decreases in agricultural crop yields, dead and dying trees, loss of habitats, pollution clean-up costs, and decreases in solar power production from lack of direct sunlight reaching earth’s surface.
(f) In view of these facts, the general assembly declares that geoengineering activities must be strictly regulated by the state through a licensing process, within which an environmental impact report (EIR) from the department of environmental management, and preliminary, detailed impact reports from the state agencies, state offices, departments, and programs included in §23-23.8-6, as well as information gathered in public hearings, shall be considered prior to a decision, pursuant to this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
(1) ”Application” means a submitted, written request by any person, individual or entity seeking to implement, conduct or engage in any form of geoengineering requiring a state license.
(2) ”Area” means a portion within the confines of the state and/or its territorial waters, which portion includes the atmosphere above it.
(3) ”Atmospheric contaminant” means any type of aerosol, chaff, biologic and/or trans- biologic agent, genetically modified agent, metal, radioactive material, vapor, particulate down to