Executive Order

Executive Order No. 33: Authorizing State Civil Defense Agency to institute rain-making activities

Date: 07/26/1957
Issuer: Foster A. Furcolo

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WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is currently afflicted with a drought of severe nature, which has necessitated the promulgation of a state of emergency as of July 26, 1957; and

WHEREAS, I have been advised that the seriousness of this danger warrants the undertaking of artificial rain-making activities; and

WHEREAS, normally such weather amendment activities can be carried out, under the provisions of Section 72 of Chapter 6 of the General Laws as now in force, only with the prior approval of the Weather Amendment Board and with advance publication of such activities; and

WHEREAS, the existing emergency does not permit compliance with the provisions of said Section 72 of Chapter 6 of the General Laws.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Foster A. Furcolo, Governor of the Commonwealth acting under the authority conferred upon me by Acts of 1950, Chapter 639, as amended, and in particular Sections 7 and 8A thereof, and all other authority hereunder enabling, do hereby issue this order as a measure necessary or expedient for meeting the current state of emergency.

  1. The State Director of Civil Defense, acting through the Civil Defense Agency or such other agencies of the Commonwealth as he may determine, is hereby authorized and directed to institute in any area of the Commonwealth where, in his judgment, he may deem such activity desirable, artificial rain-making activities, utilizing the service of such state agencies or personnel of the political subdivisions of the Commonwealth or private equipment that may be necessary to conduct activities designed to promote artificial rain fall in any area of the Commonwealth.
  2. The provisions of Section 72 of Chapter 6 of the General Laws as now in force, insofar as inconsistent herewith, are hereby suspended, with respect to weather amendment activities conducted under the authority hereof.

GIVEN at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 26th day of July nineteen fifty-seven.

By His Excellency the Governor

FOSTER A. FURCOLO

EDWARD J. CRONIN

Secretary of the Commonwealth

JOHN W. NEWMAN

Deputy Secretary

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