Nrs: Chapter 544 - Modification Of Weather

Link to law: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-544.html
Published: 2015

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CHAPTER 544 - MODIFICATION OF WEATHER

RESEARCH

NRS 544.010           Short

title.

NRS 544.020           Definitions.

NRS 544.030           State

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources authorized to conduct research

programs.

NRS 544.040           County

financial participation in research; conditions.

NRS 544.050           Agreements

between counties and State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources;

term of agreements.

NRS 544.060           Use

of facilities and technical resources of Desert Research Institute of Nevada

System of Higher Education.

REGULATION OF OPERATIONS

NRS 544.070           Definitions.

NRS 544.080           Powers

of the Director of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

NRS 544.090           Promotion

of research and development.

NRS 544.100           Hearings:

Record of proceedings; subpoenas.

NRS 544.110           Acceptance

of gifts and grants.

NRS 544.120           License

and permit required for activities for modification and control of weather.

NRS 544.130           Exemptions.

NRS 544.132           Payment

of child support: Statement by applicant for license; grounds for denial of

license; duty of Director. [Effective until the date of the repeal of 42 U.S.C.

§ 666, the federal law requiring each state to establish procedures for

withholding, suspending and restricting the professional, occupational and

recreational licenses for child support arrearages and for noncompliance with

certain processes relating to paternity or child support proceedings.]

NRS 544.134           Suspension

of license for failure to pay child support or comply with certain subpoenas or

warrants; reinstatement of license. [Effective until the date of the repeal of

42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal law requiring each state to establish procedures

for withholding, suspending and restricting the professional, occupational and

recreational licenses for child support arrearages and for noncompliance with

certain processes relating to paternity or child support proceedings.]

NRS 544.136           Application

for license to include social security number of applicant. [Effective until

the date of the repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal law requiring each state

to establish procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the professional,

occupational and recreational licenses for child support arrearages and for

noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity or child support

proceedings.]

NRS 544.140           Qualifications

of licensees; issuance and renewal of licenses; fee. [Effective until the date

of the repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal law requiring each state to

establish procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the

professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child support

arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity

or child support proceedings.]

NRS 544.140           Qualifications

of licensees; issuance and renewal of licenses; fee. [Effective on the date of

the repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal law requiring each state to

establish procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the

professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child support

arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity

or child support proceedings.]

NRS 544.145           Application

for renewal of license must include certain information regarding state

business license; grounds for denial of renewal.

NRS 544.150           Conditions

for issuance of permits.

NRS 544.160           Separate

permit required for each operation; notice of intention; conditions and

modification of permit.

NRS 544.170           Notice

of intention: Contents.

NRS 544.180           Notice

of intention: Publication; filing of proof of publication.

NRS 544.190           Proof

of financial responsibility.

NRS 544.200           Fees

for permits.

NRS 544.210           Records

and reports of licensees and exempt organizations.

NRS 544.220           Suspension

or revocation of license or permit: Grounds; modification of terms.

NRS 544.230           Construction

of NRS 544.070 to 544.240,

inclusive.

NRS 544.240           Penalties.

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RESEARCH

      NRS 544.010  Short title.  NRS 544.010 to 544.060,

inclusive, may be cited as the Weather Modification Research Law.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 668)

      NRS 544.020  Definitions.  As

used in NRS 544.010 to 544.060,

inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires:

      1.  “Department” means the State Department

of Conservation and Natural Resources.

      2.  “Director” means the Director of the

State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 668)

      NRS 544.030  State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

authorized to conduct research programs.  The

Department may conduct weather modification research programs.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 668)

      NRS 544.040  County financial participation in research; conditions.  In areas where weather modification research

is to be carried on, the counties involved may give such financial assistance

as the Director and the board of county commissioners shall determine, but such

financial assistance shall aggregate for the counties involved an amount not

less than 25 percent of the amount paid by the State for such program.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 668)

      NRS 544.050  Agreements between counties and State Department of Conservation

and Natural Resources; term of agreements.  Counties

in cooperating with the Director in conducting any weather modification program

in fulfillment of the purposes of NRS 544.010 to 544.060, inclusive, are authorized to enter into

5-year agreements with the Director.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 669; A 1975, 576)

      NRS 544.060  Use of facilities and technical resources of Desert Research

Institute of Nevada System of Higher Education.  In

carrying out the purposes of NRS 544.010 to 544.060, inclusive, the Director shall utilize to the

fullest possible extent the facilities and technical resources of the Desert

Research Institute of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 669; A 1969, 1443; 1993, 413)

REGULATION OF OPERATIONS

      NRS 544.070  Definitions.  As

used in NRS 544.070 to 544.240,

inclusive, unless the context requires otherwise:

      1.  “Director” means the Director of the

State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

      2.  “Operation” means:

      (a) The performance of weather modification and

control activities pursuant to a single contract entered into for the purpose

of producing, or attempting to produce, a certain modifying effect within one

geographical area over one continuing time interval not exceeding 1 year; or

      (b) If the performance of weather modification

and control activities is to be undertaken individually or jointly by a person

or persons to be benefited and not undertaken pursuant to a contract, the

performance of weather modification and control activities entered into for the

purpose of producing, or attempting to produce, a certain modifying effect

within one geographical area over one continuing time interval not exceeding 1

year.

      3.  “Research and development” means

theoretical analysis, exploration and experimentation and the extension of

investigative findings and theories of a 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.

      4.  “Weather modification and control”

means changing or controlling, or attempting to change or control, by

artificial methods the natural development of any or all atmospheric cloud

forms or precipitation forms which occur in the troposphere.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 691; A 1997, 2090; 1999, 520, 542; 2013, 2737)

      NRS 544.080  Powers of the Director of the State Department of Conservation

and Natural Resources.  In the

performance of his or her functions the Director may, in addition to any other

acts authorized by law:

      1.  Establish advisory committees to advise

with and make recommendations to the Director concerning legislation, policies,

administration, research and other matters.

      2.  Establish by regulation or order such

standards and instructions to govern the carrying out of research or projects

in weather modification and control as the Director may deem necessary or desirable

to minimize danger to health or property, and make such regulations as are

necessary in the performance of his or her powers and duties.

      3.  Make such studies, investigations,

obtain such information and hold such hearings as the Director may deem

necessary or proper to assist the Director in exercising his or her authority

or in the administration or enforcement of NRS 544.070

to 544.240, inclusive, or any regulations or orders

issued thereunder.

      4.  Appoint and fix the compensation of

such personnel, without compliance with the provisions of chapter 284 of NRS, including specialists and

consultants, as are necessary to perform the duties and functions of the

Director.

      5.  Acquire, in the manner provided by law,

such materials, equipment and facilities as are necessary to perform the duties

and functions of the Director.

      6.  Cooperate with public or private

agencies in the performance of the functions or duties of the Director and in

furtherance of the purposes of NRS 544.070 to 544.240, inclusive.

      7.  Represent the State in any and all

matters pertaining to plans, procedures or negotiations for interstate compacts

relating to weather modification and control.

      8.  With approval of the Governor, enter

into cooperative agreements with the various counties and cities of this State

or with any private or public agencies for conducting weather modification or

cloud seeding operations.

      9.  Act for and represent the State and the

counties, cities and private or public agencies in contracting with private

concerns for the performance of weather modifications or cloud seeding

operations.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 692)

      NRS 544.090  Promotion of research and development.  The

Director shall exercise the powers of the Director in such manner as to promote

the continued conduct of research and development activities in the fields

specified below by private or public institutions or persons and to assist in

the acquisition of an expanding fund of theoretical and practical knowledge in

such fields. To this end the Director may conduct, and make arrangements

including contracts and agreements for the conduct of, research and development

activities relating to:

      1.  The theory and development of methods

of weather modification and control, including processes, materials and devices

related thereto.

      2.  Utilization of weather modification and

control for agricultural, industrial, commercial and other purposes.

      3.  The protection of life and property

during research and operational activities.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 693)

      NRS 544.100  Hearings: Record of proceedings; subpoenas.  In the case of hearings held pursuant to NRS 544.220, the Director shall, and in other cases

may, cause a record of all proceedings to be taken and filed with the Director,

together with his or her findings and conclusions. For any hearing, the

Director or a representative designated by the Director may issue, in the name

of the Director, subpoenas requiring any person to appear and testify or to

appear and produce documents at any designated place.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 693; A 1981, 89)

      NRS 544.110  Acceptance of gifts and grants.  The

Director may, subject to any limitations otherwise imposed by law, receive and

accept for and in the name of the State any money which may be offered or

become available from federal grants or appropriations, private gifts,

donations or bequests, or from any other source, and may expend the money,

unless its use is restricted and subject to any limitations otherwise provided

by law, for the administration of NRS 544.070 to 544.240, inclusive, and for the encouragement of

research and development by a state or public or private agency, either by

direct grant, by contract or other cooperative means.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 693; A 1979, 118)

      NRS 544.120  License and permit required for activities for modification and

control of weather.  Except as

provided in NRS 544.130, no person shall engage in

activities for weather modification and control except under and in accordance

with a license and a permit issued by the Director authorizing such activities.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 693)

      NRS 544.130  Exemptions.  The

Director, to the extent the Director deems practical, shall provide by regulation

for exempting from the license, permit and liability requirements of NRS 544.070 to 544.240,

inclusive:

      1.  Research and development and

experiments by state and federal agencies, institutions of higher learning and

bona fide nonprofit research organizations.

      2.  Laboratory research and experiments.

      3.  Activities required in emergencies for

protection against fire, frost, sleet or fog.

      4.  Activities normally engaged in for

purposes other than those of inducing, increasing, decreasing or preventing

precipitation or hail.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 693; A 1967, 159)

      NRS 544.132  Payment of child support: Statement by applicant for license;

grounds for denial of license; duty of Director. [Effective until the date of

the repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal law requiring each state to

establish procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the

professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child support

arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity

or child support proceedings.]

      1.  A natural person who applies for the

issuance or renewal of a license to engage in activities for weather

modification and control shall submit to the Director the statement prescribed

by the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services of the Department of Health

and Human Services pursuant to NRS 425.520.

The statement must be completed and signed by the applicant.

      2.  The Director shall include the

statement required pursuant to subsection 1 in:

      (a) The application or any other forms that must

be submitted for the issuance or renewal of the license; or

      (b) A separate form prescribed by the Director.

      3.  A license to engage in activities for

weather modification and control may not be issued or renewed by the Director

if the applicant is a natural person who:

      (a) Fails to submit the statement required

pursuant to subsection 1; or

      (b) Indicates on the statement submitted pursuant

to subsection 1 that the applicant is subject to a court order for the support

of a child and is not in compliance with the order or a plan approved by the

district attorney or other public agency enforcing the order for the repayment

of the amount owed pursuant to the order.

      4.  If an applicant indicates on the

statement submitted pursuant to subsection 1 that the applicant is subject to a

court order for the support of a child and is not in compliance with the order

or a plan approved by the district attorney or other public agency enforcing

the order for the repayment of the amount owed pursuant to the order, the

Director shall advise the applicant to contact the district attorney or other

public agency enforcing the order to determine the actions that the applicant

may take to satisfy the arrearage.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 2089)

      NRS 544.134  Suspension of license for failure to pay child support or comply

with certain subpoenas or warrants; reinstatement of license. [Effective until

the date of the repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal law requiring each state

to establish procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the

professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child support

arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity

or child support proceedings.]

      1.  If the Director receives a copy of a

court order issued pursuant to NRS 425.540

that provides for the suspension of all professional, occupational and

recreational licenses, certificates and permits issued to a person who is the

holder of a license to engage in activities for weather modification and

control, the Director shall deem the license issued to that person to be

suspended at the end of the 30th day after the date on which the court order

was issued unless the Director receives a letter issued to the holder of the

license by the district attorney or other public agency pursuant to NRS 425.550 stating that the holder of the

license has complied with the subpoena or warrant or has satisfied the

arrearage pursuant to NRS 425.560.

      2.  The Director shall reinstate a license

to engage in activities for weather modification and control that has been

suspended by a district court pursuant to NRS

425.540 if the director receives a letter issued by the district attorney

or other public agency pursuant to NRS

425.550 to the person whose license was suspended stating that the person

whose license was suspended has complied with the subpoena or warrant or has

satisfied the arrearage pursuant to NRS

425.560.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 2090)

      NRS 544.136  Application for license to include social security number of

applicant. [Effective until the date of the repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the

federal law requiring each state to establish procedures for withholding,

suspending and restricting the professional, occupational and recreational

licenses for child support arrearages and for noncompliance with certain

processes relating to paternity or child support proceedings.]  The application of a natural person who

applies for the issuance of a license to engage in activities for weather

modification and control must include the social security number of the

applicant.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 2090)

      NRS 544.140  Qualifications of licensees; issuance and renewal of licenses;

fee. [Effective until the date of the repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal

law requiring each state to establish procedures for withholding, suspending and

restricting the professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child

support arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to

paternity or child support proceedings.]

      1.  Licenses to engage in activities for

weather modification and control must be issued to an applicant who:

      (a) Pays the fee required pursuant to subsection

2;

      (b) If the applicant is a natural person, submits

the statement required pursuant to NRS 544.132; and

      (c) Demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the

Director, competence in the field of meteorology reasonably necessary to engage

in activities for weather modification and control.

      2.  If the applicant is an organization,

the requirements set forth in paragraphs (a) and (c) of subsection 1 must be

met by the person or persons who are to be in control and in charge of the

operation for the applicant.

      3.  The Director shall issue licenses in

accordance with such procedures and subject to such conditions as the Director

may by regulation establish to effectuate the provisions of NRS 544.070 to 544.240,

inclusive. Each license must be issued for a period to expire at the end of the

calendar year in which it is issued and, if the licensee possesses the

qualifications necessary for the issuance of a new license, the license must,

upon application, be renewed at the expiration of that period. A license must

be issued or renewed only upon the payment to the Director of $100 for the

license or the renewal thereof.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 694; A 1997, 2091)

      NRS 544.140  Qualifications of

licensees; issuance and renewal of licenses; fee. [Effective on the date of the

repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal law requiring each state to establish

procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the professional,

occupational and recreational licenses for child support arrearages and for

noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity or child support

proceedings.]

      1.  Licenses to engage in activities for

weather modification and control shall be issued to applicants therefor who pay

the license fee required and who demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the

Director, competence in the field of meteorology reasonably necessary to engage

in activities for weather modification and control. If the applicant is an

organization, these requirements shall be met by the individual or individuals

who are to be in control and in charge of the operation for the applicant.

      2.  The Director shall issue licenses in

accordance with such procedures and subject to such conditions as the Director

may by regulation establish to effectuate the provisions of NRS 544.070 to 544.240,

inclusive. Each license must be issued for a period to expire at the end of the

calendar year in which it is issued and, if the licensee possesses the

qualifications necessary for the issuance of a new license, such license shall,

upon application, be renewed at the expiration of that period. A license shall

be issued or renewed only upon the payment to the Director of $100 for the

license or the renewal thereof.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 694; A 1997, 2091,

effective on the date of the repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal law

requiring each state to establish procedures for withholding, suspending and

restricting the professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child

support arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to

paternity or child support proceedings)

      NRS 544.145  Application for renewal of license must include certain

information regarding state business license; grounds for denial of renewal.

      1.  In addition to any other requirements

set forth in this chapter, an applicant for the renewal of a license to engage

in activities for weather modification and control must indicate in the

application submitted to the Director whether the applicant has a state

business license. If the applicant has a state business license, the applicant

must include in the application the state business license number assigned by

the Secretary of State upon compliance with the provisions of chapter 76 of NRS.

      2.  A license to engage in activities for

weather modification and control may not be renewed by the Director if:

      (a) The applicant fails to submit the information

required by subsection 1; or

      (b) The State Controller has informed the

Director pursuant to subsection 5 of NRS

353C.1965 that the applicant owes a debt to an agency that has been

assigned to the State Controller for collection and the applicant has not:

             (1) Satisfied the debt;

             (2) Entered into an agreement for the

payment of the debt pursuant to NRS

353C.130; or

             (3) Demonstrated that the debt is not

valid.

      3.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Agency” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 353C.020.

      (b) “Debt” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 353C.040.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2736)

      NRS 544.150  Conditions for issuance of permits.  The

Director shall issue permits in accordance with such procedures and subject to

such conditions as the Director may by regulation establish to effectuate the

provisions of NRS 544.070 to 544.240,

inclusive, only:

      1.  If the applicant is licensed pursuant to

NRS 544.070 to 544.240,

inclusive.

      2.  If a sufficient notice of intention is

published and proof of publication is filed as required by NRS 544.180.

      3.  If the applicant furnishes proof of

financial responsibility, as provided in NRS 544.190,

in an amount as may be determined by the Director but not to exceed $20,000.

      4.  If the fee for a permit is paid as

required by NRS 544.200.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 694)

      NRS 544.160  Separate permit required for each operation; notice of

intention; conditions and modification of permit.  A

separate permit shall be issued for each operation. Prior to undertaking any

weather modification and control activities the licensee shall file with the

Director and also cause to be published a notice of intention. The licensee, if

a permit is issued, shall confine his or her activities for the permitted

operation substantially within the time and area limits set forth in the notice

of intention, unless modified by the Director, and the activities shall also

substantially conform to any conditions imposed by the Director upon the

issuance of the permit or to the terms of the permit as modified after

issuance.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 694)

      NRS 544.170  Notice of intention: Contents.  The

notice of intention shall set forth at least all the following:

      1.  The name and address of the licensee.

      2.  The nature and object of the intended

operation and the person or organization on whose behalf it is to be conducted.

      3.  The area in which and the approximate

time during which the operation will be conducted.

      4.  The area which is intended to be

affected by the operation.

      5.  The materials and methods to be used in

conducting the operation.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 694)

      NRS 544.180  Notice of intention: Publication; filing of proof of

publication.

      1.  The applicant shall cause the notice of

intention, or that portion thereof including the items specified in NRS 544.170, to be published at least once a week for

3 consecutive weeks in a newspaper having a general circulation and published

within any county in which the operation is to be conducted and in which the

affected area is located, or, if the operation is to be conducted in more than

one county or if the affected area is located in more than one county or is

located in a county other than the one in which the operation is to be

conducted, then in a newspaper having a general circulation and published

within each of such counties. In case there is no newspaper published within

the appropriate county, publication shall be made in a newspaper having a

general circulation within the county.

      2.  Proof of publication, made in the

manner provided by law, shall be filed by the licensee with the Director within

15 days from the date of the last publication of the notice.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 695)

      NRS 544.190  Proof of financial responsibility.  Proof

of financial responsibility may be furnished by an applicant by the applicant’s

showing, to the satisfaction of the Director, the applicant’s ability to

respond in damages for liability which might reasonably be attached to or

result from weather modification and control activities in connection with the

operation for which the applicant seeks a permit; but the applicant need not

show ability to respond in damages for liability resulting from precipitation

caused by weather modification experiments.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 695; A 1967, 159)

      NRS 544.200  Fees for permits.  The

fee to be paid by each applicant for a permit shall be equivalent to 1 1/2

percent of the estimated cost of such operation, such cost to be estimated by

the Director from the evidence available to the Director. The fee is due and payable

to the Director as of the date of the issuance of the permit, but if the

applicant is able to give to the Director satisfactory security for the payment

of the balance, the applicant may be permitted to commence the operation, and a

permit may be issued therefor, upon the payment of not less than 50 percent of

the fee. The balance due shall be paid within 3 months from the date of the

termination of the operation as prescribed in the permit. Failure to pay a

permit fee as required is grounds for suspension or revocation of the license

of the delinquent permit holder and grounds for refusal to renew the license or

to issue any further permits to such person.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 695)

      NRS 544.210  Records and reports of licensees and exempt organizations.

      1.  Each licensee shall keep and maintain a

record of all operations conducted by the licensee pursuant to his or her

license and each permit, showing the method employed, the type of equipment

used, materials and amounts thereof used, the times and places of operation of

the equipment, the name and post office address of each individual

participating or assisting in the operation other than the licensee, and such

other general information as may be required by the Director, and shall report

the same to the Director at the time and in the manner required by the

Director.

      2.  The Director shall require written

reports in such manner as the Director provides but not inconsistent with the

provisions of NRS 544.070 to 544.240,

inclusive, covering each operation for which a permit is issued. The Director

shall also require written reports from such organizations as are exempt from

the license, permit and liability provisions of NRS

544.130.

      3.  All information on an operation shall

be submitted to the Director before any information on such operation may be released

to the public.

      4.  The reports and records in the custody

of the Director shall be open for public examination.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 695)

      NRS 544.220  Suspension or revocation of license or permit: Grounds;

modification of terms.

      1.  The Director may suspend or revoke any

license or permit issued if it appears that the licensee no longer possesses

the qualifications necessary for the issuance of a new license or permit. The

Director may suspend or revoke any license or permit if it appears that the

licensee has violated any of the provisions of NRS

544.070 to 544.240, inclusive. Such suspension

or revocation shall occur only after notice to the licensee and a reasonable

opportunity granted such licensee to be heard respecting the grounds for the

proposed suspension or revocation. The Director may refuse to renew the license

of, or to issue another permit to, any applicant who has failed to comply with

any provisions of NRS 544.070 to 544.240, inclusive.

      2.  The Director may modify the terms of a

permit after issuance thereof if the licensee is first given notice and a

reasonable opportunity for a hearing respecting the grounds for the proposed

modification and if it appears to the Director that it is necessary for the

protection of the health or the property of any person to make the modification

proposed.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 696)

      NRS 544.230  Construction of NRS 544.070 to 544.240,

inclusive.  Nothing in NRS 544.070 to 544.240,

inclusive, shall be construed to impose or accept any liability or

responsibility on the part of the State or any state officials or employees for

any weather modification and control activities of any private person or group,

or to affect in any way any contractual, tortious or other legal rights, duties

or liabilities between any private persons or groups.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 696)

      NRS 544.240  Penalties.  Any

person violating any of the provisions of NRS 544.070

to 544.240, inclusive, or any lawful regulation or

order issued pursuant thereto shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and a continuing

violation is punishable as a separate offense for each day during which it occurs.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 696; A 2013, 2737)