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5 Seattle J. Envtl. L. 291 (2015)
Drone Technology: Benefits, Risks, and Legal Considerations

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       Drone   Technology: Benefits, Risks, and Legal
                          Considerations


                          Kurt  W.  Smith


    The ability for drones to do beneficial and cost-effective environmen-
    tal work is widely understood and being applied both nationally and
    internationally. Less well understood are the types of laws that are
    needed to protect the public amid rising concerns about privacy for
    citizens, interference with commercial aircraft, and the potential risk
    to homeland security. Achieving a reasonable balance between the
    risks and benefits of this technology is critical as the widespread use
    of drones continues to grow.

                         TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Introduction ....................................................................................... 291
II. Good and Innovative Uses of Drone Technology............................ 293
III. Public Concerns and State Legislative Remedies...........................295
IV. Federal Aviation Administration Issues ......................................... 297
V. Homeland  Security Concerns .......................................................... 299
VI. Conclusion...................................................................................... 300

                          I. INTRODUCTION
     As a professor at a small southern university, I have a great deal of
freedom  to explore and learn about new ideas and new  technologies. I
recently had an experience that called into question my freedom to explore
new  technologies; specifically, the use of drones. My department recently
bought a drone, which we have been using to assess the health of streams


T Kurt Smith, is an assistant professor of Environmental Management at Methodist University in
Fayetteville, North Carolina.


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