Ward: 'Relentless' pressure pushed 'chemtrail' meeting

The idea is an exchange of information, she said

Condensation trails form behind a U.S. Air Force C-141 Starlifter as it flies over Antarctica. (USAF/Courtesy)

Condensation trails form behind a U.S. Air Force C-141 Starlifter as it flies over Antarctica. (USAF/Courtesy)

KINGMAN - Officially, a community meeting set for 5 p.m. Wednesday in Kingman is not about so-called "chemtrails."

But state Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, said those concerned about the alleged phenomena are behind the meeting, in which officials from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will be at the Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

"For two years, it's been basically relentless," she said of the pressure her office has received to address concerns about condensation trails, the wispy clouds that sometimes trail jet aircraft.

"I think this particular group has felt that no one has addressed their concerns, so this is their opportunity to be heard."

ADEQ personnel will travel from Phoenix for the meeting, Ward said. Several news sites publicized the meeting as a "chemtrail" hearing following a report in the Lake Havasu News-Herald.

Condensation trails are a long-familiar byproduct of jet travel.

When hot jet exhaust mixes with the cold air of the upper atmosphere, and there's enough humidity, water vapor will condense into ice crystals, forming the familiar "trail" - actually a high, thin cloud.

Depending on weather conditions, the cloud may dissipate quickly, or spread and linger.

Since at least 1996, conspiracy theories have focused on what some call "chemtrails," in which it is alleged that sinister parties take advantage of condensation trail formation to spread chemicals or attempt to achieve other ends, such as weather control.

A 2000 report by several government agencies - including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - declared that "contrails are composed primarily of water (in the form of ice crystals) and do not post health risks to humans."

The U.S. Air Force issued its own 2005 report, which flatly states: "There is no such thing as a 'chemtrail.' "

Ward said the point of her meeting is to connect constituents to the state personnel who can, perhaps, answer questions.

"The meeting I called is about the environmental quality of air and water," she said. "I don't know how much discussion of 'chemtrails' is going to happen."