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Chicago Suburb Bans Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers. Conscious Choice reports that the Chicago suburb of Evanston has recently passed strict regulations against gas-powered leaf blowers. As of August 1, 1996, use of gas-powered leaf blowers is banned between May 15 and September 30. The blowers may be used only between April 1 and May 14 and between October 1 and December 15. Furthermore, the city council prohibits the blowers be used before 7 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends. The blowers can reach a decibel reading as high as 90 or 100.
Van Nuys Airport Curfew May Not Meet with FAA's Approval. The Los Angeles Times reports that it is likely that the Federal Aviation Administration will reject a proposal -- supported by residents inundated by noise -- to extend a noise curfew at Los Angeles' Van Nuys Airport.
San Diego Homeowners Fight to Keep Military Helicopters Out. The Los Angeles Times reports that residents in the San Diego area are increasing their efforts directed against a plan to relocate extremely loud Marine Corps helicopters to a base that affects their community.
Enforceable Noise Ordinance Makes for Quieter Neighborhoods in Vermont College Town. The Burlington Free Press reports that police are enforcing Burlington, Vermont's updated noise ordinance by patrolling neighborhoods and issuing fines for violations. According to this article, violators of the noise ordinance are mostly college-age people involved in off-campus parties. Burlington's noise ordinance prohibits noise from any party or social event that "interferes with the peace or health of members of the public or is audible through walls between units within the same building, from another property or from the street." The ordinance discourages Burlington police officers from simply giving a warning if they determine a noise violation has occurred. Penalties for a first offense range from $100 to $500.
American Entertainment Introduces Young Audiences To Hearing Damage. The Pacific Sun reports that digital technology has enabled movie producers and rock bands alike to increase the quality of sound their entertainment provides, but it has also inspired them to increase the volume as well. The government has no regulation regarding the sound level of movie or musical entertainment, and the affect of excessive noise on the human ear is usually not the priority of movie producers, movie-goers, rock bands, or rock fans. According to the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, 10 million Americans suffer from noise-induced hearing loss and 20 million are exposed to potentially damaging noise levels. Hearing loss has increased by 14% since 1971. Preventative and protective measures are just starting to be taken.
Minneapolis Mayors Discuss New Runway At Twin Cities' Airport. The Southwest Journal reports a committee of mayors is discussing a new runway and its noise control at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. The Legislature is directing the Metropolitan Airport Commission to spend at least $100 million by the year 2002, $50 million more than originally planned, on noise control. The MAC has already promised to spend $135 million on noise control, raised by passenger fees and federal grants. Legislature has given the mayors the power to recommend how the money should be spent. Earlier this year the Legislature voted to expand the airport and not build a new airport.
Proposed Conversion of California Military Base Draws Fire. The Los Angeles Times reports that residents don't believe that a draft environmental report -- which says the proposed commercial airport at El Toro Marines Base -- will constitute a good way of addressing noise, pollution, and traffic concerns in the area. They, and others, will have until October 15 to make comments, and County Supervisors will make a decision on the airport on the day before New Year's Eve.
Effects on Wildlife/Animals
Home Equipment and Appliances
Land Use and Noise
Civil Liberty Issues
Miscellaneous Noise Stories
Noise Organizations Mentioned
Noise in Our National Parks/Natural Areas
Residential and Community Noise
Snowmobile and ATV Noise
Research and Studies
Technological Solutions to Noise
Transportation Related Noise
Violence and Noise