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Acoustic Ecology: Hearing Care and Preserving the Rare Sounds of Silence. Cooking Light Magazine reports natural quiet in the United States is difficult to find in these modern times of more cars, more planes, more appliances, and more people. What we hear and how well we hear it is a major concern of both audiologists and a movement called acoustic ecology.
Advisory Board in Mass. Works to Protect Community from Power Plant Noise. The Patriot Ledger reports Weymouth, Massachusetts, town officials are carefully considering noise and other pollution concerns at a proposed power plant.
Letters: California Residents Continue the El Toro Airport Debate. The Los Angeles Times published two letters from California residents expressing their views about El Toro Airport issues. The first letter is written by Michael Steiner of Costa Mesa, California, who criticizes the idea of test flights at El Toro Airport. Steiner writes:
Florida Town Restricts Lawn-Mowing Hours after Residents Complain of Noise. The Sun-Sentinel reports the town of Margate, Florida, has crafted a new ordinance to specifically target lawn-mowing noise.
Friends of the Earth Supports EU Directive to Ban Noisy Aircraft in Europe. According to the European Report, two non -governmental organizations have criticized the European Union for giving in to pressure from the United States to delay a ban on older and louder "hushkitted" aircraft in European skies.
Lawmakers Unite to Impose Noise Restrictions, Including a Curfew, at Teterboro Airport. The Record reports federal and state lawmakers are urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to impose curfews at Teterboro Airport and force other restrictions on jet traffic to improve living conditions for neighboring residents.
New Grant Will Soundproof More Homes Affected by Noise from Burbank Airport. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports a new grant of federal funds will provide sound insulation for more homes affected by noise from the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.
RI Residents Invited to Comment on Plans to Limit Noise from T.F. Green Airport. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports on Monday, residents of Cranston and Warwick, Rhode Island, will have a final opportunity to comment on a list of noise controls proposed for T.F. Green Airport, including significant changes in the flight paths over the city.
Judge Rules Florida Landowners Must Prove Decreased Property Value in Airport Noise Suit. The Palm Beach Post reports a judge's ruling may have crippled the case of Palm Beach, Florida, landowners who claim their peace of mind is shattered by the noise of 85 air flights a day over their homes from Palm Beach International Airport.
Raleigh, NC, Home of Db (Decibel) Drag Racer Champion, Adopts Car Audio Ordinance. The News and Observer reports in an attempt to control drive-by concerts, Raleigh, North Carolina, will likely adopt an ordinance prohibiting music that is audible 50 feet from a vehicle.
Roxbury, Mass., is Loser in Noise Turf Battle, Say Residents. The Boston Globe reports the Runway 27 Coalition in Massachusetts now has former members saying one faction benefited at the expense of another community in its battle over noise pollution from Logan Airport.
US Rep. Charges Massport with Environmental Injustice in Plan for Third Runway at Boston's Logan Airport. The Boston Globe reports a US Congressman representing districts near Logan Airport has objected to Massport's plan for a third runway on grounds of "environmental injustice," saying noise will be unequally distributed over poor, minority communities.
Calif. Writer Says Noise Violates Even Sacred Places in Our Modern World. The Ventura County Star published a column in which the author tells of a recent vacation across Coconino National Forest of northern Arizona, where she rediscovered the sounds of silence. But in her attempt to embrace it, she notes the pervasive lack of silence in our modern world.
Queens Residents Vehemently Object to More Flights at New York Airports. The New York Times reports New York residents have a hard time believing "The skies will be getting quieter" as the Federal Government considers eliminating flight caps at La Guardia and JFK Airports.
Saying, "You Can't Get Away from the Noise Problem," Seekonk, Mass. Zoning Appeals Board Denies Permit for Company. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the Zoning Board of Appeals in Seekonk, Massachusetts, agreed with residents' noise concerns and denied a permit for a parcel-distribution center in a residential neighborhood.
Michigan Town Wants to Lower Volume on Noisy Car Stereos. The Associated Press reports some residents of Saginaw Township, Michigan, want to see a change in a local noise ordinance that would focus on noisy car stereos.
Wisconsin Powerboat Group Challenges Noise Ordinance. Chicago Tribune reports a powerboater association will ask for a repeal of a new boating noise ordinance enacted by a waterway authority in Wisconsin.
Noise Study of Bradley Airport Presents Dilemma for Suffield, Conn.. The Hartford Courant reports the results of a mini-study show reducing noise in one part of Suffield, Connecticut, will only increase noise in another section of town.
British Columbia Town Restricts Noisy All-Night Dance Parties. The Vancouver Sun reports the town of Richmond, British Columbia, has drafted a bylaw that will restrict all night dance parties, known as raves, in response to residents' noise complaints and criticisms of other kinds.
Brochure Informs Residents of Temporary Noise Shifts at O'Hare Airport. The Chicago Sun-Times reports summer maintenance projects at O'Hare Airport are expected to create noise shifts over Chicago area communities.
NC County May Use "Reasonableness Standard" to Measure Noise and Enforce Ordinance. The Herald-Sun reports Durham County, North Carolina, in an effort to make its noise ordinance for enforceable, is considering revising the standards by which it measures noise.
RI Residents Question Justice of Proposed New Flight Tracks at T.F. Green Airport. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports some Rhode Island residents who will likely hear more noise if proposed new flight paths become a realty at Warwick's T.F. Green Airport questioned last night the justice of such noise distribution.
New Noise Ordinance in Florida Town will Require Special Permits. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Palmetto, Florida, officials will seek public input on the city's proposed noise-control ordinance amendments at a hearing scheduled for May 3.
Noise is the Thing in the Greensboro, North Carolina FedEx Debate. The News & Record published an editorial from resident Ray Rimmer of Greensboro, North Carolina, who says noise, not economics, is the issue of debate in considering FedEx development. Rimmer writes:
Raligh, NC, Adopts Noise Ordinance to Govern Amplified Music. The News and Observer reports the Raleigh, North Carolina, City Council approved a new noise ordinance Tuesday that will govern business where amplified music is played.
West Texas Ranchers Threaten to Sue Over Noise from Air Force Bomber Training. The Associated Press reports a large group of West Texas ranchers and farmers have joined together to voice their opposition to Air Force bombing practice that they say will bring noise to ruin their way of life and spook their animals.
Town Near New Orleans Airport Vows to Fight New Runway Plan. The Times-Picayune reports a proposed new runway at New Orleans International Airport has the support of the Louisiana Governor but the strong opposition of a nearby town that fears increased noise from roaring jets.
Mass. Business Leaders and Politicians Choosing Sides in New Logan Runway. The Boston Herald reports Boston business leaders last night stated their support for a new runway at Logan Airport along with Gov. Paul Cellucci and Logan Airport officials while Mayor Thomas M. Menino and some members of the state's congressional delegation strongly opposed the addition.
Iowa Stock Car Racing Proposal Tabled for Lack of Noise Data. The Associated Press reports a proposal to bring stock car racing to Waterloo Greyhound Park has been put on hold after zoning commissioners raised concern over noise.
Automobile Noise Regulations Now Law in Raleigh, NC. The News and Observer reports in attempt to regulate noise from high-powered car stereos, the Raleigh, North Carolina, City Council unanimously approved an automobile noise ordinance Tuesday.
NC Resident Defends Arguments Made by Critics of FedEx Hub. The News & Record (Greensboro, NC) published a letter from Diane Warren of Greensboro, North Carolina. In her letter, Ms. Warren defends arguments made by critics of the FedEx hub at the Triad Airport.
Letter: Airport Noise Impacts Quality of Life in Stuart, Florida. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News published a letter from Mary Warren of Stuart, Florida. In her letter, Ms. Warren details how noise from Witham Field Airport destroys her quality of life:
Entire Kentucky Town Relocated in Unique Airport Noise Buyout. The New York Times reports a Kentucky town near the Louisville International Airport agreed to an airport buy-out only if the entire town could be moved together. FAA officials consented to the request, the first of its kind in the United States.
Entire Kentucky Town Relocates to Escape Airport Noise. The New York Times reports in the wake of a relocation effort by the Louisville International Airport, a Kentucky town has made a demand so unusual that that Federal Aviation Administration officials now say it could be a model for other communities.
Contractors Educated on Installing Noise Insulation for Homes Near Indianapolis International Airport. The Indianapolis Star reports work will begin soon to insulate hundreds of Hendricks County homes from the noise of jets from Indianapolis International Airport.
ADOT Will Retest Noise Through Gap in Sound Wall near Mesa when Freeway Completed. The Arizona Republic reports the Arizona Department of Transportation has decided to "wait and see" about a section of sound wall Mesa residents insist is needed to muffle noise from the Price Freeway.
Noise Barrier at Rifle Range in N. Warwickshire, England, Welcomed by Environmentalists. The Birmingham Post reports the Defense Estates Organization has requested approval to build a sound wall at a rifle range near a nature conservation area in North Warwickshire, England.
Long Island Towns Place Restrictions on Noisy Helicopters. The New York Times reports in recent years the freedom to use helicopters has been reduced on Long Island as more and more towns have passed regulations restricting where they can take off and land. And in some areas where helicopters can still operate on private property, neighbors are becoming more vocal about the noise.
Ventura, California, Resident Says Firing Range is a "Noise Generator" Spewing "Aural Graffiti". The Los Angeles Times published a letter from John W. Wagner of Ventura, California. Wagner vehemently opposes the noisy pistol range in his city. Wagner writes:
Committee Urges Tests of Noise Controls Before Proceeding with Redevelopment Plan for Missouri, Housing Complex. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports noise is a concern of a committee overseeing expansion of a housing complex in St. Louis, Missouri.
Editorial: Race Track in Haywood, NC, will Mean Noise and Turmoil for Residents. The Asheville Citizen-Times published a rebuttal of Vesta Neale's guest column on Friday, March 26, advocating for a race track in Haywood County, North Carolina. Resident Peggy M. Setzer writes:
Foes of Third Runway at Boston's Logan Airport Question Environmental Justice of Project. The Boston Globe reports opponents of a third runway at Boston's Logan Airport are wielding a new argument these days: environmental injustice.
Iowa Town Delays Race Track Until Reliable Noise Data Available. The Associated Press reports a proposal to bring stock car racing to Iowa's Waterloo Greyhound Park has been put on hold after zoning commissioners raised concern over noise.
Neighbors Disagree over Sound Walls along Florida's U. S. 441. Tthe Sun-Sentinel reports not all residents are in favor of sound walls along U.S. 441 that cuts through Boca Raton, Florida, despite the planned expansion of the road from two to six lanes.
Neighbors North of Orlando International Airport Will Hear More Noise for Next 6 Months. The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports Orlando International Airport will begin resurfacing a portion of one of its busiest runways today, sending more noisy jets over the airport's neighbors to the north.
Texas Town Fines Low-Flying Plane; FAA Says Cities Don't Control Airspace. The Austin American-Statesman reports in its latest attempt to control noise from the Addison Airport, the town of Fairview, Texas, recently fine a pilot for violating the town's noise ordinance by flying too low.
English Court of Appeals Upholds EPA Noise Nuisance Notice Regarding Barking Dogs. The Times Newspapers Limited reports a Court of Appeal on March 3 in Colchester, England, upheld the serving of a noise nuisance notice established by the 1990 Environmental Protection Act.
FedEx Expansion at NC Piedmont Airport will Damage Quality of Life. News & Record (Greensboro, NC) published an editorial written in response to a defender of a proposed expansion of North Carolina's Piedmont Triad Airport to accommodate a Federal Express hub. The author, Joan Black, contends FedEx at the airport doesn't mean progress but rather a lower quality of life for residents of Guilford County.
Florida Residents Petition against Expansion of Noisy Sawgrass Expressway. The Sun-Sentinel reports residents of one community have petitioned the Florida DOT against expansion of what they say is highway that's already too noisy.
Hull, Mass. Voices Grievances to Massport about Logan Air Traffic and Noise. The Patriot Ledger reports town officials from Hull, Massachusetts, last night did not accept Massport's rationalization for an additional runway at Boston's Logan Airport. Instead, they voiced a list of airport-related grievances.
Ohio Town Protests Airport Expansion, Citing Noise and Decreased Property Values. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports neighbors opposed to the expansion of the Warren County Airport in Lebanon, Ohio, presented town officials with a petition Monday asking for several restrictions.
Bill Passes Louisiana House, Protects Churches from Outside Noise. The Times-Picayune reports a Louisiana State House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would make it a crime to blast music or other noise within 200 feet of a church, hospital or courthouse.
Calif. Town Upholds Dog-Friendly Parks but says Pet Owners Need to Resolve Noise Complaints. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the Encinitas, California, City Council last night upheld the status quo at a "dog-friendly" park despite noise complaints from neighbors. Pet owners, however, were reminded to take responsibility in solving noise complaints from park neighbors.
Conn. Residents Say NIMBY to Heliport and Noise; Planning Commission Gets Final Say. The Hartford Courant reports Salem, Connecticut, residents said Wednesday they fear a heliport proposed for their neighborhood will bring noise and safety concerns.
NC Town Amends Noise Ordinance, Debates Purchase of Noise Meters. The Morning Star (Wilmington, NC) reports the Carolina Beach, North Carolina, town council took steps Tuesday night to eliminate disparities in its noise ordinance.
NY State Reps Work to Maintain Flight Restrictions at JFK and LaGuardia. Newsday reports four members of the state's congressional delegation met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater yesterday to argue against lifting restrictions on the number of flights at New York City's two airports.
Neighbors Fight Proposed FedEx Hub at NC Airport, Fearing Noise and Loss of Property Values. Cox News Service reports a neighborhood coalition, objecting to noise and loss of property values, is threatening to block a proposed Federal Express hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina..
Taos, New Mexico, Will Fight Noisy Air Force Training Flights. The Albuquerque Journal reports government officials and residents on Wednesday unanimously opposed a proposed low-level military flight training route across northern New Mexico.
Compromise Proposed over Noisy Fans at Wisconsin School. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a plan that should reduce the noise from rooftop ventilating units at the high school was endorsed Thursday by the West Bend, Wisconsin, school board.
Foes Insist Airport at California's El Toro Won't be 'Quiet and Friendly'. The Los Angeles Times reports despite a flawed study, opponents of an airport at El Toro insist noise from departing aircraft would disturb 250,000 California residents.
Letter: Singapore Citizens Urged to Reduce Noise Pollution. The Straits Times (Singapore) published a letter from Ralph A. Lewin of California, USA, urging the citizens of Singapore to reduce noise pollution. Lewin writes:
MN Lawmakers Vote to Address Airport Noise Before Building New Runway. The Associated Press reports noise and pollution issues should be addressed before any more construction happens at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, a Minnesota House panel decided.
South Carolina County Considers Noisy Animal Ordinance. The Post and Courier reports the Charleston, South Carolina, County Council, is working to create a fair and enforceable noise ordinance that will give relief to neighbors annoyed by animal noise.
US May Ban Concorde Landings in Retaliation for EU Hush Kit Restrictions. The Financial Times reports the United States plans to ban landings of the Concorde airliner in the US if the European Commission restricts hush-kited aircraft in Europe.
U.S. Offers to Negotiate with EU to Avert Hush Kit Ban. Reuters reports the United States said yesterday it had proposed a multilateral solution to prevent a retaliatory trade war over European Union plans to ban aircraft fitted with noise mufflers known as hush kits.
Encroaching Development, Along with Noise and Safety Issues, Could Close Additional Arizona Air Bases. The Associated Press reports as development and a growing number of people move to areas around Luke Air Force Base and Arizona's other military airports, the danger may be increasing for both residents and military bases alike.
Letter: Noise from Stuart Airport Robs Residents of Peace and Quiet in Former Florida Paradise. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News published a letter from Dorothy Coutant of Stuart, Florida. Ms. Coutant contends increased noise at the nearby airport is robbing residents of peace and quiet. She writes:
NC Residents Seek Relief from Noise and Artificial Light. The Morning Star reports the Ocean Isle Beach Planning Board will meet later this month to craft ordinances that regulate noise and outdoor lighting as neighborhoods expand on the North Carolina barrier island.
NH Business Loses 1st Round to Block Runway Plan; Will Return to Court to Collect Noise Damages. The Union Leader reports a New Hampshire Superior Court judge yesterday refused to block a runway expansion at Manchester Airport, but the plaintiff will return to court to seek damages from noise.
Noise Expert Calls Plans for Illinois Power Plant 'Fatally Flawed'. The Chicago Tribune reports a noise expert testified Friday that an electrical generating plant near Woodstock, Illinois, may create enough noise to be considered a nuisance for neighbors.
Texas Residents Feel Betrayed by Reduction of Sound Wall. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Texas Department of Transportation's decision this week to reduce a sound barrier wall between Trophy Club and the Texas 114 bypass by 420 feet is a betrayal of an agreement reached 10 years ago, residents and officials said yesterday.
With Noise Ordinance Vote, Arkansas Town Remains Quiet. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports residents of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, sent a message loud and clear Tuesday that they want a quiet little town.
Chicago Suburbs Struggle to Fairly Allocate O'Hare Soundproofing Money. The Chicago Daily Herald reports trustees in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, have approved a plan to select houses for soundproofing this year although it doesn't please everyone.
Florida Residents Complain of Increasing Noise from Witham Field Airport. The Palm Beach Post reports residents of nearby communities are protesting noise and increased air traffic at Witham Field in Stuart, Florida.
Navy Official Stresses Need for Air Training (and Noise). The Times-Picayune published the following article from Maj. Tom Deall, a public affairs officer for the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. In his article, Maj. Deall addresses complaints from homeowners who live in the take-off or landing paths of military airplanes:
Third Mass. Congressman Opposes New Runway at Logan Airport. The Boston Globe reports a third Massachusetts congressman, citing noise pollution, recently joined the opposition of a new runway at Boston's Logan Airport.
Neighborhood Wants To Quiet the Noise From Private Race Track Belonging To Red Dog, Their Professional Motocross Neighbor. The Pasco Times reports that the neighbors of a professional motorcycle racer want him to stop practicing on his private track located on his property. So far they haven't gotten anywhere, so they are taking their complaint to the County Commissioner.
Residents Near New Orleans Airport Want A Say in the Growing Noise Problem -- They'll Sue If They Have To. The Times-Picayune reports that Kenner, Louisiana homeowners, sick and tired of noisy jets, are getting ready to sue airline pilots and airports at New Orleans International Airport for punitive damage under a bill sponsored by state Reps. Glenn Ansardi and Danny Martiny of Kenner.
The Noise Lovers I Have Known. Sarasota Herald-Tribune recently printed Daryl Lease's editorial on his reaction to and encounters with people who seem to thrive on noise.
300 Witham Field Residents Vent Frustration Over Airport Noise and Pollution at Public Meeting. The Palm Beach Post reports that residents who live near Witham Field in Stuart, Florida gathered at a public meeting to hear airport officials and experts address their concerns regarding noise and air pollution created by the huge jets taking off and landing at the airport.
Landlords in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey Bear the Brunt of Noisy Tenants as Noise Ordinance is Enforced. Asbury Park Press reports that landlords in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey are being held responsible for noise citations issued to their tenants. Five landlords appeared in court yesterday to face charges, despite claims that the 1994 ordinance does not alert landowners of their tenant's citations until it is too late to evict them.
Letter to the Editor: Problems at Witham Airport in Stuart, Florida Must Be Addressed Sooner Than Later. The Palm Beach Post printed a letter to the editor from John Decker stating that the expansion of Witham airport in Stuart, Florida is causing pollution and health problems for those living near the airport, and that something has to be done to address these concerns.
Noisy Rooster in St. Tammany, Louisiana, Now Dead, Responsible For Making Barnyard Animals Immune From Noise Nuisance Ordinance. The Times-Picayune reports that a rooster who couldn't keep quiet has caused a noise nuisance ordinance to be changed so that barnyard animals are exempt from being cited in rural areas of St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana.
Opponents of Newsom's Proposed Nightclub-Protection Zone Speak Out Against Expected Noise, Crime and Trash. San Francisco Chronicle reports that despite Supervisor Gavin Newsom's determination to make a safety zone for nightclub owners in his district, residents are speaking out in opposition to the proposed legislature which they say will create nothing but hassles. Meanwhile Newsom argues that the ordinance is necessary to preserve the feel of San Francisco's SoMa area which he says is being overrun by loft dwellers.
Residents Gather To Express Their Opinion on Growth of Witham Field in Stuart, Florida.. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that there was a huge turnout for a community meeting held to discuss the future of Witham Field in Stuart, Florida. Residents have become increasingly concerned over the growing number of landings and takeoffs, as well as the increase in noise from large jets.
Residents Living Near San Carlos Airport, California Show Opposition to Proposed Runway Expansion. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the proposition to expand the runway at San Carlos Airport in California is meeting with opposition from residents who say that the noise is already bad enough, and that a bigger runway will mean bigger planes and more noise.
Residents of Madison's East Side Get Sound Barriers To Quiet Noise From Expanded Interstate 90. Wisconsin State Journal reports that Madison, Wisconsin residents have received $3.7 million worth of sound barriers complements of the state government in order to quiet the noise arising from expansion of Interstate 90-94.
Residents of Palmetto, Florida Soon To Have More Peace and Quiet. Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that a stricter noise ordinance has been passed in Palmetto, Florida which gives the City Council more authority in determining what "too loud" really means.
Too Many Gulls Drive a Waukegan, Illinois Man to Appeal Cannon Booms Used to Scare Birds Away. Chicago Tribune reports that the propane cannons used to frighten nesting gulls away from the Waukegan, Illinois lakefront have one man fighting mad over the incessant noise.
Malta, New York Residents say That Town Officials Are Not Doing Their Job When It Comes To Policing Local Speedway. The Times Union reports that a citizen group in Malta, New York is accusing town officials of having special interests when it comes to regulating the Albany-Saratoga speedway.
Manatee County, Florida Officials Enforce Noise Ordinance To Bring Peace and Quiet To Neighborhoods. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the Manatee County has had so many noise complaints from residents that they have decided to crack down on offenders by giving the existing noise ordinance more of a bite.
Newport News, Virginia Residents Demand Peace and Quiet in Their Community. The Newport News Daily Press reports that citizens of Newport News, Virginia want to put a stop to noise that is affecting their lives. Although the City Council is trying to find a solution to the noise problems that are plaguing residents, deciding which establishments will be liable for excess noise is causing some disagreement.
Oswego, Illinois Club Owners Seek Permission To Pump Up The Volume. Chicago Tribune reports that club owners showed up at a village board meeting armed with radios in order to demonstrate that the allowable noise levels aren't all that loud.
U.S. Policy Makers Speak Out Against Ineffectual European Law Regarding Quieter Airplanes. The International Herald Tribune recently printed an editorial by Rodney E. Slater, David L. Aaron and Stuart E. Eizenstat stating how they feel about the recent European Union "hush kit" rule that will supposedly bring more peace and quiet to airports on both sides of the Atlantic.
Vancouver, British Canada Residents Want Indy Car Race Out of Their Neighborhood. The Ottawa Sun reports that a group of citizens in Vancouver, B.C. want the Molson Indy Car Race to leave their neighborhood despite race organizer's attempts to placate them with offers of free hotel rooms, field trips for children, and earplugs.
Charleston, South Carolina Council To Decide Whether Barking Dogs Will Face The Long Arm of the Law. The Charleston Post and Courier reports that one woman is up in arms over the barking dogs that are preventing her and her children from getting sleep. She is in full support of a proposed law that would fine dog owners who do not silence their animals.
Investors Query Los Angeles Travelers To Determine If a Coast-to-coast Service Out of Burbank, California Airport Would Be Utilized. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that a start-up company is hoping to integrate coast-to-coast flights into the services currently offered at Burbank Airport despite the concerns of Burbank officials that nonstop flights will trouble neighbors with noise problems.
Noise Activists Bussing Their Message Up to State Legislature Regarding Airport Expansion. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a citizen group formed to fight noise pollution emanating from Lambert Field is heading up to the Missouri Legislature en masse in order to get their point across.
Residents Hope Monitors at Schaumburg Regional Airport, Illinois Will Help Bring Back Some Peace and Quiet. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that at Schaumburg Regional Airport in Illinois, citizen complaints have prompted airport officials to begin monitoring the noise levels of departures and arrivals in order to ensure that the airport is complying with FAA regulations.
San Carlos, California Airport Officials Eager To Proceed With Airport Expansion. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that San Carlos Officials have voted to move ahead on construction of a longer runway which residents fear may lead to larger planes and increased noise pollution.
Seattle Club and Bar Owner Responsible for Well-being of Neighborhood Says City Attorney. The Seattle Post-Intelligence reports that the proposed "Added Entertainment Law" has split the City Council as the responsibilities of club and bar owners are discussed with regards to how their establishment affects the rest of the neighborhood.
Chain o'Lakes, Illinois Boat Owners Say Noise Ordinance is Unfair. The Chicago Tribune reports that despite a concession towards the Chain o'Lakes Power Boat Association allowing them to use cutoff muffler switches, the boat owners are still upset with a noise ordinance that allows individual marine patrol officers to ticket them for sound violations without the use of a decibel meter.
Crownsville,Maryland Residents Debate the Ups and Downs of Rezoning. The Capital reports that residents of Crownsville, Maryland have mixed opinions over whether or not residential properties should be upzoned from rural-agriculture and one house per acre, to two houses per acre. While some residents have much to gain, others have much to lose.
EPA Official Tells FAA that the Proposed New Runway at Boston's Logan Airport is Not Justified. The Patriot Ledger reports that John P. DeVillars, the Environmental Protection Agency's regional administrator, wrote a 16-page letter to the FAA saying that a proposed new mile-long runway at Boston's Logan Airport is not justified. He discussed problems such as increased noise, pollution, and environmental injustice, and emphasized the need to encourage a more regional approach to transportation. This approach would include encouraging the use of other regional airports, and promoting the increased use of Amtrak and its soon to be introduced high-speed line between Boston and New York.
El Toro, California Flight Test Will Let Residents Sneak Preview Sounds of Proposed Commercial Flights. The Orange County Register reports that a simulation of air traffic intended for an El Toro Marine Corp base has been approved and that the test flights will give neighbors an idea of what the noise would be like if the airport was used for commercial flights.
Georgia Woman Boycotts Tennessee Because of Noise From Interstate. A letter to the editor in The Tennessean reports that one woman will never spend "another dime" in Tennessee because of the state's refusal to build sound walls along the interstate behind her child's home.
Japan Environmental Agency Will Put the Pressure on the Auto Industry to Produce Low-noise Trucks and Motorcycles. The Jiji Press Ticker Service reports that the final phase of a noise reduction plan in Japan will begin in 2001 with the tightening of regulations for truck and motor cycle noise.
Logan Expansion Faces Legislative and Environmental Hurdles as Opponents Rally To Halt Runway Plan. The Boston Globe reports that Senator Thomas Birmingham and environmental groups are rallying the EPA to halt the construction of a runway that they say will negatively affect residents of Chelsea and surrounding communities and that a supposed increase in flights does not warrant the construction.
Visitor to Brentwood, Tennessee Says Highway Noise is an Unbearable Disgrace. The Tennessean prints this letter to the editor written by the mother of a Brentwood, Tennessee resident. When she recently visited her children, the noise from Interstate 65 was too loud to allow conversations. She feels that this unmitigated problem is a disgrace to the community and to the state.
Burbank, California Airport Neighbors Will Receive Funding to Soundproof Their Homes. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that funding is being sought from the state by Senator Adam Schiff in order to help residents living near the Burbank Airport soundproof their homes from noise pollution caused by airflight.
O'Hare Residents Place an Ad To Combat Increased Daytime Air Trafic. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that concerned communities near the O'Hare International Airport have taken out a full-page ad in order to motivate people to contact their lawmakers and voice their concerns about increased air traffic which they feel will lead to more noise pollution and collisions.
Opponents of El Toro Airport Question Safety and Noise Pollution Associated With Increased Air Traffic. The Orange County Register reports that recommendations by the Orange County Board of Supervisors for enlarging the El Toro Airport to about half the size of the Los Angeles Airport are being met with opposition by those who say the airport will cause increased noise pollution for residents of neighboring communities as well as increase the likelihood of accidents due to the increased traffic.
Greensboro, North Carolina Residents to Hear Status of FAA's Environmental Impact Statement on Proposed FedEx Facility and Runway at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The High Point Enterprise reports that the Federal Aviation Administration will hold a public meeting for concerned citizens on the status of their environmental impact statement regarding the proposed Federal Express hub to be located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Neighbors Will Remain Neighbors as Louisville, Kentucky Suburb is Relocated. The Chicago Tribune reports that residents of Minor Lane Heights, Kentucky may have to leave their homes behind because of airport expansion, but they will be keeping their neighbors.
Newport, Washington Police Chief Proposes Ban on Booming Car Stereos. The Spokesman-Review reports the local police chief in Newport, Washington wants to ban excessively-loud bass-heavy car stereos that disrupt local residents and businesses. An employee of a local chiropractic clinic said "We don't let [economically important] loggers use jake brakes, so why do we let young people boom us out?" The police chief lives 100-200 feet from U.S. 2, but can still hear the loudest stereos. Other members of the City Council haven't heard complaints and don't believe it's a problem; they'd prefer to rely on the existing ordinance.
Resident of Boston's Cambridge Neighborhood Maintains that Curfew on 'Through-Trucks' Will Keep Local Streets Quieter. The Boston Globe prints a letter from Thomas Bracken, a member of the Truck Traffic Advisory Committee in Boston's Cambridge neighborhood. Bracken says that a proposed ban on the use of local Cambridge streets by late-night through-truckers with no local destination will quiet the streets; he holds that opponents in Belmont who believed the curfew would increase noise in their town are mistaken, and that the ban will benefit all communities within Boston.
Data Shows Americans Are Suffering Hearing Loss at Younger Ages; Loss is Due to Recreational As Well As Workplace Noise. U.S. News & World Report reports that Americans are losing their hearing at younger ages -- sometimes even as teenagers -- than previous generations. While OSHA has worked to limit noise exposure in the workplace, little has been done to regulate recreational noise exposure. The article is laden with statistics and decibel values for common noise sources, as well as stories of individuals who have been affected by noise from sources such as the following: concerts, gunfire, the military, rallies, fire engines, and even music at health clubs. One startling statistic is that the Veterans' Administration has spent $4 billion dealing because of hearing loss from 1977-1998.
European Aircraft Muffler Law Tightened to Calm U.S. Fears. The AFX News reports that European air transport legislation may be tightened in order to address U.S. concerns that planes not fitted with the proper muffler may be prohibited from flying into the EU and will lose value for resale.
New Anti-Nuisance Enforcement Procedures in Seattle, Washington Will Allow On-the-Spot Citations and Fewer Loopholes. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that a new enforcement policy proposed in Seattle, Washington's City Council will help local police enforce laws against nuisances such as absentee landlords who don't remove junk from their properties, excessively loud parties and other noise, and "neighbors who operate obtrusive businesses out of their residences." In the past, the complicated enforcement process required several warnings, waiting periods, deadlines, and opportunities for appeals that provided many loopholes; one front-yard car-repair business operated through 30 years of complaints by manipulating the system.
New Monitoring System for St. Louis, Missouri's Lambert Field Airport Will Produce More Specific Information About Noise Impacts from Aircraft. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 20 new noise-monitoring devices spread throughout communities surrounding St. Louis, Missouri's Lambert Field Airport will show airport officials the details of airport noise impacts. The devices determine day-night level decibels (DNLs), and will also include "aircraft types, flight times and altitude related to noise levels." The FAA's Regulation Part 150 sets noise mitigation guidelines that include the use of monitoring devices. Airport officials also hope that the increasingly-used, quieter Stage 3 aircraft will help reduce noise as well.
Newington, New Hampshire Residents Have Nothing to Fear From Local Airport. The Associate Press reports that at Pease International Tradeport, residents have had fewer opportunities to complain about air traffic or noise problems due to less use of the airport, a condition that is likely to stay the same for some time.
Noise from Nightclub in Spring Hill, Florida Keeps Neighbors Up, Though Sound is Within Ordinance Limits. The St. Petersburg Times reports that music from Spring Hill, Florida's nightclub Planet Bubba is too loud for residents, though the volume is under local decibel limits. Though the club is located in a commercial district, nearby residents complain that the bass remains too loud and disrupts their sleep. Owner of the nightclub and local radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem claims that he spent $50,000 on a 'compressor limiter' to cap the amplified volume, insulated walls, and moved entrances in an attempt to limit noise; he is upset that he is still being hounded even though he meets the noise ordinance.
Pasadena Park, Missouri Airport to Install Monitors in Community to Monitor Noise Levels. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Lambert Field Airport will install computer-driven monitors in Pasadena Park in order to come into compliance with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines for noise mitigation. The airport also offers homes and businesses affected by the noise several compensatory options.
Boca Raton, Florida Citizens Split Over Proposed Sound Walls Along State Highway. The Sun-Sentinel reports that Boca Raton, Florida residents are divided over the proposed sound walls scheduled to be built along U.S. 441. Many residents are concerned that the walls will ruin aesthetics, decrease property values and increase vandalism.
California's Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Use Less-Strict Noise Limits in Environmental Impact Statement; Los Angeles Objects. Aviation Litigation Reporter reports that after the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority used noise standards that were less strict than traditional California airport noise standards, the city of Los Angeles argues that "the Authority should not be allowed to use a "less sensitive" standard in connection with a planned expansion of airport operations." The Authority argues that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) does not specify which noise standards must be used, and that their use of alternative "incremental" criteria instead of the standard 65 dB limits is completely legal.
Canada's Montreal Urban Community Claims Police Helicopter is Valuable Tool Producing Low-Noise; Residents and At Least One City Counselor Want It and Its Noise Grounded. The Gazette reports that the Montreal Urban Community (MUC) released a favorable report, touting the benefits of its single police helicopter, which costs between $80,000 and $110,000 each year. Some residents, along with Mile End city counselor Helen Fotopulos believe that the benefits are overstated and noise disruption is too much to justify its continued operation. The MUC believes that the public does not realize all of the benefits, and hopes that education could reduce objections.
Florida's Department of Transportation Will Recommend Whether and How to Build Sound Walls on U.S. 441 Near Boca Raton; Public Hearings Have Split Between Those Wanting Quiet and Those Wanting Aesthetics. The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) will make its recommendation next week to the Federal Highway Department on whether and how to build noise walls on U.S. 441 near Boca Raton. Residents have been split between those wanting relief from growing traffic noise, and those who believe the 18-foot walls will ruin their views and property values, creating "a walled city."
New Manatee County, Florida Noise Ordinance Sets Clear Decibel Limits and Carries Stiff Fines. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that a new noise ordinance in Manatee County, Florida will sets strict noise limits and stiff penalties. Fines may be as high as $500, and even a 60-day jail term may be levied in the worst cases. In addition, a 'reasonable person standard' allows officers to issue citations in cases where the numerical noise limits are met while the situation seems unreasonable.
Previous Decision To Require a Landlord in London, England to Soundproof His Apartments from Noise was Overturned Because Existing Noise Act Exempts Vehicles on the Street. The Press Association reports on a successful appeal in London, England by a landlord who was ordered to soundproof his apartments against traffic noise. The High Court ruled that although environmental laws require that apartments not compromise the tenants health, noise from street vehicles is not considered a statutory nuisance that could compromise health. The landlord had refused to soundproof his apartments, and was taken to court; his successful appeal frees him of the order for the time being. The presiding judges noted that railway noise was not exempted, though it was not an issue in this case.
Some Residents in Albany, New York Oppose New Hospital Helipad Due to Noise While Others Say Noise is Negligible Next to Potentially Saved Lives. The Times Union reports that plans for a $1-million helicopter landing pad atop Albany Medical Center Hospital in New York's capital is drawing different opinions from neighbors. Some believe that the noise will be too much, saying that a test-run shook his floor and windows; in addition, residents worry about dropping property values and the risk of crashes, and they asked the Zoning Board of Appeals to reject the hospital's proposal. Others including members of the Park Slope Neighborhood Association, which believes that any problems will be negligible next to the potential to save human lives.
Stuart, Florida Resident Opposes New Witham Field Runway, Discounting Claims that the Runway is for Safety and Noting Environmental Impacts; Encourages Public Comment. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News prints the following Letter to the Editor, by a resident who discounts the claims that a new Witham Field Runway is being built for safety concerns. He notes the relocation of two jet repair businesses to the area as proof that the airport plans to expand. He also notes increased noise and pollution from an expanding airport.
Animal Feed Plant in Fayetteville, Arkansas Draws Complaints of Noise, Odors, and Pollution from Neighbors; City Already Suing Plant as Public Nuisance. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that a recent noise citation against Bakery Feeds in Fayetteville, Arkansas is the latest in a battle to closed down the plant. When police arrived to monitor noise from the unloading of trucks, much of the commotion had stopped but readings from dehydrating equipment inside the plant still exceeded the local noise ordinance. The city has already sued to close the animal feed plant because it is in the wrong zone, but neighbors want the suit expanded to include nuisance issues. Neighbors have banded together with their own lawsuit, claiming the plant is a private nuisance and demanding that the plant close down and pay property owners for drops in their property values.
Charleston, South Carolina Baseball Stadium Management Asks City to Reduce Cut on Food Sales at Loud Concerts, City Council Delays Answer. The Post and Courier reports that when the Charleston, South Carolina City Council was asked by the Charleston Riverdogs -- management for Joseph P. Riley Jr. baseball stadium to reduce its cut of food sales at rock concerts, the city did not answer immediately. The management wants to hold 6-8 concerts this year in the park, where a concert last year drew noise complaints from neighbors. The Council is also concerned about reports that a black promoter experienced difficulty in leasing the facility.
Chicago's O'Hare Airport Noise Compatibility Commission Requests Study of How Precisely Airlines Adhere to Prescribed Flight Paths that Reduce Residential Noise Impacts. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Noise Compatibility Commission of Chicago's O'Hare Airport asked airlines to determine how well their pilots adhere to prescribed "fly quiet" paths between 10 PM and 7 AM. The flight paths are determined to avoid most residential areas and reduce subsequent noise impacts, but "strong wind, erring compasses, and pilot or air-traffic control decisions" can cause deviations.
Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Expand Use of Flight Management Systems Technology That Allows Planes to Follow Flight Paths More Tightly, Reducing Noise Impact Areas. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that O'Hare Airport plans to begin using Flight Management Systems (FMS) after two months of successful testing showed that they are effective. FMS relies on electronic navigation to guide planes more tightly along designated flight paths; currently, pilots rely on compass readings from the control tower and can not completely compensate for factors such as wind. Following tighter flight paths would mean reducing the residential areas that are impacted by noise from aircraft.
Jacksonville, Florida Residents Concerned About Noise from Proposed Flyover Ramp That Would Bypass a Currently Congested Intersection. The Florida Times-Union reports that a flyover ramp in Jacksonville, Florida -- designed to take pressure off of a busy intersection that currently serves approximately 116,000 motorists -- is drawing objections from residents who don't want the increased noise. Residents claim that new traffic will now be on their streets, raising noise levels. The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has prioritized the plan, along with the Florida Department of Transportation because of the severely congested intersection. It is estimated that a proposed connector will reduce traffic at the intersection to 89,000 by 2010, but the flyway is still needed.
New Noise Ordinance in Upper Saucon, Pennsylvania Specifies Decibel Limits for Different Zones and Regulates Firing Ranges. The Morning Call reports that a new noise ordinance in Upper Saucon, Pennsylvania tightens existing language, specifying decibel limits for different types of zones; the ordinance comes in response to resident complaints and an ambiguous definition of what constitutes a firing range. In residential and conservation zones, noise may not exceed 64 dB from 7 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday, and may not exceed 58 dB at other times. Noise from commercial zones must be kept under 70 decibels from 7 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday, and below 65 decibels at other times. Noise from industrial and agricultural zones must be below 74 decibels at all times.
When Loud Sound Causes Pain or Ringing in Ears It Is Likely Causes Hearing Damage As Well. The Fresno Bee prints a question and answer column addressing a parent's concern over a school dance that caused ringing in his child's ears. The responding doctor explained that loud sounds can shear delicate hair cells from the wall of the cochlea; the hairs usually vibrate and register sounds, but violent sounds can be too much for them. This shearing causes permanent hearing damage. Generally, if sound causes pain or ringing in the ears, it can also cause permanent hearing damage. Damage usually effects the midrange of hearing, which can make it hard to hear normal conversations. Ear plugs can help reduce the intensity of loud sounds, reducing damage.
European Union Postpones Implementation of Legislation Banning Hush Kits, Giving U.S. More Time to Resell their Hush-Kitted Aircraft. The Financial Times reports that the European Union has agreed to postpone legislation by one year that would ban hush-kitted airplanes from EU airspace. Originally, the 2002 ban was to be applied to hush-kitted planes that had not operated in the EU before May 1999. The ban is aimed at quieting airplanes, since older hush-kitted airplanes -- like the Boeing 727, the DC-9, and early Boeing 737s -- are still louder than newer, quieter planes.
Increased Enforcement of Nuisance Ordinances in Buffalo, New York Target Stereos, Loiterers and Minors. The Buffalo News reports that Buffalo, New York is planning a crackdown on noise during the early summer. An existing curfew says children 16 years and younger can not be out after 11 PM on a week night, or midnight on a weekend, unattended. Police say that with crime dropping, they have more time to enforce minor violations like these; also, all police officers now carry a booklet detailing noise ordinances.
Neighbors of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida Complain About Noise from New Amusement Rides. The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that Universal Studios' new second amusement park -- complete with roller-coasters -- is causing noise that irritate local residents. For up to 12 hours each day, the coasters can be heard; some say their homes are rattled. Residents say they had no idea roller-coasters might be installed when they bought their homes years ago; the park is trying to be sensitive, building a 55-foot wall that will supposedly reduce noise to the level of passing cars. The homeowners association has a committee working on the noise issues.
New Noise Ordinance in Evansville, Indiana Allows Police to Identify Violators by Distance, Eliminating Need for Decibel Meters. The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that a new Evansville, Indiana noise ordinance will forbid car stereos and boom boxes from being heard 30 feet away. Police will now be able to identify violators by measuring distance, and will not need decibel meters. Increasing noise complaints from residents prompted the new ordinance. About 50 residents attended a recent city council meeting to support the ordinance.
Personal Watercraft Banned from Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Manteo, North Carolina. The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that federal officials have banned the use of jet-skis or personal water craft near Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Water craft will be banned from landing or launching from any beach in the Seashore, which encompasses 80 miles on each side of the islands. Operators must stay 150 feet from the Seashore along Pamlico Sound, but can be as close to the beach as they want where the Seashore has no jurisdiction. On private property they will still be allowed.
Residents in Greensboro, North Carolina -- Divided on New FedEx Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport -- Attend Update Meeting. High Point Enterprise reports that over 400 residents of Greensboro, North Carolina, who attended a recent meeting to update them on the new $300 million FedEx hub planned for Piedmont Triad International Airport, remain divided in their opinions. Proponents say that the 1,500 jobs that will be created, and the hub's attractiveness to other industries, make the hub a great idea. Opponents are worried that the pollution and other environmental concerns will be a problem, in addition to increased noise over surrounding neighborhoods.
Vero Beach, Florida Residents Unfazed By Fatal Plane Crash in Their Backyard. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that residents of Vero Beach, Florida, who have endured years of noisy low-flying planes from the Municipal Airport, came home to find wreckage of a plane crash in their backyard near the children's swing set. John O'Neal, owner of the home, was unfazed, saying "If you're going to live near an airport, you have to live with noise and whatever else." Four people died in the crash.
Bill Passed to Change Method of Appointments to Boca Raton, Florida's Airport Authority. The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Florida Legislature passed a bill that will change the way that members are appointed to the Airport Authority in Boca Raton, Florida. Members of the Boca Raton Airport Action Group say have said that some of the current five members on the airport authority are "arrogant, contentious, and disingenuous." The new bill will create a seven-person authority; previously, members had been appointed by the Chamber of Commerce, but now the City Council will appoint five while the County Commission will select two. Three of the city's choices must live east of the airport, and one must live to the west; these stipulations help to insure that authority members will understand what it's like to live in a flight path. The bill is intended to make the authority more understanding and responsive to residents' concerns.
California's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Votes to Prioritize Long-Promised Highway Noise Walls, Legislators Push for Funds. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that California's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and legislators are trying to accelerate the building of promised highway soundwalls in the state. A list, created in 1989, still includes 58 soundwalls that have yet to be built. Since 1989, 91 additional soundwalls have been placed on a second list. The large majority of the soundwalls on the first list are in Los Angeles County, with at least 13 in San Fernando Valley.
Chicago Firefighter's Sue Siren Manufacturer Saying Defective, Excessively Loud Sirens Caused Hearing Loss. The Chicago Tribune reports that 27 former or current firefighters in Chicago are suing Federal Signal Corporation, claiming that defective sirens emitted excessively intense sound that permanently damaged their hearing.
Columnist Takes Humorous Look at Excessive Noise at Two Venues in Washington D.C. That Are Not Regulated. The Washington Post prints a humorous column which examines noise laws in Washington D.C. The columnists discusses a shoe store which blares loud music and promos, as well as a hockey game at MCI Center where the public address system is extremely loud. He notes that while Washington's 1981 noise laws prohibits "loud noises . . . upon the streets or public places," it does not prohibit loud noise in private places (such as the two venues mentioned) where the public sometimes goes. The columnist's theory is that promoters believe high volume will encourage the spending of money.
Cook County, Illinois Residents Living Near Midway Airport Appeal Property Taxes, Saying Airport Noise Lowers Property Values. The Chicago Tribune reports that about a dozen Cook County, Illinois residents living near Midway Airport are asking the County Board of Review to relieve some of their property tax burden, saying that airport noise lowers property values. Residents told of " jet fuel being dropped in swimming pools, levels of noise so high that phone conversations are not possible and windows that don't stop rattling," but the Board would not take action.
New Flight Path Used By Jets at Utah's Hill Air Force Base Stays Out of Commercial Airspace but Draws Complaints. The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that a new flight path used by military jets traveling from Utah's Hill Air Force Base to the Utah Test and Training Range is drawing increased noise complaints from area residents. The route was changed to quell fears from Salt Lake International Airport Officials that military jets were flying to close to commercial jets. In addition to the flight path change, the fighters must fly 500 feet lower at 6,500 feet, increasing noise even further. While many residents are upset about the increase in noise, some say that they enjoy watching the fighters fly overhead.
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