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Dade City, Florida, "Legal Worries Complicate Passage of Florida County Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 18, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Pasco County (Florida) Commission and sheriff's office have been trying to create and pass a noise ordinance to respond to frequent noise complaints, but have been delayed by legal worries about whether the ordinance would hold up in court.
Dade City, Florida, "Florida County Considers Strengthening Noise Ordinance" (May 21, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that Pasco County (Florida) Commissioners are considering strengthening the county's noise ordinance. A public hearing will be held before the commissioners vote on whether to adopt the changes to the ordinance.
Dade City, Florida, "Neighborhood Wants To Quiet the Noise From Private Race Track Belonging To Red Dog, Their Professional Motocross Neighbor" (Apr. 19, 1999). 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.
Dallas, Texas, "New Technology for Stage 3 Aircraft Standards Completes FAA Certification" (Aug. 4, 1997). Aviation Week and Space Technology reports that Raisbeck Commercial Air Group, Inc. of Seattle has completed Federal Aviation Administration certification of its noise abatement system for the Boeing 727-100. The new system allows planes to meet Stage 3 aircraft noise requirements without the use of hushkits, which till now were the only method available.
Dallas, Texas, "Airlines Voice Opinions On Changes At Love Field Airport In Texas" (Dec. 9, 1997). Airports reports that airlines are voicing their opinions about changes at the Love Field Airport in Texas.
Dallas, Texas, "Approval Sought for Long Flights from Dallas Airfield; City Council May Make the Final Decision" (Jul. 23, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that Legend Airlines has proposed to offer long-haul passenger service from Love Field in Dallas, Texas, which would compete with airlines at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Legend Airlines officials recently convinced members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to approve legislation that would let them use Love Field in a way barred by the U.S. Transportation Department's interpretation of the Wright amendment. However, the committee also has adopted language that would give the Dallas City Council the final decision on the issue, in a concession to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), who opposes Legend's plan. Meanwhile, residents living near Love Field already have been fighting noise and traffic from the airfield.
Dallas, Texas, "Ex-City-Councilor in Dallas Campaigns for Expanded Use of Love Field, While Residents Protest" (Nov. 28, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that Jerry Bartos, a former Dallas City Councilor, is campaigning for expanded use of Love Field. Meanwhile, the article says, most citizens are opposed to increased use of the airport due to noise problems in many neighborhoods.
Dallas, Texas, "Opposing Community Groups Struggle Over Expansion Of Dallas Airport" (Nov. 28, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that two sharply opposed citizen's groups continue to struggle over the expansion of a Dallas, Texas area airport at Love Field.
Dallas, Texas, "Southwest Airlines Enters Fight Over Expanded Service at Dallas's Love Field" (Nov. 28, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that Southwest Airlines, which has long stayed out of the fight over expanded service at Love Field in Dallas, has entered the controversy after the city of Fort Worth filed a lawsuit to close or prevent expanded service at the airport. According to Southwest chair Herbert Kelleher, the company is "very much opposed to closing Love Field."
Dallas, Texas, "Will Dallas' Love Field Close?" (Nov. 28, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that there is growing controversy over whether Southwest Airlines will continue to fly out of Love Field in Dallas, Texas, or whether it should be closed.
Dallas, Texas, "Residents Near Dallas's Love Field Air Frustrations Over More Flights at Local Meeting" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that about 150 residents living near Love Field in Dallas, Texas attended a meeting Friday to discuss the prospect of more flights at the airport. The residents believe that the new flights authorized recently by Congress could mean more noise, lower property values, and the eventual elimination of all flight restrictions at the 80-year-old facility. The article reports that the two-hour meeting was co-sponsored by Dallas City Council member Veletta Forsythe Lill and state Senator Royce West (D-Dallas).
Dallas, Texas, "Citizens Action Committee Urges Dallas Mayor to Update Love Field Noise Studies" (Oct. 31, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reported that Dallas, Texas, Mayor Ron Kirk will ask the City Council to consider updating the city's noise and traffic studies of Dallas Love Field Airport. Behind the Mayor's request to update 5-year-old studies was the Love Field Citizens Action Committee. The Committee of residents have concerns about the impact of expanded airline service on their neighborhoods, specifically noise, traffic and safety issues. More flights are possible, according to this article, because Congress recently added Kansas, Mississippi and Alabama to the list of destinations allowed under the Wright amendment, which had previously limited passenger service from Love Field to destinations in Texas and its four neighboring states.
Dallas, Texas, "Dallas Resident Questions Love Field Article with Regards to Noise" (Oct. 30, 1997). The Dallas Observer printed a letter from a Dallas, Texas, resident who responded to an earlier article by Ann Zimmerman, titled "The (W)right to Fly," an article concerning Dallas' Love Field Airport. Here follows the letter written by Dallas resident, Ed Frick.
Dallas, Texas, "Residents Near Dallas's Love Field Say Their Noise and Safety Issues Ignored as Wright Amendment Debated" (Oct. 28, 1997). The Dallas Morning News of Dallas, Texas, reports that a number of residents who live near Love Field Airport say their noise and safety concerns are being disregarded while a congressional debate about changing the Wright Amendment which would allow expansion at Love Field proceeds.
Dallas, Texas, "Dallas Residents Say Noise Will Increase as Love Field Restrictions Eased" (Oct. 9, 1997). The Dallas Morning News of Dallas, Texas, reports that residents who neighbor Love Field believe the noise they've learned to live with will increase as restrictions put in place by the Wright amendment are relaxed in other states.
Dallas, Texas, "Love Airfield in Dallas May Not be Able to Handle More Flights if Restrictive Law Ends" (Sep. 17, 1997). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a dispute is raging over whether the Wright Amendment, a law that restricts flights at the Love Airfield in Dallas, Texas, should be abolished. Many have speculated that abolishing the amendment would bring new air traffic growth and lower fares. But according to a Dallas official, there probably is not enough capacity at the airport to handle much growth. The article goes on to detail the limitations of the airport and of expanding flights there.
Dallas, Texas, "Wright Amendment Foes in Texas See Repeal as Economic Boost; Proponents Cry Foul and Cite Noise and Safety Concerns" (Sep. 30, 1997). The Dallas Morning News of Dallas, Texas, reports that while some favor the repeal of the Wright Amendment as a way to revitalize the economy of areas surrounding Love Field, others oppose the repeal of the Wright Amendment based on noise and safety concerns. Proponents use the recent revitalization of Midway Airport in Chicago as an example of what Dallas Love Field could be. Opponents say the Wright Amendment has little to do with area's economy.
Dallas, Texas, "Dallas Church Vows to Fight D/FW Over Buyout" (Feb. 11, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports The Church in Irving blames the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for its demise as a missionary training and conference center. Now the church, involved in a bitter dispute with the airport, contends the airport is obliged to buy out the 50,000-square-foot church.
Dallas, Texas, "Temporary Re-routing at D/FW Sends Jets over Quiet Neighborhoods" (Jan. 22, 1998). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram of Fort Worth, Texas, reports that yesterday when bad weather accompanied the temporary shutdown of a crucial bad-weather landing system at D/FW, noisy jets flew over normally quiet neighborhoods in Grapevine and Southlake, prompting several calls to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport's noise hot line.
Dallas, Texas, "Tolerance of Dallas Residents Vary with Noise Sources" (Jan. 6, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that today it is highly unlikely you live without being exposed to somebody else's noise. It may just be the muffled roar of traffic or music from the house next door. Or it may be wailing sirens, the thunder of a passing plane, the muffled roar of traffic.
Dallas, Texas, "Hundreds Oppose Road Expansion in an Effort to Preserve Catholic Sisters’ Peace and Quietude in Dallas, Texas" (Jul. 29, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that over 310 letters have been sent to the city requesting that it alter its plans to expand Bowen and Sublett roads. Those writing the letters want the peace and quietude of a Carmelite convent preserved.
Dallas, Texas, "Nuns in Dallas, TX, Continue to Negotiate with City about Protection from Traffic Noise" (Aug. 1, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports negotiations continue between a group of Carmelite nuns who want to protect their property from increased traffic noise and the city of Dallas, Texas, that wants to expand two roads adjacent to the sisters' convent.
Dallas, Texas, "More Flights at Dallas' Love Field Would Break Moral Contract with Residents to Limit Noise, Says Editorial" (May 24, 1998). The Dallas Morning News published the following editorial about the current litigation over flight limits at Dallas' Love Field Airport. The editorial reads as follows:
Dallas, Texas, "Citizens' Group Says Study Shows Increased Flights at Dallas' Love Field Will Create Dangerous Noise and Traffic Levels in Texas Neighborhoods" (Oct. 14, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports increasing flights at Dallas Love Field would lead to more noise and longer traffic delays on nearby streets, according to a study paid for by a neighboring homeowners group.
Dallas, Texas, "Love Field in Dallas, Texas Embroiled In Court Hearings Brought By Neighborhood Organizations to Stop Proposed Increase In the Number of Flights At the Airport" (Aug. 30, 1999). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that several neighborhood organizations have joined in a court battle to keep Love Field in Dallas, Texas from adding flights. Officials want to take advantage of the 1997 relaxation of federal restrictions to increase the number of flights at the airport. Neighborhood organizations are opposing the flight increases "mostly on environmental grounds, including noise, air pollution, air safety and traffic congestion," and expect the fight to go all the way to the Supreme Court.
Dallas, Texas, "New Airport Comes to Dallas: Residents in Flight Path Not Sure About Added Noise" (Feb. 2, 2000). According to the Dallas Morning News, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has given Legend Airlines approval to begin service to Love Field, which is outside Dallas, and some residents in nearby neighborhoods are concerned about more jet noise.
Dallas, Texas, "Noise Levels in US Homes Increasing" (Jan. 14, 2000). An article from the PR Newswire reported that modern technology and decreasing lot sizes mean more noise for American homeowners, and that means more stress and less sleep.
Dallas, Texas area, "Dallas Bells Take Toll on Church Neighbors' Nerves" (Dec. 14, 1997). The Washington Post reports that since the new chimes began ringing on the hour at his church in this north Dallas suburb, the Rev. Thomas Jackson has learned an odd lesson: One man's peace is another man's pest. The article describes how to Jackson and his flock at the Calvary Christian Center, the Westminster chimes sounding a familiar 16-note tune every hour, with a 10-minute medley of hymns twice a day create a few moments of serenity in a hectic day. But to neighbors Billy and Linda Dennis, and Lawrence Cumings, all of whom work at night and sleep during the day, the chimes have shattered their routine and so frazzled their nerves that they have filed complaints accusing the church of violating the city noise ordinance.
Dallas, Texas area, "Texas Neighbor Strikes Deal Over Bells in The Colony To Ring Five Times Daily Under Arrangement" (Dec. 13, 1997). According to the Dallas Morning News, the Calvary Christian Center has turned down the volume of its Westminster chimes, which will now ring only five times daily instead of 13 times, under an agreement announced Friday. The article reports that church pastor Thomas Jackson and Lawrence Cumings, a neighbor who complained about the bells, said they had reached a compromise.
Dallas, Texas area, "Texas Communities Vie For Helicopter Production Facility" (Nov. 12, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that city officials disclosed a proposal to build a 1,000-foot runway in an effort to convince Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. to house final production of the tilt-rotor aircraft at the Arlington, Texas Municipal Airport.
Dallas, Texas area, "Texas Community Worries That Drag Racing Facility May Cause Noise" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that Mansfield, Texas officials are concerned about noise and traffic, and are requesting information about Grand Prairie's intentions to build a drag-racing facility.
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, "Texas Airport Okays Environmental Studies on Runway Extensions, Decides to Sue Noise Monitoring Contractor" (Apr. 8, 1997). The publication Airports reports that the Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas) International Airport Board last week approved a contract for environmental assessments on three runway extensions, and accepted FAA grants for land acquisition and mitigation work on a future runway. The Board also approved a contract with a new firm to complete a permanent noise monitoring system, and voted to sue its former contractor.
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, "Dallas / Fort Worth Airport Finalizes its New Noise Monitoring System" (Nov. 12, 1997). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport soon will have its new noise monitoring system finalized. The 34 noise-monitoring stations scattered around the airport and in nearby neighborhoods have been up and running for more than a year, but the computer system to which they were supposed to be attached has been delayed for more than a year. But now airport officials say that part of the project will be completed by Christmas. The noise-monitoring system was promised by airport officials as part of a federally required environmental impact study in connection with the east runway that opened October 1, 1996.
Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, "Dallas Historic Airport To Develop Master Plan for Growth and Expansion" (Mar. 26, 2000). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that, Love Field in Dallas is facing increased commercial air traffic and city officials must develop a long-term plan for the airport since it is already overcrowded and cannot accommodate more traffic.
Dana Point, California, "Fundraiser for Anti-Airport Fight Against California's El Toro Air Station Draws 800" (Jul. 10, 1997). The Orange County Register reports that more than 800 south Orange County (California) residents attended the first major fund-raiser Wednesday in the fight to oppose a commercial airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station near Irvine. The fund-raiser, held in the Ritz Carlton-Laguna Niguel ballroom, charged $100 a head and raised more than $104,000 for the cost of a lawsuit to fight the county's environmental impact report on the air base.
Dania, Florida, "Florida City May Back Out of Settlement Deal with Airport Over Runway Expansion" (Jul. 1, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that Dania (Florida) City Commissioners might back out of a settlement signed two years ago with Broward County about runway expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The article says that the city dropped its legal fight in October 1995 in exchange for up to $1.6 million for city utility lines and possible buyouts of homes. Tonight, City Commissioners will discuss whether residents received enough protection under the settlement.
Danville, Indiana, "Indiana Planning Commission Approves Subdivision Near Airport's Flight Path" (Feb. 13, 1998). The Indianapolis News reports the Hendricks County Area Plan Commission this week unanimously approved plans for a small subdivision in Danville, Indiana close to the flight path and noise of airplanes from the Indianapolis International Airport. The developer said he would build the homes with extra soundproofing and would warn buyers about the potential jet noise.
Danville, Indiana, "Indiana County Approves New Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 15, 1998). The Indianapolis Star reports that County Commissioners in Hendricks County, Indiana approved a new ordinance Monday designed to regulate excessive noise and disorderly conduct. The ordinance allows officers to issue citations for violations, and to issue warnings on the first offense.
Danville, Indiana, "Noise Ordinance in Hendricks County, Indiana Repealed After Less Than a Year Since Vague Language Makes it Impossible to Enforce" (Jun. 9, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports that a noise ordinance passed last July in Hendricks County, Indiana was repealed by the County Commission because of difficulties with enforcement. The ordinance was watered-down from the original proposal by the Sheriff's Department, and vague language defined a violation only as "unreasonable noise which is clearly audible beyond the bounds of their personal property." Police officers were also unable to accurately measure the volume of alleged disturbances.
Daphne, Alabama, "Fine Dropped After Daphne, Alabama Church Takes Steps to Quiet Services; City Removes Allegedly Unconstitutional Exemptions from the Noise Ordinance" (Aug. 19, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that a fine imposed on a noisy Daphne, Alabama church was dropped after the church took steps to quiet their services. The church challenged the ordinance that justified the fine, and the city has since agreed to amend the ordinance by removing exemptions to excessive noise; the church had claimed that the exemptions were unconstitutional.
Daphne, Alabama, "Daphne, Alabama Church Challenges Constitutionality of Noise Ordinance that Was Used to Fine Them" (Jul. 14, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that a church in Daphne, Alabama is challenging the constitutionality of the noise ordinance used to ticket them for $166. They claim that the ordinance restricts their right to free speech and is unconstitutional. The church has soundproofed its walls and moved its instruments, and the city attorney plans to recommend dismissal based on those good-faith efforts.
Darlington, U.K., "Residents of Darlington, U.K. Complain of Neighbors Demolition Noise and Dirt Clouds" (Jul. 29, 1999). The Northern Echo reports that residents of Darlington, U.K. are frustrated with a neighbor who is cutting up vehicles and renovating garages, causing noise and dust in the neighborhood. The owner of the property, who leases it, has said he will check into the tenant's activities.
Darlington, U.K., "Darlington, U.K Residents Upset at Noise from Racetrack Even Though the Track is Complying" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Northern Echo reports that Darlington, U.K. residents near Croft Circuit racetrack are still upset at noise levels even after the track implemented noise-reduction measures. 600 complaints over the last three years prompted a 1997 abatement notice, but the notice was withdrawn after the track agreed to noise-reduction measures. The district council has determined that a nuisance still exists even with the measures in place, and plans to pursue another abatement notice.
Darlington, United Kingdom, "Public Meeting Over Proposed Stadium in Darlington, United Kingdom, Draws Hundreds of Protesters with a 2,000-Name Petition Opposing the Project; Residents Worry About Noise, Traffic, and Violence" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Northern Echo reports that Darlington, U.K. residents turned out at a public meeting in force to protest a proposed 25,000-seat football stadium. Residents presented a 2,000 name petition against the stadium, and challenged developers to explain how they would avoid potential noise, traffic, and violence problems "from rival fans."
David City, Nebraska, "Several Nebraska Municipalities Change Signs Prohibiting "Jake Brakes" Because "Jake" Refers to a Brand and Constitutes a Trademark Violation" (Jan. 28, 2000). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that several municipalities in Nebraska, including David City, have changed the language on road signs that prohibit the use of "Jake Brakes." Unmuffled compressed-air engine brakes -- which include many brands including Jacobs Vehicle Systems -- have become a noise nuisance in many areas where big-rigs are in operation.
Davidsonville, Maryland, "Builders of Straw Houses and Buildings Say the Structures Insulate Against Noise" (Jun. 18, 1997). The Baltimore Sun reports that builders constructing a farm utility building made of straw in Davidsonville, Maryland, in rural Anne Arundel County, say straw buildings have many advantages, one of which is insulation against noise.
Davie, Florida, "Davie, Florida Rodeo Grounds Create Noise that Disturbs Residents; One Resident Still Waiting After Two Years for Town to Say Whether Noise Levels Violate the Local Ordinance and Whether a Noise Wall Can Be Built" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that a resident of Davie, Florida is disturbed by noise from the local rodeo grounds. Two years after he sent a letter and petition to local officials, asking them to somehow enclose the noise, he hasn't gotten a response. The three departments that he has been referred to over the years say they are still "working on [it]."
Davis, California, "Davis, California City Council Stops Short of Banning Leafblowers, Opting Instead for Programs to Reduce Their Noise" (Nov. 4, 1999). The Sacramento Bee reports that the Davis, California City Council stopped short of banning noisy leafblowers, but will establish a three-part program to reduce the noise they create.
Dayton, Ohio, "Dayton, Ohio Passes Legislation on Car Stereo Noise" (Apr. 22, 1997). Legislation proposed by Dayton Representative Tom Roberts would make it a misdemeanor to play a car stereo too loudly, the Dayton Daily News reports.
Dayton, Ohio, "United Airlines Offers Quieter Flights In First and Business Class" (Oct. 29, 1997). The Dayton Daily News of Dayton, Ohio, reports that United Airlines is installing an electronic noise signal to the headset at each seat in the first- and business-class sections of its 747, 767 and 777 widebodied jets. This new electronic feature should cancel out the noise from the airplane.
Dayton, Ohio, "Ohio Resident Scorns Airport Neighbors' Noise Problems" (Oct. 9, 1997). The Dayton Daily News printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Peter Severino, a Dayton, Ohio resident, regarding noise from aircraft over Centerville:
Dayton, Ohio, "Air Force and Auto Exhaust Systems Supplier Undertake Joint Project to Evaluate Sound Qualities" (Sep. 14, 1997). The Dayton Daily News reports that the Armstrong Lab at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Arvin Industries, a major supplier of auto exhaust systems, recently signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) to undertake a two-year research project to develop a computer program that can evaluate sound qualities. The article says that Arvin Industries wants better ways to evaluate sound quality in and around automobiles, while the Air Force is interested in evaluating the impact of air-base noises on surrounding communities. A CRDA is a way that federal labs make government technology for commercial uses, the article notes.
Dayton, Ohio, "Board of Zoning Appeals in Dayton, Ohio Grant Variance Allowing Developers to Insulate Homes Less Effectively Against Noise from Nearby Air Force Base" (Jul. 13, 1999). The Dayton Daily News reports that the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) decided to grant variances to two housing developers allowing them to forego more expensive noise-proofing treatments for cheaper, less effective ones. Most County Commissioners from the four counties surrounding the base agreed, saying that it was important to encourage the base to remain open near their communities. The BZA itself is made up of three commissioners from each of the four surrounding counties. Two BZA members opposed the variance.
Dayton, Ohio, "Dayton International Airport in Ohio Undertakes Noise Study to Placate Residents" (Apr. 5, 2000). The Dayton Daily News in Ohio reports that an informational meeting was held in Dayton so that opponents of a planned expansion of Dayton International Airport could hear the results of an airport noise study conducted by an independent consulting firm. The airport has formed the Community Advisory Committee so that residents can have some input during the airport's expansion process.
Dayton, Ohio, "Dayton International Airport (Ohio) Expansion Plans Cause Controversy in Surrounding Communities" (Mar. 19, 2000). The Dayton Daily News reports that Dayton International Airport's new expansion plan has caused much controversy in surrounding communities such as Tipp City, Butler Township, Monroe Township, Vandalia, and others. Officials maintain that community growth was planned based on previous plans presented to them by the airport, and now the airport has changed those plans. Many homes will now be affected by the noise from new runways that will be built close by.
Dayton, Ohio area, "Ohio Airport Noise Task Force's Recommendations Sent to the FAA" (Sep. 3, 1997). The Dayton Daily News reports that the Aircraft Noise Task Force, commissioned last January to recommend ways to alleviate early morning aircraft noise over Centerville and Washington Township, Ohio (outside Dayton), recently produced a list of 16 long-term and short-term recommendations. On Aug. 18, Washington Township trustees and Centerville City Councillors approved those recommendations, and sent them to Rep. Tony Hall (D-Dayton), who forwarded them last week to the Federal Aviation Administration. Hall has asked the FAA to respond to the task force's recommendations and help lessen the noise, the article says.
Daytona Beach, Florida, "New Noise Law in Daytona Beach, Florida, Relaxed During Spring Break" (Mar. 13, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports Volusia County, Florida, leaders agreed that their new noise law was not intended to silence music during spring break at Daytona Beach.
Daytona Beach, Florida, "Loud Motorcyclists in Daytona Beach, Florida May Get Ticketed" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Orlando Sentinel reports that police in Daytona Beach, Florida have instituted a "Ride Quiet" campaign to try to crack down on noisy motorcyclists during the annual Bike Week. Riders can be fined up to $44, and must also repair the problem that caused the noise.
Daytona Beach, Florida, "Noisy Motorcycles Annoy Daytona Beach, Florida Residents During Annual "Bike Week"" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Orlando Sentinel reports that Bike Week, an annual event in Daytona Beach, Florida, is becoming just too noisy for many residents. They don't mind the event, but they are increasingly irritated about motorcycles driving through town without mufflers.
Dearborn Heights, Michigan, "Waste-to-Energy Incinerator in Dearborn Heights, Michigan Is Shut Down At Night Until It Can Quiet Its Noise" (Dec. 7, 1999). The Detroit News reports that a waste-to-energy incinerator in Dearborn Heights, near Detroit, Michigan will be shut down from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. until plant operators install a baffle that should reduce the noise. Plant operators say that the noise is different than before this summer when a new furnace was installed, but it is not "shrill" or above noise limits.
Dearborn, Michigan, "German Company Wins PACE Award for Designing Automotive Vehicle Noise Management System" (Mar. 13, 2000). Crain Communications' Automotive News recently presented the eight winners of the "2000 Automotive News PACE Award." Rieter Automotive Systems AG of Winterthur, Switzerland, won an award for its Ultra Light Vehicle Noise Management System.
Deep River, Connecticut, "Connecticut Neighbors Threaten Legal Action Against Industrial Noise" (Dec. 11, 1997). The Hartford Courant reports that the president of the town of Deep River's landmark Piano Works condominium complex is threatening to take legal action against the town's biggest taxpayer, Uarco Inc., claiming it is violating state noise standards.
Deer Park, Ohio, "Mayor of Ohio Town Wants a New Noise Ordinance; Some Residents Oppose the Idea" (Jul. 23, 1997). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a new noise ordinance is being considered by the city council in Deer Park, Ohio to deal mostly with loud car stereos. The proposed ordinance has the support of the city's mayor, but is being opposed by at least two outspoken residents.
Deerfield Beach, Florida, "Florida City Buys Land Parcel to Buffer Homeowners from Traffic Noise" (Jun. 22, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the City Commission in Deerfield Beach, Florida has agreed to puchase a two-acre parcel of land for $250,000 to buffer homeowners from noise and traffic along Southwest 10th Street. The agreement came after years of complaints about traffic noise from residents in the Waterford Homes subdivision, and lobbying by City Commissioner Kathy Shaddow. The new parcel borders the Waterford City Park and will be added to the park, the article says.
Deerfield Beach, Florida, "Residents Along Florida's Tri-Rail Expansion Demand Protection from More Noise" (Apr. 14, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports residents at a mobile-home community for seniors in Deerfield Beach, Florida, fear current noise and vibrations from trains and rail tracks are about to increase.
Deerfield Beach, Florida, "DOT Tree Removal Infuriates Condo Resident Who is Now Exposed to Interstate Noise" (Mar. 22, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the removal of thick Florida holly trees from Interstate 95 is exposing condominium residents to interstate noise in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Deerfield, Illinois, "Homeowners Living Near Interstate in Deerfield, Illinois Want Sound Barrier Installed" (Apr. 6, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that some residents in Deerfield, Illinois who live near Interstate 294 are requesting that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority erect a sound wall to protect their neighborhood from noise after a new highway ramp is built.
Dekalb, Georgia, "Federal Grant Funds Relocation Program for Residents Near Georgia's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport" (Sep. 18, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports a relocation program will be funded with a federal grant for residents who live near Georgia's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.
Del Mar, California, "Marine Corps Tests Noise From Helicopters Along Del Mar, California's Coastline As Part of 1997 Settlement With Anti-Noise Group" (Aug. 31, 1999). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a noise study was recently performed along the coastline of Del Mar, California to determine the impact of noise from military helicopters. The noise study will last four days, and is part of a 1997 agreement in which the Marine Corps settled with a local anti-noise group -- Move Against Relocating Choppers Here -- in part by promising a noise study. Much resident outcry has been from residents along the already noisy Interstate 15, but shoreline residents receive two-thirds of the noise impact.
Delafield, Wisconsin, "Delafield, Wisconsin Shooting Club Draws Complaints from Residents, but Appears to Be In Compliance with Local Laws" (Aug. 19, 1999). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel residents of Delafield, Wisconsin are upset by noise from a shooting club, while owners and local officials say they by noise restrictions. The Town Board is being criticized as ineffectual, but they no longer have any jurisdiction in the matter since the city annexed the club two years ago. Nevertheless, town officials have asked the new city administrator to look into the matter when he takes his post next week.
Deland, Florida, "Boat Launch Site On Deland, Florida's Lake Monroe Closed After Residents Complain Of Noise; Airboaters Say Only Some Operators Are Disrespectful" (Jul. 23, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that after resident complaints at a recent County Council meeting about airboat noise from a launch site on Deland, Florida's Lake Monroe, officials closed the site. A task force has been assembled to balance resident concerns with airboaters' rights to operate their boats in a responsible manner. One member of the County Council noted that all arbiters wear ear protection, underlining the noise they generate. The Sheriff's office says that it can solve the problem with stepped up enforcement, but as of yet they have no airboat that would allow them to witness the actual violations -- a prerequisite for issuing a ticket.
Delaware, Ohio, "Ohio Official Tries to Get Action on Amphitheater Noise Complaints, But Gets Nowhere" (Jun. 19, 1997). The Columbus Dispatch reports that Don Wuertz, president of the Delaware County (Ohio) Commission, tried to respond to residents' complaints about noise from the Polaris Amphitheater Tuesday night, but could get no action from Columbus police. Wuertz says that the amphitheater has not been a good neighbor, and the city of Columbus is ignoring complaints of the residents who live near it.
Delaware, Ohio, "Neighbors of Ohio Amphitheater Have Little Legal Recourse to Quiet the Music" (Jul. 1, 1997). The Columbus Dispatch reports that neighbors of the Polaris Amphitheater, in Columbus, Ohio in southern Delaware County, have brought their noise complaints to Delaware County officials after saying they get no help from Columbus officials. Columbus has jurisdiction over the amphitheater. At a meeting between officials from Delaware County, Westerville, and Columbus yesterday to discuss noise problems from Polaris, Delaware County officials learned that a violation of Columbus's noise ordinance requires decibel levels to be over 65 decibels for an average of an hour and complaints cannot be registered over the telephone. In addition, only residents of Columbus can file a complaint, the article says. Neighbors who live in Westerville or unincorporated Delaware County have no legal recourse.
Delaware, Ohio, "Ohio Town Writes New Noise Ordinance Because of Noisy Semi Trucks" (Apr. 16, 2000). According to the Columbus Dispatch, truck traffic in downtown Delaware, Ohio has sparked a debate on whether anyone can do anything about the jarring noise, which can shake the mortar loose from the bricks.
Delta, British Columbia, Canada, "Delta, British Columbia Residents Want Town to Construct Sound Barriers to Block Traffic Noise" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Vancouver Sun reports that Delta, British Columbia residents Miles and Lois Barker are concerned about traffic noise that they can hear in their home, and they want the town to construct an earthen berm or a sound-barrier fence to decrease the noise.
Delta, Colorado, "United Latin American Pentecostal Church in Delta, Colorado Draws Noise Complaints and Misdemeanor Charges from Neighbors" (May 4, 1999). The Denver Post reports that a United Latin American Pentecostal Church in Delta, Colorado is drawing complaints from neighbors about excessive noise. Amplified sermons, rock-band music, and shouting emanates from the dilapidated wood-frame church on Sunday mornings and evenings as well as Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Church officials are facing trial on two misdemeanor counts of causing unreasonable noise.
Deltona, Florida, "Florida City Residents Complain About Jet Traffic Over Their Homes" (Oct. 21, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that officials from the Deltona, Florida City Commission met with officials from the Orlando Sanford Airport Monday to discuss problems with jet noise over Deltona. Residents turned out to complain about increased jet traffic over the city.
Deltona, Florida, "Deltona, Florida Residents Say Lights in Park Will Lead to More Noise, Traffic, and Crime" (Jan. 13, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that a local park became a weekend battlefield in Deltona, Florida's ongoing struggle to accommodate growth while preserving the small-town life that attracted people in the first place. Nearly 70 people jammed a meeting room Saturday at Wes Crile Park to debate a proposal to add lights to basketball courts in the park. Several area residents who opposed adding the lights said they were concerned that extended hours would lead to more noise, traffic and crime. The potential cost, estimated by the Volusia County Parks and Recreation Department at about $100,000, was also a concern.
Denver, Colorado, "Residents Are Noise Hostages to Denver Aircraft Noise" (Feb. 28, 1997). The Rocky Mountain News printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Kendall and Sharon Haag Parker regarding the noise problems resulting from the Denver Airport.
Denver, Colorado, "Denver Officials Hope Airport Noise Study Will Help Lift Federal Funding Ban on New Runway" (Jul. 19, 1997). The Denver Post reports that Denver officials have said they hope a new study of aircraft noise at Denver International Airport will help to eliminate a federal ban on funding imposed in 1994 because of aircraft noise. Eliminating the ban is the first step in paving the way for a controversial sixth runway at the airport, the article says.
Denver, Colorado, "New Group Formed to Study Noise from Denver Airport" (Jul. 22, 1997). The Denver Post reports that the Denver International Airport Study Coordinating Group has been formed to undertake a $200,000 independent study of noise from the Denver International Airport. The non-profit group will consist of representatives from up to nine counties and two citizen groups, the article says, with congressional monitoring by Sen. Wayne Allard and Rep. Joel Hefley (both Republicans). Denver's Mayor, Wellington Webb, joined the group Monday to launch the study, which is expected to be completed by the year's end.
Denver, Colorado, "Denver City Council Incumbent Concerned about Noise at Centennial Airport" (Oct. 31, 1997). The Rocky Mountain News printed an article about a three-way City Council race in Denver, Colorado's populous northeast corner between two incumbents and one challenger. The lone incumbent , Clark Upton, is opposed to expansion at Centennial Airport. This is the only contest on District 4's Nov. 4 ballot.
Denver, Colorado, "Denver City Officials Agree to Discuss Airport Noise with County Under Threat of Lawsuit" (Sep. 20, 1997). The Rocky Mountain News reports that Denver officials agreed Monday to negotiate with Adams County officials over noise from the Denver International Airport. Under a schedule set in a 1988 agreement, Adams County gave Denver until Monday to agree to talks on solving the noise problem, or else it would sue to collect $3.5 million in noise violation fines. While noise pollution still is the primary dispute, the negotiations are expanding to include other airport-related grievances, including water pollution caused by the airport and Adams County's opposition to a sixth runway.
Denver, Colorado, "Denver Developers Must Pay for Noise Wall" (Jan. 23, 1998). The Rocky Mountain News of Denver, Colorado, reports that city officials refused to annually tax future residents of the Buell Mansion subdivision for a noise wall and other improvements. Instead, the developers, Perlmutter / Witkin Properties will have to foot the three million dollar bill.
Denver, Colorado, "U.S. House Subcommittee Votes to Allow Denver Airport to Pursue Funding for Sixth Runway" (Jul. 23, 1998). The Denver Post reports that the House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation voted Wednesday to approve a $47 billion transportation spending bill for 1998-1999 that would allow the Denver (Colorado) International Airport to compete for funding to build a sixth runway. The article notes that the bill is scheduled to be voted on by the full House and Senate in coming weeks.
Denver, Colorado, "Opponents of Sixth Runway at Denver International Airport Say Indicted Lobbyist Responsible for Ending Federal Ban on Funding" (Jul. 29, 1998). The Rocky Mountain News reports that opponents of a sixth runway at Denver International Airport (DIA) say the city used an indicted lobbyist to overturn a 3-year-old ban on federal funding for the project. According to the article, the federal ban was put in place to force Denver to address noise problems.
Denver, Colorado, "Residents Wary of Study that Says Sixth Runway at Denver Airport will Reduce Noise" (Mar. 6, 1998). The Denver Post reports Denver officials are hoping a study that says it is possible to reduce noise around Denver International Airport will persuade Congress to release funds for a sixth runway.
Denver, Colorado, "Study Says More Planes Won't Mean More Noise at Denver's Airport" (Mar. 6, 1998). The Rocky Mountain News reports changes in flight paths at Denver International Airport could ease noise problems for 90,000 people, according to a study released Wednesday. The study drew attention because it's the first time anyone has suggested so many people in the area are bothered by airport noise.
Denver, Colorado, "Denver Monitors Noise from Motorcycles after Residents Complain" (May 21, 1998). The Denver Post reports residents of Denver, Colorado's, Lower Downtown are complaining about motorcycle noise, and the city is listening.
Denver, Colorado, "FAA Says It's Illegal to Ban Commercial Traffic at Colorado's Centennial Airport; County Vows to Fight FAA" (Sep. 9, 1998). The Denver Post reports there's controversy over bringing in commercial air traffic to Centennial Airport in Colorado's Arapahoe County.
Denver, Colorado, "Judge Will Rule on Adams County's Suit Against "Noisy" Denver International Airport in About a Month" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Denver Rocky Mountain News reports that testimony is over in a suit that claims Denver owes Adams County $6.5 million for 13 noise violations. A $500,000-per-violation penalty was set in an agreement between Denver and the County that allowed Denver to annex land for its airport. Denver claims no one was adversely affected, but the County says any violations were assumed to cause damages under the agreement even without proof of damages.
Denver, Colorado, "Residents of Crestmoor, Colorado Successfully Fight Liquor License For New Bistro Anticipated to Cause Parking Problems and Noise" (Jul. 22, 1999). The Denver Westword reports that Crestmoor, Colorado residents successfully fought to deny a liquor license to a new restaurant. Residents have lived with daytime businesses in the same location for years, but they feared that a nighttime one with restaurant-sized parking requirements would cause noise, litter and parking problems at night. After residents testified that they did not "desire" the establishment because of possible parking problems, the license was denied.
Denver, Colorado, "Police in Denver Colorado Admit July Firecracker Complaints Aren't Top Priority" (Jun. 26, 1999). The Denver Post reports that while illegal firecrackers are the cause of many complaints around the Fourth of July, Denver police are unable to respond effectively to most. "It's frustrating to hear the noise because residents, myself included, want to get a good night's sleep," said Aurora police spokesman Bob Stef. "But we have to prioritize calls and can't respond if more serious calls keep the officers busy." It's difficult to catch violators anyway; most times residents don't know who did it, and if they do they may be hesitant to sign a complaint that could identify them to the violator.
Denver, Colorado, "Denver Councilman Calls for Greater Police Effort to Enforce City's Noise Laws" (Mar. 20, 1999). The Denver Post reports a Denver city councilman is pushing for stricter enforcement of the city's noise ordinances.
Denver, Colorado, "Denver, Colorado Resident Begs to Differ After City Attorney Said Airport Noise Doesn't Harm Anyone" (Nov. 14, 1999). The Denver Rocky Mountain News prints several letters to the editor, one of which has to do with airport noise. A Denver, Colorado resident writes to disagree with the city attorney who said that Denver International Airport's noise doesn't harm anyone.
Denver, Colorado, "Denver County Commissioners Suspend Development Around Four Regional Airports Until Stricter Regulations Are Considered" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Denver Post reports that County Commissioners in Arapahoe County, Colorado -- which includes Denver -- have suspended development on a total of 30.7 square miles surrounding four airports in the region. New rules could include sound insulation, and a larger minimum distance between houses and the airport. By February, results should be available from a noise study being conducted at Centennial Airport that can help make decision-making easier.
Denver, Colorado, "Colorado Neighbors Want Quieter Home Remodeling" (Apr. 18, 2000). The Denver Post printed an article about home remodeling and the neighbors who endure the subsequent noise, trash and portable toilets--according to a spokesman for the city planning department. Most people want to know what the working hours are so concerned neighbors call the city to inquire--about 2,500 per year.
Denver, Colorado, "City of Denver Appeals Fine Because of Airport Noise" (Feb. 2, 2000). An article from the Associated Press reported that local cities around Denver won a $5.3 million fine against the city of Denver because of excessive noise from Denver International Airport (DIA). Denver is appealing the fine.
Denver, Colorado area, "Residents Sue Denver Airport and Adams County Over Noise" (Jun. 7, 1997). The Denver Post reports that twenty-two residents living near the Denver International Airport have filed suit in Adams County District Court suing the city of Denver and Adams County for allowing what they claim is excessive noise. The residents all live 2 to 6 miles north of the airport's north-south runways in the rural subdivisions of Van Aire, Vantage Estates, and Lake Estates. The lawsuits allege that the city of Denver, as the owner and operator of the airport, "caused the flight of aircraft over the plaintiffs' property, thereby creating high levels of noise, pollution, and vibrations on plaintiffs' property."
Depew, New York, "NY Town Debates Loud Train Whistles: Nuisance or Necessity?" (Sep. 10, 1998). The Buffalo News reports Depew, New York, officials will consider banning train whistles at a public hearing Monday.
Derby, England, "Noise Complaints Lodged Against Local Pub" (Mar. 15, 2000). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that residents in Belper, England have lodged letters of complaint against a local pub because of excessive noise.
Derby, United Kingdom, "Derby, U.K. City Council Considers Applications for Late-Night Parties on Millennium Eve" (Nov. 16, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that in Derby, U.K. at least 23 clubs have asked to stay open later than usual on New Year's Eve. One hotel, located in a residential area, has drawn criticism from residents who say noise is bad enough already.
Derby, United Kingdom, "Derby, U.K. Resident Fined 500 Pounds for Having TV Too Loud" (Nov. 23, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a man in Derby, U.K., who played his TV so loud that neighbors could mute the same program on their own set and still follow the program, was fined 500 pounds for failing to heed a noise abatement notice.
Des Moines, Iowa, "Des Moines, Iowa Police Claim Noise Ordinance Will Now Be Enforced" (Oct. 17, 1999). The Des Moines Register reports that Des Moines, Iowa police will now enforce its noise ordinance, which has been around for years.
Des Moines, Iowa, "Indiana Diner Reduces Parties and Loud Music in Response to Neighbors' Complaints" (Mar. 22, 2000). The Des Moines Register reported that local residents want to impose a decrease in the number of motorcycle and classic car events at a local diner because of the noise activity.
Des Moines, Washington, "Washington School District Sponsors "A Sound Education;" Explores Ways to Reduce Classroom Noise from Seattle Airport" (May 6, 1998). The Seattle Times reports the Highline School District in Des Moines, Washington, has hired a firm to measure noise from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and to advise the district on ways to reduce jet noise in classrooms. Teachers have involved students in studying the problem and coming up with solutions.
Des Plaines, Illinois, "Transportation Plan for Northeastern Illinois Draws Criticism from Airport Opponents and Others" (Sep. 11, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that a public hearing was held in Des Plaines, Illinois Wednesday on the Chicago Area Planning Study, northeastern Illinois' transportation plan for 2020 recently released by CATS, the transportation authority. The hearing was dominated by calls for more data on the effects of a projected doubling of flights at O'Hare International Airport and for quieter trains, the article says.
Des Plaines, Illinois, "Chicago Suburb Considers Joining City-Led Commission" (Apr. 17, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that officials in Des Plaines, Illinois are considering joining the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, a group formed by the city of Chicago to address noise issues at O'Hare International Airport. Des Plaines is already a member of the Suburban O'Hare Commission, a group that opposes any expansion at O'Hare and supports building a third area airport. On Thursday night, representatives of the Suburban O'Hare Commission urged the Des Plaines City Council not to join the Chicago group, saying the group supports building new runways at O'Hare.
Des Plaines, Illinois, "Des Plaines to Hear Groups' Views on Noise from O'Hare" (Apr. 15, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports two groups, seen as rivals by some, will present their approaches to dealing with noise from O'Hare International Airport to the Des Plaines City Council starting Wednesday night.
Des Plaines, Illinois, "Chicago Suburb Votes Against Joining Chicago Noise Group" (Apr. 22, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that aldermen in Des Plaines, Illinois voted 7-1 Monday to decline membership in Chicago's O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission. The article says the aldermen made the decision in order to affirm their commitment to the Suburban O'Hare Commission.
Des Plaines, Illinois, "Third-Airport Proponents Object to FAA's Air-Use Plan at O'Hare" (Sep. 29, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports third airport proponents objected Monday to the Federal Aviation Administration's plan for reconfiguring the use of Chicago's air space at O'Hare International Airport. Objectors say the proposed plan fails to address O'Hare's inability to safely handle growth.
Des Plaines, Illinois, "Will New Flight Plan at O'Hare Bring More Noise?" (Sep. 29, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports residents of Chicago's suburbs, airport activists, and other leaders fear a federal proposal to redesign flight paths would lead to increased flights at O'Hare Airport and more noise below.
Detroit area, Michigan, "Detroit Area State Fairgrounds Redevelopment Not Supported by Everyone" (Apr. 19, 2000). The Detroit News printed these responses to a cyber survey regarding redevelopment of the state fairgrounds. The responses are printed in their entirety.
Detroit, Michigan, "Detroit Airport Develops Neighborhood Compatibility Program" (Dec. 15, 1997). The Detroit News describes the Neighborhood Compatibility Program at Detroit International Airport. The program offers noise abatement opportunities for people in specific areas around the airport.
Detroit, Michigan, "Detroit Senator Proposes Fund For Communities Effected By Airport" (Jan. 19, 1998). The Detroit News reports that Michigan state Senator, Loren Bennett is proposing a bill that would give a portion of revenues from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport's parking tax to a fund for the surrounding communities effected by noise and other consequences of the airport.
Detroit, Michigan, "Michigan Airport Plans Emergency Landing Pad" (Jan. 19, 1998). The Detroit News reports that homeowners on the west side of the Oakland International Airport in the Detroit area may be accepting offers to sell their homes for an airport safety zone.
Detroit, Michigan, "Columnist Advises Resident to Chill Out Regarding New Noisy Neighbors" (Jul. 22, 1998). The Detroit News printed a question-and-answer column in which a resident in Detroit, Michigan complains about the noisy activities of a new family in the neighborhood. The columnist advises the resident to talk to the family about their concerns, and to not expect that everyone will fit in with the view of a quiet neighborhood.
Detroit, Michigan, "Pro Air Clears Approval from the FAA for 36 Departures Daily from Detroit City Airport; City Officials Express Disappointment" (Sep. 28, 1998). Crain's Detroit Business reports that Pro Air Inc. has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly up to 36 departures a day out of Detroit City Airport, an increase of 28 flights over the former limit of eight.
Detroit, Michigan, "Michigan State Fairgrounds Development May Include Noisy Racetrack" (Apr. 11, 2000). The Detroit News reports that the Nederlander Entertainment Group in Detroit, Michigan has received approval from the Michigan State Fair advisory board to develop the state fairgrounds to a tune of $80 million. The development plan includes a race track, convention space, equestrian center, theaters, a renovated Coliseum, and a few nearby hotels. Many nearby residents have opposed the development.
Detroit, Michigan, "Oldsmobile Aurora Has Features That Make for Quiet Ride" (Mar. 1, 2000). Automotive Manufacturing and Production printed a review of the new 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora. Part of the review discusses features that make the Aurora's ride more quiet.
Detroit, Michigan, "Silencer Muffler Developed for Truck Engine "Jake" Brakes" (Mar. 1, 2000). Fleet Equipments reports on the benefits of engine brakes for the trucking industry. The Jacobs Vehicle Systems "Jake" brake is the most commonly used in the industry. Much of the article discusses the safety and technology behind "Jake" brakes. Part of the article is devoted to talking about the noise these brakes produce.
Devon, U.K., "Devon, U.K. Resident Told to Quiet His Rooster After Complaint; 100 Neighbors Sign Petition Saying He Shouldn't Have To" (Sep. 3, 1999). The Press Association Newsfile reports that after a man in East Budleigh, Devon was issued a noise abatement order to quiet his rooster, over 100 of his neighbors signed a petition in support of the bird. The bird's father provoked similar complaints and was gotten rid of, but neighbors didn't want to see any further "erosion of country life." The man has darkened the rooster's cage in the early morning in response to the order, and the crowing has lessened, but he says that he will fight any further actions in court.
Dhaka City, Bangladesh, "Study in Dhaka City, Bangladesh Reveals Surprisingly High Levels of Noise; Public May Now Become More Aware of Associated Health Risks" (Sep. 20, 1999). The Independent reports that a study on the presence of noise pollution in Dhaka City, Bangladesh revealed that many parts of the city have high levels of noise. Noise in the city exceeded World Health Organization recommendations in many places. Factors that contribute to the problem include densely packed structures, construction, loudspeakers, and lack of green spaces to absorb sound waves. Ailments such as tinnitus, vestibular symptoms, irritability, blood pressure and stress may result from continued exposure to noise above 65 decibels; exposure to noise higher than 80 decibels can permanently damage hearing.
Dhaka, Bangladesh, "Research on Noise in Dhaka, Bangladesh Presented at Meeting Suggests Measures to Quiet the City" (Sep. 19, 1999). The Independent reports that noise research, gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh and presented there yesterday, discussed the dangers of excessive noise in the city and some possible solutions. Noise in the city ranges from 68 to 106.2 decibels, although the World Health Organization has said that 65 decibels is the highest acceptable level. The article notes that attendees of the seminar included several government leaders.
Dighton, Massachusetts, "Neighbors Say Dighton, Massachusetts Power Plant Pre-Completion Equipment Testing is Too Loud" (Jun. 29, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that noise from equipment testing at a power-plant in Dighton, Massachusetts is too loud. The plant management -- which is performing last-minute tests of equipment before putting the plant online -- began construction on the $110-million facility in October of 1997, and had expected the plant to be finished by May 10. Due to equipment problems, they say the new scheduled completion date is July 16, and noise should stop by the end of the week.
Dighton, Rhode Island, "New Power Plant Finally Completed in Dighton, Rhode Island; Noise Complaints Should Fade" (Aug. 18, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that a power plant in Dighton Rhode Island, which was causing noise complaints from equipment testing, is completed. Local officials say that plant staff were very cooperative when it came to the noise problems. One official said, "They never wanted any noise...."
Dover and Manchester Townships, New Jersey, "Residents Living Near Ocean County (New Jersey) Landfill Upset Over Noise and Odors" (Jan. 9, 1998). Asbury Park Press reports that about 300 residents of Dover and Manchester, New Jersey townships met Wednesday to voice concerns over unpleasant odors and noise from the Ocean County Landfill. The article reports that township residents who live along the Whitesville Road, Route 571 and Route 70 corridors have formed the all-volunteer Whitesville Action Committee (WAC) to handle what they say are problems caused by the Manchester Township landfill. The group held its first meeting Wednesday night at the Pleasant Plains First Aid building.
Downers Grove, Illinois, "Illinois Town Considers Expanding Noise Restrictions" (May 15, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Downers Grove, Illinois Village Council is considering expanding its noise regulations to restrict the use of outdoor home tools and loud stereos from vehicles. In addition, the council is considering giving police more power in handling noise complaints.
Dresden, Germany, "Czech Recycled Noise Barrier Manufacturer Secures Contracts with Sweden, Possibly Germany" (Oct. 17, 1997). CTK Business News Wire reports that Bohemiaelast, a Czech producer of noise barriers made from recycled tires, has secured contracts with Sweden and currently is holding talks with the German area of Saxony, according to Zdenek Bohdanecky of Bohemiaelast.
Droitwich, England, "Resident in Droitwich, England Fined for Violating Residential Noise Abatement Notice" (Apr. 11, 2000). The Birmingham Evening Mail in England reports that Darryl Knight of Droitwich, Worcestershire, England was found guilty of violating a noise abatement notice that had been issued to him by Wychavon District Council's environment protection department. He was fined pounds 300 for causing a noise nuisance in his neighborhood after playing music and operating his TV at excessively high noise levels.
Dublin, California, "Day Care Centers in California Neighborhoods Bring Noise Disputes" (Jan. 22, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that some Dublin, California, residents are upset about noise from a nearby daycare center. In a counterattack, the daycare center has brought a suit against two neighbors. Apparently, the contentious battle mirrors other disputes over day care centers moving into residential areas.
Dublin, Ireland, "Two U2 Concerts Banned in Ireland Due to Neighbors' Noise Concerns" (Jul. 30, 1997). The International Herald Tribune reports that two sold-out homecoming concerts by the Irish rock group U2, scheduled to be held in Dublin, Ireland at the Lansdowne Road rugby stadium, have been banned by the High Court because of residents' concern over noise, according to reports in Irish newspapers on Tuesday. Residents living near the stadium told the court that the Irish Rugby Football Union had no legal right to subject them to loud and persistent noise, the article reports.
Dublin, Ireland, "Irish Employers Take Notice Of Growing Claims For Damaged Hearing From Work Related Noise" (Dec. 5, 1997). The Irish Times reports that many businesses in Ireland are not aware of their vulnerability to claims for hearing loss.
Dublin, Ireland, "Former Military Employee Sues Irish Government over Hearing Loss" (Apr. 10, 2000). The Irish Times reports on a recent court case. Mr. Seamus Kinlan sued Ireland's Minister for Defense and the Attorney General for noise-induced hearing loss that he incurred during his years working as a member of the Defense Forces. He wanted the government to pay for hearing aids. The court decided that his hearing is not currently bad enough for hearing aids, but he would be compensated for probable future hearing loss.
Dubuque, Iowa, "Cities Nationwide Enact Noise Control Ordinances" (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that cities across the country have recently passed noise ordinances targeting everything from car stereos, motorcycles, noisy night clubs, outdoor concerts, leafblowers, and ice cream trucks. The article goes on to provide a list of cities that recently have passed ordinances.
Dubuque, Iowa, "Constant Noise Exposure Can Lead to Hearing Loss" (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that constant exposure to loud noise can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss depending on the volume, duration, and repetition of exposure, according to experts. The article goes on to outline how hearing is damaged from noise pollution.
Dubuque, Iowa, "Iowa Town Ordinance Prohibits Excessive Noise" (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that the noise ordinance in Dubuque, Iowa prohibits many excessive noises. The article goes on to describe the specifics of the city ordinance.
Dubuque, Iowa, "Noise Pollution Diminishes Well-Being in an Iowa Town" (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that noise pollution is an important issue for many Dubuque, Iowa residents. The article explores the ways in which noise affects our health and well-being, and then goes on to describe Dubuque's noise ordinance and problems with its enforcement.
Dubuque, Iowa, "Dubuque Targets Noise from Car Stereos and Dogs in Noise Ordinances" (May 5, 1998). The Telegraph Herald reports the Dubuque, Iowa ,City Council approved two ordinances Monday night to make the city quieter.
Dubuque, Iowa, "Dubuque, Iowa Council Members Ride in Big Rigs and Decide that "Jake Brakes" Shouldn't Be Outlawed; Instead, Police Should Ticket Truckers Whose Brakes are Loud from Lack of Maintenance" (Sep. 17, 1999). The Telegraph Herald reports that city council members in Dubuque, Iowa recently took a ride in big rigs to hear the noise caused by "jake brakes." The council members reported that the brakes are only noisy when not maintained properly. Instead of the proposed ban on the brakes, a noise ordinance was passed to ticket truckers who did not maintain the brakes properly.
Dumfries, Virginia, "Virginia Residents Want Sound Barriers to Block Noise from I-95; Residents' Say Barriers in Original Plans" (May 16, 1998). The Washington Post reports the noise level from traffic on nearby Interstate 95 is so bad for residents of Prince William Estates in Dumfries, Virginia, that they're asking the Virginia Department of Transportation to erect sound barriers along their back yards.
Dunedin, Florida, "Dunedin, Florida Homeowner Plans to Build a Wall Against His Neighborhood's Wishes; City Council Objected Too, But He Found a Loophole to Allow Him to Construct a Wall" (Dec. 2, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports that a resident in Dunedin, Florida, whose proposal to build an eight foot wall beside his house to block noise, light and trespassers was rejected, has found a loophole that allows him to build a similar wall by moving his front door. The homeowner says that the wall is necessary because the long-vacant property has become a common place for people to watch the sunset and would otherwise have trespassing problems. Neighbors were against the plan because they say it would ruin the beauty of the neighborhood.
Dunedin, Florida, "Noise From Café's Live Music Disturbs Downtown Dunedin, Florida Residents" (Mar. 14, 2000). The North Pinellas Times reports that residents who have moved to downtown Dunedin, Florida as part of the city's revitalization plan are now annoyed by live music late at night at a local cafe.
Dunn, Wisconsin, "Judge Hears Case on Motorcycle Course in Rural Wisconsin; Residents Angry About Noise and Afraid of Course Owner" (Jul. 19, 1998). The Wisconsin State Journal reports that residents are angry about the noise from a motorcycle course in Dunn, Wisconsin. Earlier this month, Dane County Judge Richard Callaway heard arguments in the dispute, and could rule on it Tuesday when the hearing resumes. County officials have argued that the course's owners have violated zoning laws that prohibit a motorcycle course on land zoned for farming, and failed to get a proper erosion control permit to move dirt to build the course. Many residents who object to the motorcycle course are afraid of the course's owners, who have done jail time and had additional brushes with the law. Meanwhile, the town of Dunn board will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed ordinance to limit "disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle" that appears to be aimed at controlling the motorcycle course.
Dunn, Wisconsin, "Wisconsin Town Wants to Beef Up Nuisance Ordinance to Quiet Motorbike Noise" (Jun. 26, 1998). The Capital Times reports residents of Dunn, Wisconsin, say motorbikes racing on a nearby track keep them awake at night, but the owner of the property says he's a good neighbor who regulates racing hours.
Durango, Colorado, "Colorado County Considers Noise Standards for Oil, Gas Industry" (Sep. 28, 1998). The Associated Press reports commissioners in La Plata County, Colorado, will reconsider a proposed noise standard for the oil and gas industry after industry officials claimed the restrictions are impractical.
Durham County, England, "British Residents Concerned Quarry Proposal Will Increase Noise" (Dec. 5, 1997). The Northern Echo reports that officials from a quarry company near West Cornforth, England have been told they will have to wait for a decision on whether they can proceed with proposals to install a mobile crusher and screening plant.
Durham County, North Carolina, "NC County May Use "Reasonableness Standard" to Measure Noise and Enforce Ordinance" (Apr. 6, 1999). 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.
Durham, Connecticut, "Connecticut Residents Object to Skeet Shooting Proposal" (Apr. 16, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports that about 15 angry residents in Durham, Connecticut turned out for a planning and zoning commission hearing Wednesday night to oppose a proposal by the Durham Rod and Gun Club to allow skeet shooting in a farm residential zone. The commission decided to continue the public hearing at its May 6 meeting.
Durham, England, "Proposal for Police Shooting Range in England Draws Concern" (Jul. 16, 1998). The Northern Echo reports that the police force in County Durham, England has proposed using the site of an old quarry at Running Waters, three miles southeast of Durham City, for an outdoor shooting range. But, the article says, some residents and councilors are objecting to the plan.
Durham, N.C., "Noise Pollution" (Apr. 20, 1997). The following editorial appeared in the Durham, N.C. Herald Sun:
Durham, New Hampshire, "Boat Construction At a Durham, New Hampshire Home Upsets Some Neighbors Who Think It's Too Noisy and Ugly; Unusual Procedures Make Boat Builders Believe They Are Being Singled Out" (Nov. 26, 1999). The Union Leader reports that a man who is building a boat on a friend's property has infuriated some residents of Durham, New Hampshire -- including a town council member who happens to live next to the property -- who say the project is a noisy, smelly eyesore. The council is trying to prove that the boat building is not a permissible use, even though boats have been built in the neighborhood for decades. The town zoning administrator ruled twice that the use was permissible, but a rehearing was called: the only time one of his decisions had been questioned in that way.
Durham, North Carolina, "Residents in Formerly Rural North Carolina Area Target Gun Ranges as Too Noisy and Unsafe" (Nov. 20, 1997). The News and Observer reports that there is a growing battle in the Durham, North Carolina area between residents of new subdivisions and proponents of gun ranges. In one recent fight, Duncan Floyd, a property owner who wanted to expand his private shooting range, met with strong opposition from neighbors and dropped his request for a permit, the article says.
Durham, North Carolina, "North Carolina Resident Says Officials Should Enforce a Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 26, 1998). The Herald-Sun printed a letter-to-the-editor from Jacqueline Harris, a Durham, North Carolina resident, arguing that the City and County Councils should enforce noise and health ordinances:
Durham, North Carolina, "Allow FedEx Hub at RDU to Create Jobs and Prosperity" (Mar. 19, 1998). The Herald-Sun of Durham, North Carolina, published an editorial pointing out the irony of opposition from elected officials in the towns of Morrisville and Cary to the proposed Federal Express hub at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Durham, North Carolina, "North Carolina City Officials Lobby for New FedEx Hub; Officials in Other Towns Oppose Plan" (Mar. 30, 1998). The Herald-Sun reports that FedEx shipping company officials are considering locating their mid-Atlantic cargo hub at the Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina) International Airport. Officials in Durham are lobbying for the FedEx hub to locate at the airport, but officials in Cary, Morrisville, and North Raleigh are opposed to the plan because of the increased noise and congestion it would bring.
Durham, North Carolina, "North Carolina Welcomes FedEx Hub" (Mar. 9, 1998). The Herald-Sun reports that Durham, North Carolina is hoping FedEx will bring new jobs to the area with its recent hub proposal.
Durham, North Carolina, "Durhan, NC, City Council Measures City Noise in Decision to Grant Permit to Recycling Business" (Feb. 19, 1999). The News and Observer reports before deciding to issue a special use permit to a recyclables collector, Durham, North Carolina's, Town Council took some measurements of current noise levels in the city.
Durham, North Carolina, "Noise Laws in Durham, North Carolina Made Stricter in Response to Repeated Violence at Downtown Dance Club" (May 18, 1999). The News and Observer reports that Durham, North Carolina has strengthened their noise and loitering laws in response to several incidents of violence this year at a downtown dance club. A fatal shooting outside the club in December, and serious injury resulting from a fist-fight in April convinced lawmakers the regulation was necessary. Wording of the laws are now more encompassing, meaning that patrons of "The Power Company" and other revelers can not "create noise that is "unreasonably loud" and "disturbing" or make sounds that exceed certain decibel levels at certain times."
Durham, North Carolina, "Durham, North Carolina City Council May Amend Noise and Trespassing Ordinances to Discourage Raucous Gatherings in Club Parking Lot" (May 8, 1999). The Herald-Sun reports that the Durham, North Carolina City Council is considering a noise and trespassing ordinance in city-owned parking facilities to discourage loud and raucous assemblies. After two people were killed in a December shooting and another man seriously injured in an April fight, the city is trying to eliminate crowds in their parking areas that can be conducive to violence. The amendment would require people to leave the parking lot after parking or returning to their car. The city would impose a new $2 nightly parking fee to pay for enforcement.
Durham, North Carolina, "Durham, North Carolina Noise/Trespassing Ordinances Revised to Keep Nightclub "Let-out" Quieter" (May 11, 1999). The News and Observer reports that changes to Durham, North Carolina's noise and trespasssing ordinances, aimed at quieting nightclub 'let-out', will go to the City Council for approval. The "Power Company" nightclub has been the setting for a shooting and a major fist-fight in the last year, and city officials made the ordinance changes to give police more authority in keeping closing time quiet and orderly. The changes require patrons -- who can number in the thousands outside the club at closing -- to move to their car 'without delay', and define noise violations more loosely as "unreasonably loud and disturbing." In addition to the problems with violence, neighbors had been complaining about noise from music and unruly patrons.
Durham, North Carolina, "Durham, North Carolina Strip Club Shut Down Pending Nuisance Case; Some Neighbors Say Club Was Not A Problem, While Others Disagree" (Dec. 1, 1999). The News and Observer reports that a strip club in Durham, North Carolina has been closed while the city prepares a nuisance case against it. Many neighbors seem to think that noise and violence in the area is not the fault of the club. Other residents say they are glad the club is closed, saying its easier to sleep.
Duvall, Washington, "Residents Near Noisy Gas Pipeline in Washington Will Get Some Relief, Gas Company Says" (Jul. 24, 1997). The Seattle Times reports that officials for Northwest Pipeline have announced they will install two large containers around an underground gas pipeline in order to muffle the constant thumping noise that has been disturbing residents in Duvall, Washington. The fix is expected to be installed by late August, the article says.
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