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Hackensack, New Jersey, "Despite Noise Concerns, Freeholders Approve Carousel for NJ Park" (Jan. 22, 1998). The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, reports that despite noise concerns and other issues, the Board of Freeholders gave their support for a carousel in Van Saun Park.
Haines City, Florida, "City Commissioners in Haines City, Florida Tighten Noise Ordinance Restrictions" (Jun. 5, 1999). The Ledger reports that Haines City, Florida City Commissioners have begun revising the local noise and nuisance ordinances to make it stricter and more enforceable. If the revisions are passed by the council, violators will now be subject to fines of up to $500 a day up to $7500 for violations such as drug-related activity, prostitution, and criminal gang activity.
Haines City, Florida, "Haines City, Florida Council Will Hold Workshop to Tighten Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 2, 1999). The Ledger reports that Haines City, Florida's City Council will be holding an after-meeting workshop designed to find ways to toughen the local noise ordinance; the workshop will be open to the public. Residents have complained for years that the existing ordinance isn't well enforced, and police who try to enforce it have complained that "because of assumptions judges have made, it is hard to get it enforced in the courts." One main target of the new revisions is a better way to restrict excessively loud car stereos. Many elderly people in the community are afraid to call the police to complain, and they wish police would tighten enforcement so they didn't have to.
Haledon, New Jersey, "New Jersey Residents Living Near Quarries Demand Stricter State Regulations" (Oct. 24, 1997). The Record reports that residents living near quarries gathered in Haledon, New Jersey Thursday night to tell elected officials and quarry owners that they are fed up with the noise, dust, and blasting shocks they experience, and that they want stricter state quarry regulations and enforcement.
Haledon, New Jersey, "New Jersey Town Council To Vote On Noise From Quarry" (Dec. 15, 1999). The Bergen County Record reports that the Borough Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would curb the hours of operation of a local quarry, lessening its impact on neighboring residents.
Haledon, New Jersey, "Haledon, New Jersey Settles Lawsuit with Quarry Out of Court; Agreement Permits Some Night Work, but Requires Regular Environmental Impact Statements" (Oct. 15, 1999). The Record reports that Haledon, New Jersey has settled a lawsuit out of court with a local quarrying firm which had sued over a Haledon law that restricted the quarry's hours of operation. The new agreement allows some night work, but requires regular review of noise and dust levels, traffic plans submitted in advance, and regular environmental impact studies.
Half Moon Bay, California, "California Residents Fear that Ambitious Master Plan for Small Airport Will Bring More Noise and Development" (Jun. 9, 1997). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a draft of the Half Moon Bay Airport master plan in Half Moon Bay, California was made public in recent weeks, and proposes a long list of improvements, including the use of the entire length of the 5,000 foot runway, and the installation of equipment to enable planes to land in bad weather. The plan has raised the concern of some residents who believe the airport development could encourage more flights by bigger planes, opening the door to more noise, people, and development in the area. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will consider the master plan on July 22.
Halifax, Massachusetts, "Residents in Massachusetts Town Vote to Uphold Ban on Motorcycles on Frozen Ponds" (Sep. 9, 1997). The Patriot Ledger reports that residents in Halifax, Massachusetts voted at last night's special town meeting to keep a ban on motorcycles on the town's frozen waterways. The ban originally was passed at the May town meeting as part of a new boating bylaw. But William Cafarelli had asked that the bylaw be amended to allow motorcycle use between 10 a.m. and dusk, the article says.
Hallowell, Maine, "Maine Recycling Facility Threatens Neighborhood With Greater Traffic And Noise" (Dec. 19, 1997). The Kennebec Journal reports that a proposed tire recycling and truck maintenance facility in Hallowell Maine concerns area residents. Neighbors of the proposed facility worry about potential traffic and noise.
Hallowell, Maine, "Maine Town's Public Hearing on Noise Not Attended" (Dec. 16, 1999). According to the Kennebec Journal, Hallowell city council members were surprised when nobody showed up for a public hearing on a proposed ordinance regarding noise.
Hamburg, Germany, "Children Near Munich Airport Stressed by Aircraft Noise" (Mar. 23, 1998). The AAP Newsfeed in Overseas News reports that a German medical journal says aircraft noise stresses children according to the results of a study conducted around the new Munich airport.
Hamburg, New York, "Ordinance Tries to Suppress Noise in Hamburg, New York" (Aug. 18, 1998). The Buffalo News reports that the Village of Hamburg has adopted an eight-page noise ordinance. The ordinance prohibits a person from intentionally causing "public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm or recklessly creating a risk thereof by making unreasonable noise. "
Hamburg, New York, "New York Town Considers New Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 21, 1998). The Buffalo News reports that the Village Board in Hamburg, New York will hold a public hearing on August 17 to discuss a proposed noise oridnance.
Hamilton Township and Columbus, Ohio, "Ohio Neighbors Upset About Quarry Noise; No Relief is in Sight" (Jun. 11, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch reports that Yvette and Leon Blauvelt, residents of Hamilton Township, Ohio, have complained about noise from a sand and gravel operation near their home. But after investigating the complaints, Columbus officials have said the quarry doesn't violate any city zoning regulations.
Hamilton Township, Ohio, "Growth Brings Noise to Ohio Township, Including Din from Church Gatherings" (Nov. 14, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports officials and residents of Hamilton Township, Ohio, are considering the merits of a noise ordinance in the wake of complaints about late-night noise from teen gatherings at a local church.
Hamilton, New Zealand, "New Zealand Residents Angry Over Car Race in Residential Area" (Nov. 13, 1997). The Waikato Times reports that a car race was held over the weekend in the Hamilton, New Zealand city boundaries, and residents are angry about the excessive noise and smell of burning rubber. Residents have started a petition asking city councilors to move the competition out of the area. The competition was held by the Te Awamutu Rod and Custom Club and sponsored by the Te Rapa Tavern.
Hamilton, New Zealand, "Hamilton, New Zealand Manufacturer is Told that Its Power Plant Is Too Loud" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Waikato Times reports that a power plant located on a manufacturer's property in Hamilton, New Zealand is disturbing residents. The company has 6 weeks to lessen the noise to 42 decibels at the property line.
Hamilton, New Zealand, "Classroom Noise Puts Primary Students at a Disadvantage" (Mar. 23, 1999). The Waikato Times reports an international acoustics expert says elementary students are adversely affected by classroom noise.
Hamilton, New Zealand, "Residents of Hamilton, New Zealand Seem Satisfied After Dairy Plant Promises to Stop Noisy Generator Testing Until Soundproofing is Installed" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Waikato Times reports that in Hamilton, New Zealand, a dairy factory will stop testing of a noisy generator while it installs soundproofing. The fifty residents who attended a public meeting called by the factory had complained of the noise, but seemed satisfied that the factory was being responsible in its decision to hold off on testing until soundproofing was installed.
Hamilton, New Zealand, "Wellington, New Zealand City Council Dismisses Complaints About Noise from Screaming Riders of a Bungy Ride as Insignificant" (Jan. 3, 2000). The Waikato Times reports that the Wellington, New Zealand City Council dismissed complaints about noise from screaming patrons at a downtown bungy ride as not "a huge issue."
Hamilton, Ontario, "Solutions to Reducing Effects of Neighbor's Loud Stereo" (Feb. 17, 2000). The Toronto Star reports that a reader of Ian G. Masters "Sight 'n' Sound" column wrote about a problem he has with his neighbor's noisy stereo.
Hammond, Louisiana, "Louisiana Town Council Discusses How to Control Excessive Noise From Bars" (Jun. 3, 1998). The Advocate reports that the city council in Hammond, Louisiana discussed Tuesday what actions are being taken to monitor and control noise from bars and nightclubs on Nashville Avenue. The article notes that the council adopted a noise control ordinance affecting the area about eight months ago, but the ordinance has only recently started to be enforced. Meanwhile, Mayor Louis Tallo visited Nashville Avenue last Thursday night to monitor the noise level.
Hammond, Louisiana, "Hammond, Louisiana Council Impatient with Legal Department's Pace in Developing Noise Laws" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Advocate reports that Hammond, Louisiana's City Council, which asked to develop noise laws months ago, may finally see "new proposals dealing with city alcohol permits and regulations procedures" this week. Residents have been complaining about noise from loud stereos, car stereos, and staged dog fights for at least five years.
Hammond, Louisiana, "Hammond, Louisiana Allocates Funds for Training of Police on Proper Use of Noise Monitors; Council Also Proposes New Liquor-License Renewal Process that Will Aid Enforcement of Noise Laws" (Aug. 18, 1999). The Advocate reports that Hammond, Louisiana's City Council has approved $1,000 towards the training of police officers in the proper use of a $15,000 noise-monitoring device. The current decibel limit is 85 as measured 25-feet from the source, but lack of training has meant that the device has not been used. A proposed change in the liquor-license renewal process could also help officials enforce noise laws that proprietors often ignore.
Hampton, Iowa, "Neighbors File Lawsuit Against Noisy Factory in Hampton, Iowa" (Mar. 30, 2000). The Des Moines Register in Iowa published three short local news articles. One of them concerns a lawsuit over noise in Hampton, Iowa.
Hampton, N.H., "Group Says Jet Skis Cause Great Harm to Air, Waterways" (May 29, 1999). The Boston Globe reports that a Maryland conservation group and personal watercraft industry officials are clashing over pollution concerns caused by jet skis.
Hampton, Virginia, "Company Aims to Make Airplanes Less Offensive to the Ears" (Oct. 5, 1998). The Associated Press reports about how a small company is taking a forefront position to reduce airplane noise by changing the air flow around wings and fuselages.
Hampton, Virginia, "Residents of a Hampton, Virginia Subdivision Feel Soundwalls Have Been Unfairly Prioritized for Newer, Fancier Neighborhoods" (Sep. 4, 1999). The Daily Press reports that residents of a subdivision in Hampton, Virginia that sits only a few blocks from Interstate 64 is itching to have soundwalls installed. Residents believe that newer subdivisions are getting quicker attention, but Virginia's Department of Transportation insists that it is interested in soundwalls for the neighborhood.
Hampton, Virginia, "Neighbors Near Hampton, Virginia's Langley Air Force Base Say They Are Used to Jet Noise" (Jan. 3, 2000). The Daily Press reports that many residents living in Hampton, Virginia near Langley Air Force Base are used to fighter-jet noise. The base does maintain no-flight hours on most days, but doesn't restrict afterburner use. Some say that residents aren't sufficiently aware of potential noise problems when they move in.
Hanahan, South Carolina, "South Carolina Land-Use Plan Designed To Prevent Noise Pollution" (May 15, 1997). The Post and Courier reports the Hanahan (South Carolina) City Council adopted a land-use plan that would permit only 120 acres of the 746-acre Brown Tract to be used for businesses, with the rest used for single-family homes. City Administrator Dan Davis states the 120 acres will be rezoned by the city planning commission for "limited industry," meaning businesses that are environmentally friendly and compatible with residential areas. The commission's aim is to prevent noise and traffic pollution. A land architect had originally proposed 238 acres be used for industry.
Hanford, California, "California's Kings County Passes Noisy Party Ordinance" (Jun. 22, 1998). The Fresno Bee reports an ordinance was recently approved to fine hosts of noisy parties if California's Kings County Sheriff Department has to make a return visit to quiet the site.
Hanoi, Vietnam, "Noise, Water, and Air Pollution Levels in Hanoi, Vietnam Reach Unacceptable Levels" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Vietnam Investment Review reports that the city of Hanoi is suffering from increasing and unacceptable levels of water, air, and noise pollution. High pollution levels are due to the fact that businesses are mostly unregulated, and the city is overpopulated. The country wants to modernize, and the government is willing to sacrifice the environment for increased growth and industrialization which would allow Vietnam to compete in world markets. Meanwhile, citizens' health is being risked as they are exposed to carcinogens and to loud noise.
Hanover County, Virginia, "Virginia Residents Worry About New Runway" (Dec. 24, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that residents of Hanover County Virginia are concerned about a proposed airport expansion.
Hanover, Maryland, "Judge to Decide Fate of Mobile Home Park Near Baltimore-Washington Airport" (May 29, 1997). The Capital reports that the the 72-acre Ridgewood Mobile Home Park, home to 126 families in Hanover, Maryland, is now in the hands of Circuit Court Judge Eugene Lerner after two days of technical testimony. Last year, Maryland Aviation Administration officials began condemnation proceedings against the property after trying to purchase it for 10 years. The property is less than a mile from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and is subject to noise levels that concern airport officials and upset many of the residents. But mobile home park owners Symcha and Joan Shpak have fought to keep the property operating as a mobile home park, saying the state has not offered them enough money and they won't be able to re-sell the land.
Hanover, New Jersey, "Hanover, NJ, Says No to Walgreen Expansion; Board Requires Noise Study" (Mar. 2, 1999). The Morning Call reports a plan to expand a Walgreen Co. distribution center in Hanover, Township, New Jersey, was rejected for failing to address neighbors' concerns, including noise and light pollution.
Hanover, New York, "Hanover, New York Residents Ask Town Board To Quiet Auto Parts Plant" (Nov. 25, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that the Hanover (New York) Town Board heard from two residents Monday who complained about noise and vibrations from the Bailey Manufacturing plant on Bennett State Road, which makes auto parts. The article says that town officials visited the homes of the two residents and agree something must be done.
Hanover, Virginia, "Hanover, Virginia Airport Expansion Has Residents Concerned Over Noise" (Apr. 24, 1997). The Hanover County Board of Supervisors voted to move ahead with plans to expand Hanover County Airport, the Richmond Times Dispatch reports. Residents are concerned about the increased noise the expansion may bring.
Hanover, Virginia, "Hanover, Virginia Residents Angry Over Airport Expansion" (Apr. 20, 1997). The conflict over the expansion of the Hanover Airport was ignited by a letter sent to over 4,000 residents informing them of an ordinance that would require them to notify perspective buyers of potential airport noise, the Richmond Times Dispatch reports.
Hanover, Virginia, "Virginia Community Struggles Over Runway Extension" (Dec. 17, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that a municipal airport in Hanover, Virginia recently received approval from a neighborhood association for a runway extension.
Hanover, Virginia, "Virginia Runway Extension Approved" (Dec. 18, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Virginia County officials approved a controversial plan to extend the runway at the county's airport. Some residents oppose the project fearing a decrease in property values and greater noise.
Hanover, Virginia, "Virginia Community Questions Runway Extension" (Dec. 2, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that the Hanover (Virginia) Planning Commission unanimously approved a recommendation last night to extend the runway at the county airport by 750 feet, despite concerns of area residents that the extension would bring on greater air traffic and noise.
Hanson, Massachusetts, "Hanson, Massachusetts Residents Say Train Rest Stop Leaves Engine Idling at Night, Disturbing their Sleep" (Nov. 17, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports that Hanson, Massachusetts residents have complained that a commuter rail engine stops its loudly idling engine near their homes and disturbing their sleep.
Harlem, New York, "Residents of East Harlem, New York Complain About Excessively Loud Worship Services" (Jun. 6, 1999). The New York Times reports that East Harlem, New York residents are fed up with noise that registers up to 90 dB in their living rooms from the nearby Iglesia Pentecostal Abrigo del Altissimo church. Two summer's ago, the amplified services -- which include preaching and singing -- happened for several hours in the evenings, seven days a week, for two months; the church arrived with a tent and set it up in an empty lot with a public address system that faced the street. Residents say that Harlem has never been a quiet place, but also say that this church is excessively loud.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, "Pennsylvania Town's Noise Ordinance Could Be Too Strict" (Mar. 27, 2000). According to an article by the Associated Press, a proposed local noise ordinance in Penbrook, Pennsylvania can be interpreted so narrowly that children could be banned for roller-skating or bouncing a ball.
Harrison, Michigan, "Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison, Michigan Released a 10-year Study of Flight Patterns and Related Noise" (May 6, 1999). The Detroit News reports that the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison, Michigan is releasing a study of changing flight patterns to assess noise impacts of military flights on surrounding communities. The study was conducted from 1987-97, and can help the community designate less noisy areas as residential in future zoning decisions. Twin engine fighters have been replaced with quieter single engine ones, night flights have been reduced, and engines are now tested in soundproofed 'hush houses.'
Hartford, Connecticut, "Connecticut City Considers Restricting Ice Cream Truck Music After Resident Complaints" (Jul. 30, 1997). The Hartford Courant reports that about 40 residents who attended a neighborhood meeting Tuesday in Hartford, Connecticut to talk about neighborhood problems agreed to propose that the city pass an ordinance that would prohibit ice cream truck vendors from selling their goods after 9 p.m. and would require vendors to reduce the noise level of their bells and songs. The meeting was sponsored by Hartford Areas Rally Together, the article says.
Hartford, Connecticut, "Hartford Residents Meet to Solve Noise Problems in Capitol Neighborhoods" (May 15, 1998). The Hartford Courant of Hartford, Connecticut, reports Capitol area neighbors Thursday met and formed committees in hopes of solving parking problems and noise and other nuisances connected with a corner bar.
Hartford, Connecticut, "Noise and Unruly Patrons at Music Hall Bother Connecticut Residents" (May 28, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports that residents living near Barry Square in Hartford, Connecticut are criticizing the Webster Theater music club for problems ranging from noise to litter to fist-fights. At a meeting of the Barry Square Revitalization Committee held last week, many of the 80 residents who attended asked or demanded that something be done about the concert-goers.
Hartford, Connecticut, "Hartford Residents Push for Speedier Police Action and Penalties for Noisy Neighbors" (May 8, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports police officers' response time to noise complaints were the topics of a meeting of the Southend Neighbors Action Project Wednesday night in Hartford, Connecticut.
Hartford, Connecticut, "Connecticut Plans to Reroute Bradley International Airport Flights Sets Towns Against Each Other" (Dec. 10, 1999). The Hartford Courant reported that the state Department of Transportation will hold an informational meeting to discuss plans to reroute air traffic at Bradley International Airport. Any concerns townspeople have about noise pollution over their towns will not reverse the decision.
Hartford, Connecticut, "By Court Order: Noise Ordinance Violators Must Listen to Country Music" (Apr. 14, 2000). AP Online reports that cities are using innovative ways of punishing noise violators. Much of the article discusses how some college students in Connecticut were forced to attend an opera performance as punishment for breaking various campus rules. A small portion of the article deals with unique punishment for noise ordinance violations.
Havelock, North Carolina, "North Carolina Town Lobbies the Navy to Send its Military Jets There" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that residents and officials of Havelock, North Carolina are lobbying Navy officials to send 180 Hornets to the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in Havelock. The comments came at a hearing Tuesday held by the Navy to gather public input on where to transfer the jets when they are removed from the soon-to-close Cecil Field Naval Air Station in Florida. The Navy has recommended sending the jets to Virginia Beach, Virginia, but Havelock is an alternative location still under consideration. The article notes that about 75 people turned up for the hearing, and about 25 spoke, none of them opposing bringing the jets to North Carolina.
Hazel Park, Michigan, "Proposed Racetrack near Detroit Prompts Foes to Ask for Noise Study" (Apr. 20, 2000). The Detroit News reported that proposed racetrack for the State Fairgrounds has motivated 20 determined residents to challenge the plan and the county commissioner. They've called for a study on both noise and traffic.
Hazelwood, Missouri, "Hazelwood, Missouri City Council Discusses Joining National Noise Organization" (Apr. 13, 2000). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Lambert Field in Hazelwood, Missouri plans to expand. At a recent City Council meeting, members discussed noise levels in the neighborhoods they represent.
Hebron, Kentucky, "Cincinnati Airport Brings Jobs, But Not Without Noise and Land Costs in Boone County" (Mar. 16, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Boone County, Kentucky, residents know the price for the prosperity brought by the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport. Among the prices paid: jet aircraft noise, loss of land and homes, and now, the airport wants to close a section of road. Residents have objected to this last request.
Hebron, Kentucky, "Northern Kentucky International Airport Near Cincinnati to Test Noise Cancellation Technology" (Jul. 31, 1999). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Northern Kentucky International Airport near Cincinnati plans to test noise cancellation technology to help reduce airport noise. The new technology picks up sound from a microphone and uses a computer to create a negative copy of it; when the negative sound is played back, it cancels out the original sound. While indoor applications have existed for years, it's never been tested at an airport or in other outside situations. Testing the system indoors and out would cost about $450,000, with funds coming from an existing noise-abatement budget.
Hebron, Ohio, "Cincinnati Airport Gets New Aircraft Tracking System to Deal With Noise Complaints" (Jul. 18, 1997). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport recently has installed a new $609,000 computer aircraft tracking system to deal with noise complaints. The system, called the Aircraft Operation Monitoring System (AOMS), has the ability to record the flight paths and flight numbers of every departure and landing, along with accompanying information
Hebron, Ohio, "Houses Still Sell in Noise Zones Around Ohio Airport" (Nov. 11, 1997). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that jet noise around the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Ohio hasn't dissuaded people from purchasing homes in noise corridors around the airport. The article says that since April 1996, when the Kenton County Airport Board began a purchase assurance program as part of a federally mandated noise mitigation effort, 105 houses have been sold and an additional six sales are pending. According to figures released by the board's noise mitigation committee, the properties sold for an average of 94 percent of their appraised value and 95 percent of their list price.
Hebron, Ohio, "County Commissioners To Work to Keep Airport Noise Levels in Check near Northern Kentucky International Airport" (Aug. 18, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports monitors show that Northern Kentucky International Airport has slightly exceeded noise limits set out in an agreement between the airport and the Sisters of Charity.
Hebron, Ohio, "Neighbors and School Districts near Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport Need Answers; FAA Sources Say They'll Have to Wait" (Aug. 20, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that about 400 residents and school officials from Boone County filled a public meeting room to express concerns about how improvements to the runways at the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport would affect their homes and classrooms.
Hebron, Ohio, "Airport Board Agrees to Monitor for Noise Near Cincinnati Area Airport" (Apr. 14, 2000). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Kenton (Kentucky) County Airport, serving parts of Kentucky as well as the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area, hopes to build a new runway beginning in 2003. The airport board plans to use portable jet noise monitors to measure neighborhood noise levels to determine which areas near the airport will be eligible for the airport's noise abatement program. Areas in both Kentucky and Ohio will be monitored. The board will meet on Monday to decide whether to accept the proposed noise monitoring program.
Hempstead, New York, "Residents in New York Town Complain About Noise From New Warning Sirens" (Jun. 29, 1997). Newsday reports that two new sirens in the Bay Park area of Hempstead, New York were installed to warn residents of hurricanes or disasters at the nearby Nassau County sewage plant, but homeowners who live near the sirens say the sirens' piercing wails are too loud. Until recently, the sirens went off every noon and during fire calls in other neighborhoods.
Hempstead, New York, "Big Box Store Dismisses Neighbor's Concerns Over Noise" (Feb. 20, 2000). According to Newsday, Hempstead resident Ronald Lupski is fighting a losing battle over noise from Home Depot, which moved into his neighborhood in 1990 with a promise to work together with residents regarding their concerns--something residents say has not happened.
Henderson, Nevada, "Nevada Community Considers Plans To Reduce Highway Noise" (Dec. 31, 1997). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a recent agreement passed in Henderson, Nevada will reduce highway noise.
Henderson, North Carolina, "Henderson, North Carolina, Establishes New Noise Ordinance using Sound Levels" (Feb. 26, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Henderson County, North Carolina, has adopted a new noise ordinance, effective July 1, 1999.
Hendersonville, North Carolina, "North Carolina County to Create Noise Ordinance Before Allowing New Racetrack" (Nov. 19, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Henderson County Commissioners on Wednesday considered a first draft of a noise ordinance they will finalize before lifting a moratorium on the construction of any racetracks in the North Carolina county.
Hendersonville, North Carolina, "Realtor in Hendersonville, North Carolina Will Settle with Two Couples Who Were Not Informed of Noise from Airport When They Bought Their Homes" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that a realtor in Hendersonville, North Carolina will lose her license for sixty days for failing to inform a couple that they were going to be living in the approach path of Asheville Regional Airport (ARA). The realtor claims she didn't know about "any significant air traffic over the Heatherwood subdivision." The state Real Estate commission judged that air traffic from ARA since it is "sufficiently important that an ordinary person would want to know" about it.
Hendersonville, North Carolina, "Henderson, NC, Looks to Revise Noise Ordinance Draft by Increasing Allowable Noise Levels" (Feb. 19, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Henderson County, North Carolina, officials are considering relaxing their proposed noise ordinance by allowing increased noise levels and exempting businesses and industries.
Hendersonville, North Carolina, "Henderson County Commissioners Worry that Racetrack Proposed for Asheville, North Carolina Will Cause Noise and Traffic Problems" (Nov. 1, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Henderson County commissioners in North Carolina are worried that a proposed racetrack, which would be placed near Asheville Regional Airport, could cause noise and traffic problems for them. The city attorney has said that so far, no land deals had been initiated with the developers.
Hernando County, Florida, "Radio Personality Clem Plans to Attend Hernando County, Florida Commissioners Meeting to Protest "Persecution" of His Nightclub" (May 6, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports that "Bubba the Love Sponge Clem", a radio DJ in Hernando County, plans to attend the County commissioner's meeting to protest what he describes as a 'witch hunt' against him. Clem's recently-opened nightclub in Spring Hill has been drawing noise complaints from neighbors, but Clem claims the volume is under allowable limits. The County claims that noise meters do not pick up bass, which creates the disruptive thumping; the County has ordered a new $3000 noise meter that is capable of picking up lower frequency sounds. The noise ordinance would have to be changed in order to use the new meter for enforcement.
Hernando County, Florida, "Readers Comment on Helicopter and Aircraft Noise at Hernando County Airport, Florida" (Feb. 16, 2000). The Hernando Times published two letters to the editor by readers who are commenting about a recent article in the paper about excessive noise at Hernando County Airport, attributed to helicopter pilot training runs. The letters are printed here in their entirety:
Hernando County, Florida, "Florida Airport Claims Noise Won't Disrupt Community College Campus" (Feb. 22, 2000). The St. Petersburg Times printed a letter to the editor regarding a controversy over whether a community college should have a campus next to the Hernando County Airport. This letter, printed in its entirety, attacks a previous letter voicing concern over airport noise levels.
Hidden Hills, California, "Construction Project Near School Cause for Excessive Noise and Gas Fumes" (Mar. 22, 2000). The Los Angeles Times reported on a construction project that is the source of problems for an elementary school because of gas fumes and excessive noise during school hours. Because the developer had a permit and was not in violation, local officials claim they cannot do anything.
High Point, North Carolina, "Proposed New FedEx Runway at Piedmont Triad International Airport Will Create Noise Corridor Directly Over Recently Approved Development; City Planners Admit They Should Have Never Approved the Development" (Nov. 15, 1999). The News and Record reports that High Point, North Carolina planners admit that their 1997 approval of a housing development located north of Piedmont Triad International Airport was a mistake. They knew the airport would expand but did not know that the noise corridor from a soon-to-be-proposed runway would pass directly over the development. The FAA is conducting an environmental study that should be done early next year which should more specifically explore potential noise problems at the development.
High Point, North Carolina, "Greensboro, North Carolina Residents Debate Potential Noise Problems from a Proposed FedEx Airport Hub; A Similar Hub In Indianapolis Broke Traditional Neighborhoods Apart, But Many Residents Aren't Worried" (Nov. 9, 1999). The News and Record reports that some residents around Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport are worried that a planned FedEx hub -- of the type that destroyed long-present neighborhoods in Indianapolis -- may threaten neighborhoods here. While some residents worry about noise, others worry a housing shortage could result from recent decisions that zone noisy land as incompatible with residences.
High Point, North Carolina, "High Point, North Carolina Officials Support FedEx's Planned Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport; They Claim Economic Benefits Will Be Present As At Indianapolis' FedEx Hub, but Noise Will Be Less of a Problem" (Nov. 9, 1999). The News and Record reports that High Point, North Carolina officials support the planned FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. They say that comparisons of noise with a similar hub in Indianapolis is unfair, although they say that economic benefits will be present as they are in Indianapolis.
High Point, North Carolina, "High Point, North Carolina Resident Praises Series of Articles on Planned FedEx Hub at Greensboro for Its Informative Nature" (Nov. 10, 1999). The News and Record prints a letter to the editor that praises a recent series of articles on the planned FedEx airport hub in Greensboro, North Carolina. The letter also asks for clarification of a noise contour, including how it is determined.
High Point, North Carolina, "North Carolina Residents Suspicious of FedEx Hub Business at Triad Airport" (Apr. 19, 2000). The High Point Enterprise reported that a state representative visited the Indianapolis International Airport resulted in his having serious concerns regarding the impact of a FedEx cargo hub might have on the Piedmont Triad International airport and its neighbors.
High Point, North Carolina, "Some Residents in High Point, N.C. Like the FedEx Cargo Hub" (Apr. 17, 2000). An article in the High Point Enterprise reported on some residents who support the proposed FedEx cargo hub project at Piedmont Triad International Airport, saying that personal imposition of noise should be weighed against a positive economic impact and job creation.
High Point, North Carolina, "FAA Releases Draft Environmental Impact Study for Proposed FedEx Cargo Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina" (Apr. 9, 2000). The High Point Enterprise in North Carolina reports on the recently released Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) draft environmental impact study of the proposed Federal Express cargo hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The study is summarized on the following Web site: www.gsoair.org. The study is also available at five locations in Guilford and Forsyth Counties, including the airport and the public library in High Point.
High Point, North Carolina, "North High Point, North Carolina Residents Continue to Fight Proposed FedEx Cargo Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport" (Apr. 9, 2000). The High Point Enterprise in North Carolina reports that many residents in north High Point are concerned about a proposed Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) cargo hub that is set to be built at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently released its preliminary environmental impact study on the project, which is estimated to cost $300 million.
High Point, North Carolina, "Coalition Protests Federal Express mid-Atlantic Cargo Hub Plans" (Feb. 16, 2000). The High Point Enterprise reports that the Piedmont Quality of Life Coalition, headquartered near Greensboro, North Carolina, is spearheading opposition to Federal Express's plan to locate its mid-Atlantic cargo hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The group is sponsoring a speaker, and public input into the plan will be accepted in the coming months.
High Point, North Carolina, "High Point, North Carolina Officials Delay Approval of Development Plans Near Piedmont Triad International Airport -- the Future Site of a Fedex Hub -- Until Noise Study Provides More Details" (Jan. 4, 2000). The News and Record reports that High Point, North Carolina officials are delaying the approval of development plans near Piedmont Triad International Airport, fearing that a planned FedEx hub may cause more noise than expected. Approval will be delayed until an FAA-supervised noise study -- due later this month -- is released.
High Point, North Carolina, "North Carolinians Fight FedEx Hub at Airport" (Jan. 12, 2000). An article in the Greensboro reported that residents near Piedmont Triad International Airport are poised to launch a campaign to stop FedEx from building a cargo hub.
Highland Beach, Florida, "Florida Riverboat Parties Too Noisy For Residents" (Dec. 15, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that Highland Beach residents lodged complaints against a riverboat that hosts parties while it travels on the Intracoastal Waterway. Residents have asked the Town Commission to intervene and help bring the noise level way down. The town has a noise ordinance.
Highland Park, Texas, "Texas Town Opposes Changes to the Wright Amendment That Would Bring Increased Air Traffic" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that officials in Highland Park, Texas are opposed to possible changes in the Wright Amendment, which they say would increase air traffic at Dallas Love Field. Congress recently approved changes to the Wright Amendment, and the changes are awaiting presidential approval. Meanwhile, Highland Park has been acting as an information clearinghouse, providing information to residents about the proposed changes.
Highland Park, Texas, "Group in Dallas Suburb Unites to Quiet Leafblower Noise" (Aug. 6, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports some residents of Highland Park, Texas, have formed a group to muster support and convince officials to ban leafblowers in their Dallas suburb.
Highland Park, Texas, "Texas Town to Meet about Leaf-Blower Noise and Pollution" (Oct. 14, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports Highland Park, Texas, will address leaf-blower noise and pollution at a public meeting.
Highland Park, Texas, "Highland Park, Texas, Works to Educate Public and Enforce New Leafblower Noise Ordinance" (Mar. 31, 1999). The Dallas Morning News reports officials are working to make sure residents of Texas town follow a new leafblower noise ordinance.
Highland, California, "Highland, California Police May Now Charge Hosts of Loud Parties for Police Costs If Officers Must Visit the Same Location Twice in Twelve Hours" (Nov. 10, 1999). The Press-Enterprise reports that a new ordinance in Highland, California will allow police to bill hosts of loud parties if police must come to the same location within a twelve-hour period because of noise complaints.
Hill Air Force Base, Utah, "New Flight Path Used By Jets at Utah's Hill Air Force Base Stays Out of Commercial Airspace but Draws Complaints" (Apr. 30, 1999). 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.
Hill Air Force Base, Utah, "Hill Air Force Base in Utah to Redirect Flight Paths Away From Hospital, but Over Residential Areas" (Apr. 2, 2000). The Associated Press reports that Hill Air Force Base in Utah has agreed to change its flight paths so that jets are not flying over nearby Davis Hospital and Medical Center. Instead, the Air Force jets will be flying over the communities of Clearfield, Clinton, and Layton.
Hillcrest, California, "Noise from Caltrans Night Construction Bothers Resident; Local Authorities Have No Jurisdiction, and Noise Levels Are Under State Limits" (Oct. 16, 1999). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a resident of Hillcrest, California who has repeatedly complained about noise from night construction caused by Caltrans will probably not get relief. After approaching the highway patrol and the city attorney's office, it seems that noise from Caltrans' work has remained under the 86 decibel limit allowed by the state. Although the city may have stricter laws, it is out of city jurisdiction because the construction is taking place on Caltrans' right of way -- "even if its noise can be heard beyond its property."
Hillsborough, North Carolina, "Alternate Truck Route Makes for Quieter North Carolina Town" (Oct. 29, 1997). The Chapel Hill Herald of Durham, North Carolina, reports that after years of complaints about noise and exhaust of huge trucks rumbling through downtown, Hillsborough merchants and residents now hope to reclaim their streets. State planners have said that as many as 600 trucks may pass through Hillsborough in a day's time. In six weeks, the N.C. Department of Transportation will give Hillsborough the authority to restrict large trucks from traveling on Churton Street -- N.C. 86 -- through downtown. Since 1991, town officials have been asking the state to find a way to route truck traffic away from Churton Street. But until now, the state said there were no alternate routes.
Hillsborough, North Carolina, "Truck Traffic Ban in Hillsborough, NC, the Beginning of Downtown Revitalization" (Sep. 13, 1998). The Chapel Hill Herald published an editorial supporting the town of Hillsborough, North Carolina's, attempt to limit noisy truck traffic.
Hillsborough, North Carolina, "Hillsborough, NC, Restricts Truck Traffic to Make Town Quieter and Safer" (Sep. 9, 1998). The Chapel Hill Herald reports an ordinance restricting truck traffic on Churton Street in Hillsborough, North Carolina, seems to be having its intended effect, making the area safer and more quiet.
Hillsborough, North Carolina, "Orange County Wants Carpooling Lanes As Part of State Widening of Interstate to Six Lanes; Eight Lanes May Be Required for Effective Carpooling Lanes, but Environmental Study Must Be Conducted To Find Out" (Nov. 21, 1999). The Chapel Hill Herald reports that County Commissioners in Hillsborough, North Carolina are asking the state to include high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) carpooling lanes in their widening of Interstate 40 to six lanes. Many are calling for an even larger expansion to eighth lanes to avoid "building a bottleneck," but commissioners worry about the increased cost. Preliminary noise testing makes it appear that noise walls will not be deemed necessary as part of the project.
Hingham, Massachusetts, "South Shore Boston Town Representatives Meet to Discuss Forming Regional Task Force to Fight Logan Airport Noise" (Mar. 16, 2000). The Patriot Ledger reports that twenty-five residents from towns on the south shore of Boston harbor met at the Hingham Town Hall to discuss forming a regional task force to fight against Logan Airport jet noise. Residents complain that the airport noise continues to increase, disturbing their sleep and other activities.
Hinsdale, Illinois, "Debate over Noise Walls Ranges from Expense and Placement to Materials and Effectiveness; Still, Most Illinois Residents Favor the Sound Barriers" (Sep. 13, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports some Illinois drivers may dislike sound walls because they block the view and make the daily commute like driving through a tunnel. But for many suburbanites, sound walls are highly desired. Those who don't have them want them; those who have them want the tallest, thickest wall they can get.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois, "Suburban High School District Near Chicago Responds to Residents' Complaints About Air Conditioner Noise" (Mar. 31, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the noise from air-conditioning units on the roof of Hoffman Estates High School was annoying neighbors. Palatine-Schaumburg Township High School District 211 has responded by agreeing to install sound insulating material around the units. According to the article, the state has been dealing with noise complaints about the high school's air conditioning system ever since it was first installed one and a half years ago. Residents had complained because the air conditioning units were running seven days a week. Assistant Superintendent Robert Rozycki said that it was necessary because of community programs that take place at the school on weekends. They tried turning on the units at 9:00 AM instead of 6:00 AM in an attempt to placate residents.
Hollis, New Hampshire, "New Hampshire Gun Club and Neighbors Fueding" (Dec. 13, 1999). An Associated Press article reports that neighbors of a gun club in Hollis, New Hampshire have organized into Citizens to Stop the Noise.
Holly Springs, North Carolina, "County Commissioners Approve Firing Range Near North Carolina Town, Angering Residents" (Nov. 18, 1997). The News and Observer reports that county commissioners in Wake County, North Carolina voted Monday to approve a firing range near Holly Springs. The decision angered residents and officials in Holly Springs, who said their town is becoming a dumping ground for facilities no one else wants.
Holly Springs, North Carolina, "North Carolina Residents Still Oppose Proposed Firing Range, Despite Revised Plans" (Oct. 21, 1997). The News and Observer reports that a revised, smaller proposal for a firing range near Holly Springs, North Carolina, owned by Wake County, was presented to county commissioners Monday. However, the article reports, many residents continue to oppose the firing range, saying the site is inappropriate.
Hollywood, California, "Neighbors of Sex Club in Hollywood Try to Shut it Down Due to Noise and Parking Problems" (Oct. 21, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that residents in a Hollywood, California neighborhood are seeking to shut down a gay sex club that is operating without a permit because of problems with noise and parking. However, the article reports, Los Angeles Councilor Jackie Goldberg is working to keep the club open. The operators of the club are seeking a conditional use permit that would allow the club to stay open, even though it is next to a residential neighborhood and near an elementary school. The City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee is to consider the proposal today, the article says.
Hollywood, California, "Residents Demand Formal Oversight at California's Universal Studios, Citing Existing and Projected Noise Problems" (Oct. 8, 1998). The Hollywood Reporter reports the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission voted to recommend noise restrictions at Universal Studios in an effort to balance importance of film industry with noise concerns of residents.
Hollywood, California, "Audience Complaints of Loud Trailers Lead Hollywood to Set Standard Volume Limits" (May 7, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that audience complaints over loud trailers have led Hollywood to set volume limits. Since trailers are traditionally recorded louder than the feature to grab attention, turning trailers down in a movie theater can make the film too soft. After a test by Hollywood engineers last summer showed that some trailers can average more sound intensity that the New York Subway (92 decibels), the Trailer Audio Standards Association started thinking about new volume limits; this spring the new controls were unveiled which would turn down the loudest trailers by one-third.
Hollywood, Florida, "Florida City Votes to Approve Airport Expansion and Land Deal for Cargo Hub" (Sep. 18, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Hollywood (Florida) City Commission voted Wednesday to approve a land deal proposed by developer Michael Swerdlow to create a cargo hub between the port and the airport and to approve the $1.5 billion expansion of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The commission's decisions came after Swerdlow offered annual payment to the city in lieu of taxes.
Hollywood, Florida, "Florida County Considers Pumping Sand From One Beach to Restore Another Beach; Residents Protest Plan, Citing Noise and Other Issues" (Feb. 26, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that officials in Broward County, Florida want to restore one of the state's most popular beaches, at John U. Lloyd State Recreation Area in Hollywood, by pumping sand from an area in front of exclusive Point of Americas condominiums at the Port Everglades Inlet. Erosion at the state beach has become so severe, the article says, that signs have been posted to warn people of drop-offs. But residents from the condominiums are protesting the plan, saying their beach will be reduced and the noise from the sand dredging operation will be a problem.
Hollywood, Florida, "Device Designed to Slow Traffic in Hollywood, Florida Neighborhood Creates More Noise" (Jan. 6, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the residents of North Hills Drive in Hollywood, Florida who had asked the city to install rumble strips designed to slow down traffic now want the city to take the devices out. A drawback of the traffic calming has been the horrible, grinding sound cars and trucks make as they pass over the rumble strips.
Hollywood, Florida, "Florida Neighbors Don't Agree About Playground and Noise" (Dec. 16, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that one Florida playground has received both complaints and positive comments from its neighbors.
Holmdel Township, New Jersey, "New Jersey Township Passes Noise Ordinance" (Nov. 11, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Township Committee in Holmdel Township, New Jersey adopted a noise ordinance last night, based on a model drawn up by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The ordinance was passed in order to give protect residents against noisy lawn equipment, loud parties, or concerts at the PNC Bank Arts Center, the article says.
Holmdel, New Jersey, "NJ Farm Market and Neighbors Close to Settling Noise Dispute" (Nov. 12, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports a long-running dispute between a farm market in Holmdel, New Jersey, and neighboring residents who object to noise from the business, may be close to resolution.
Holopaw, Florida, "Company that Proposed a Power Plant For Holopaw, Florida Has Withdrawn Its Application; Company Will Look at More Remote Locations Where Noise Isn't As Much of an Issue" (Dec. 6, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel reports that a power company in Holopaw, Florida has withdrawn its application to build a $100-million, 460-megawatt power plant near residences due to noise concerns.
Homestead, Florida, "Environmentalists Call for More Study on Plan for a Commercial Airport Near the Everglades" (Dec. 2, 1997). The States News Service reports that a coalition of environmentalists sent a letter to President Clinton dated Monday calling for more study before the federal government signs off on a plan to convert the defunct Homestead Air Force Base, near Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park, into a commercial airport. The group is worried that the noise from the airport could harm the area's wildlife and ruin visitors' experience, and that the project could cause problems for the area's water systems.
Homestead, Florida, "Environmentalists Protest Commercial Airport in Homestead, Florida; Noise and Pollution in Nearby National Parks at Issue" (Nov. 22, 1998). The New York Times reports plans for turning the Florida's Homestead Air Force Base into a commercial airport have hit turbulence from environmental groups concerned about noise and air and water pollution in two national parks.
Homosassa, Florida, "Homosassa, Florida Resident Says Boat Ramp -- Targeted For Restrictions Because of Noise -- Should Remain Because It Benefits Many More People Than It Hurts" (Dec. 9, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times prints several letters to the editor, one of which pertains to noise. A resident of Homosassa, Florida says that a boat ramp, for which restrictions have been proposed due to noise complaints, benefits far more people than it hurts. He says that the homeowners near the ramp knew it was there and yet chose to live there.
Hong Kong, China, "Hong Kong Residents Complain About Jet Noise, But Officials Refuse Compensation for Residents Outside Noise Contour" (Jul. 14, 1998). The South China Morning Post reports that China's Civil Aviation Department has received about 300 complaints from residents since the Hong Kong airport opened. While residents continue to protest, government officials say that compensating residents who live outside the "noise contour" is out of the question. Meanwhile, decibel levels on the ground below the flight path range from 60 to 70 decibels.
Hong Kong, China, "Hong Kong Residents Complain About Jet Noise" (Jul. 14, 1998). The Emerging Markets Datafile (Hong Kong Standard) reports that residents in Hong Kong, China are complaining about jet noise from the Hong Kong International Airport. The article says that at a public forum held near Tai Wai on Monday, residents living in the area expressed anger at the Civil Aviation Department for bringing the jets over their neighborhoods. Meanwhile, airport officials said the flight path would be difficult or impossible to change.
Hong Kong, China, "Hong Kong Residents Propose Alternative Flight Path to Cut Noise, But Government Says There's Little Hope for Change" (Jul. 15, 1998). The South China Morning Post reports that an activist group in Hong Kong, China is protesting against jet noise at the Hong Kong area airport, saying that an alternative flight path would solve the problem. But meanwhile, officials with the government's Civil Aviation Department say there is "little scope" for change.
Hong Kong, China, "New Hong Kong Airport Generates Noise and Protests" (Jul. 16, 1998). The British Broadcasting Corporation reports that, according to a Radio TV Hong Kong audio web-site report on July 14th, about 30 residents demonstrated outside Central district government offices over jet noise from the new Hong Kong area airport. Meanwhile, Christine Loh, the new chair of the Environmental Panel, said jet noise at the airport will be the top priority for the panel.
Hong Kong, China, "Columnist Argues That Hong Kong Residents Don't Have a Case on Jet Noise From New Airport, But They Should Have Been Told About Flight Path Routes" (Jul. 23, 1998). The South China Morning Post printed an editorial in which the writer argues that residents complaining about jet noise coming from the flight paths of the new Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong don't have a case against the government. But, the editorial says, the government should have informed residents about the flight path routes, or at least provided a channel through which they could easily find out the information.
Hong Kong, China, "Hong Kong Resident Belittles Outcry Over Jet Noise From New Airport" (Jul. 21, 1998). The South China Morning Post printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Andrew Lee, a Kowloon City, Hong Kong resident, regarding noise from the new Hong Kong airport:
Hong Kong, China, "China Accesses the Number of People to be Affected by Proposed Flight Path" (Jul. 31, 1998). South China Morning Post reports that officials are being urged to provide more details on flight paths and the people affected by aircraft noise.
Hong Kong, China, "Hong Kong Government Wants To Sue Executives for Company Noise Violations" (Feb. 3, 2000). The Agence France Presse reported that government officials in Hong Kong plan to pass a bill making executives liable for the noise their companies create because of a significant increase in noise complaints. Fines could be as high as $12,870 for the first offense. As of this writing, fines are levied against companies only.
Hong Kong, China, "Hong Kong Legislator Calls for Noise Reduction on City Streets" (Mar. 27, 2000). An article in the Hong Kong Times reported that a survey on noise in that city revealed that of the people interviewed, over 90 percent voiced their complaints over the city's traffic noise, and half of those people said that noise disrupted their sleep and caused stress.
Hong Kong, China, "Hong Kong Traffic Becoming a Serious Issue" (Mar. 28, 2000). The South China Morning Post reported concerns from Chinese legislators over potential noise from a planned 11.4-kilometer rail link. According to the article, the construction noise will disrupt life in homes and nearby schools even though steps such as glazing have been taken to mitigate the noise.
Hooksett, New Hampshire, "Hooksett, New Hampshire Noise Ordinance Was Dropped By Mistake" (Jan. 8, 1998). The Union Leader reports that the Hooksett, N.H. Town Council learned recently that, through an oversight in the early 1990s, the town dropped its noise ordinance.
Hot Springs, AK, "Hot Springs, AK Police to Target Noisy Car Stereos and "Boom Boxes" in City" (Jun. 14, 1999). The Associated Press reports police in Hot Springs, Arkansas will begin issuing more noise ordinance citations in the wake of increased complaints from residents about car stereos and "boom boxes."
Houston, Texas, "Houston Neighborhoods And Representatives Push For Sound Barrier" (Apr. 30, 1997). The Houston Chronicle reports that if a new bill is approved by House members, the state will build a sound barrier to protect neighborhoods from Loop 610 traffic. The Department of Transportation would be forced to build the barrier between the Loop and the Pleasantville and Shepherd Forest subdivisions. The Department of Transportation builds sound barriers along new or expanded highways, but older neighborhoods like the two mentioned above get ignored while noise levels increase around them. If the bill is approved it will go to the Senate.
Houston, Texas, "The Plusses and Minuses of Personal Watercraft: Noisy but Popular" (Jan. 22, 1998). The Houston Chronicle of Houston, Texas, published a column by Shannon Tompkins, outdoors writer, about personal watercraft. In his column, Tompkins covers the reasons people love PWCs and why others see them as loud nuisances that are highly dangerous.
Houston, Texas, "Florida County Government and Two Federal Agencies Target Personal Watercraft With Restrictions and Research" (Jul. 12, 1998). The Houston Chronicle reports that a wide range of groups has started to criticize personal watercraft, saying that the machines are too noisy and unsafe. Among the critics are law enforcement officers, anglers and recreational boaters, waterside homeowners, and safety officials. The most recent critics include officials in Florida's Monroe County, the National Park Service, and the National Transportation Safety Board. The article goes on to outline the actions of each of the three agencies, and lists many safety statistics related to Jet Skis.
Houston, Texas, "Promoters of Minn. Amphitheater Look to Other Venues for Tips on How to be a Good Neighbor" (Feb. 21, 1999). The Star Tribune reports in its bid to build an amphitheater, the Minnesota Orchestra has studied similar amphitheaters for ways to be a harmonious neighbor while achieving financial and artistic success. Topics included noise control and community relations.
Houston, Texas, "Russian Space Station Module Noise Levels Deemed Unhealthy and Dangerous to Astronauts" (Mar. 17, 2000). The United Press International reports that the United States Government Accounting Office (GAO) recently testified before the U.S. House of Representatives that continuing to collaborate with Russia on the International Space Station program may be problematic due to Russian safety violations. Excessive noise inside the Russian modules is the most severe of the four violations mentioned. The other violations concern "protecting the modules from penetration by space debris, verifying that the windows are strong enough to withstand years of space exposure, and designing the equipment so it can function even in an emergency when air leaks out of the station."
Houston, Texas, "Suburban Houston Resident Complains About Noise from Neighbors' Automotive Machinist School" (Mar. 19, 2000). The Houston Chronicle reports that Houston resident Roy Ruffin has resorted to drastic measures over the noise he hears from his neighbors' school for automotive machinists. He maintains that the noise is too loud, and that the business should not be allowed in a residential neighborhood. However, the property is now zoned commercial and city officials do not believe that the noise is loud enough to warrant action.
Houston, TX, "Life Is Getting Noisier, As Measured By The Houston Chronicle" (Apr. 27, 1997). The Houston Chronicle reports that it conducted its own noise level study around Houston, finding many places noisier than 85 decibels. A decibel reading higher than 85 decibels can cause hearing damage to the human ear, depending upon the length of exposure time. The Noise Center, a national organization that promotes noise awareness and hearing conservation, is sponsoring the second annual International Noise Awareness Day The day aims to get the world to observe a minute of silence at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Howard County, Maryland, "Maryland County Board Struggles With Whether to Allow Trucking and Manufacturing Uses in Certain Zones, While Residents Worry About More Noise and Traffic" (Nov. 21, 1997). The Baltimore Sun reports that the Howard County (Maryland) Planning Board delayed a vote yesterday on whether to allow warehouses, truck terminals, and manufacturing centers in planned employment center zones. Members of the board said the proposal by the county administration to add the additional uses was too vague, and asked for clarification. Meanwhile, residents who attended the hearing opposed the changes, saying their neighborhoods would be hurt by the creation of more noise and traffic.
Howard County, Maryland, "Family's Dirt-Bike Track in Howard County, Maryland Bothers Neighbors" (Jul. 25, 1999). The Baltimore Sun reports that noise from a dirt-bike track in the backyard of one Howard County, Maryland family is bothering neighbors. Zoning officials say motorbike tracks are not allowed in residential districts, but the family claims the decision would "unfairly restrict a family hobby" which includes "no commercial aspects." While in at least one instance the family has dispensed with the noise on a given day when asked, neighbors feel they shouldn't be required to 'call ahead' to use their own backyards.
Huber Heights, Ohio, "Ohio City Passes Ordinance to Target Loud Car Stereos" (Jul. 2, 1997). The Dayton Daily News reports that the Huber Heights (Ohio) City Council passed an amendment to the city's noise ordinance last week that restricts noise from car stereos, effective immediately.
Hull, Massachusetts, "Hull, Mass. Voices Grievances to Massport about Logan Air Traffic and Noise" (Apr. 14, 1999). 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.
Hull, Massachusetts, "Town of Hull Organizes to Fight Third Runway at Massachusetts' Logan Airport" (Mar. 12, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports Massport has agreed to study the noise impact a new Logan International Airport runway would have on the Hull peninsula, a town whose residents have already had enough of airplane noise.
Hull, United Kingdom, "City Council Approves Construction at Hull, U.K. Chemical Plant, Despite Previous Noise Concerns" (Dec. 3, 1999). The Hull Daily Mail reports that the city council of Hull, U.K. has approved the construction of a new chimney at and increased production at a local chemical plant. The council approved the plant's plans after the plant has said noise will not increase. The plant has pinpointed six cooling towers that are responsible for most of the current noise, and promise to keep working towards a reduction in noise levels.
Hume, Virginia, "Hume, Maryland Winery Must Decide Whether To Attract Business or Be a Better Neighbor" (Mar. 23, 2000). The Washington Post reported on a public hearing regarding the Oasis Winery, in Hume and its increased noise level.
Huntington, New York, "New York Town Passes Ordinance to Control Noise from Leaf Blowers into the Future" (Jun. 3, 1998). Newsday reports that the town board in Huntington, New York unanimously passed an ordinance yesterday that bans leaf blowers that generate noise levels higher than 70 decibels by the year 2000. By 2003, leaf blowers are required not to be louder than 65 decibels, under the ordinance. The new ordinance is intended to work in conjunction with the current bylaw that bans leaf blowers during certain hours.
Huntington, New York, "New York Condominium Owners and Farm Stand Co-Exist in Peace" (Dec. 13, 1999). According to an editorial in Newsday, residents of a 248-unit housing development have agreed to co-exist peacefully with a neighboring farm stand.
Hutt, New Zealand, "Hutt, New Zealand City Council to Test Noise Levels At Church" (Mar. 14, 2000). The Evening Post in Wellington, New Zealand reports that a neighbor has complained that the congregation of Taita's Hosanna Baptist Church creates too much noise. The Hutt City Council plans to test the noise level, but has been unable to conduct the tests so far because of winds.
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