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Madeira Beach, Florida, "Florida Citizens Petition for Peace and Quiet; Ask for Regulation of Water Scooters" (Nov. 22, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports a petition signed by residents of a Florida town who object to noise from water scooters has prompted the city to consider a new ordinance.
Madison County, Missouri, "Workers Sue Steel Company in Missouri Over Noise Levels that Caused Hearing Damage" (Oct. 16, 1997). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a lawsuit was filed recently in Madison County (Missouri) Circuit Court against Granite City Steel Co. by 200 workers who say they have hearing loss and that the company allowed noise levels to be about 50% higher than federal safety standards permit.
Madison, Wisconsin, "Regional Wisconsin Airport Builds New Runway to Improve Noise Levels Over Neighborhoods" (Aug. 3, 1997). The Wisconsin State Journal reports that this summer, work is beginning on a runway at the Dane County Regional Airport near Madison, Wisconsin. The new runway is being constructed in order to reduce noise levels for nearby residents and to improve safety, according to Airport Director Peter Drahn.
Madison, Wisconsin, "Minority-Owned Wisconsin Bar With Noise Violations Receives Scrutiny by City, While County Supervisor Accuses City of Discrimination" (Nov. 29, 1997). The Capital Times reports that the Alcohol License Review Committee in Madison, Wisconsin is considering suspending or revoking the liquor license of Taste Buds, a minority-owned bar and restaurant, due to several ordinance violations, including noise violations. Meanwhile, County Board Supervisor Regina Rhyne believes the establishment is not being treated fairly by city officials and is using her position as a minority official to play watchdog over the city.
Madison, Wisconsin, "Wisconsin Resident Says Noise Complaints Near Randall Stadium Legitimate" (Oct. 28, 1997). The Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin, ran the following editorial written by a reader. The reader is Chuck Erickson, member of the Vilas Neighborhood Association zoning committee. Mr. Erickson responded to a recent column published in the newspaper about the city cracking down on noise from bars near Camp Randall Stadium. Mr. Erickson takes exception to what he saw as a mocking tone of the writer of the column in reference to residents who have complained about the noise.
Madison, Wisconsin, "Madison Imposes Restrictions in Stadium Area After Residents Complain of Noise" (Aug. 10, 1998). The Capital Times reports new, tougher rules in Madison, Wisconsin, will limit hours for outdoor beer gardens during this season's University of Wisconsin football games.
Madison, Wisconsin, "Business Owners Object to Proposed Changes in Wisconsin City's Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 21, 1998). The Capital Times reports that the Plan Commission in Madison, Wisconsin held a public meeting Monday to discuss proposed changes in the city's noise ordinance. A group of local manufacturers and business owners turned out at the meeting, objecting to the proposed changes. The commission sent the issue back to a committee for more study.
Madison, Wisconsin, "Madison, WI, Proposes Stricter Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 25, 1998). The Wisconsin State Journal reports a proposal to toughen Madison, Wisconsin's noise regulations may please residents but irk businesses.
Madison, Wisconsin, "Business Reps. Convince Madison, WI, Commission to Reject Noise Ordinance" (Nov. 13, 1998). The Wisconsin State Journal reports the Madison, Wisconsin, Economic Development Commission rejected a proposed noise ordinance Thursday.
Madison, Wisconsin, "Dane County International Airport Near Madison Wisconsin Is Receiving Fewer Noise Complaints Since a New Runway Opened" (Jun. 26, 1999). The Capital Times reports that noise complaints received at the Dane County Regional Airport near Madison, Wisconsin are down after a new 7,200 foot runway opened last year. The newer runway is angled towards the northeast, away from dense residential areas, and will eventually be used in one third of the airport's operations. Plans to repave the 9,000 foot main runway may divert so much traffic to the newer runway so much that noise complaints will again rise. Newer, quieter planes are also helping to quiet noise from the airport.
Madras, India, "Electioneering and Religious Festivals in Madras, India Fill the Air with Noise, and Police are Slow to Enforce Limits" (Sep. 20, 1999). The Hindu reports that amplified sound from electioneering and religious festivals in Madras, India is getting worse., and the "touchiness" of religion in India means that police are often slow to act. Cars with altered mufflers or loud horns also cause disruption. Laws that exist include rules against cone speakers, and maximum noise levels in different zones.
Madrid, Spain, "Madrid, Spain -- Officially Europe's Loudest City -- Torn Between Late-Night Summer Revelers and Those Who Want Sleep" (Aug. 29, 1999). Scotland on Sunday reports that officials in Madrid, Spain are torn between those who enjoy late-night revelry and those who want sleep. In a particularly loud district, officials have passed a law that requires bars to close by 2 a.m., but bar owners say they should be allowed to stay open late since their real business only begins at midnight. 80% of those living in Madrid are exposed to noise levels above the 65 decibel average that is acceptable according to the World Health Organization. A a noise law that was promised in 1993 is still undrafted.
Madrid, Spain, "Mobile Telephone Use in Spain Prompts Demand for Legislation to Curb Their Use" (Apr. 15, 2000). According to The Guardian, the noise levels from mobile telephones is such a nuisance that people are demanding legislative action. The growth rate of mobile telephone use is higher in Spain than anywhere else in Europe, according to the article--from one million to 18 million in just five years.
Madrid, Spain, "Madrid Airport Too Noisy and Dangerous Say Protesters" (Feb. 21, 2000). The International Herald Tribune reported that 40 adults and three children arrived at Madrid Barajas at 10 pm in their pajamas and robes to protest airport noise.
Mahoning Township, Pennsylvania, "Mahoning Township, Pennsylvania Residents and Businesses Voice Opposition to Weeknight Races at Local Racetrack" (Jan. 7, 1998). The Morning Call reports that residents and local businesses voiced their opposition at a Mahoning Township, Pennsylvania zoning board hearing where Mahoning Valley Speedway owners were asking permission to hold three weeknight races in July and future years.
Majuro, Marshall Islands, "Emergency Water Aid to Marshall Islands Delayed by Hawaii's Noise Regulations" (Apr. 7, 1998). The AAP Newsfeed reports that Hawaii has refused to allow a Russian-made aircraft - an Antonov 124 cargo plane - to land in Hawaii because it breeches Hawaiian noise standards. The aircraft was on an El Nino emergency aid mission in the Marshall Islands and was scheduled to arrive Tuesday, April 7, 1998. The prohibition against its landing forced it to extend the flight and refuel in Alaska, thus delaying emergency aid. Other aircraft were also due to begin arriving Tuesday, April 7, 1998 in the capital city of Majuro as a part of the first wave of the $US 6.5 million El Nino drought aid program.
Makara, New Zealand, "Residents in New Zealand to Discuss Noise From Proposed Wind Farm" (Jun. 17, 1997). The Dominion reports that residents in Makara, New Zealand who are fighting to oppose a proposed wind farm, have agreed to join an Electricity Corporation working party to address ways to mitigate unwelcome noise.
Malibu, California, "California Judge Attempts to Resolve Dispute Between Wedding Retreat Center and Neighbors" (Dec. 3, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that a hearing held by a state judge in California was intended to avoid a trail over legal arguments between a fancy retreat center in Triunfo Canyon and residents who say the resort causes noise and traffic problems.
Malta, New York, "Malta, New York Residents say That Town Officials Are Not Doing Their Job When It Comes To Policing Local Speedway" (Apr. 21, 1999). The Times Union reports that a citizen group in Malta, New York is accusing town officials of having special interests when it comes to regulating the Albany-Saratoga speedway.
Manahawkin, New Jersey, "NJ Town Seeks to Include Music from Ice Cream Trucks in Ordinance, Preferring Regulation over a Ban" (Apr. 8, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports Mayor Carl Block and the Stafford Township attorney will meet tomorrow with a representative of the state Department of Environmental Protection to determine if there is a way to regulate ice cream truck music without banning it.
Manahawkin, New Jersey, "Another NJ Town Bans Music from Ice-Cream Trucks" (Mar. 4, 1998). BC Cycle reports Stafford Township, New Jersey, has become the latest community to ban ice cream trucks from playing music to attract their customers.
Manassas, Virginia area, "Citizen Panel in Virginia Makes Airport Noise Recommendations" (May 28, 1997). The Washington Post reports that a citizen panel created to address concerns about expansion of the Manassas (Virginia) Regional Airport will recommend a series of actions aimed at reducing airplane noise and requiring disclosure to potential buyers of nearby homes. However, the article reports, the panel is divided on the issue of how to compensate current residents, who fear that the new disclosure rules will make it difficult to sell their homes. The 16-member committee is scheduled to complete its work Wednesday, and will present its findings and recommendations to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on June 10.
Manatee County, Florida, "Florida County's Comprehensive Plan Sets Noise Contours Which Could be Federally Pre-Empted" (Jun. 27, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the Manatee County (Florida) government is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan, and it intends to include noise restrictions for the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport that are based on current technology and economic conditions. However, the article reports that the airport's attorney said if those conditions change, the airport and county could find themselves in a legal entanglement about who has jurisdiction over aircraft noise.
Manatee County, Florida, "Florida County Commission Sues Nightclub to Reduce Noise" (May 20, 1998). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports the Manatee County Commission will sue a nightclub to force it to lower the noise level after residents lodged complaints.
Manatee County, Florida, "New Manatee County, Florida Noise Ordinance Sets Clear Decibel Limits and Carries Stiff Fines" (Apr. 27, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that a new noise ordinance in Manatee County, Florida will sets strict noise limits and stiff penalties. Fines may be as high as $500, and even a 60-day jail term may be levied in the worst cases. In addition, a 'reasonable person standard' allows officers to issue citations in cases where the numerical noise limits are met while the situation seems unreasonable.
Manatee County, Florida, "Columnist Praises Manatee County, Florida Commissioners' Ban on Noisy Airboats" (Dec. 3, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that after a months-long effort to reduce noise from airboats on Manatee County, Florida waterways, county commissioners resorted to an outright ban of the craft on most waterways; the Intracoastal waterway will have certain areas designated for airboat use. The column's author praises the decision, saying that residents and wildlife on the waterways deserve some quiet.
Manatee, Florida, "Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida Airport Requests FAA Approval to Expand Homeowner Noise Mitigation Program" (Apr. 4, 2000). The Bradenton Herald in Florida reports that the Airport Authority commissioners of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport have voted to ask the FAA to approve the airport's plan to enlarge its Noise Compatibility Plan to allow 600 more homes to be eligible. The airport's executive director, Fred Piccolo, expects that the FAA will approve the plan within six months. Adding the additional homes to the program will cost $7.5 million dollars, which will be funded by federal and state grants.
Manchester, England, "Mother and Two Children in England Die in Suspected Arson Attack Over Noise Dispute" (Jun. 11, 1997). The Daily Mail reports that a dispute between neighbors over noise may have led to an arson attack in which a mother and two of her children were killed yesterday in Manchester, England.
Manchester, New Hampshire, "Goffstown, New Hampshire Holds Public Hearings In Hopes Of Controlling Residential And Car Stereo Noise Pollution" (Apr. 19, 1997). The Union Leader reports Town Prosecutor Kerry Steckowych wrote noise prevention ordinances in response to complaints from citizens. The two most significant complaints were against the bass frequency from subwoofer speakers in cars and the disturbance of residential parties, according to Stechowych. The complaints were submitted to Town Administrator John Scruton, who submitted them to the police department. The town of Goffstown plans to discuss the proposed ordinances at a public hearing.
Manchester, New Hampshire, "More Noise Barriers Probably Won't be Built on Southern New Hampshire Interstate" (Nov. 13, 1997). The Union Leader reports that an information meeting was held last night by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation on the bridge reconstruction project on Interstate 93 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Most of the 50 residents who attended the meeting wanted more noise barriers as part of the project, but according to the article, it's not likely that more barriers will be built.
Manchester, New Hampshire, "Residents Let out Their Fury Regarding Noise at Manchester Airport" (Aug. 21, 1998). The Union Leader report that a raucous and angry crowd released their fury about noise from New Hampshire's Manchester Airport at last night's meeting. Promises from airport officials to begin a new noise survey failed to quieten their anger.
Manchester, New Hampshire, "Properties Eligible for Federal Soundproofing Relief Shrinking in Manchester, New Hampshire" (Jun. 19, 1998). The Union Leader reports that residents of Manchester, New Hampshire, petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration this week asking why areas once eligible for soundproofing are no longer eligible.
Manchester, New Hampshire, "Speedway Expansion Challenged by Residents' Group in Loudon, New Hampshire" (Jun. 17, 1998). The Union Leader reports that the New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) track in Loudon, New Hampshire admitted in court that it built more seats than permitted by the Loudon Planning Board. A citizens' group opposed to the expansion are taking legal action.
Manchester, New Hampshire, "Snowmobilers Gather in NH to Discuss Noise and Other Problems that Threaten their Sport" (Sep. 13, 1998). The Union Leader reports snowmobile enthusiasts met in Manchester, New Hampshire, yesterday to discuss how to keep trails open in the wake of numerous complaints from homeowners about the noisy recreational machines.
Manchester, New Hampshire, "NH Business Loses 1st Round to Block Runway Plan; Will Return to Court to Collect Noise Damages" (Apr. 17, 1999). The Union Leader reports a New Hampshire Superior Court judge yesterday refused to block a runway expansion at Manchester Airport, but the plaintiff will return to court to seek damages from noise.
Manchester, New Hampshire, "Manchester, New Hampshire Considers Allowing Cement Storage Towers to Be Built; Unloading of Cement Could Generate Noise" (Apr. 9, 2000). The New Hampshire Sunday News reports that the city of Manchester, New Hampshire is considering allowing Ciment Quebec, Inc. to build four storage towers for dry cement. The towers would be south of the Manchester Millyard and would be 68 feet high, with an elevator mechanism on top that would make the total height eighty-seven feet.
Manchester, New Hampshire, "New Hampshire Town Says No to New Subdivision Near Interstate 293" (Apr. 15, 2000). The Union Leader printed an article regarding the Manchester City Planning Board and controversy over Interstate 293. The article said that a landowner wants to build an 11-lot subdivision near the interstate, but the board already said no in 1999--because of noise. The article said that six homes would "actually have I-293 in their back yard."
Mandarin, Florida, "Floridians Complain of Increased Jet Noise from Jacksonville Naval Air Station" (Mar. 23, 1999). The Florida Times-Union reports more fighter jets have been flying training exercises from Jacksonville Naval Air Station -- a situation that has prompted complaints from Florida residents to the Navy and elected officials.
Mandeville, Florida, "Plans to Add Go-Cart Track to Putt-Putt Golf Stopped in Mandeville, Florida" (Sep. 23, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that the Planning and Zoning Commission of Mandeville, Florida has rejected a proposal to build a go-cart track next to the Putt-Putt Golf Games.
Mandeville, Louisiana, "Go-Cart Track Upsets Residents in Louisiana Subdivision" (May 16, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports a proposed go-cart track at Mandeville, Louisiana, miniature golf course has residents worried about noise.
Mandeville, Louisiana, "Go-Gart Plan in Louisiana Town Angers Residents and Councilman" (May 16, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports a proposed go-cart track at Mandeville's Putt-Putt Golf & Games has residents in a nearby subdivision worried and at least one city councilman upset.
Mandeville, Louisiana, "Opponents Stand Ground Against Noise and Go-Carts in Louisiana Town" (Sep. 10, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports Mandeville, Louisiana, residents still oppose plans for a go-cart track at a local miniature golf course, despite the owner's pitch that it will offer a positive recreational alternative for the area's teens.
Manitowoc, Wisconsin, "Wisconsin Resident Argues That Airplane Safety is More Important Than Noise" (Mar. 7, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Steve Weinert, a Manitowoc, Wisconsin, resident, regarding homeowners who complain about noise from the Waukesha airport:
Mankato, Minnesota, "In Minnesota, Popular Personal Watercraft Bring Noise and Safety Concerns" (Sep. 9, 1998). The Associated Press reports as personal watercraft grow in popularity in Minnesota, they are attracting more scrutiny with regards to noise and safety issues.
Mankato, Minnesota, "Minnesota Competition Asks College Students to Design a Cleaner, Quieter Snowmobile" (Jan. 31, 2000). The Star Tribune reports that engineering students from seven colleges will compete in Jackson, Wyoming to have the cleanest, quietest snowmobile. The issues of air-pollution and noise in Wyoming state parks had been looming large, and the competition was conceived as a constructive way to address the issue.
Mankato, Minnesota, "US Engineering Students Compete in Nationwide Contest to Design Quieter Snowmobiles" (Feb. 1, 2000). An article in the Associated Press reported that if engineering students are successful, then a little more peace and quiet may be in store for Yellowstone National Park, and snowmobiles will have a better public image as a result.
Mansfield, Connecticut, "Connecticut Community Proposes Noise Ordinance" (Feb. 20, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports that Mansfield, Connecticut has proposed a noise ordinance to allow police stronger enforcement powers to reduce neighborhood noise.
Mansfield, Texas, "Texas Town Officials Worried About Prospect of a Drag-Racing Facility Moving Nearby" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that officials in Mansfield, Texas are requesting information about whether the nearby town of Grand Prairie intends to build a drag-racing facility. Mansfield officials are worried about potential noise and traffic from a racetrack. The article notes that Billy Meyer, the owner of the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, wants to relocate his racetrack, and is considering Grand Prairie, Lancaster, and an undisclosed city as possible locations.
Manteo, North Carolina, "Citizens Protest Navy Jet Relocation to Virginia" (Nov. 18, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that the U.S. Navy held its final public hearing Monday in Manteo, North Carolina on plans to relocate 180 F/A-18 Hornet jets to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. About 20 people attended the hearing, including a resident from a newly formed citizens action committee opposing the jet relocation on the basis of noise and safety concerns. Meanwhile, the public comment period for the draft Environmental Impact Statement was scheduled to end today, but the Navy announced last week that the deadline would be extended to Dec. 2. North Carolina officials had asked for the extension for additional time to review it.
Manteo, North Carolina, "Personal Watercraft Banned from Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Manteo, North Carolina" (Apr. 29, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that federal officials have banned the use of jet-skis or personal water craft near Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Water craft will be banned from landing or launching from any beach in the Seashore, which encompasses 80 miles on each side of the islands. Operators must stay 150 feet from the Seashore along Pamlico Sound, but can be as close to the beach as they want where the Seashore has no jurisdiction. On private property they will still be allowed.
Manteo, Virginia, "Navy Officials Say Moving Military Jets to Virginia Would Have Little Impact on Coastal Bombing Range" (Oct. 24, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Navy officials said at a meeting Thursday night in Manteo, Virginia that if 180 F/A-18 aircraft are moved from Florida to Oceana Naval Air Station near Virginia Beach, there would be only a slight increase in activity at the Dare County Bombing Range, and no impact on the surrounding environment. Navy officials' comments were made at an informational meeting, followed by a public hearing regarding the draft environmental impact statement on the proposal to shift the jets to Virginia. The article notes that only one Dare resident attended the meeting.
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, "Residents Circulate Petition to Silence Train Whistles in British Columbia Town" (Sep. 23, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports residents living close to rail lines in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, are renewing a campaign to get train whistles silenced.
Margate, Florida, "Florida Town Restricts Lawn-Mowing Hours after Residents Complain of Noise" (Apr. 2, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports the town of Margate, Florida, has crafted a new ordinance to specifically target lawn-mowing noise.
Marion, Texas, "Marion, Texas Residents Displeased With Auto Racetrack" (Mar. 29, 2000). The San Antonio Express reports that residents in Marion, Texas are angry about the noise, lights, and air pollution generated by a new race track facility, the River City Raceway.
Maroa, Illinois, "Illinois Town Considers Racetrack; Farmers Concerned about Noise and Drainage from Track" (Nov. 22, 1998). The Pantagraph reports many residents support a new racetrack in Maroa, Illinois, despite some concerns expressed by area farmers about impending noise pollution and drainage from the facility.
Martin County, Florida, "Florida's Martin County Strives to Write Enforceable Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 24, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports commissioners in Martin County, Florida, are working to develop a constitutionally sound ordinance to control noise nuisances.
Martin County, Florida, "Noise is All in a Day's Work for Florida's Garbage Pick Up" (Feb. 3, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News printed a satirical opinion editorial about garbage pickup and noise. The editorial was a tongue-in-cheek answer to someone's rhetorical question about why garbage collection is so noisy in the morning.
Mascotte, Florida, "Florida Town Adopts New Noise Ordinance" (Sep. 24, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports city council members in Mascotte, Florida, hope to maintain peace and quiet in their community with the recent passage of an anti- noise ordinance.
Mason, Ohio, "Mason, Ohio Strengthens Noise Ordinance to Cover Loud Car-Stereos in Daytime" (Sep. 16, 1999). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Mason, Ohio recently revised their noise ordinance to include noise that occurs during the day. After residents complained about the daytime noise, a new amendment includes daytime noise from car stereos. Fines could exceed $100. Noise "plainly audible" fifty feet from a car is considered a violation. Some council members were concerned that the law over-regulated noise.
Mayfield, Midlothian, Scotland, "Mayfield, Scotland Senior Citizen Sleeps In Her Car to Escape Neighbors Music; Neighbor Counters that Senior's Saint Bernard Snores" (Jan. 30, 2000). The Sunday Mail reports that an elderly woman in Mayfield, Midlothian, Scotland has taken to sleeping in her car because of music that comes through her walls from her neighbors. Her neighbor says the music is not too loud, and counters that he loses sleep from her snoring, which she blames on her dog.
Mayport, Florida, "Florida School Teacher Lobbies to Get Walls Built to Divide Open Classrooms" (Oct. 15, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that Jackson Lanehart, a teacher at the Mayport (Florida) Middle School, has been trying since 1977 to get walls added to the open classrooms in the school, arguing that the background noise is distracting to students. Last week the Duval County School Board voted in favor of the improvements, but funding has not yet been found for the project, the article says.
Mayville, Wisconsin, "Winconsin Condo Owner's Damp Roof Probable Cause of Noise" (Feb. 7, 2000). The Life Style section of the Scripps Howard News Service printed a letter from someone asking about a creaking noise in the roof of her condominium. The letter appears in its entirety.
McHenry County, Illinois, "Consultant for Power Company Says Proposed Plant Will Meet Noise Limits; Planning Department Officials Question Why Few Alternatives Were Considered to Plant Arrangement" (Aug. 7, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that the McHenry County, Illinois Planning Department questioned the methods used to evaluate noise from a proposed power plant near Woodstock. According to a consultant, noise would be well below local limits. Officials were wary after learning that no other alternatives were considered, other than putting turbines in the barn.
McHenry County, Illinois, "Illinois Speed Boater Challenges Noise Citation from County" (Jul. 7, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that Mike Lovergine, a McHenry resident, is the first person ever to receive a $35 citation for making too much noise in his hih performance speedboat on Pistakee Bay, north of Johnsburg. The man plans to challenge the ticket in the County Circuit Court.
McKinney, Texas, "Texas Instruments' Corporate Jets at McKinney Airport Brings Noise Worries to Town of Fairview" (Sep. 19, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports while McKinney Municipal Airport's first corporate jet fleet will deliver tax dollars and fuel sales, spark airport improvements and spur industrial and airport development, the town of Fairview, Texas, fears all it will get is increased air traffic and noise.
McLean, Virginia, "Causes of Interior and Exterior Noise in Multi-unit Buildings and Ways to Make Them Quieter" (Mar. 17, 2000). Newsday reports that home columnist Al Ubell is concerned with the noise that tenants experience living in apartment buildings. Ubell is also a home inspector who discusses both interior and exterior noise and ways to combat it.
Meade Heights, Maryland, "Proposed Skeet Shooting Range at Fort Meade in Maryland Is Scrapped Because Environmental Controls Would Cost Too Much" (Jan. 26, 2000). The Capital reports that a proposed trap and skeet shooting range at Fort Meade in Maryland is being scrapped because environmental controls would cost too much to implement. Residents say they're glad, and also criticize the Army for poor communication throughout the process.
Mechanicsville, Virginia, "Virginia Airport Expansion Approved Despite Findings Of Greater Potential Noise" (Dec. 21, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that the Federal Aviation Administration environmental impact study of the proposed Hanover airport expansion do not measure up to community requirements for low noise, though the plan has been approved based on the study.
Medina, Ohio, "Ohio Town Police Chief Wants Noise Ordinance for Car Stereos" (Jun. 5, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that Medina, Ohio Police Chief Dennis Hanwell has asked the city council to amend the existing noise ordinance to allow police to use their own discretion in issuing citations for noise generated by car stereos in parking lots. City Councillor Pam Miller said she expects council to approve the amendment, the article says.
Medina, Ohio, "Ohio City Limits Noise from Ice Cream Trucks" (May 14, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports there's a new law in Medina, Ohio, that restricts ice cream trucks from playing loud music.
Medina, Ohio, "Medina, Ohio, Seeks to Enact Construction Noise Restrictions" (Sep. 29, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports the city of Medina, Ohio, will adopt construction noise restrictions in response to complaints from residents who are losing sleep to a current building boom.
Melville, New York, "Business Owners and Residents in Melville, New York Oppose a New Senior Citizen Housing Development In an Industrial District; Noise, Dust and Traffic Would Irritate Residents and Be Unsafe" (Aug. 8, 1999). Newsday reports that residents and businesses in Melville, New York oppose a proposed senior citizen housing development in a busy industrial zone. They say that traffic, noise, and dust from the nearby businesses would irritate seniors as well as put them in danger. Developers claim that trees and earthen berms will protect the development from noise, but critics say that noise will get through and so will dust and sand that regularly clog air conditioners in the area. The developers will need 4 out of 5 council votes, since so many area residents oppose the rezoning. The article reports that residents and businesses in Melville, New York oppose a proposed senior citizen housing development in a busy industrial zone. They say that traffic, noise, and dust from the nearby businesses would irritate seniors as well as put them in danger.
Melville, New York, "Andrea Electronics Corporation Launches E-Commerce Site; Discusses Agreements Over Next Generation Voice Communications Applications" (Feb. 15, 2000). PR Newswire published the following press release by Andrea Electronics concerning the launch of its new e-commerce site, and various corporate agreements concerning next generation voice communications applications. The press release is reprinted here in its entirety:
Melville, New York, "Andrea Electronics Corporation to Demonstrate its Far-Field Digital Microphone at Industry Show in Palm Springs" (Feb. 15, 2000). PR Newswire published a press release by Andrea Electronics Corporation announcing its participation at the Spring 2000 Intel Developer Forum in Palm Springs, California. The company will be demonstrating its far-field digital microphone. The press release is re-printed here in its entirety:
Memphis, Tennessee, "Tennessee Kennel's Permit Revoked For Noise" (Dec. 18, 1997). The Commercial Appeal reports that a neighborhood kennel in Tennessee recently had its permit revoked due to noise pollution.
Memphis, Tennessee, "Tennessee Residents Concerned that Road Project Won't Include Noise Walls" (Apr. 16, 1998). The Commercial Appeal reports that residents in Memphis, Tennessee living near a planned road expansion project are concerned that noise walls will not be built to protect them from traffic noise. The $35 million road project will revamp Walnut Grove between Interstate 240 and Humphreys, the article notes.
Memphis, Tennessee, "Fourth-Graders in Memphis Learn About the Dangers of Noise" (Apr. 23, 1998). The Commercial Appeal reports that fourth-graders at Southwind Elementary in Memphis, Tennessee learned about the dangers of noise on April 16 with a Hazards of Noise program. The program was led by Deanna Serenco, outreach coordinator for the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. By the end of the school year, the article says, Serenco will have taught the program to fourth-graders at 62 area schools.
Memphis, Tennessee, "Memphis Airport Authority Votes to Settle Class-Action Noise Lawsuit" (Jun. 27, 1998). The Commercial Appeal reports the Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority unanimously approved a proposed $ 22 million payment to area homeowners Friday designed to settle a 9-year-old airport noise suit.
Memphis, Tennessee, "Proposed Settlement Fair in Tennessee's Memphis Airport Case, Editorial Says" (Jul. 2, 1998). The Commercial Appeal published the following editorial contending that the settlement proposed by the Tennessee's Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority to resolve a class-action lawsuit filed by homeowners is "fair and reasonable." The editorial says:
Memphis, Tennessee, "Memphis Go Kart Track Under Consideration; Noise Concerns" (Mar. 12, 1998). The Commercial Appeal reports a Memphis amusement business has applied for a special use permit to operative an outdoor Go Kart track near Perkins. The request was put on hold last month for further study following concerns about how noise from the motors might affect nearby businesses and homes.
Memphis, Tennessee, "Airlines' Strike Brings Quiet to Tennessee Neighborhoods" (Sep. 6, 1998). The Commercial Appeal reports there are fewer planes and quieter skies in the Memphis, Tennessee, area since the Northwest Airlines strike began.
Memphis, Tennessee, "New Library in Tennessee Must Teach Users to Be Quiet" (Feb. 17, 2000). The Commercial Appeal reported that librarians and staff of the year-old East Shelby public library in Memphis were somewhat surprised that one of their jobs would be teaching young users that one must be quiet in a library.
Memphis, Tennessee, "Suburban Memphis, Tennessee Subdivision Must Deal With Increased Traffic Noise From Williams and Sonoma Distribution Center" (Mar. 29, 2000). The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee reports that a Williams and Sonoma distribution plant is being built near the thirty-year old Pleasant Grove subdivision in Memphis, Tennessee. The project has met with mixed reviews from residents.
Menlo Park, California, "California City Council Bans Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers" (Apr. 16, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle printed an editorial in which the columnist humorously discusses the decision Tuesday by the Menlo Park (California) City Council to ban gas-powered leaf blowers. The editorial writer pokes fun at the City Councilors for not listening to hundreds of people who said a ban was overkill.
Menlo Park, California, "Gardeners in California City Launch Drive for Referendum on Overturning Gas-Powered Leaf-Blower Ban" (Apr. 15, 1998). The San Francisco Examiner reports that a gardeners group in Menlo Park, California has launched a drive to hold a referendum on overturning a ban on gas-powered leaf-blowers approved by the City Council in a 3-2 vote Tuesday. The article notes that the City Councilors made their decision after four earlier contentious public hearings.
Menlo Park, California, "Menlo Park Gardeners Try to Avoid Ban with Quieter Leaf Blowers" (Apr. 9, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports local gardeners yesterday at Menlo Park City Hall traded in their leaf blowers for new, quieter models, hoping to prevent a ban on the machines.
Menlo Park, California, "Gardeners in California City to Protest Leaf Blower Ban, Claiming Ban is Racist" (Mar. 3, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that gardeners in the San Francisco area will stage three demonstrations this week and one next week to protest a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers by the city of Menlo Park. The gardeners claim the ban is racially biased.
Menlo Park, California, "Menlo Park Ban on Leaf Blowers to be Contested by Gardeners" (Mar. 3, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday reports gardeners in the Menlo Park area are planning a series of protests against the proposed ban on leaf blowers, alleging the ban is racially and economically motivated.
Menlo Park, California, "Another California Community Faces Leaf Blower Debate" (Mar. 11, 1998). The San Francisco Examiner reports that the Menlo Park City Council in California has put off a vote on a controversial ordinance that would ban gas-powered leaf blowers.
Menlo Park, California, "California Gardeners Protest Proposed Leaf Blower Ban" (Mar. 10, 1998). The San Francisco Examiner reports that gardeners in Menlo Park, California are preparing to protest the proposed ban on gas powered leaf blowers.
Menlo Park, California, "Latino Gardeners in California Demand Compromise on Leaf Blower Ban" (Mar. 9, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports about the largest rally yet by opponents of Menlo Park, California's proposed leaf blower ban.
Menlo Park, California, "Leaf Blower Ban in Calif. City May Go to Public Vote in November" (May 14, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports opponents of Menlo Park, California's, leaf blower ban said they will turn in a petition to City Hall today to force a public referendum on the issue in November.
Menlo Park, California, "Menlo Park, California's City Council Sets Decibel Limit for Leaf Blowers and Restricts Hours, Rejecting Proposal to Only Allow Their Use Every Other Week" (Jun. 3, 1999). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Menlo Park's City Council restricted the noise-levels and hours of operation for leaf blowers, but did not limit their use to every other week as was proposed. More than 100 residents, including many local gardeners, attended a council meeting that dealt with the issue; many spoke against the proposed every-other-week ban, saying that it would "make outlaws out of honest, hard-working gardeners." The restrictions would limit legal leaf-blowers to those producing 65 decibels or less, and would require operators to wear ear protection. In addition, hours of operation were limited to 8-5 on weekdays, 11-3 on Saturdays (for residents, not paid gardeners), and banned from Sundays, holidays and "Spare the Air" days.
Mequon, Wisconsin, "Wisconsin Residents Object to Noise from Neighborhood Swimming Lessons" (Oct. 8, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a special planning commission hearing was held in Mequon, Wisconsin, to address the issue of noise from a residence where swimming lessons are given.
Mercer Island, Washington, "Seattle Resident Says Redistributing Noise is No Solution to Seattle-Tacoma Airport's Noise Problems" (Jan. 6, 2000). The Seattle Times prints a letter to the editor that criticizes a recent letter that supported sharing aircraft noise by redistributing it. This letter says redistribution is no solution.
Meredith, NH., "NH Couple Prosecuted after Neighbors Complain of Noisy Geese" (Oct. 16, 1998). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports a New Hampshire couple is being prosecuted for noise violations after neighbors complained about noisy animals.
Meridian, Idaho, "Large Retail Complex Brings Noise and Traffic Concerns to Idaho Residents" (Sep. 25, 1998). The Idaho Statesman reports plans for a retail complex in Meridian, Idaho, continue to spark concerns over noise and traffic from some nearby residents.
Merrimack, New Hampshire, "Proposed Home Depot Store Meets With Resistance from New Hampshire Neighbors" (Jul. 22, 1998). The Union Leader reports that a public hearing was held last night at the planning board meeting in Merrimack, New Hampshire on a proposal for a Home Depot store on Route 101A. About 25 residents who live near the proposed store attended the meeting and raised concerns about noise, traffic and the store's proposed location on well-head property.
Mesa, Arizona, "Arizona Stadiums and Neighborhoods Don't Mix" (Oct. 26, 1997). The Arizona Republic of Phoenix, Arizona, published the following editorial from Mesa resident Diana Pfaff, who objects to a proposed stadium. She expresses her concerns about the stadium's impact on the quality of life for neighboring residents who are already inundated with noise, traffic, and other forms of pollution.
Mesa, Arizona, "Arizona Courts Proposal To Launch Satellites From Air Base" (Feb. 20, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports that a California company says it has an agreement with Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona to launch replacement satellites from the former Air Force base.
Mesa, Arizona, "Arizona Residents Believe Its Too Late to Secure Peace and Quiet from the Burgeoning Growth of Williams Gateway Airport" (Oct. 7, 1998). In this article the Associated Press reports on the plight of homeowners who face increased urbanization and airport noise in the metropolitan area surrounding Mesa, Arizona.
Mesa, Arizona, "Williams Gateway Airport in Arizona Considers Charging Landing Fees for Noisy Military Aircraft" (Oct. 9, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports Williams Gateway Airport may start charging military aircraft for touch-and-go landings, the largest source of noise complaints from area homeowners.
Mesa, Arizona, "ADOT Will Retest Noise Through Gap in Sound Wall near Mesa when Freeway Completed" (Apr. 10, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports the Arizona Department of Transportation has decided to "wait and see" about a section of sound wall Mesa residents insist is needed to muffle noise from the Price Freeway.
Mesa, Arizona, "Airport Influence Area and Noise Concern Residents Near Arizona's Williams Gateway Airport" (Mar. 4, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports a federally funded noise study will be undertaken and a noise map reconfiguration to answer Arizona residents' concerns in wake of growth at Williams Gateway Airport.
Mesa, Arizona area, "Arizona Airport Delays Defining Noise Boundary Area" (Mar. 27, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports that the Williams Gateway Authority, which governs the Williams Gateway Airport near Mesa, Arizona, tabled a proposal to define an "Airport Influence Area" that would warn prospective buyers about airport noise. Authority officials said they were uncertain whether the proposed area's boundary's were too large for the type of aircraft expected to operate at the airport, and decided to wait till at least the beginning of 1999 to define boundaries, when airport officials will have updated the airport's 5-year master plan.
Mesa, Arizona area, "Noise Boundaries to be Considered for Arizona Airport" (Mar. 26, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports that the Williams Gateway Airport Authority, which governs the Williams Gateway Airport near Mesa, Arizona, will consider a proposal this afternoon to place an Airport Influence Area around the airport to warn prospective buyers about airport noise. If the authority embraces the proposal, the airport will be the first in the state to create Airport Influence Area since the state Legislature granted the right in 1997, although some airports have created similar boundaries through zoning, the article says.
Messingham, United Kingdom, "Messingham, U.K. Resident Says New Flying Club Won't Cause Noise Problems" (Nov. 30, 1999). The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph prints a letter to the editor that supports a new flying club in Messingham, U.K. The writer notes that grass strips of this type rarely cause noise problems.
Metairie and Kenner, Louisiana, "Louisiana State Officials Will Make Final Decision on Placement of Noise Walls in August" (Jul. 15, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that noise walls will be built along Interstate 10 in Metairie and Kenner, Louisiana to mitigate traffic noise for residents. The noise wall construction project is part of a plan to widen I-10, the article notes. State officials will make a final decision on the placement and composition of the walls in August, after compiling data gathered from public meetings.
Metairie, Louisiana, "New Orleans Resident Suggests Trees as Noise Barrier" (Jan. 18, 1998). The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana, published a letter by a resident from Metairie who has a suggestion for a noise barrier on Interstate 10. The letter reads as follows:
Metairie, Louisiana area, "Louisiana Residents Living Near Interstate May Get Noise Walls" (Apr. 12, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that a new study commissioned by Louisiana state officials recommends that 10- to 24-foot noise walls be built along 11 miles of Interstate 10 near Metairie, between the St. Charles Parish/Kenner line and Tulane Avenue in New Orleans. The article notes that building the noise walls would be part of a project to widen Interstate 10. Before a final decision is made, the state will hold public input meetings to gather comments from residents.
Mexico City, Mexico, "Mexico Plans to Reduce Noise from Aircraft" (Dec. 6, 1999). The Journal of Commerce reports that Mexico plans to make improvements in its commercial fleet with regards to safety and noise.
Miami Beach, Florida, "Miami Club Abandons Noise Ordinance Lawsuit After City Drops Violation Fines" (Jun. 17, 1999). The Broward Daily Business Review reports a Miami club has abandoned its lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of several noise ordinances after the city dropped the fines it had levied against the club for violating them.
Miami, Florida, "Miami Residents Lobby Against Airport Noise, While Airport Officials Struggle to Reduce it" (Sep. 11, 1997). The Miami New Times reports that Maimi, Florida resident Patrick McCoy has been leading a fight against the jet noise from the Miami International Airport. McCoy wants the airport to instigate a mandatory noise-abatement policy, like other large U.S. cities. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Bunting, environmental planner for the aviation department, is trying to implement new procedures and policies that would mitigate noise rather than pursuing a noise-abatement policy.
Miami, Florida, "Florida Aviation Dept. Uses New Technology to Monitor Impact of Jet Noise" (Sep. 21, 1998). The Journal of Commerce reports the Miami-Dade Aviation Department in Florida revealed a technology on Friday used to monitor airplane noise. This new system could mean significant implications for the air cargo industry.
Miami, Florida, "Miami, Florida Residents Wait For FAA to Rule On Proposed Flight Paths At Miami International Airport; FAA Concerns Include Environmental Justice Issues" (Aug. 30, 1999). The Miami Daily Business Review reports that residents and officials in Miami, Florida are still waiting on the FAA's opinion regarding proposed flight paths From Miami International Airport. A task force of "residents, American Airlines pilots and county officials" has developed flight path proposals, but the FAA has put off its judgement of the proposals for some time. The FAA originally postponed its decision until an environmental review of a proposed fourth runway at the airport was available. After that came through, the FAA said it wanted more information on potential environmental justice issues: notably, if steeper takeoffs would cause more noise for modest-income homes nearest the airport.
Miami, Florida, "FAA Will Allow Miami International Airport in Florida to Redirect Nighttime Flights Away from Residential Areas" (Apr. 4, 2000). Florida's Miami Herald reports that Miami-Dade County's Aviation Department and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have reached an agreement that will allow nighttime flights out of Miami International Airport to use a different flight path that will lessen noise over residential areas such as Brickell and Key Biscayne. The agreement was announced in March at a meeting of the county's Noise Abatement Task Force, of which Brickell resident Tory Jacobs is a member.
Middle River, Maryland, "Auto Speedway Approved with Contingencies in Maryland as a Result of Citizen Input" (Oct. 17, 1997). The Baltimore Sun reports that officials in Baltimore County, Maryland said yesterday that they would support a proposed auto speedway in Middle River only if the developer helps build wide roads to handle traffic. In response, the developer warned that such restrictions might make the project impossible. Meanwhile, residents who have strongly opposed the track worked with county officials to get many of their concerns reflected in the county's offer to the developer.
Middlesbrough, England, "Noise Teams Help Maintain the Quiet in Middlesbrough, England" (Aug. 1, 1998). The Northern Echo reports that the fight to quieten town pubs and clubs has been a success in Middlesbrough where “OUT-of-hours” noise patrols are used. According to the article the patrols function as noise teams and were first put out on the town’s street four years ago to crack down on weekend levels.
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, "British Neighbors Angry Over Construction Noise at Former Dairy" (Mar. 31, 1998). The Northern Echo reports that residents in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom have complained to the Middlesbrough council that construction noise, dust, and vibration from the internal renovation of a nearby dairy are making their lives miserable. Councilor Ken Walker, the leader of the Middlesbrough council, is joining residents in their attack on the property owner, Shmshad Qurban. The council has told Qurban that he must restrict the hours of work to control noise.
Middleton, Wisconsin, "Residents Concerned About Possible Airfield Expansion in Wisconsin City" (Aug. 5, 1997). The Capital Times reports that residents in Middleton, Wisconsin who are concerned about possible expansion of Morey Field told town officials that airpcraft noise is already a problem at the airfield. The city is considering purchasing the airport as an option to having it develop as a private business park.
Middletown, Connecticut, "Connecticut Town Agrees to Spend $10,000 on Noise Meter and Enforcement Training" (Sep. 6, 1997). The Hartford Courant reports that the board of finance in Middletown, Connecticut agreed Thursday to spend $10,000 for a noise meter and training to enforce the town's new noise ordinance.
Middletown, New Jersey, "Middletown, New Jersey Planning Board Supports Noise Ordinance That Will Limit Construction Times" (Sep. 2, 1999). The Asbury Park Press reports that Middletown, New Jersey's Planning Board Approved an ordinance that will limit night construction. The one dissenting vote was from a member who wanted stricter limits. Under the ordinance, residents will call the police to report disturbances and the police will decide whether the noise was serious enough to follow up on.
Middletown, New Jersey, "New Jersey Town Council Approves Flight Path Shift" (Apr. 18, 2000). The Asbury Park Press printed a number of special interest articles about Middletown, including this article about the Middletown Township Committee's adoption of a resolution proposed by the anti-noise group New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise. According to the article, the group wants to shift air traffic at Newark International Airport over the Shore area rather than over the North Jersey metropolitan area.
Midland, England, "Local City Council in UK Calls for Public Forum on Airport Noise" (Mar. 23, 2000). The Birmingham Evening Mail reported that a Midland city councilor asked for a public forum for residents to discuss Birmingham International Airport.
Midland, United Kingdom, "Midland, U.K. Man Fined 600 Pounds for Six Violations Following a Noise Abatement Notice" (Jan. 26, 2000). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports that a Midland, U.K. man who violated a noise abatement notice six times was fined 600 pounds.
Millbrae, California, "Flight Management Systems for Aircraft May Reduce Flight Delays and Noise Footprints by Making Flight Paths More Precise" (Jul. 20, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that new Flight Management Systems (FMS), which integrate information from global positioning satellites, instruments, and engines to guide aircraft on more exact routes, may reduce flight delays and noise footprints on the ground. Noise footprints will be reduced since planes will be able to adhere to designated paths that minimize residential overflights. While few planes currently use the technology, 75% of planes made today have FMS installed.
Milletown, Tennessee, "Mining Company Incompatible with Tennessee Residential Area" (Jan. 14, 1998). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that a surface-mining operation has been deemed incompatible with the Millertown Pike area. Planning commissioners were not wooed by company's offer to make road improvements.
Millstone Township, New Jersey, "New Jersey Town Fights Proposed Recycling Plant" (Dec. 7, 1997). The Ashbury Park Press reports that Millstone Township, New Jersey residents and township officials are uniting to fight a proposed recycling plant.
Milton, MA, "Milton, MA Selectmen Hear Complaints about Late-Night Maintenance-Truck Beeping on Golf Course" (Jun. 15, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports residents of Milton, MA are complaining to their selectmen about late-night beeping from trucks working on the Quarry Hills Gold Course.
Milton, Massachusetts, "Noisy Sewer Pumps Double Edged Sword for Massachusetts Residents" (Mar. 13, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports a Milton, Massachusetts, resident appeared before town selectmen last night pleading for an end to noisy gas-operated sewer pumps located in his neighborhood.
Milton, Massachusetts, "Local Massachusetts Official Will Meet With Federal Aviation Administration About Airport Noise" (May 29, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports that Richard Neely, the Select Board Chair in Milton, Massachusetts, has set up a meeting for June 29 with Jane Garvey, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and the former director of Boston's Logan International Airport, to discuss airplane noise at Logan. The article notes that jet noise has afflicted Milton and other towns for years, but local officials have not been able to get the FAA to address their complaints.
Milton, Massachusetts, "Noise Committee Votes to Support New Runway at Boston's Logan Airport; Committee Says Runway Will Help Mitigate Certain Overburdened Communities, While Opponents Say Other Communities Will Be Hurt" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports that Milton, Massachusetts' airplane noise committee voted unanimously to support a new $22-million, 5,000 foot runway at Boston's Logan Airport. They say that the new runway will help reduce the percentage of takeoffs made to the west of the airport. Many in South Boston -- traditionally a less wealthy area -- oppose the new runway which would send more flights over their communities. Projections show a 3.4 % increase in flights at Logan, regardless of whether the new runway is approved.
Milton, Massachusetts, "Milton, Massachusetts Supports New Runway at Boston's Logan Airport That Will More Evenly Spread Aircraft Noise Over Surrounding Communities" (Sep. 9, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports that the selectmen of Milton, Massachusetts have decided to support a new $22 million, 5,000-foot runway at Boston's Logan Airport. The runway is intended to reduce noise over certain communities including Milton. Other communities, which will experience increased noise levels -- though still under goals that were set by the communities in the 1980s -- oppose the runway. The new runway will reduce traffic on two other runway in particular, which are currently used heavily because they can handle more traffic in certain weather conditions -- thus reducing delays.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, "Milwaukee Church Next to Airport Offers a Seminar on Silence" (Jun. 11, 1997). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the St. Stephen's Catholic Church, on Howell Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is surrounded by runways and constant noise from Mitchell Airport, but will nevertheless hold a seminar on silence tonight from 6:30 to 8:30. However, the article says, a quiet room will not be available for the seminar.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, "Soundproofing Funding for Homes Near Milwaukee Airport is Restored" (Sep. 28, 1997). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the federal government has restored $2 million that had been cut from funds to soundproof homes surrounding the Mitchell International Airport outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The grant was announced last week by Milwaukee Congress member Jerry Kleczka, who helped restore the funding. The article reports the money will be enough to soundproof 96 homes (60 in Milwaukee, 15 in Oak Creek, 11 in St. Francis, and 10 in Cudahy). Additional homes likely will be soundproofed with state and airport funds, according to Airport Director Barry Bateman.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, "Sound Barriers Could Be Built Along Lake Parkway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin if Neighbors Want Them" (Apr. 7, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that city officials will consider whether noise barriers should be built east of the Lake Parkway in Bay View section of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A total of three noise barriers could be built -if city officials determine a majority of the residents want them.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, "Holler Park, the 'Suburb-Within-The City' of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fears Increased Noise From Mitchell Airport Expansion" (Jan. 11, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that residents of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin neighborhood of Holler Park are worried about the effects of Mitchell Airport expansion on their community. Holler Park, often called 'the suburb within the city,' is an island of residential tranquility, surrounded by rivers of commerce and a sea of industry. The article reports that a runway at Mitchell, which can now handle only small propeller aircraft, is to be extended to accommodate 19-seat propeller airliners and a few private jets. The runway's flight path leads over Holler Park.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, "Legality of Private Go-cart Track Questioned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin" (Jun. 12, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that private property owners have threatened to sue the Town Board for its decision to stop construction of a private go-cart track.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, "Milwaukee Residents Protest Plan to Extend Airport Runway" (Nov. 30, 1997). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that residents near the Mitchell International Airport in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area are opposing a plan to extend the airport's smallest runway by 700 feet, which would allow larger planes to land. Officials have approved the plan and the County Board has appropriated money for the project, the article says, although a few more steps are required for final approval. The plan will be discussed at a public information session today, the article reports.
Mineral County, West Virginia, "West Virginia Noise Bill May Not Get Through Senate" (Mar. 5, 1998). The Charleston Gazette reports a bill that could help secure a little peace and quiet for a West Virginia resident was approved by a Senate Judiciary subcommittee Wednesday. However, the deadline is fast-approaching for the Senate to act on its own bills, and this bill may not make it through in time.
Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota, "Northwest Airlines Wants to Extend Runway in Minneapolis - St. Paul for Overseas Flights" (Jun. 4, 1997). The Star Tribune reports that airport officials of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport gave their initial support Tuesday to a plan to lengthen one runway temporarily and another permanently to allow Northwest Airlines to provide new non-stop flights between the Twin Cities and Hong Kong. A committee of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) said it would reserve a final decision on the issue until receiving input about the noise impacts of the decision from Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington. However, the committee told Northwest Airlines it could have a decision by July.
Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota, "Minnesota Airport Activist Group Gives Federal Officials a List of Requests" (May 14, 1997). The Star Tribune reports that the South Metro Airport Action Council, an airport noise activist group of Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota, gave a list of requests to the the Federal Interagency Committee on Aviation Noise Tuesday at a public hearing on airport noise.
Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, Minnesota, "Two Minnesota Neighborhoods Fight to Ensure Increased Train Traffic Isn't in Their Neighborhood" (Mar. 1, 1998). The Star Tribune reports that two neighborhoods in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area are fighting to ensure that train traffic increases, not in their own, but in the other neighborhood. The Twin Cities & Western freight trains pass through both the working class Blackstone Avenue neighborhood in St. Louis Park and the exclusive Kenwood and Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhoods in Minneapolis, but only one of the towns will be experiencing a permanent increase in rail traffic. The next vote on the issue will occur Monday in St. Louis Park, the article reports, when the City Council will consider an agreement in which the town gets funds to clean up a contaminated Superfund site in exchange for eventually having the trains pass through their city.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Minnesota Gun Clubs Raise Tensions With Neighbors" (Dec. 24, 1997). The Star Tribune reports how gun clubs around the nation are under fire.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Minneapolis Plans to Rebuild Stretch of Highway 100" (Dec. 11, 1997). According to the Star Tribune, Hwy. 100 through Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Robbinsdale and Golden Valley, Minnesota will be rebuilt between 1999 and 2003 as a six-lane freeway from Glenwood Avenue to County Rd. 81 and as a four-lane freeway from there to 50th Avenue N., the Department of Transportation has announced.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Minneapolis Passes New Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 12, 1997). The Star Tribune reports that the Minneapolis (Minnesota) City Council has adopted a new noise ordinance that targets noise from almost any source, with some exemptions such as for aircraft in flight.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Re-routing Highway through Park Divides Minnesota Candidates; Noise an Issue" (Oct. 23, 1997). The Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minnesota, reports that in the renewed debate over the impact of routing Highway 55 at Minnehaha Park, the potential casualties are many, city politicians as well as alleged quality of life issues including noise
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Minnesota Resident's Letter Supports Councilwoman's Stance on Noise Issues" (Oct. 29, 1997). The Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minnesota printed a letter from a resident who supports City Council Member Dore Mead. He sees her support of noise reduction and abatement with regards to the Metropolitan Airports Commission as one of her most important stances.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Temporary Ban Set on Personal Watercraft in National Parks" (Sep. 18, 1997). The Star Tribune reports that federal officials announced Wednesday that a moratorium will be imposed on the use of personal watercraft in the National Park System, starting in October. The moratorium could lead to a permanent ban on the machines in many areas of the National Park System, the article says.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Company in Minnesota Relocates Due to Noise and Vibration from Metal-Shredding Plant" (Oct. 1997). Corporate Report Minnesota reports that the Japs-Olson Company has completed its move away from its office/warehouse space of about 300,000 square feet on the riverfront in North Minneapolis to escape from its neighbor, American Iron and Supply, a metal-shredding plant. Japs-Olson, a precision printing company, decided to move because the constant vibration from the metal shredder disturbed its printing equipment. Now, American Iron and Supply wants to build a five-story "Kondirator," which can handle 100 tons of metal an hour. The article says that the printing company is likely to have an extremely difficult time selling its property next to the metal-shredding company. Meanwhile, the city of Minneapolis is suing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, saying that the agency didn't fully research environmental hazards of the Kondirator when it issued its permits.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Appellate Court Denies City its Noise Lawsuit against the Minneapolis Metropolitan Airport." (Aug. 19, 1998). The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the city of Richfield its noise lawsuit against the Metropolitan Airport. The suit contested the validity of the environmental impact statement that the airport used to win federal approval for the airport's crosswind runway.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Noise Levels Shift Back to Usual After Summer Work at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport" (Aug. 7, 1998). The Star Tribune reports on Monday about 170 daily airplane takeoffs will be shifted back to their usual runways at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, meaning quieter skies for some nearby communities and a return to the usual noise level for other areas.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Airports Commission Accuses Richfield of Using Insignificant Data to Halt New Runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport" (Nov. 17, 1998). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports the Metropolitan Airports Commission says the city of Richfield has been citing an insignificant noise study to try to stop plans for a new runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Airports Commission and Town of Richfield at Standoff Over Noise from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport; Accusations Hurled from Both Sides" (Nov. 17, 1998). The Star Tribune reports the Metropolitan Airports Commission and the city of Richfield, Minnesota, are at an impasse over reports on low-frequency noise from jets on a proposed north-south runway at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Metropolitan Airports Commission and City of Minneapolis Agree to North-South Runway, Temporary Extension, and No Third Runway" (Nov. 17, 1998). PR Newswire published the following press release detailing two agreements regarding development at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reached between the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and the City of Minneapolis:
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Gets New Runway Despite Residents Charge of Flawed Noise Impact Findings" (Nov. 19, 1998). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports a new runway was approved for the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota International Airport despite protests from citizens criticizing the environmental impact findings of jet noise on their community.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Pilots' Strike Brings Some Quiet to Noisy World of Minneapolis, Minnesota" (Sep. 8, 1998). The Star Tribune reports an unintended consequence of the pilots' strike against Northwest Airlines: natural quiet beneath the airport flight paths in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "FAA Says Minneapolis' Metropolitan Airports Commission Can Not Use Airport Revenue for Future Noise Mitigation Because Such Money Must Be Used for Actual Costs" (Aug. 17, 1999). The Star Tribune reports that the FAA has told Minneapolis, Minnesota's Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) that it can not use $30-million in airport revenue to mitigate noise because the expected work is not considered an "actual cost." The state legislature had designated the money in a law, and had thought it could fend off FAA disapproval "by including a provision that the MAC should not have to violate federal law or rules to comply with the state law."
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Insulation of Houses Around Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport -- Designed to Reduce Noise Levels -- Is Getting Expensive" (Aug. 16, 1999). The Star Tribune reports that now that noise mitigation funds at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota have been used to soundproof smaller homes nearest the airport, larger homes are next in line and will cost more to soundproof. Predictions estimate that the program may pay for work on 14,000 homes at a cost of about $435-million by the time it's completed.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Road Surface Materials Can Reduce Traffic Noise" (Mar. 21, 1999). The Star Tribune published a column in which a question was asked about the specific causes of freeway noise.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Workshops on Aircraft Noise in Minneapolis, Minnesota Will Teach Residents About Possible Noise-Abatement Changes, Including a Possible Lowering of the Qualifying Noise-Threshold for Home Insulation" (Nov. 30, 1999). The Star Tribune reports that workshops in Minneapolis, Minnesota over the next three days will teach residents about possible changes to the insulation program that may allow more homes near Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to be insulated from noise.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Anti-Noise Group Criticizes Appointment of Northwest Airlines Official to Minneapolis, Minnesota's Planning Commission" (Nov. 10, 1999). The Star Tribune reports that the anti-noise group Residents Opposed to Airport Racket (ROAR) have criticized a recent decision by Minneapolis' mayor to appoint a Northwest Airlines official to the city planning commission. The official, has background in "planning,... economic development and planning issues,", but noise activists say her "expertise [shouldn't] be turned against citizens affected by airport noise."
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "New Noise-Reducing Composite Introduced by Minneapolis, Minnesota Company" (Sep. 20, 1999). Design News reports that the Minneapolis, Minnesota company Prospec has introduced a new composite that is designed to reduce noise. The alternating layers of sound-absorbing foam and sound-containing vinyl could be placed in machinery housings to reduce noise.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "New Short-Term Leasing System to Encourage Airline Competition in Minnesota's Twin Cities Will Allow New Airlines to Opt Out of Paying for Some Noise Abatement Projects" (Jan. 6, 2000). The Star Tribune reports that a committee of the Metropolitan Airports Commission for Minnesota's Twin Cities has approved a new leasing agreement which would designate up to seven gates as short-term. New airlines taking advantage of the new system can opt out of noise abatement fees for projects that are not included in the current plan.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Richfield, Minnesota Wants to Demolish Hundreds of Houses and Apartments and Build More Residences and Office Buildings Elsewhere; Report on Low-Frequency Noise from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Runway May Be a Barrier to Plans" (Jan. 7, 2000). The Star Tribune reports that a plan to redevelop part of Richfield, Minnesota may face an obstacle in the form of a low-frequency-noise report on Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's new runway. The 8,000 foot runway will open in 2003. New buildings will be " built with the latest sound-stopping techniques and materials to blunt low-frequency noise."
Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine's "Nifty Fifty" Award Won by Donaldson Company's Silent Partner (tm) Truck Muffler" (Mar. 17, 2000). The Donaldson Company announced to the press that its Silent Partner (tm) muffler system has won a "Nifty Fifty" Award from Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine. The press release was sent over the PR Newswire and is reprinted here in its entirety:
Minneapolis, MN, "Minneapolis Mayors Discuss New Runway At Twin Cities' Airport" (Sep. 25, 1996). The Southwest Journal reports a committee of mayors is discussing a new runway and its noise control at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. The Legislature is directing the Metropolitan Airport Commission to spend at least $100 million by the year 2002, $50 million more than originally planned, on noise control. The MAC has already promised to spend $135 million on noise control, raised by passenger fees and federal grants. Legislature has given the mayors the power to recommend how the money should be spent. Earlier this year the Legislature voted to expand the airport and not build a new airport.
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, "Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Commission Committee Approves Regulations to Ensure Healthy Indoor Air After Homes Are Insulated Against Noise" (Apr. 9, 1997). The Star Tribune reports that the planning and environment committee of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), the agency which oversees the Minneapolis-St. Paul (Minnesota) International Airport, approved changes Tuesday in its noise insulation program to ensure that homes have healthy indoor air after they are insulated. The changes will require homeowners to add exhaust fans or take other corrective measures before insulation is installed if their homes have air quality problems. The proposed changes to the program will go to the full commission for approval on April 21.
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, "Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Commission Considers Plan to Require Homeowners to Correct Air Quality Problems Before Homes Are Insulated" (Apr. 8, 1997). The Star Tribune reports that the Planning and Environment Committee of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which oversees the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, will consider today a plan recommended by staff to require homeowners to pay for improvements to the air quality systems in their homes before insulation is installed to reduce jet noise. If the committee approves the recommendations, they will be taken up by the full commission on April 21.
Minor Lane Heights, Kentucky, "Kentucky Residents Angry at Airport's Plan to Relocate Housing Development Due to Noise" (Nov. 27, 1997). The Courier-Journal reports that a "truth rally" was held in Minor Lane Heights, Kentucky last Monday to discuss the frustration residents are experiencing with officials at the Louisville International Airport over plans to relocate more than 1,000 homes because of excessive airport noise. The meeting was attended by a crowd of about 500 people, the article says. This month, airport officials proposed building a relocation housing development, but residents still aren't all happy, according to the article.
Minor Lane Heights, Kentucky, "Kentucky Residents Unload their Anger at a "Truth Rally" on Airport Relocation Project" (Nov. 25, 1997). The Courier-Journal reports that about 500 residents of Minor Lane Heights, Kentucky gathered last night at a "truth rally" to discuss the relocation project for residents in the flight path of jets from the Louisville International Airport. Officials told residents about plans to relocate residents a 287-acre subdivision on Cedar Creek Road. The residents accused officials from the Regional Airport Authority and Jefferson County of ignoring their input and dismissing their needs.
Minor Lane Heights, Kentucky, "Louisville Airport Officials Face Criticism for Not Working With Residents on Relocation Project" (Nov. 26, 1997). The Courier-Journal reports that Dave Armstrong, a Jefferson County (Kentucky) Judge-Executive, has written a strongly worded letter to officials at the Louisville International Airport criticizing them for angering residents of Minor Lane Heights over plans to relocate residents under the airport's flight paths. Armstrong said the engineer that residents have already worked with should be included in designing a new development for displaced homeowners. Armstrong's letter comes after Minor Lane Heights officials were angered last week after the Regional Airport Authority ignored their recommendation to hire Design Engineering for the preliminary work on the town or subdivision where residents may be relocated. Meanwhile, Monday night, 500 residents attended a "truth rally" where the railed against airport and county officials.
Minor Lane Heights, Kentucky, "Entire Kentucky Town Relocated in Unique Airport Noise Buyout" (Apr. 9, 1999). The New York Times reports a Kentucky town near the Louisville International Airport agreed to an airport buy-out only if the entire town could be moved together. FAA officials consented to the request, the first of its kind in the United States.
Minor Lane Heights, Kentucky, "Entire Kentucky Town Relocates to Escape Airport Noise" (Apr. 9, 1999). The New York Times reports in the wake of a relocation effort by the Louisville International Airport, a Kentucky town has made a demand so unusual that that Federal Aviation Administration officials now say it could be a model for other communities.
Miramar, California, "Editorial Declares No Winners in Miramar Helicopter Suit; Noise will Continue" (Feb. 27, 1999). The San Diego Union-Tribune published an editorial lamenting the absence of clear winners in the recent settlement over Marine helicopters at Miramar Air Station in California.
Mission Viejo, California; Orange, California, "Letters to the Editor Show Support for El Toro Airport" (Jan. 30, 2000). The Los Angeles Times prints several letters to the editor, two of which deal with potential noise from the proposed El Toro International Airport in Orange County, California. The first argues that El Toro is needed because nearby John Wayne Airport is already overburdened and unsafe. The second says that residents near the proposed El Toro Airport knew about the noise from the former military base, and so should have no complaint about noise from a new airport.
Mississauga, Ontario, "Canadian City's Proposed Plan Faces Appeal from Airports Authority Because of Planned Land Uses" (Jul. 24, 1997). The Toronto Star reports that the proposed new Official Plan in Mississauga, Ontario is being appealed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority because it will allow development in high-noise areas near Pearson International Airport. The authority is afraid that such development will result in residents opposing future operations and expansion of the airport. The authority's appeal also is supported by the Air Transport Association of Canada, an umbrella group representing airlines and helicopter operators. The appeal will be heard by the Ontario Municipal Board, the article reports.
Mississauga, Ontario, "Ontario's Mississauga East Election Issues Include Increased Noise from a New Runway at Pearson International" (May 27, 1999). The Toronto Star reports that the candidates in the provincial riding in Mississauga East, Ontario are going head to head on the issues, including airport noise; noise-related complaints have doubled since 1997 when a new runway was introduced at Pearson International Airport.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, "Ontario Airport Makes Forbidden Night Flights to Test Noise Levels, Angering Residents and Officials" (Aug. 26, 1997). The Toronto Star reports that officials at the Pearson International Airport near Toronto, Ontario permitted secret flights during restricted night hours in order to test whether such flights would be tolerated by nearby residents on a regular basis. The flights have angered residents and local officials. Louis Turpen, president of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, said the flights had to be kept secret to ensure valid results.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, "City Officials Say Proposed Noise Control Agreement Between Toronto Airport and Airlines Isn't Tough Enough" (Sep. 4, 1997). The Toronto Star reports that officials in Mississauga, Ontario believe a proposed noise control agreement between the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the airlines using Pearson International Airport isn't tough enough. City officials insist that restrictions on runway use should be more stringent than outlined in the proposed agreement.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, "New Citizens Group in Toronto Area Formed to Fight Aircraft Noise" (Sep. 4, 1997). The Toronto Star reports that a new ratepayers' association for the 14,000 residents of the Rockwood subdivision in Mississauga, Ontario will be formed this month to fight aircraft noise from Pearson International Airport. The Rockwood area is affected by both aircraft noise and high-density development proposals, the article notes.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, "Airport Expansion Issue in Mayor's Race in Ontario" (Nov. 2, 1997). According to The Toronto Star, longtime Mississauga, Ontario, mayor, Hazel McCallion, is up for re-election. While she is confident she will serve as Mississauga's mayor well into the millennium, she does face some challengers in the upcoming election. While many disagree about how serious her opposition is, her opponents cite some serious platform issues. One controversial issue is the expansion of Pearson International Airport.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, "Ontario Mayor Will Boycott Runway Opening at Toronto Airport in Support of Residents Concerned About Aircraft Noise" (Nov. 27, 1997). The Toronto Star reports that the mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, Hazel McCallion, will boycott tomorrow's official opening ceremony for Pearson Airport's new $150 million north-south runway. McCallion made the decision to support homeowners who have been concerned about increased aircraft noise from the runway.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, "Residents Protest New Runway Opening in Toronto Area" (Nov. 29, 1997). The Toronto Sun reports that a new runway at the Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario (outside Toronto) opened yesterday. The opening was marked by a celebration at one end of the facility and a small protest by residents under the runway's flight path at the other end.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, "Toronto Residents Protest New Runway" (Nov. 29, 1997). The Toronto Sun reports that Pearson Airport's newest runway in the Toronto, Canada area was marked yesterday by a celebration at one end of the massive facility and a small protest at the other.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, "New Group Formed in Toronto Area to Fight Aircraft Noise" (Sep. 19, 1997). The Toronto Star reports that a ratepayers' group has been formed in the Rockwood neighborhood of Mississauga, Ontario to represent the 14,000 residents who will be affected by aircraft noise when a new runway opens at Pearson Airport this November. Lawrence Mitoff, who is already the chair of the Council of Concerned Residents, a coalition of groups and individuals opposing the runway, was elected president of the new group as well. The article reports that many residents believe one aggressive organization is needed to represent residents' interests. Mitoff noted that planes will fly just a few hundred feet above houses when the new runway opens.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, "Canada City Adopts Resolution Opposing Night Flights at Toronto Airport" (Sep. 11, 1997). Canada NewsWire Ltd reports that the Mississauga, Ontario Council adopted a resolution today that opposes night flights at the Toronto area Lester B. Pearson International Airport (LBPIA). The article goes on to print the resolution the Council adopted.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, "Toronto Area Residents Attack Government and Politicians for Allowing Increase in Jet Noise" (Apr. 23, 1998). The Toronto Star reports that about 200 residents of the Rockwood neighborhood of Mississauga, Ontario attended a public meeting last night at which they said the new runway at Pearson International Airport is making their life hell. The residents also criticized the federal government and the local Liberal Members of Parliament for allowing the new runway, which opened late last year, to be built.
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, "The City Council in Mississauga, Canada Votes to Build Homes Below Existing Flight Paths; Greater Toronto Airports Authority Appeals their Decision to the Ontario Municipal Board in Canada" (Apr. 6, 1998). The Toronto Star reports that the City Council for Mississauga, Canada has voted to rezone an industrial site below a Pearson airport flight path to clear the way for home development. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority opposed the decision and appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, who will make the final decision on whether the project can go ahead.
Moab, Utah, "National Parks Try to Preserve Natural Quiet" (May 4, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that Walt Dabney, superintendent of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Natural Bridges National Monument, is worried that noise could compromise the natural quiet people seek in national parks and preserves. The article explores how things have changed in Utah since Edward Abbey wrote about the area in the late 1950s, and about how the noise from airflights are a controversial issue in many national parks.
Moneta, Virginia, "Virginia Residents Sue Marina to Stop Expansion Citing Noise, Danger, and Damage" (Jan. 18, 1998). The Roanoke Times & World News reports that residents are opposed to a developer's plan to expand a marina along Becky's Creek in Virginia. Residents are concerned about dock damage and noise. A number of lawsuits on both sides have been filed.
Montford, North Carolina, "Montford, North Carolina Residents Complain About Continuing Noise from Loud Car Stereos and Reckless Drivers; New Noise Ordinance to Raise Fines for Repeat Offenders" (Aug. 4, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Montford, North Carolina residents are being disturbed by noise from loud car stereos and reckless drivers, especially at night. A new ordinance is being considered which would raise the $50 fine for repeat offenders. Police find the current ordinance difficult to enforce since in most cases neither officers nor residents have actually witnessed the crime being committed; they are trying to create a community watch, and are increasing patrols in the area.
Montgomery County, Virginia, "Virginia County Considers New Zoning Ordinance Intended to Reduce Conflicts Between Suburban and Agricultural Uses" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Roanoke Times & World News reports that a public hearing will be held tonight to draw comments on Montgomery County, Virginia's proposed new zoning ordinance. The changes to the ordinance have been proposed in an attempt to reduce potential conflicts between agricultural uses and suburban residential uses of land. Suburbanites in the past have complained of certain agricultural uses which they say cause noise and odor problems. Meanwhile, farmers are find it increasingly difficult to use their land for agricultural uses as suburban sprawl surrounds them.
Montgomery, Alabama, "New Schools in Montgomery, Alabama Will Be in Airport Noise Zone" (Apr. 22, 1997). Two new Montgomery schools are being built within the noise zone of the city's Municipal Airport at Dannelly Field, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.
Montgomery, Alabama, "Montgomery Mayor Places Curfew on Race Track Due to Resident Noise Complaints; Race Track Owner Mounts Sound Measuring Effort to Show the Noise Isn't That Bad" (Jul. 1, 1997). The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Montgomery (Alabama) Mayor Emory Folmar has placed a curfew of 10:30 p.m. on the Montgomery Motorsports Park dragstrip facility, in response to complaints about noise from the racetrack from residents. Racetrack owner Jimmy Easterling, meanwhile, has been testing sound levels from the facility with a decibel meter and plans to hire an audiologist to take professional sound readings in order to convince the mayor to rethink the curfew. The mayor, meanwhile, said he doesn't care about the results of the sound tests.
Montgomery, Alabama, "Alabama City Council Warns Nightclub About Noise Complaints; Club Owners Insist They Aren't Noisy" (Nov. 19, 1997). The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the Montgomery (Alabama) City Council on Tuesday warned owners of the Diamonds nightclub on Narrow Lane Road that there have been noise complaints about the establishment. However, nightclub owners insist they aren't causing the noise.
Montgomery, Alabama, "Resident Questions Fairness of Noise Ordinance in Montgomery, Alabama" (Aug. 3, 1998). The Montgomery Advertiser published the following letter from Hal Johnson of Montgomery, Alabama. The letter criticizes Montgomery's noise ordinance. Johnson wrote:
Montgomery, Alabama, "Alabama Man Waits to Find Out Whether State Supreme Court Will Hear His Challenge of City Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 26, 1998). The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Eddie Lee Moore, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, received a citation under the city's noise ordinance in 1996 for playing his car radio too loud. Now, Moore is waiting to hear whether the Alabama Supreme Court will hear his challenge to the constitutionality of the noise ordinance. The article notes that Moore is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Montgomery, Alabama, "Officials and Residents Say Alabama City is Quieter Since Crackdown on Car Boom Boxes" (Jul. 26, 1998). The Montgomery Advertiser reports that residents and officials in Montgomery, Alabama say that since the Montgomery City Council called for aggressive enforcement of the noise ordinance and raised the minimum fine for violations in 1996, noise from loud car stereos has decreased.
Montgomery, Alabama, "Alabama State Court Upholds Montgomery Noise Ordinance" (Mar. 21, 1998). The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruled unanimously Friday that Montgomery's noise ordinance is constitutional, after a challenge was brought by Eddie Lee Moore, who was ticketed while listening to talk radio.
Montgomery, Illinois, "New Noise Ordinance in Montgomery, Illinois Open for Public Comment" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that a proposed noise ordinance in Montgomery, Illinois will have a three-week public comment period. Fines under the ordinance range from $50 to $500. The daytime permitted noise level is 60 decibels, and the nighttime level is 55 decibels. There are several exemptions.
Montgomery, Illinois, "New Noise Ordinance in Montgomery, Illinois to Be Enforced By Police Noise Meters" (Sep. 16, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that a new noise ordinance passed in Montgomery, Illinois will levy fines from $50 to $500 for noises over 60 decibels during the day and over 55 decibels at night. Lawn equipment will be exempt during the day and emergency vehicles will be exempt at all times. Complaints have been increasing in Montgomery in recently years, tending to center around live bands and car stereos.
Montpelier, Iowa, "New Steel Plant Annoys Neighbors near Montpelier, Iowa" (Aug. 3, 1998). The Des Moines Register reports that a new steel plant in Montpelier, Iowa is trying to reach full production while maintaining air pollution standards -and it's annoying many neighbors.
Montpelier, Vermont, "Noise Pollution Expert Les Blomberg Comments on Hearing Loss" (Apr. 1, 2000). Prevention Magazine reports on how hearing loss can occur, and ways in which people can avoid hearing loss. Twenty-eight million Americans suffer from some type of hearing loss.
Montreal, Canada, "Residents and Local Government Officials Strike Out Against Plans to Build A New Stadium in Downtown Montreal" (Oct. 7, 1998). The Montreal Gazette reports that a proposed site for the Expos baseball stadium has got city officials and neighbors in an uproar.
Montreal, Canada, "Montreal Airport Switch Brings Noise and Aggravation to Some Residents" (Sep. 24, 1998). The Gazette reports Montreal, Canada, residents continue to call Aeroports de Montreal to rage about airplane noise since international flights were transferred from outlying Mirabel Airport to Dorval Airport a year ago.
Montreal, Canada, "Montreal Residents Suffer from Perpetual Transportation Noise" (Sep. 28, 1998). The Gazette reports Montreal residents who are assaulted by noise from planes, trains and automobiles believe landlords and homeowners need to speak out about this quality of life issue.
Montreal, Canada, "Canada's Montreal Urban Community Claims Police Helicopter is Valuable Tool Producing Low-Noise; Residents and At Least One City Counselor Want It and Its Noise Grounded" (Apr. 27, 1999). The Gazette reports that the Montreal Urban Community (MUC) released a favorable report, touting the benefits of its single police helicopter, which costs between $80,000 and $110,000 each year. Some residents, along with Mile End city counselor Helen Fotopulos believe that the benefits are overstated and noise disruption is too much to justify its continued operation. The MUC believes that the public does not realize all of the benefits, and hopes that education could reduce objections.
Montreal, Canada, "Blainville, Canada Resident Petitions for Right to File Suit Against Montreal's Metropolitan Transport Agency Over Loud, High-Speed Trains; Two Other Communities Destined to Have Similar Trains Watch with Interest" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Gazette reports that a Blainville, Canada resident will attempt to file a class-action suit for $30,000 against the Metropolitan Transport Agency (MTA), as officials of nearby of nearby communities follow the case in hopes of learning what they can do if similar noise problems develop for their new rail lines. The communities are planning a public meeting that will inform residents of available recourse before the train lines are even installed.
Montreal, Canada, "Letter to the Editor in Dorval, Canada -- Near Montreal -- Says Noise Pollution Since Runway Closure Is Intolerable" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Gazette prints a letter to the editor from a resident of Dorval, Canada near Montreal. The author says that he was stonewalled when he tried to obtain information on the number of operations at Dorval Airport. After failing to obtain official data, he made assumptions and calculated intolerable numbers of flights that pass over Dorval now that a key runway has been closed.
Montreal, Canada, "Residents Near Noisy Expressway Construction in Westmount, Montreal Feel Ignored By Transportation Department; Construction Crews Have Already Been Fined $2,500 on Fifteen Occasions for Excessive Noise" (Aug. 10, 1999). The Gazette reports that residents near expressway construction in Westmount -- near Canada's Montreal -- feel ignored by officials as noise forces them to lose sleep. Officials have measured sound peaks of up to 98 decibels, when the limit is 65 at night and 75 during the day. The expressway will be under construction until November. Residents took a petition to Transport Quebec offices when they learned that community police had no jurisdiction in the matter.
Montreal, Canada, "Annual Grand Prix Brings Money to Montreal, Noise to St. Lambert Residents Across the St. Lawrence Seaway" (Jun. 9, 1999). The Gazette reports that noise from the annual Formula One Grand Prix -- held on Montreal's Ile Notre Dame -- has been irritating residents in Saint-Lambert across the St. Lawrence Seaway for years. While the event brings in $80 million to the local economy, St. Lambert says it doesn't benefit. One resident said "It is so unbearable because usually it's hot but you have to close all the doors and windows, otherwise it sounds like someone using a power tool right next to your ear." Even the Mayor of Saint-Lambert says that he knows many people who leave town to avoid noise from the event.
Montreal, Canada, "Montreal Resident Angry at Aeroports de Montreal for Ignoring Citizen Concerns about Pollution and Noise" (Oct. 16, 1999). The Gazette prints a letter to the editor that questions why Aeroports de Montreal (ADM) consistently ignores resident concerns over noise and pollution from area airports. The author criticizes ADM for blaming aircraft manufacturers and keeping takeoff and landing information away from the public. His main concern is that Mirabel Airport, which has a larger buffer zone for crashes, noise, and pollution, is being ignored as an alternative to overusing Dorval Airport.
Montreal, Canada, "Columnist Derides Montreal's Molson Centre Hockey Arena for Its Noise" (Oct. 17, 1999). The Gazette prints a column, which derides Montreal's Molson Centre Hockey Arena as being too noisy. The scoreboard -- which spews annoying commercials -- and rock music played at the game are too loud. A doctor that was interviewed said hearing damage could result from repeated attendance at the hockey games just as it could at frequent rock concerts.
Montreal, Canada, "Reader Has Question About Traction Control System and Anti-Lock Brake System Noises" (Mar. 18, 2000). The Montreal Gazette reports automotive questions from readers that are answered in a column by The Car Doctor. A reader, S. Cournoyer of Beloeil, complains about an odd Traction Control System (TCS) noise in his/her Honda Odyssey.
Montreal, Quebec, "Some Montreal Residents Say Neighborhoods and Bars Don't Mix, Citing Noise and Traffic" (Jul. 2, 1998). The Gazette reports bars and restaurants in residential area of Montreal have become controversial. Residents complain about noise. West End business owners say they are working to peacefully co-exist in neighborhoods.
Montreal, Quebec, "Highway Improvements and Sound Barriers to Reduce Noise in Montreal's East End" (Mar. 5, 1998). The Gazette of Montreal, Quebec, reports the Quebec government announced a $35-million plan to improve the road system around Highway 25. Those improvements will make life quieter for thousands of residents of Montreal's east end, Mayor Pierre Bourque said yesterday.
Montreal, Quebec, "Noise Control Officers in Montreal Outfitted to Monitor Noise of All Types" (May 24, 1999). The Gazette reports on Montreal's Noise Control Officers, and the problems that their urban counterparts everywhere face. This quote-heavy article is a humorous, literary take on urban noise. Montreal itself forbids construction noise between 7 PM and 7 AM. The city has a noise department to deal with relatively constant sounds (like air conditioners, ventilation systems, etc).
Montreal, Quebec CANADA, "Environment Committee at Montreal International Airport(Dorval) Analyzes Noise Complaints" (Mar. 11, 1999). The Gazette reports new procedures to reduce noise at Montreal International Airport (Dorval) have been in effect for one month, but it's too soon to judge their effectiveness.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, "Montreal Neighborhood Will Get Noise Barriers" (Sep. 4, 1997). The Gazette reports that residents living along Highway 25 on the east side of Montreal, Quebec will get noise barriers to reduce traffic noise pollution. The barriers will cost $11 million, and will be funded by the city and the provincial Transportation Department.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, "Resident Argues that Overseas Jets are Quieter than Domestic Planes Over Montreal" (Oct. 18, 1997). The Gazette printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Mike McDonald, a Dorval, Quebec resident, regarding noise from the new overseas flights taking off from Montreal's Dorval Airport:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, "Montreal Resident Decries Jet Noise Problem and Insists Opposition Will Grow" (Oct. 19, 1997). The Gazette printed a letter-to-the-editor from John MacLeod, a Beaconsfield, Canada resident, regarding a recent newspaper article about the increasing noise at the Montreal area's Dorval Airport:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, "Montreal Airport Officials Offer Little Help to Neighbors Frustrated by Jet Noise" (Apr. 24, 1998). The Gazette reports that more than 100 angry residents in the Montreal, Quebec area met with officials from Aeroports de Montreal Wednesday to discuss noisy takeoffs and landings at Dorval airport. According to residents, the noise has become unbearable since international flights were transferred to Dorval from Mirabel airport in September. But residents were disappointed with the meeting, the article says. Officials told residents that studies were underway and they were considering changes in takeoff procedures.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, "Montreal Police Monitor Neighborhood by Helicopter, Angering Residents" (Jul. 17, 1998). The Gazette reports that police in Montreal, Quebec have been regularly patrolling the Mile End district of the city by helicopter for the past several weeks to secure the area from crime. But residents are complaining about the helicopter's noise, saying it keeps them from sleeping and the searchlights make them feel like they're in a war zone.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, "Canadian Columnist Gives Long-Term Strategies for Reducing Noise and Air Pollution" (Jul. 25, 1998). The Gazette printed an editorial that argues to reduce noise and air pollution effectively, we need to price energy sensibly, pass common-sense environmental laws, and foster an aesthetic of peace and quiet. The editorial writer discusses some examples of noise problems and solutions in the Montreal, Quebec area.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, "Proposal to Turn Old Montreal's Main Street Into Car-Free Zone Upsets Residents" (Jun. 2, 1998). The Gazette reports that city officials in Montreal, Quebec are studying a proposal to turn St. Paul Street in Old Montreal into a car-free zone on weekends. The idea has been proposed by several merchants on the street, who are fed up with traffic jams and want more tourists on the narrow street. But some residents on the street oppose the idea, saying it will turn the street into a zone of noisy late-night restaurants. The article notes that a city committee has been formed to study the proposal.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada area, "Residents Near Montreal Area Airport Say Noise is Unbearable, While Officials Show No Sympathy" (Oct. 2, 1997). The Gazette reports that residents living near the Dorval Airport outside Montreal, Quebec are complaining about an increase in jet noise after international flights were transferred from Mirabel Airport to Dorval on September 15. Residents of Dorval, Pointe Claire, and St. Laurent are especially affected by the changes, although communities around Montreal also are experiencing more noise. Last week, more than 80 Pointe Claire residents took over a city council meeting to vent their anger and demand action, the article reports, and the residents expect to do the same at the next meeting. Meanwhile, airport and local officials say the noise is not a problem and so far have refused to take action.
Moon Township, Pennsylvania, "Pittsburgh Airport Runway Repairs Results in Angry Protests About Noise From Residents" (Jun. 19, 1997). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that as a result of new, temporary flight patterns due to runway repairs at the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) International Airport, hundreds of residents in Moon Township have complained about the jet noise. Officials in Moon Township said they have received nearly 200 phone complaints about noise, and nearly 100 residents turned up at last week's Moon supervisors meeting demanding that Allegheny County do something to stop the noise.
Moon, Pennsylvania, "Moon Residents Discover Local Regulations Hold No Clout at the Pittsburgh Airport" (May 8, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Moon, Pennsylvania, has recently discovered that FAA regulations pre-empt local and state regulations as far as noise from Pittsburgh International Airport is concerned.
Moon, Pennsylvania, "Residents Discover Local Regulations Hold No Clout at the Pittsburgh Airport" (May 8, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Moon, Pennsylvania, has recently discovered that FAA regulations pre-empt local and state regulations as far as noise from Pittsburgh International Airport is concerned.
Moore Township, PA, "Moore Township Residents Sue Couple to Ban Boisterous Birds" (Jun. 17, 1999). The Morning Call reports residents of Moore Township are suing a neighboring couple, charging the couple's peacocks are a noise nuisance and requesting the birds be banned. P>According to the Morning Call, neighbors of Warren and Renate Gosdin, 399 Moorestown Drive, will request at a Northampton County Court hearing today that the Gosdins be required to remove the birds. A complaint township solicitor David M. Backenstoe filed in court last week says the Gosdins' peacocks violate the township's nuisance ordinance by emitting "intolerably loud" screeching sounds that affect the "physical and mental well-being of the residents."
Moore Township, Pennsylvania, "Resident in Moore Township, Pennsylvania Wants to Prevent Gun Club From Building Firing Range" (Apr. 7, 2000). The Morning Call in Pennsylvania reports that the zoning board in Moore Township, Pennsylvania have revoked an excavation permit that had recently been granted to a local gun club to build a rifle range. After the permit was challenged by neighbor Maynard Campbell, the zoners realized that the proposed firing range might lie within the floodplain of the Hokendauqua Creek.
Moorpark, California, "California Residents Are Up in Arms Over Proposed Truck Storage Area in Their Neighborhood" (Oct. 23, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that residents in the Virginia Colony neighborhood of Moorpark, California say that a proposed truck storage lot near their homes is intolerable because of existing noisy industries and highways already nearby.
Moorpark, California, "California Residents Complain of Noise and Congestion from Trucks" (Oct. 27, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles, California, reports that commuters who travel Highway 118 complain about trucks slowing rush-hour traffic to a crawl, while residents and business owners from Moorpark complain about the noise from ''jake brakes'' used to slow the big rigs.
Moorpark, California, "Moorpark, California Planning Commission Drafts Noise Ordinance to be Approved by City Council" (Jan. 14, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports that a draft noise ordinance has won the approval of the Moorpark, California Planning Commission. The commission voted 4-0 Monday, with former Commissioner Paul Norcross' seat still vacant, to recommend City Council approval of the ordinance, which will regulate noise within city limits to preserve "peace and quiet."
Moorpark, California, "California City Considers New Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 14, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports that the City Council in Moorpark, California will consider approving a new noise ordinance on Wednesday. The ordinance would replace a current section in the municipal code with more specific language about which noises are prohibited and when they are prohibited. The article notes that the proposed ordinance was approved by the Planning Commission earlier this year.
Moorpark, California, "Making Noise Laws Clear in Moorpark, California" (Oct. 12, 1998). The Ventura County Star published an article about noise written by the Senior Deputy of the Moorpark, California. The law enforcement officer, Kory Martinelli, seeks to clear up some misconceptions about noise nuisances and the law.
Moorpark, California, "Moorpark, California Tree Nursery Owner -- Who Uses City-Owned Dirt Road to Transport Plants and Equipment -- Will Now Only Be Permitted to Use the Road At Certain Times" (Nov. 17, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that a Moorpark, California botanical nursery operation will now be able to use a city-owned dirt road between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and will also pay $300 each month for use of the road. The owner of the business accepts that most of the stipulations are very fair, but had hoped for more extended hours.
Moreno Valley, California, "California Community Considers Drag Racing Strip" (Feb. 18, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that Moreno Valley City Councilwoman Bonnie Flickinger's proposal to stage a mock drag race Feb. 28 to simulate the roaring engines that would come from holding races at March Air Reserve Base has been scrubbed because of concerns over insurance and safety. Residents have voiced concerns that a proposed race track's revving engines and screeching tires would drive them crazy.
Morongo Indian Reservation, California, "FAA Refuses to Re-Route California Jet Route Away from Indian Reservation" (Sep. 6, 1997). The Press-Enterprise reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has published the final version of an environmental assessment for a flight route proposal that would send as many as 170 jets per day bound for Los Angeles International Airport over California's San Gorgonio Pass and western Riverside County. The FAA's environmental assessment rejects an alternate route proposed by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians that would have routed the planes around the Morongo Indian Reservation. City officials and residents in Norco also opposed the FAA-proposed route, but the environmental assessment report downplays their concerns, the article says.
Morongo Indian Reservation, California, "FAA Proposes to Divert L.A. Flight Paths Over California Indian Reservation and Other Communities" (Jul. 11, 1997). The Press-Enterprise reports that to accomodate increasing air traffic at Los Angeles International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration has proposed routing as many as 170 jets per day over the San Gorgonio Pass, which would put the aircraft over the Morongo Indian Reservation, Banning, Beaumont, Moreno Valley, Riverside, and Norco. At a public hearing Thursday at the Morongo Tribal Hall, about 40 residents of Banning and the Morongo Indian Reservation denounced the plans.
Morris County, New Jersey, "Federal Railway Administration Agrees to Review Applications for Grade Crossing Changes; Morris County, New Jersey Residents Are Eager for Changes that Would Allow Trains to Lay Off Their Horns" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Record reports that the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) has agreed to review applications by Morris County, New Jersey communities -- pending for years -- to install devices at railroad grade crossings that would eliminate the need for early-morning horn blasts. Congress asked the FRA in 1994 to design safety rules that would eliminate the need for horns at grade crossing without compromising safety. Certain devices make it virtually impossible for cars to get onto the tracks when a train is coming: barriers that separate lanes, surveillance cameras, and four-gate systems. Standard regulations by the FRA could come out any time from three months to ten years from now.
Morrisville, North Carolina, "FedEx Hub Project Sought by Raleigh-Durham International Airport Could Bring More Jobs and Noise for Nearby North Carolina Communities" (Jan. 13, 1998). The Herald-Sun reports that Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) wants to be Federal Express' next national hub. The Memphis-based overnight delivery company has issued requests for proposals to airports in the eastern United States seeking one to be its East Coast hub. FedEx is confirming neither the names of the airports nor the number contacted, but RDU Director John Brantley confirmed Monday RDU is one.
Mount Juliet, Tennessee, "Tennessee Community Worries That Bypass Road Will Bring More Traffic And Noise" (Nov. 30, 1997). The Tennessean reports that residents of Mount Juliet. Tennessee are concerned that a road bypass would increase noise and traffic in the area.
Mount Juliet, Tennessee, "Tennessee Town Passes New Noise Ordinance, After Making Changes" (May 24, 1998). The Tennessean reports that the City Commission in Mount Juliet, Tennessee passed a new noise ordinance Monday at the first of two readings. The new ordinance was proposed after City Judge John Gwin said that the old ordinance was difficult to enforce. Several changes were made to the proposed ordinance before it passed last week, the article says.
Mount Prospect, Illinois, "Residents Bothered by O'Hare Airport Noise Want Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois to Address Their Concerns" (Mar. 20, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the Concerned Citizens of Mount Prospect met recently to discuss airport noise with the Village of Mount Prospect. The group believes that the village should take the same measures to study and act upon airport noise as it has taken in dealing with train noise in the town.
Mount Vernon, Maine, "Maine Resident Decries the Noisiness of Life Outdoors" (Aug. 18, 1997). The Kennebec Journal printed an editorial from George Smith, a Mount Vernon, Maine resident, which says that quiet is an important aspect of life in Maine that is not appreciated, understood, protected or respected. The writer goes on to detail several personal experiences he has had with noise or the absence of noise in the outdoors, including noise from trains, personal watercraft, barking dogs, and loud radios, and the affect of noise on fish.
Mountain Home Airforce Base, Idaho, "The U.S. Air Force Argues that an 11,269 Acres Expansion Necessary for Improved Training at the Mountain Home Airforce Base in Idaho" (Apr. 5, 1998). The Idaho Statesman's published in their editorial section an article, in question/answer format, from the United States Air Force concerning their proposed expansion of the training range at Mountain Home Air Force Base.
Mt. Cook, New Zealand, "Mt. Cook, New Zealand Recreationists and Residents Complain Less About Aircraft Noise; Airline Industry Appears to Be Voluntarily Cooperating" (Nov. 27, 1999). The Timaru Herald reports that the Department of Conservation in Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand believes that airlines have been voluntarily cooperating to reduce noise, by trying to use alternative flight paths that keep planes "high and wide" of populated areas and recreational sites.
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, "South Carolina Residents Record Jet Noise and Play for State Legislators" (Mar. 24, 2000). The Post and Courier reported that the State Ports Authority (SPA) plans to hire a noise expert to investigate ways to reduce noise during the expansion of the Wando Welch Terminal.
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, "South Carolina's State Port Authority Noise Underestimated and Residents are Angry" (Mar. 21, 2000). According to the Post and Courier, residents in a subdivision of Mt. Pleasant are angry at the State Ports Authority (SPA) over noise from the Wando Welch Terminal and the SPA's plans to expand the port.
Mt. Prospect, Illinois, "Illinois Town Debates Opposing New Runways at O'Hare" (Mar. 3, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports trustees of Mt. Prospect, Illinois, are debating whether to oppose new runways at O'Hare International Airport.
Munich, Germany, "German Scientists Find that Nocturnal Traffic Noise Negatively Affects Health" (Oct. 1, 1997). The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that two German scientists have completed research on the precise health effects of nocturnal traffic noise. According to the article, they have found that nighttime traffic noise not only disturbs sleep but also encourages psychosomatic illnesses, shortens the period of deep, dream-rich REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, lengthens the phase of light slumber, and may cause cardio-circulatory problems. The findings are published in the medical journal "Fortschritte der Medizin."
Munich, Germany, "Study Shows Aircraft Noise Effects Health Of Children" (Feb. 17, 1998). The Washington Post reports that chronic exposure to airplane noise can affect the health and psychological well-being of young children, according to a team of international researchers who studied children living in the flight path of a new international airport near Munich, Germany.
Munich, Germany, "Swiss Air Warns Switzerland that Higher National Requirements for Compensation of Noise-Affected Residents Will Reduce Its Ability to Compete Internationally" (Jul. 14, 1999). Flight International reports that Swiss Air has warned Switzerland's government that an increase in what they must pay to residents who deal with aircraft noise and must soundproof their homes will cripple their ability to compete nationally. Ticket prices would rise by about $5.25 each. Swiss Air says that it has invested heavily in newer, quieter aircraft and they shouldn't be asked to pay the additional money.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, "Murfreesboro, Tennessee City Council Passes Noise Ordinance Limiting Times When Construction Noise is Permissible" (Sep. 8, 1999). The Tennessean prints several items regarding local council actions around the state of Tennessee, including one noise ordinance. Murfreesboro, Tennessee passed a noise ordinance restricting the times that construction crews can make noise in residential areas. Noise is limited to 7 AM to 8 PM on weekdays, although it can begin at 6 AM in the summer. On weekends year-round construction noise is permitted between 8 AM to 8 PM. Unacceptable noise is defined as any noise heard beyond the property line.
Murrietta, California, "California Ranches Protest Noisy Ostriches At Neighboring Ranch" (Feb. 20, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that a herd of ostriches is creating a noise problem in Murrieta California.
Mutley Plain, United Kingdom, "Mutley Plain, U.K. Sports Bar Receives Karaoke Permit for Thursday Nights, As Long As Nearest Neighbors Can't Hear Noise" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Evening Herald reports that a Mutley Plain, U.K. sports bar has been granted a license to hold karaoke nights on Thursdays. The owner said that even though noise levels will be relatively low, neighbors might be able to hear sound. Neighbors were concerned about the noise, and the license rests on the promise that "noise could not be heard by the closest residents."
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, "Residents of Small Communities Near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Want Better Buffers Between Homes and Businesses" (Jul. 30, 1999). The Sun News reports that several small communities near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina are being steadily surrounded by commercial development. Some residents don't mind, but many others are disturbed by light and noise pollution from businesses they say are too close to their homes. Residents have to deal with noise and light from fireworks, parking-lot maintenance, generators, and other disruptive sources.
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