Construction Company in Tuen Mun, China Pays $400,000 for Repeatedly Ignoring Noise Complaints (Apr. 20, 2000). South China Morning Post reported that the Chevalier Construction Company so often over the past two years that when it ignored four separate days of complaints because of jackhammering on Sundays and late at night, the Environmental Protection Department fined the company almost $400,000.
Colorado Neighbors Want Quieter Home Remodeling (Apr. 18, 2000). The Denver Post printed an article about home remodeling and the neighbors who endure the subsequent noise, trash and portable toilets--according to a spokesman for the city planning department. Most people want to know what the working hours are so concerned neighbors call the city to inquire--about 2,500 per year.
Chicago is a Noisy City and Residents Suffer (Apr. 16, 2000). The Chicago-Times printed an editorial in the Sunday edition about the impact of noise from many different sources has on residents in the Chicago-area.
Jupiter Island, Florida Will Likely Include Summer Equipment Ban in its Noise Ordinance Amendment (Apr. 13, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that Jupiter Island, Florida plans to amend its noise ordinance to prevent some construction equipment from operating on Saturdays in the summer months. The current noise ordinance bans the equipment from November 1 through April 15 only. Under the amendment, the equipment would be allowed to continue operating only with permission from the property owner's neighbors.
Austell, Georgia Railway Construction Site Produces Noise Complaints from Residents (Apr. 13, 2000). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that construction work on the Norfolk Southern Railway train-to-truck transfer station in Austell, Georgia has angered residents in the small town because much of the work is done at night and prevents them from sleeping. County Commissioner Woody Thompson has come to the aid of the residents by issuing a formal complaint to the city of Austell, requesting enforcement of its noise ordinance, prohibition of nighttime work at the site, and watering of the site to prevent dust from filling the air around area homes.
Hong Kong Tenants Consider Filing Lawsuit Against Landlord Over Construction Noise (Apr. 9, 2000). The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong reports that most tenants in Kam Yuen mansions on Old Peak Road have decided to move from their apartments because of ongoing, intolerable construction noise in the buildings. During the construction, they have continued to pay $40,000 per month in rent, and some of them are now considering suing the landlord for $250,000 each for damages.
Tampa, Florida Contemplates Ordinance Limiting Construction on Saturdays (Apr. 7, 2000). The St. Petersburg Times in Florida reports that last month the Tampa City Council gave an initial approval to a proposal to adopt a new ordinance that would have prohibited construction noise before 10:00 AM on Saturdays. Since then, however, the Council has heard arguments from contractors and others opposed to the measure, and the City Council has now decided not to adopt the ordinance.
Reader in Gloucestershire, England Opposes Height of Construction Sound Barrier (Apr. 5, 2000). The Gloucestershire Echo in England recently published a letter to the editor by a reader concerned about a government construction project near her residential neighborhood. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
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.
Hong Kong Traffic Becoming a Serious Issue (Mar. 28, 2000). The South China Morning Post reported concerns from Chinese legislators over potential noise from a planned 11.4-kilometer rail link. According to the article, the construction noise will disrupt life in homes and nearby schools even though steps such as glazing have been taken to mitigate the noise.
Residents in Aberavon, Wales To Experience Construction Noise From Morning to Night (Mar. 27, 2000). The South Wales Evening Post reported that Baglan Moors Hospital is scheduled to begin construction and its neighbors were warned at a public meeting to expect noise from pile driving 11 hours a day.
Alexandria, Virginia City Council Restricts Construction Hours on Bridge Job (Mar. 25, 2000). According to the Washington Post, the Alexandria City Council will vote to limit construction hours on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, from 9am to 6pm on weekdays and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. No construction is permitted on Sundays.
Kentucky Environmental Group Fights River Barge Company Over Noise and Growth (Mar. 25, 2000). The Courier-Journal reported that a Louisville company wants to build a barge-unloading site in the Indiana bank of the Ohio River, but environmental group River Fields objects because noise from unloading barges threaten the historic district on the Kentucky side, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tampa, Florida City Council Restricts Weekend Construction Hours (Mar. 24, 2000). The Tampa Tribune reported on construction noise beginning at 7am has prompted the City Council to propose a noise ordinance banning construction on both Saturday and Sunday morning until 10am, whether the work is professional or a "do it yourself" homeowner.
Construction Project Near School Cause for Excessive Noise and Gas Fumes (Mar. 22, 2000). The Los Angeles Times reported on a construction project that is the source of problems for an elementary school because of gas fumes and excessive noise during school hours. Because the developer had a permit and was not in violation, local officials claim they cannot do anything.
Jupiter Farms, Florida Residents Meet With Walgreens Officials To Voice Concerns: Walgreens Noncommittal (Mar. 22, 2000). According to the Jupiter Courier, around 150 local residents met as a group with representatives of Walgreens to discuss their concerns about a planned 650,000-square-foot distribution center at the Palm Beach Park of Commerce. The article said residents asked questions about noise, lighting and traffic.
Metropolitan Area around D.C. to Endure Months of Loud Bridge Construction (Mar. 22, 2000). The Washington Times reported that Alexandria residents will soon experience the inordinately loud sound of pile driving as work crews begin construction on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
Residents in UK Town Protest New Construction Project (Mar. 21, 2000). The Leicester Mercury reported that residents in this small town oppose a new warehouse because the building is a huge, ugly structure towers over their homes. They also state they were not informed of its significant size.
Senior Citizens in UK Protest Early Morning Truck Noise (Mar. 21, 2000). The Bath Chronicle reported that several senior citizens have complained to their local environmental health officers about loud early morning noises from trucks at the Gammon Plant. According to the article, they have made several attempts to speak with the plant's owner, to no avail.
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.
Construction Industry Works With Federal Government to Ensure Worker Hearing Protection (Mar. 20, 2000). The Engineering News-Record reports that an upcoming conference in Washington, D.C. will discuss noise levels and hearing protection in the construction industry. Several government agencies are working toward enacting new rules for new rules that employers must adhere to, but many in the industry believe that new rules are not the answer. Instead, they think that worker education is the key to preserving life-long hearing.
Construction Project on Vancouver, Canada's Cleveland Dam to Be Delayed One Year; Residents Concerned About Construction Noise (Mar. 16, 2000). The Vancouver Sun reports that work on the Cleveland Dam has been delayed and will begin in March 2001 instead of this year. The delay is due to continuing questions about the dam upgrade's effect on the nearby Capilano salmon hatchery. There have also been complaints about the noise that will be generated by the construction project and the district engineers are attempting to address the concerns.
Residents Concerned About Size of Earthen Noise Shield at Gloucestershire, England Construction Site (Mar. 16, 2000). The Gloucestershire Echo in England reports that the "doughnut building" construction project at the GCHQ spy center is angering area residents. It is the largest construction site in Europe, costing GBP 300 million.
Illinois City Council to Limit Construction Hours and Outdoor Speaker Decibel Levels (Feb. 3, 2000). According to the Chicago Tribune, the Naperville City Council submitted two changes regarding noise to the Plan Commission. One change would limit work hours for construction crews and the other would limit the decibel levels on outdoor speakers at businesses.
Wealthy Florida Developer Finally Complies With Noise Ordinance (Jan. 15, 2000). According to the Sun-Sentinel, a local developer violated six city noise ordinances by continuing to run heavy equipment at a construction site well past the 10 p.m. deadline without being penalized.
Florida Power Plant's New Location Promises Less Noise (Jan. 14, 2000). The Orlando Sentinel reported that when Reliant Energy came to Holopaw residents for the second time and told residents that its proposed 460-megawatt power plant would hum no louder than their refrigerators, residents told company officials it would still be too noisy.
New Mexico City Officials Call for Quieter Airport (Jan. 11, 2000). The Albuquerque Journal reported that city officials approved an airport noise abatement ordinance, calling for changes at Santa Fe Municipal Airport.
Fifty Employees Working in Lincoln, Nebraska's Capitol Building Can Voluntarily Relocate Because of Construction Noise Levels (Jan. 8, 2000). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that a restoration project at Lincoln, Nebraska's capitol has proven so loud that fifty employees in the building have been given the option of relocating. The noise was measured at 82.5 decibels, just 2.5 decibels below the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's maximum of 85.
California Cable Company Gets A Break From Noise Complaints (Dec. 16, 1999). According to the Los Angeles Times, a local cable company in Orange County, California will not be held accountable for noise and traffic complaints filed against it. The Orange County Planning Commission also granted the company permission to continue using its land in a residential neighborhood for least a few more months.
Commissioner in Jupiter Island, Florida Says Noise Ordinance Doesn't Go Far Enough In Limiting Construction Noise (Dec. 9, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that at least one commissioner in Jupiter Island, Florida believes a recently passed noise ordinance is not doing enough to reduce construction noise. Although loud construction equipment is forbidden in the winter -- when most residents are in town -- and all work is restricted to between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., some are still bothered by hammering from construction.
Round-the-Clock Construction Work to Quake-Proof a Dam in Casitas Springs, California Is Irritating Neighbors With Noise (Dec. 1, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that round-the-clock construction on a dam in Casitas Springs, California is causing noise that is disturbing residents. The project was supposed to include a network of flood-warning sirens along the river to give residents time to evacuate in the case of a dam failure, but the local fire marshall is upset that the network is not fully in place. Work crews have installed several measures that will reduce the danger of a wall of water: "wells that suck destabilizing water from beneath the dam, and a berm the size of an office building to act as a doorstop to prevent the dam's collapse."
Resident Believes Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania Council is Ignoring Complaints About Noise From Wal-Mart Construction Site (Nov. 29, 1999). The Morning Call prints a letter from a Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania man who believes that the local Commission is not listening to resident complaints about noise from a new Wal-Mart's construction site.
Boat Construction At a Durham, New Hampshire Home Upsets Some Neighbors Who Think It's Too Noisy and Ugly; Unusual Procedures Make Boat Builders Believe They Are Being Singled Out (Nov. 26, 1999). The Union Leader reports that a man who is building a boat on a friend's property has infuriated some residents of Durham, New Hampshire -- including a town council member who happens to live next to the property -- who say the project is a noisy, smelly eyesore. The council is trying to prove that the boat building is not a permissible use, even though boats have been built in the neighborhood for decades. The town zoning administrator ruled twice that the use was permissible, but a rehearing was called: the only time one of his decisions had been questioned in that way.
Millennium Plan -- Irvine, California's Development Alternative to a New Airport -- Will Add Some Noise, though It's Unclear How the Noise Would Compare to Noise from an Airport (Nov. 25, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that the Millennium Plan -- a city-proposed development -- is poised to replace a county-proposed airport. An environmental impact report on the plan says noise would increase by 1.5 decibels on nearby roadways.
Construction Noise at Wal-Mart in Shepherd Hills, Pennsylvania Irritates Columnist, If Not Legislators (Nov. 22, 1999). The Morning Call reports that a columnist said that noise from Wal-Mart construction in Shepherd Hills, Pennsylvania is extremely intrusive. The site produces rumbles and beeps from 8 pieces of heavy equipment, bright lighting, and airborne dust from the site during periods of its 18 hours of operation each day.
Residents of Park Terrace, New Zealand Worried About Potential Noise from Pile-Driving Construction Project (Nov. 22, 1999). The Press reports that a pile-driving construction project -- the second this year for the area -- is proposed in Park Terrace, New Zealand. Officials say that when possible, screw-type non-impact piles will be used in this four-month project to reduce noise and vibration impacts. Residents are still worried.
Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania Supervisors Refuse Proposed Ordinance That Would Have Quieted Night-Construction from New Wal-Mart (Nov. 19, 1999). The Morning Call reports that town supervisors in Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania have refused to move forward on an ordinance proposed to stop night-construction at a new Wal-Mart. A skeptical supervisor said he had gone to the site and said "I didn't really mind the noise that I heard."
Resident Warns Against Noise and Environmental Destruction In Wake of Missouri Department of Transportation Projects (Nov. 18, 1999). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch prints an editorial which claims that Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) projects always result in destruction of communities. The writer asserts that MoDOT answers to no-one but a poorly defined independent council, and is not concerned with the noisy, environmentally-insensitive aftermath it leaves in a community because it doesn't have to be. The writer urges residents to sit down with their representatives to demand more accountability.
Independence, Ohio Approves Noise Ordinance that Addresses Late-Night Construction and Excessive Stereo Volume (Nov. 12, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that a noise ordinance has been approved in Independence, Ohio that addresses excessive amplified noise and construction noise.
West Dundee, Illinois Considers Noise Ordinance to Address Garbage Collection, Construction, and Amplified Noise (Nov. 11, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that West Dundee, Illinois is considering a noise ordinance that would restrict amplified noise, construction noise, and trash collection. Fines will range from $5 to $500, and maintenance of public property will be exempted.
Federal Health and Safety Officials Plan to Reconsider a Tougher Workplace Noise Standard for Construction Workers (Nov. 8, 1999). The Engineering News-Record reports that federal health officials are going to revisit the possibility of instituting a tougher workplace noise standard for construction work. The Associated General Contractors say although noise standards are tougher in Europe, OSHA should concentrate on injury regulations first.
Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania Supervisors Tell Angry Residents that Nighttime Wal-Mart Construction Can't Be Stopped Because They Have No Nuisance Ordinance; Nuisance Ordinance Will Be Drafted Soon (Nov. 5, 1999). The Morning Call reports that Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania's Board of Supervisors told angry residents that nighttime Wal-Mart construction can't be stopped, although it will try drafting a nuisance ordinance that could limit construction hours. Residents want construction to end at some compromised time between 6 p.m. and the current 11 p.m. Wal-Mart says it could work around the clock, so the 11 p.m. stop time is already a middle ground.
Jacksonville, Florida Resident Upset by Construction Equipment Backup Beepers, but Beepers are Exempt from Noise Limits (Oct. 16, 1999). The Florida Times-Union prints a question and answer column dealing with construction, housing, and highway issues. One person asked if the Jacksonville, Florida noise code forbids beepers that signal the backing up of late-night construction equipment. In fact, the beepers are mandated by the federal government to be exempt from local noise laws.
Noise from Caltrans Night Construction Bothers Resident; Local Authorities Have No Jurisdiction, and Noise Levels Are Under State Limits (Oct. 16, 1999). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a resident of Hillcrest, California who has repeatedly complained about noise from night construction caused by Caltrans will probably not get relief. After approaching the highway patrol and the city attorney's office, it seems that noise from Caltrans' work has remained under the 86 decibel limit allowed by the state. Although the city may have stricter laws, it is out of city jurisdiction because the construction is taking place on Caltrans' right of way -- "even if its noise can be heard beyond its property."
Corona, California Building Department Tightens Enforcement that Forbids Early Morning Construction Noise (Sep. 9, 1999). The Press-Enterprise reports that the Corona, California Building Department has been cracking down on construction noise before 7 in the morning. Hot summer days increase mid-day breaks and pressure builders for time, and earlier this summer work resulted in 20 complaints due to construction noise; this is triple the complaints of a normal month. The Police Department takes early-morning complaints since the Building Department is not yet open. Through further cooperation, police can cite violators for misdemeanors while the Building Department can reevaluate building permits if it comes to that.
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.
Seattle Real Estate Expert Says Rights of Neighbors Regarding Noise from Building Construction Varies with Building Codes and Ordinances (Sep. 5, 1999). The Seattle Times prints a series of questions and answers about real estate. One question asked if residents "have any rights during construction regarding noise." The columnist answers that there is a friendly way -- informally talking to the builder -- and the official way. The official way depends on building codes and local noise ordinances entirely; there are no universal 'rights' in this case.
Bath, Maine Allows Iron Works to Continue 24-Hour Work As Long As Night Noise Limits Are Maintained Between 10 PM and 6 AM (Sep. 3, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that Bath, Maine's Board of Environmental Protection Ruled that Bath Iron Works (BIW) can continue constructing its $218 million shipbuilding facility around the clock. BIW must keep quiet at night and monitor its own noise. Residents were hoping for a ban on night construction, but they concede that BIW has taken positive steps towards reducing noise. Driving piles into the riverbed will be the loudest process, but BIW will be allowed to do even that at night if noise limits are observed.
Bath, Maine Allows Iron Works to Continue 24-Hour Work As Long As Night Noise Limits Are Maintained (Sep. 3, 1999). The Portland Press Herald reports that Bath, Maine's Board of Environmental Protection voted 8-0 that Bath Iron Works (BIW) can continue constructing its $218 million shipbuilding facility around the clock. BIW must keep quiet at night and monitor its own noise. Residents were hoping for a ban on night construction, but they concede that BIW has taken positive steps towards reducing noise. Driving piles into the riverbed will be the loudest process -- which BIW likened to inserting beach umbrellas into the sand -- but BIW will be allowed to do even that at night if noise limits are observed.
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.
Residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas Say Ordinance to Regulate Construction of Cellular Towers Is Weaker than Original Draft (Sep. 2, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas say that an ordinance that regulates the construction of cellular towers is weaker than the original draft. City officials claim that the ordinance limits the number of cell towers, and will encourage the use of existing towers. Residents complained that maximum heights and notification distances were increased, and the permissible noise limit was raised from no off-site noise to 50 decibels.
New York City Legislators Are Upset Over Unmitigated Noise From Long Island Railroad's Expanded Maintenance Yard; They Demand a Sound Wall, and Threaten to Withhold Other Funding (Aug. 31, 1999). Newsday reports that legislators in New York City are upset that an expanded railroad maintenance yard has gone into operation without a noise wall. Legislators are threatening to withhold funding for other railroad projects if the noise goes unmitigated. They plan to meet with railroad officials to discuss funding sources for the wall, while residents are calling a news conference to express their frustrations over the noise.
Construction at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Causes Too Much Noise; Cardiac Patients Were Given Only Earplugs, and Staff Were Subjected to the Noise Unprotected (Aug. 25, 1999). The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that construction at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has been stopped until a way can be found that reduces the noise that cardiac patients and staff have to endure. The only option proposed is moving the cardiac patients away from the noise but they must somehow remain close to cardiac equipment that is difficult to move.
Pierrefonds, Montreal Landfill Site Monitored by City Committee to Address Citizen Complaints (Aug. 19, 1999). The Gazette reports that the community of Pierrefonds in Montreal, Canada has set up a committee to monitor a landfill facility. Citizens had complained, and the committee is there to serve as a go between. The landfill is used by a private company to dump construction debris, and the owner has been patient, "despite the lengthy delays and initial residents' mistrust of his operation." Two years ago, the project was almost rejected, but with stricter environmental restrictions were approved and changes in the board, the project was approved.
Camden, Maine Selectmen May Revise Noise Ordinance to Include Construction Noise (Aug. 17, 1999). The Bangor Daily News reports that when selectmen were unsure of whether their noise ordinance could be interpreted to cover construction noise, they asked the town attorney to research the question.
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.
Bath, Maine's Bath Iron Works Has Kept River-Platform Construction Quiet Recently, but Residents Plan to Ask for More at a Public Meeting This Week (Aug. 4, 1999). The Portland Press Herald reports that Bath, Maine's Bath Iron Works plans to hold a public meeting this week to discuss its sometimes-noisy construction in the Kennebec River. Pile-driving scheduled for later this year has the potential to be loud, and residents want to assure quiet.
Bed and Breakfast Owner Pressures Camden, Maine to Modify Noise Ordinance After Construction Noise at 6 a.m. Wakes His Guests (Aug. 4, 1999). The Bangor Daily News reports that a Camden, Maine Bed and Breakfast owner wants the town to change its noise ordinance to include early morning construction on private property. He says street work in the summer meant jackhammers as early as 6 a.m. , and meant guests leaving earlier than planned. Town officials say that disturbing noises aren't always loud enough in decibels to violate the noise ordinance, but that police responding to a complaint would have agreed that a jackhammer at 6 a.m. was unreasonable.
Construction at Nottingham, U.K. Market Avoids Shopping Hours But Ruins Residents' Mornings and Evenings (Aug. 3, 1999). The Nottingham Evening Post reports that an indoor market in Nottingham, United Kingdom is undergoing a 100,000-GBP construction project that stops during the day to avoid bothering shoppers, but assaults residents with noise in the early morning, in the evening, and on weekends. City council wants an investigation into noise levels, but says "all we can do is ask residents to be patient...."
Residents of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania Are Upset Over Noise From Highway Construction Blasting and Potential Noise From the Finished Highway; They Also Oppose a Zoning Proposal That Would Allow a Salt Dome and Police Barracks to Be Built Nearby (Aug. 2, 1999). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that residents of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania are upset about a highway construction project that promises to subject them to daily dynamite blasts for ten months. Currently, construction-workers' shifts end begin at 6 a.m. and end at midnight, but soon those hours may be extended until 4:30 a.m. The blasting and construction is part of a project to create a 65-mile toll highway between Pittsburgh and Interstate highways in West Virginia.
Yesterday's Seldom-Used Highway Has Become Today's Noisy Expressway; Rural Neighbors Are Upset (Aug. 2, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Sawgrass Expressway, in North Lauderdale, Florida has gone from a seldom-used highway dubbed "the road to nowhere" in 1986 to a noisy expressway that is increasingly disturbing to rural residents. Some residents are particularly upset by noise from a two month resurfacing project, while others moved here for a country life that they feel is now disrupted.
Residents of Darlington, U.K. Complain of Neighbors Demolition Noise and Dirt Clouds (Jul. 29, 1999). The Northern Echo reports that residents of Darlington, U.K. are frustrated with a neighbor who is cutting up vehicles and renovating garages, causing noise and dust in the neighborhood. The owner of the property, who leases it, has said he will check into the tenant's activities.
Bath, Maine Residents Complain About Noise from Overnight Construction at Bath Iron Works Shipyard (Jul. 21, 1999). The Portland Herald Press reports that residents are sick of noise from overnight construction at Bath, Maine's Bath Iron Works (BIW). BIW was forced to file a new permit to allow night work, and they can now legally work at night if they don't exceed a 50 decibel nighttime limit. Residents want work to stop between 10 PM and 6 AM. BIW has apologized for the noise, and notes that a nose consultant is on premises nightly, monitoring the noise. Critics question why the shipyard is allowed to take their own readings.
Jupiter Island, Florida Bans Noisy Winter Construction (Jul. 13, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that Jupiter Island, Florida has banned construction noise during the winter season, when most of its 600 residents are there. A noise will be considered too loud if "in its operation [it] would render the enjoyment of property within the town less agreeable." During the summer, noise is limited to between 8:30 and 5:30 during the week, and to between 8:30 and 1 PM on Saturdays. Equipment that produces noise louder than 65 decibels at a neighboring property is prohibited at any time of year.
Southern California Residents Complain About Airplane Noise More Than Safety (Jul. 4, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that southern Californians complain more about airport noise than aircraft emergencies. The article emphasizes, however, the most important issue is safety, citing four emergency landings on San Fernando Valley streets within a few week And in the middle of the discussion is the Burbank-Glendale-Pasedena airport expansion, vigorously opposed by the city of Burbank.
Maine Company Apologizes To Residents For Night Noise and Promises Solution (Jul. 2, 1999). The Portland Press Herald reports that Bath Iron Works (BIW), a Navy shipbuilder, apologized to its South End Bath neighbors for construction noise at night when people were trying to sleep. Kevin Gildart, a spokesman for the company, assured residents that measures to lessen the noise were in progress, and more solutions were forthcoming.
Construction at Springdale, Arkansas' Public Library Done at Night So Patrons Aren't Disrupted; Neighbors Aren't So Lucky (Jun. 26, 1999). The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that when the decision was made to conduct particularly noisy construction at Springdale, Arkansas' public library during the night, the idea was to avoid disruption of library patrons. Several neighbors have called the police, however, saying that the noise did disrupt them. While the Engineering Department approved the several days of work, residents say that they weren't notified. "It would have been nice if someone had called us and told us they were going to be working at night and that it would only be temporary" one resident said. The $4-million library expansion will add 24,500 square feet to the building that currently has 18,500; ground was broken in 1998, and completion is scheduled by February 2000 but may come as early as Christmas.
Neighbors of Bath, Maine's Iron Works Protest Shipyard's Permit Request that Would Allow Nighttime Work (Jun. 25, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that neighbors, who have already dealt with noise from unapproved nighttime construction at Bath, Maine's Iron Works Shipyard, are set against the shipyard's request for a state permit that would make the work legal. Residents say that the noise is keeping them awake, and that the shipyard has not been forthcoming with information about the construction project as they had promised. At least one resident's yard is being used to monitor noise from the construction, and that same resident has circulated a petition to nearly 70 people who oppose a nighttime construction permit.
North Tynsdale, UK Developers Told To Limit Construction Hours or Pay Fines (Jun. 14, 1999). The Evening Chronicle reports three housing developers at a Tynesdale, UK development have been formally warned that failure to limit their work hours will result in fines.
Singapore Resident Challenges Environment Ministry to Deal With Noise from Construction Sites (Jun. 7, 1999). The Straits Times prints a letter to the editor from a Singapore resident who is tired of having family life disrupted by construction noise. She says many of her friends are in similar situations, and asks why the government -- who claims to be trying to attract tourism and foreign talent -- isn't cracking down on noise of over 70 dBs as late as 10:30 PM.
Pile Drivers Move Residents Out of House and Home (May 31 1999). The Press reports that the incessant noise caused by pile driving at a highly controversial development area has caused people to move out of their homes. Some residents claim the city council willfully and knowingly deceived residents by issuing a construction permit without the public's knowledge. (May 31, 1999). The Press reports that Salisbury Street residents Jessica Gordon and Julie Robertson will move out of their flat because ever-present pile driving at a nearby controversial Park Terrace development has created unbearable noise. The article further reports that people across the road had also moved out, and other residents who work nights at a nearby casino couldn't sleep during the day. Residents contend that the construction is destroying the community, said The Press.
Pile Drivers Move UK Residents Out of House and Home (May 31, 1999). The Press reports that the incessant noise caused by pile driving at a highly controversial development area has caused people to move out of their homes. Some residents claim the city council willfully and knowingly deceived residents by issuing a construction permit without the public's knowledge.
Fenton, Missouri Board of Aldermen Approved a Bill that Limits Noisy Construction to Roughly Daylight Hours (May 27, 1999). St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Fenton Board of Aldermen has limited the hours that construction companies can create noise to between 7 AM and sunset during the week, and between 8 AM and sunset on Saturdays and Sundays. Construction noise is defined as the work, related vehicular traffic and other noises that emanate from a construction site.
NC Town Amends Noise Ordinance, Debates Purchase of Noise Meters (Apr. 15, 1999). The Morning Star (Wilmington, NC) reports the Carolina Beach, North Carolina, town council took steps Tuesday night to eliminate disparities in its noise ordinance.
NC County May Use "Reasonableness Standard" to Measure Noise and Enforce Ordinance (Apr. 6, 1999). The Herald-Sun reports Durham County, North Carolina, in an effort to make its noise ordinance for enforceable, is considering revising the standards by which it measures noise.
Noise Levels Rise in Europe to Unhealthy Levels (Mar. 27, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports noise is a problem in all major cities in Europe, and environmentalists and social scientists believe the shrieks and roars of urban life may cause serious long-term health effects.
Oklahoma City Threatens Legal Action to Stop Night Noise from Dig Operation (Mar. 24, 1999). The Daily Oklahoman reports Oklahoma City Council members said Wednesday they are willing to go to court if necessary to stop overnight dirt work near a northeast neighborhood.
Noise Levels for Martin County, Florida, Ordinance May Be Too Low (Mar. 14, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports the Martin County, Florida, noise ordinance is the most restrictive of its kind in the area and could make enforcement difficult.
Florida Residents Get Cease and Desist Order for Noisy Nighttime Trucking Operations (Mar. 12, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports Hillsborough County, Florida, officials have put an end to noisy treks through Cheval by a company working on the Suncoast Parkway.
Hanover, NJ, Says No to Walgreen Expansion; Board Requires Noise Study (Mar. 2, 1999). The Morning Call reports a plan to expand a Walgreen Co. distribution center in Hanover, Township, New Jersey, was rejected for failing to address neighbors' concerns, including noise and light pollution.
Palmetto, Florida, Looks to Remove Exemptions from Current Noise Ordinance (Mar. 2, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports spurred by noise from the Manatee County Fairgrounds, the Palmetto, Florida, City Council plans to tighten the town's noise ordinance, eliminating a number of exemptions.
Night-Time Train Whistles Bother Illinois Residents; Meetings Scheduled with Railroads. In Other Noise News: Vernon Hills Trustees Allow Weekend Construction (Feb. 24, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports residents in Vernon Hills, Illinois, annoyed by the sound of train whistles late at night, plan to join other towns in asking railroads to stop the noise.
British Colombian District Requests Respect for Noise Laws from Region (Nov. 19, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports North Vancouver, British Columbia, has requested that Greater Vancouver regional district abide by local noise laws when they complete a number of projects next year beside Cleveland Dam.
Officials of Boston's Big Dig Respond to Noise Complaints (Nov. 12, 1998). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports it's noisy having one of the nation's largest construction projects going on in your backyard, according to residents of Boston's North End neighborhood.
Violators of Noise Pollution Laws Convicted in South China (Oct. 21, 1998). South China Morning Post reports more than 100 companies and individuals were convicted last month of noise pollution and other forms of contaminating the environment in South China.
Man Says Bomb Threat Made out of Desperation for Peace and Quiet (Oct. 20, 1998). AP Worldstream reports a man in Budapest, Hungary, admitted to making a bomb threat when noise from construction project drove him to desperation.
Los Angeles Resident Says Noise Problems at Universal Not Limited to Late-Night Filming (Oct. 18, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published a letter to the editor from resident Richard A. Cole of Toluca Lake objecting to expansion and noise at Universal's Park. Cole writes:
Florida's Martin County Enacts Noise Ordinance (Oct. 14, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports many residents of Stuart, Florida, are pleased with new noise restrictions adopted by the commissioners of Martin County.
Martin County, Florida, Set to Approve Noise Restrictions (Oct. 10, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports commissioners in Martin County, Florida, are expected to approve noise restrictions Tuesday after months of debate.
Noise Sources and Solutions in Washington, DC, Area Neighborhoods (Oct. 10, 1998). The Washington Post reports that while noise may be an unavoidable part of apartment life in the Washington, DC, area, as it is elsewhere, developers, property managers, and tenants themselves can take steps to muffle their problems.
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.
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.
Most Residents in Chicago Suburb Object to Proposed Regulation of Lawn Mower Noise (Sep. 14, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald published a second set of letters from Arlington Heights, Illinois, residents responding to an article that reported the Arlington Heights Environmental Control Commission was considering imposing restrictions on homeowners' use of lawn mowers and snow blowers to regulate noise. Included as well are two letters from residents addressing other noise issues in Arlington Heights. The first letter about lawn mower noise is from resident Cathy Robertson:
United Kingdom to Test Rubber Roads to Reduce Noise (Sep. 13, 1998). Times Newspapers Limited reports Colsoft, a new type of road surface, could come to the relief of United Kingdom residents plagued by traffic noise.
Housing Development Approved Near Illinois' Palwaukee Airport, Clause Prevents Noise Lawsuits from Residents (Sep. 9, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports the village board of Wheeling, Illinois unanimously approved a new subdivision on a piece of land north of Palwaukee Municipal Airport.
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
Construction Noise for New Stadium Regulated by Noise Levels, Rather Than Curfews in Tacoma, Washington (Aug. 14, 1998). The Tacoma Washington News Tribune reports that the City of Seattle averted a major showdown with the company building the new Seattle Seahawks stadium. The conflict arose when the city placed construction-hour limitations of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the permit because the stadium is being built across the street from a 108-unit condominium. Seattle later retreated from its position and placed noise-specific rather than time-specific restrictions on the construction project.
Disney Project in California Attempts to Mitigate Construction Impacts (Jul. 27, 1998). The Orange County Register reports that contractors working on a major construction project at Disneyland in Anaheim, California are taking special methods to cut down on the negative impacts of the project, including dust, noise, traffic, and other impacts.
Noise and Dust From California Development Projects Impact Residents (Jul. 27, 1998). The Orange County Register reports that large and small construction projects in Orange County, California affect people who live nearby. The most common complaints from neighbors over construction are noise, dust, and aesthetics. The article goes on to briefly discuss each of these impacts.
Weston, Florida, Gets Serious About Enforcing Quiet (Jul. 7, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports several residents of Weston, Florida, urged the City Commission to approve a code limiting "loud and raucous noise." The noise code was unanimously approved.
Noise Pollution is a Growing Problem in United Kingdom (Jul. 2, 1998). The Sentinel reports that noise pollution is a growing problem in the Newcastle area in the United Kingdom, and residents are becoming more aware of their rights to have a peaceful life. The article goes on to detail the noise problems of two residents in the Stoke area, and to detail how officials at the Newcastle Borough Council advise people to deal with noise problems.
Enviromental Groups Oppose Air Cargo Hub in Nevada's Ivanpah Valley (Jun. 24, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports environmentalists said Tuesday they oppose Clark County's plans for a new airport in the Ivanpah Valley because it would disrupt national parks, stimulate more urban growth, and increase air and noise pollution.
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.
New Jersey Town Debates Ordinance in Effort to Preserve Quiet Time (Jun. 23, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports a proposed ordinance in Spring Lake, New Jersey, to limit noise pollution produced lively discussion at last night's Borough Council meeting.
Early Morning Truck Noise Angers Colorado Residents and Sparks Zoning Debate (Jun. 12, 1998). The Denver Post reports that residents in Commerce City, Colorado are opposing the proposed re-zoning of a lot to industrial use due to the noise from early morning trucks at the site. The article notes the land is zoned for agricultural uses, but the owner said he has been used the property for industrial purposes and paying industrial taxes since 1958. County commissioners believe they may have reached a compromise, the article says.
New Jersey Town Considers Noise Ordinance to Restrict Gardening and Construction Hours (Jun. 9, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Borough Council in Spring Lake, New Jersey introduced a noise ordinance last night that would restrict lawn mowing, leaf blowing, construction, and other activities to certain hours. The article notes that a public hearing is scheduled on the proposed ordinance for June 22.
California City Attorney Says Grading and Excavation Project is Legal; Residents Disagree (May 30, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that John Harper, the city attorney in Norco, California delivered a written opinion to city officials and residents Friday that says the city permit for grading and excavation work on Beacon Hill off Norconian Drive is legal. At Friday's meeting, residents said they didn't agree with Harper's opinion and would consult their own lawyer. The article notes that residents have complained about the truck traffic, noise, and dust associated with the project that has been going on for almost three years. The city council will take up the topic of residents' complaints at Wednesday's city council meeting, the article says.
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.
California Residents Complain About Development Project They Say is an Illegal Rock Quarry (May 22, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that residents in Norco, California told the City Council Wednesday that they want relief from the noise, dust, and traffic problems caused by an earth-moving and removal operation at the western base of Beacon Hill. The operation is ostensibly attended to be a prelude to a large development, but some residents and city officials believe it has become a mining operation.
Vancouver Airport Projects Mean Noisy Summer for Nearby Residents (May 20, 1998). The Vancouver Sun of British Columbia, Canada, reports a new runway-improvement project at Vancouver International Airport will result in noisy jets taking off over residential areas. Some residents are anticipating a lousy summer.
Noise, Crime, and Traffic Will Rise while Property Values Fall say Neighbors of Florida Naval Center Slated for Redevelopment (May 17, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports Florida residents who live near a naval center slated for redevelopment are worried about noise, along with declining property values and increased traffic and crime.
Editorial Laments Ottawa's Noisy Spring (May 12, 1998). The Ottawa Citizen published an editorial lamenting spring's double-edged sword: warmer weather and more daylight bring more noise.
Florida Pig Farmer Says Noise Laws will Harm Business (May 12, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports Martin County officials will hold a public hearing on a noise ordinance for the county. A Stuart pig farmer says the proposed noise law is aimed specifically at him and will alter his agricultural business.
North Carolina Residents Vow to Fight FedEx at Piedmont Airport (Apr. 14, 1998). The News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina, reports that residents living northeast of the Piedmont Triad International Airport say they want FedEx to choose a different site.
Detractors of Maryland Race Track Cite Noise and Traffic Concerns (Apr. 10, 1998). The Capital reports developers of a 54,800-seat race track in Pasadena met with the public again last night, hoping to amass support for the proposal.
Will Trees Protect High School from Mass. Highway Noise? (Apr. 10, 1998). The Telegram & Gazette reports the Massachusetts Highway Department has agreed to plant fast-growing trees along the road near Auburn High School in an effort to muffle the noise from heavy traffic.
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.
Transport Minister Criticizes NSW Government Opposition to 2nd Sydney Airport (Mar. 23, 1998). The Australian General News from the AAP Newsfeed reports federal Transport Minister Mark Vaile accused the New South Wales government of mounting a cheap fear campaign against a second Sydney Airport. Vaile said new flight paths will distribute noise more evenly over Sydney.
FedEx Possibility at Raleigh Airport Puts Cary Town Council and Chamber of Commerce on Opposite Sides (Mar. 20, 1998). The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC) reports divisions are loud and clear in the town of Cary over the possible location of a Federal Express hub at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Florida Residents Oppose CarMax; Cite Noise, Environment and Traffic Concerns (Mar. 18, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports residents who live near the site of a proposed used-car superstore in Pinellas told Largo city commissioners Tuesday that the store would increase traffic and noise in what once was a quiet neighborhood.
Maine Residents Cry "Extended Use"; Object to Concerts at Revival Site (Mar. 17, 1998). The Portland Press Herald reports a third meeting moderated by town officials failed to alleviate residents' noise and traffic concerns about a new outdoor amphitheater in Old Orchard Beach.
Residents Oppose Turning Vacant RAF Airfield into International Airport (Mar. 16, 1998). The Press Association Newsfile reports that thousands of angry residents are fighting plans to turn an abandoned airfield in rural England into a 24 hour international airport.
Hayden and Riordan Disagree over LAX Expansion (Mar. 14, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles Saturday reports state Sen. Tom Hayden harshly criticized Mayor Richard Riordan's promotion of a proposal to expand Los Angeles International Airport.
Go Kart Track Approved Near Office Building in Parkway Village, Ohio (Mar. 13, 1998). The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reports a proposed outdoor Go Kart racing track in Parkway Village received approval despite opposition for a nearby building owner who voiced concerns about noise.
Noise Pollution is Many Americans' Biggest Pollution Problem (Mar. 13, 1998). E Magazine reports that our world is becoming dangerously noisy, with noise pollution and health problems from noise on the rise. The two largest sources of noise pollution, airport and vehicle traffic, are growing at a rate of three to five percent annually, and the most frequent complaint Americans make about their neighborhoods is noise. The article says activists working on noise pollution issues compare the movement today to the campaign against secondhand smoke a decade ago. Like secondhand smoke, they say, noise is both an annoying nuisance and the cause of serious health problems. The article goes on to give an overview of health problems related to noise and to interview several activists involved in the fight against noise.
Gravel Mining and School Incompatible, Says Pierce County, Washington (Mar. 13, 1998). The News Tribune reports Pierce County, Washington, revoked a mining permit, preventing a sand and gravel company from reopening across from Rocky Ridge Elementary School.
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.
Michigan Residents Object to Concrete Crushing in Neighborhood (Mar. 12, 1998). The Grand Rapids Press reports Alpine Township residents will have to wait for a decision from the Planning Commission on a special use permit for an excavating company to crush concrete and process topsoil in their neighborhood.
Ear Muffs Relieve Patients of Construction Noise (Mar. 11, 1998). The Daily Record reports that heart patients at the Ayr Hospital were upset by noise from hospital construction. The report describes how the hospital is making use of ear muffs to content the noise weary patients.
Texas Residents Oppose Concrete Plant (Mar. 11, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports the Sachse City Council, prompted by residents' opposition to a proposed concrete batch plant, will host public hearings on the issue before voting to revise a zoning decision made in January.
LA Neighborhood Avoids Noisy Welding Facility (Mar. 6, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports MTA officials have abandoned plans to place a temporary welding facility and accompanying 16-foot-high sound walls in the Valley Village neighborhood.
Opponents of FedEx Hub at Raleigh Airport Pressure Commissioners (Mar. 6, 1998). The News and Observer reports overnight delivery of packages is becoming a political issue in Wake County, North Carolina, as the controversy over the proposed Federal Express hub at Raleigh-Durham International Airport gains momentum.
CT Residents Object to Asphalt Plant, Circulate Petition (Mar. 5, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports that a group of vocal opponents circulated a petition Wednesday to voice their concerns about a proposed asphalt plant near Colchester, Connecticut. Meanwhile, a representative of the Department of Environmental Protection visited the site to make a recommendation about granting a permit to the company.
Drilling Rig Proves Noisemaker and Nightmare for Las Vegas Family (Mar. 5, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a Las Vegas family lost their peace and quiet and ability to sleep at night when a massive drilling rig set up operation in their backyard. The residents are frustrated with the response they've received from project officials. When the drilling stops, new wells will provide water for area golf courses.
Arizona Town Restricts Construction Noise (Mar. 2, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports that the City Council in Peoria, Arizona unanimously passed a new ordinance on Feb. 17 that limits construction to certain hours in order to cut down on noise. The ordinance was passed in an effort to respond to the increasing number of complaints about construction noise in the fast-growing city, according to Ibrahim Maslamani, the city's building safety manager.
European Union Proposes Restrictions on Noise From Outdoor Equipment (Mar. 1, 1998). The Automotive Environment Analyst reports that the European Commission proposed a new directive on noise from outdoor equipment on February 24. The directive specifies noise levels for a range of equipment used outdoors, the article notes.
Singapore Resident Resents Construction Noise (Feb. 18, 1998). The Straits Times published the following letter to the editor regarding noise pollution from construction:
Massachusetts Golf Course Construction Bothers Neighbors (Feb. 14, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports that noise and dust from the construction of a golf course on a former land fill in Quincy, Massachusetts has been casing problems for neighbors.
Florida Development May Threaten Bald Eagles (Feb. 14, 1998). The Florida Times-Union reports that plans to build a 3-acre waterfront park in Eagle Harbor, Florida could push out the threatened species for which the Clay County area is named.
Los Angeles Transportation Authority Erects Sound Walls to Reduce Construction Noise (Jan. 26, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports the Metropolitan Transit Authority in Los Angeles, California has promised to mitigate construction noise when work begins on a subway along Chandler Boulevard. Construction work will be done on the median, and residents were worried that noise would become a problem.
Boston's Big Dig Attempts to Keep Noise Down (Jan. 25, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that in Boston the biggest public works project since the building the Great Pyramids continues while officials attempt to maintain a quality of life for residents. Known as the Big Dig, the project will ultimately create a complex of highways that will run through and under Boston, hopefully eliminating the city's infamous traffic congestion.
Denver Developers Must Pay for Noise Wall (Jan. 23, 1998). The Rocky Mountain News of Denver, Colorado, reports that city officials refused to annually tax future residents of the Buell Mansion subdivision for a noise wall and other improvements. Instead, the developers, Perlmutter / Witkin Properties will have to foot the three million dollar bill.
Wetlands, Noise, Traffic Concerns Force Review of Proposed Amphitheater in Washington State (Jan. 23, 1998). The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington, reports the Muckleshoot Tribe's amphitheater project must undergo a review of all possible environmental impacts, including traffic and noise as well as its effect on wetlands.
CA Community Would Welcome Rail-Port and Plan for Noise Control (Jan. 22, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that while Beaumont officials consider a major Union Pacific rail port for the east edge of the city, residents and officials alike debate the effects on the community. Most would welcome the economic impact while some are cautious about increased noise and traffic.
Kansas City Residents Want Park, Not Noisy Industry (Jan. 22, 1998). The Kansas City Star reports that residents of Coleman Highlands in Kansas City, Missouri, oppose a developer's plans to build a business in their quiet neighborhood. Concern about heavy traffic, noise, pollution and decreasing property values have prompted the group to ask the city to condemn the developer's property and turn it into a park.
CA Residents Say Too Much Noise Coming from Fantasy Island Resort (Jan. 21, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports Triunfo Canyon, California, zoning laws are being reviewed after residents complained of late night noise from a banquet facility.
Maryland Residents Oppose Race Track on Noise and Traffic Grounds (Jan. 21, 1998). The Capital of Annapolis, Maryland, reports Middle River Racing officials failed to convince West County residents opposed to a proposed speedway that it would be a good neighbor.
Residents of Plano, Illinois, Say Proposed Raceway Will Ruin Quiet (Jan. 21, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that a citizens group who oppose a motor speedway that would be built in Kendall County has scheduled a meeting Monday to discuss its opposition to the proposal.
East Hartford Mayor Backs Theme Park; Residents Concerned about Noise and Traffic (Jan. 20, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports that the mayor and city officials of East Hartford, Connecticut, will recommend a giant amusement park for their town.
Wary Residents in Arundel Will Fight Speedway (Jan. 20, 1998). The Washington Post reports that citizens of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, are fighting a proposal to build a $100 million auto speedway near Laurel.
Wolfeboro Modifies Decision on Large Concert Tent Citing Noise and Traffic (Jan. 20, 1998). The Union Leader reports the Wolfeboro Massachusetts Planning Board recently limited the size of a an acoustic concert tent at Great Waters Music Festival citing noise, traffic, and parking concerns as well as the visual impact of the 810-person capacity tent and related equipment.
Idaho Sprint Racers Request Permit for New Course after Noise Complaints (Jan. 19, 1998). The Lewiston Morning Tribune of Lewiston, Idaho, reports that Chapter One Racing is requesting a permit to build a new boat track after noise complaints from a few residents along the Snake River.
Political Push for Maryland Racetrack Unlikely in Election Year (Jan. 18, 1998). The Baltimore Sun recently published an editorial about the questionable future of a 54,000-seat auto racetrack in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Convincing officials in an election year that auto racing should be part of their county's future may be difficult.
Burbank Airport and City Still at Odds over Key Expansion Issues such as Noise and Taxes (Jan. 16, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports Burbank Airport officials' proposed settlement with the city of Burbank contains several points still barring the way to air terminal expansion.
Chapel Hill Area Residents Gear Up To Battle Power Plant Renovations (Jan. 16, 1998). The Chapel Hill News reports that residents of Cameron Glen, North Carolina are fighting the renovations of a local power plant. Only recently completed, the plant's original construction took four years. Residents say they were four years of noise and that the renovations are required due to ill-planning which they are unwilling to support.
Atlanta Area Airport Found Beneficial In Recent Study (Jan. 15, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports that a recent study shows that the benefits of the DeKalb-Peachtree airport proposal outweigh the costs to area residents whose property will lose value due to the project.
Noise created by nighttime construction of Providence, Rhode Island mall keeps nearby hotel guests from sleeping (Jan. 15, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that construction of Providence Place, a new mall in Providence, Rhode Island, is keeping some Westin Hotel guests up at night. They're losing sleep listening to the pounding of piles all night long at the mall site across Memorial Boulevard from the Westin. Construction times are dictated by Amtrak, which won't allow construction crews on the railroad tracks in the daytime when trains are running. The mall is to be built over the tracks.
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.
North Jersey Air Traffic Could Increase From Rerouting Plan (Jan. 12, 1998). According to a Wire Services article, the Port Authority plans to reroute air traffic from Newark International Airport to Teterboro Airport in Bergen County using economic incentives to entice air carrier companies. Already subject to the noise from the 4,200 planes that pass over North Jersey daily, the rerouting would increase the frequency and level of unwanted noise, the article stated.
Raleigh-Durham Airport (North Carolina) Could Be Home to FedEx's New Transportation Hub (Jan. 12, 1998). The News and Observer reports Federal Express is considering building a $300 million national transportation hub at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. But Cary, NC officials, concerned the noise will impact their community, oppose the siting.
Sound Walls For Existing Illinois Roads Built at Community's Expense (Jan. 11, 1998). A Daily Herald article answered reader's questions about traffic problems and road construction, with one question referring to sound wall construction along current roads.
Hooksett, New Hampshire Noise Ordinance Was Dropped By Mistake (Jan. 8, 1998). The Union Leader reports that the Hooksett, N.H. Town Council learned recently that, through an oversight in the early 1990s, the town dropped its noise ordinance.
New Jersey Residents Complain About Noise From Parkway Expansion Project (Dec. 30, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that expansion work at the Garden State Parkway toll plaza is under way, despite concerns raised by residents living nearby about noise pollution.
Chicago Area Builds Berm To Shelter Homes From Traffic Noise (Dec. 13, 1997). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that about 1.1 million cubic yards, will be used to build a berm along Interstate 290 from Addison to Mill roads to protect nearby houses and condominiums from traffic noise.
Neighbors Complain About New Grocery Store (Dec. 10, 1997). The Arizona Republic reports that the morning sun no longer shines on some homes in the Islands. The patio homes are in the shadow of a grocery store giant under construction to the east, and two neighborhood leaders are worrying about future noise and traffic.
Innovative San Diego Wastewater Treatment Facility Reduces Construction Noise By Careful Scheduling (Dec.1 1997). American City and County reports that the San Diego, California Wastewater Department purchased and set aside a pristine habitat covering 30 acres. Impacts like traffic and noise were addressed by limiting construction hours, employee work hours and delivery times.
Kentucky Airport Board Angers Town by Snubbing Engineer the Town Had Chosen to Help it Relocate Due to Jet Noise (Nov. 20, 1997). The Courier-Journal reports that the Regional Airport Authority in Louisville, Kentucky has ignored the recommendation of leaders in Minor Lane Heights for an engineering firm to design a new site for residents to move to because of intolerable jet noise from the Louisville International Airport. Minor Lane Heights residents had worked with the firm the town recommended for two years to come up with an acceptable residential development design. In response to the airport authority's decision, leaders of Minor Lane Heights are threatening to move without the airport's assistance, or even to stay put. Leaders also said residents might consider selling their property directly to a private developer or commercial interest and selecting their own relocation site. Minor Lane Heights Mayor Fred Williams said he will get more input from his constituents, but he added, "It would tickle me to death for everybody to tell them to stick it."
Airport Information Booths Anger Kenner Residents; They Still Say No New Runway (Nov. 18, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that a number of Kenner residents expressed their disapproval on Monday of New Orleans International Airport's plans to turn its east-west taxiway into a runway for private aircraft. Residents also were not pleased with the forum designed to receive their input.
Noise from New Jersey Parkway Angers Residents; Highway Officials Consider Ways to Appease Them (Nov. 13, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that residents in the Pine Ridge development in Barnegat Township, New Jersey expressed anger and frustration at a meeting last night about the way the New Jersey Highway Authority has handled a project to add three new toll booths to the 11 toll booths already at the Garden State Parkay toll plaza near their homes. Residents were angry about noise and safety issues of the project. In an attempt to satisfy the residents, officials with the highway authority said they would consider building an earthen berm between the parkway and the residents' homes.
Tennessee Residents Object to Road that Will bring Noise, Pollution, and Danger (Oct. 30, 1997). The Commercial Appeal reports that many East Collierville, Tennessee, residents are working hard to persuade state officials to keep the proposed Collierville-Arlington Parkway as far away from them as possible. To the more than 1,000 citizens in East Collierville, the new road will mean pollution, noise and potential danger to themselves and nearby school children.
Virginia Residents Move to Limit Construction Noise (Oct. 30, 1997). The Washington Post reports that Fairfax County, Virginia is considering enforcing weekend and evening restrictions on construction-related noise, due to a surge of building in older, established neighborhoods.
In a Twist, Texas Neighbors and Activists Support Noisy Business (Oct. 29, 1997). The Austin-American Statesman of Austin, Texas, reports that neighborhood residents in East Austin gathered to demand that the city award its 30-year curbside recycling contract to their old nemesis, BFI's Bolm Road recycling plant. In the past, the recycling plant has left wind-blown trash onto their lawns, annoyed them with crashing trash containers and sent trucks past their houses as many as 100 times a day. But residents and East Austin environmental activists urged the city to choose BFI, because the company has promised the neighborhood that it will move out if it gets the contract. BFI holds the current city contract, but it says the city's increasing recycling load would force it to move to a bigger facility if the contract is renewed.
North Carolina County Commissioners Reject School Site Partly Due to Airport's Proximity (Oct. 24, 1997). The News & Record reports that Guilford County (North Carolina) Board of Commissioners Thursday narrowly rejected a purchase of land proposed by the school board for the Northwest Middle School. The Commissioners voted down the proposal because it the land parcel was too expensive, too large, and too close to the Piedmont Triad International Airport, the article says.
Noise Levels at Construction Sites Tested in Singapore (Oct. 19, 1997). The Singapore Straits Times reports that newspaper reporters visited construction sites in Singapore to test noise levels, and found a variety of noise levels, but found no workers wearing ear protection.
Residents Applaud Massachusetts Water Authority's Decision to Build Deep-Rock Sewage Tunnel (Oct. 16, 1997). The Patriot Ledger reports that the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority voted unanimously to build a deep-rock tunnel instead of a marine pipeline in Fore River to relieve sewage overflows in Braintree and Weymouth. The decision has pleased residents in the nearby area, who feared massive construction impacts from the marine pipeline option.
Cleveland City Police Fine Road Crew Workers for Noisy Nighttime Work (Sep. 28, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland (Ohio) police fined two employees of the construction company building the Jennings Freeway for making too much noise late Friday night. The police's action came after residents living near the construction project complained about the late-night noise.
Cleveland Police Say Noise Ordinance Will be Enforced at Freeway Construction Site (Sep. 27, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland (Ohio) police say they will begin to crack down on nighttime construction workers at the new Jennings Freeway site because of noise complaints from nearby residents. Police were to begin monitoring the site last night and issuing citations for violating the city noise ordinance if necessary. Police had previously told residents there was nothing they could do about the nighttime noise because the construction company had a 24-hour work permit.
Boston's Big Dig Highway Project Spends Millions on Noise and Other Mitigation Costs (Sep. 17, 1997). The Washington Post reports that officials managing Boston's "Big Dig," a massive highway project to build an eight-lane highway under the downtown at a cost of nearly $11 billion, are spending about a quarter of the project money on mitigating the negative impacts of the project. Critics say Big Dig bosses give money to anyone who's smart enough to threaten a lawsuit. But the bosses say their approach simply illustrates the reality of undertaking a large public infrastructure project in the late 1990s. Their approach, the article says, is a combination of engineering, traffic management, eco-sensitivity, social work, and ward-heeling that could indicate how the U.S. will approach other road and bridge projects, which across the country need hundreds of billions of dollars worth of repair.
New Noise Regulations Drafted in Malaysia (Sep. 13, 1997). The New Straits Times reports that three sets of new noise regulations and a set of guidelines have been proposed by the Malaysian government to control the country's worsening noise pollution. The regulations and guidelines address a wide range of noises and vibrations, and currently are being reviewed by the government's DOE.
Georgia County Commission Considers Broad Noise Ordinance (Sep. 11, 1997). The Atlanta Journal reports that County Commissioners in Newton County, Georgia are considering adopting a noise ordinance that would limit a wide range of noises, including excessive noise from car horns, loud music, noisy animals, and ice cream truck music.
Cities Nationwide Enact Noise Control Ordinances (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that cities across the country have recently passed noise ordinances targeting everything from car stereos, motorcycles, noisy night clubs, outdoor concerts, leafblowers, and ice cream trucks. The article goes on to provide a list of cities that recently have passed ordinances.
Iowa Town Ordinance Prohibits Excessive Noise (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that the noise ordinance in Dubuque, Iowa prohibits many excessive noises. The article goes on to describe the specifics of the city ordinance.
Construction Noise Irritates Residents in Florida City (Aug. 30, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that residents in the San Pablo Creek subdivision in Jacksonville, Florida are complaining about noise from the construction of an 800-unit apartment complex near their homes. Residents voiced their complaints at a town meeting Tuesday with Mayor John Delaney at Alimacani Elementary School.
European Commission Pushes for Legal Action Against Italy and Belgium for Failing to Adopt Noise Limits on Construction Machinery (Jul. 21, 1997). The Occupational Health & Safety Letter reports that the European Commission (EC) has applied to the European Court of Justice, seeking legal retribution against Italy and Belgium for failing to adopt limits on construction workers' exposure to noise from construction machinery.
Residents Pressure Arizona City for Sound Wall and Get Positive Results (Jul. 18, 1997). The Arizona Republic reports that the city of Scottsdale, Arizona has agreed to begin work in September on a 10-foot wall to protect residents from traffic and construction noise from Goldwater Boulevard and the construction of the Scottsdale Waterfront Project, which includes a future shopping center. The residents have lobbied the city for a new wall for almost two years, and the city appropriated money for the project last year, but the project hadn't gone forward.
Proposed Wind Farm Project in New Zealand Meets Opposition on Grounds of Noise (Jul. 3, 1997). The Evening Post reports that the Energy Corporation (ECNZ) wants to build a wind farm in Makara, New Zealand, and has met with opposition from residents in the area. At a Wind Energy Association and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority conference in Wellington this week, ECNZ Makara project manager Graeme Mills presented a paper on the proposed wind farm, and said the company is working to understand the potential nosie effects. He also urged Makara residents to understand and have faith in the input processes of the project.
British Judge Halts Construction Project Because Noise Interferes with Court Proceedings (Jun. 21, 1997). The Mirror reports that British Circuit Court Judge Patrick Moran yesterday halted a 3-million-pound building project because construction was interfering with court proceedings. The article says the construction company, Sisk and Co., are refurbishing the 150-year-old Courthouse in Washington Street. The judge warned the builders they would have to pay legal costs if the case had to be dismissed because the jury could not hear, the article says.
Builders of Straw Houses and Buildings Say the Structures Insulate Against Noise (Jun. 18, 1997). The Baltimore Sun reports that builders constructing a farm utility building made of straw in Davidsonville, Maryland, in rural Anne Arundel County, say straw buildings have many advantages, one of which is insulation against noise.
Home Depot Store in Boise Takes Measures to Reduce Noise, While City Considers Revoking its Permit (Jun. 17, 1997). The Idaho Statesman reports that the Boise (Idaho) Planning and Zoning Commission discussed at its meeting Monday whether there was enough evidence to justify revoking the conditional-use permit of a Home Depot store at 1200 N. Milwaukee St., after residents complained about noise from the store. Boise Planning Director Wayne Gibbs said the store is making progress in reducing its noise levels, the article says. No decision was made on the permit, and according to Rinda Just, acting chair of the commission, no revocation would occur until the city attorney's office had studied the issue.
Washington City Changes Ordinance to Allow Construction Noise on Saturdays (Jun. 17, 1997). The Seattle Times reports that the City Council in Bellevue, Washington has approved changes to the city's noise ordinance that will allow construction noise between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. In addition, subcontractors will now be fined up to $250 for making noise during quiet hours. Previously, the article reports, the city charged the general contractor of a project for noise violations.
Massachusetts City Considers Detailed Noise Ordinance (Jun. 16, 1997). The Telegram & Gazette reports that the General Government Subcommittee in Southbridge, Massachusetts will review a proposed bylaw tonight designed to prohibit unlawful noise which "annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of any reasonable person, of normal sensitivity, residing in the area." The Town Council must hold three readings on the noise bylaw before voting on its acceptance, the article says.
Engineers Design Massachusetts Hospital Over Train Tracks (Jun. 9, 1997). The Engineering News-Record reports that a project is underway to build $232-million, 730,000-sq-ft medical center in Worcester, Massachusetts on top of rail tracks. The article reports that engineers have coped with the problem by designing ways for the noise and vibrations to be absorbed, so that patients, operations, and sensitive equipment are protected. The article goes on to outline the engineering details of the project.
London Airport Apologizes for Demolition Explosion that Frightened Residents (May 11, 1997). The Sunday Telegraph Limited reports that the British Airports Authority has apologized for a loud demolition explosion that occurred at London's Heathrow Airport. The 2 a.m. blast frightened thousands of residents, many of whom believed they were caught in a terrorist attack, the article reports.
Construction Noise from Road Widening Project Bothers Some Residents in Tulsa (Apr. 9, 1997). The Tulsa World reports that the construction project to widen the 71st Street corridor in Tulsa, Oklahoma is causing noise and traffic problems for many residents.
Enforceable Noise Ordinance Makes for Quieter Neighborhoods in Vermont College Town (Sep. 22, 1996). The Burlington Free Press reports that police are enforcing Burlington, Vermont's updated noise ordinance by patrolling neighborhoods and issuing fines for violations. According to this article, violators of the noise ordinance are mostly college-age people involved in off-campus parties. Burlington's noise ordinance prohibits noise from any party or social event that "interferes with the peace or health of members of the public or is audible through walls between units within the same building, from another property or from the street." The ordinance discourages Burlington police officers from simply giving a warning if they determine a noise violation has occurred. Penalties for a first offense range from $100 to $500.
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