Increase in Flights at New York's LaGuardia Unauthorized and Neighbors are Angry (Apr. 20, 2000). The New York Daily News reported that air and noise pollution in Queens are about to become worse unless officials act now. Within a year, an increase of 400 flights into and out of LaGuardia is expected, and residents are outraged.
Overexposure to Noise Damages Hearing (Apr. 20, 2000). The Indianapolis Star reported that aging is not the only reason for hearing loss, and that overexposure to loud noise such as continual loud music and jet noise or sudden loud noises such as explosions and firecrackers can led to hearing loss as well.
Proposed Racetrack near Detroit Prompts Foes to Ask for Noise Study (Apr. 20, 2000). The Detroit News reported that proposed racetrack for the State Fairgrounds has motivated 20 determined residents to challenge the plan and the county commissioner. They've called for a study on both noise and traffic.
Floridians Say Trains Noisier Than Airplanes (Apr. 19, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News printed this letter to the editor responding to complaints from complaints about airport noise. The letters are printed in their entirety.
Jet Noise at NYC's LaGuardia Airport Approaching Unbearable and Borough Officials Say No to Additional Air Traffic (Apr. 19, 2000). According to the Daily News, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman said that an increase in air traffic will make life unbearable for residents in boroughs near LaGuardia Airport if the projected flight increase in the hundreds is approved. LaGuardia air traffic is currently at 1,200 flights a day.
Rhode Island Night Club Owners Appeal Noise Violation: Claim it is Unconstitutional (Apr. 19, 2000). According to an article in the Providence Journal-Bulletin, the Town Council suspended a local business for violating an after-hours noise ordinance, but stayed the suspension when a Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order allowing the club to operate until a new court hearing.
Local Officials in Canada Meet With Federal Minister to Discuss Train Noise (Apr. 18, 2000). The Montreal Gazette printed an article about noise and pollution from trains that pass through Canadian cities. Town officials from Cote St. Luc and Hamstead are appealing to federal Transport Minister David Collenette for help.
India Says It Must Control Population to Save the Environment: Noise Among Major Issues (Apr. 17, 2000). An article in Business Line printed an article regarding the primary cause of pollution in India--overpopulation. Noise was a major concern.
UK City Officials Promote Tourism and Nightlife but Residents Say No (Apr. 17, 2000). The Journal reported that residents and restaurant/pub owners have two different views of Newcastle, England. Residents want more peace and quiet but the business community says the positive economic impact the nightlife brings is critical to the town's finances.
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.
Modern Technology's Negative Impact: 50% Hearing Loss in Some People (Apr. 16, 2000). According to the Chicago Sun-Times, today's modern society is hazardous to our hearing, and overexposure to loud noise can mean a permanent loss of hearing, affecting such known figures as Pete Townshend, Peter Frampton and President Clinton.
Noise Complaints Prompt North Carolinian to Write Letter (Apr. 16, 2000). The Sunday Star-News printed a letter to the editor from one person who says noise complaints should not be called in to the police, adding that downtown noise is part of downtown life. The letter is printed in its entirety.
Noise Will Damage Our Hearing (Apr. 15, 2000). The Washington Times printed a commentary regarding the dangerous impact of noise on hearing. The commentary is printed in its entirety.
London Property Owner Loses Lawsuit Over Surveyor's Failure to Advise About Aircraft Noise (Apr. 14, 2000). The Times of London reports on a Court of Appeals case concerning a contract between a chartered surveyor and a prospective purchaser. The court's task was to determine whether the purchaser could receive damages for "non-physical distress and annoyance" resulting from the high level of aircraft noise that he was subjected to on the property. The contract stipulated that the surveyor was to advise "whether the property might be affected by aircraft noise." The court decided that the property owner was not entitled to a monetary award because the noise was an annoyance, rather than something that caused physical damage or distress. The judges explained that a surveyor's contract does not cover "non-physical stress and annoyance."
Loud Noises Causing Increasing Rates of Hearing Loss in New York City (Apr. 14, 2000). The New York Times reports in an editorial that a citywide minute of quiet that was supposed to take place on Wednesday as part of International Noise Awareness Day was a failure in New York City. The minute of quiet is encouraged by the League for the Hard of Hearing. The writer discerned no reduction in the noise level during that time.
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.
Scottish Research Team Studies Hospital Noise (Apr. 12, 2000). The Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail reports that a group of researchers from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland are studying whether high noise levels in hospitals are adversely affecting patient recovery times and increasing nurses' stress levels. Part of the study will include installing special sound-absorbing ceilings to see if they make a difference.
Hernando County, Florida Residents Want Noise Ordinance Tightened to Clamp Down on Undesirable Nightclub (Apr. 12, 2000). The Hernando Times in Florida reports that Hernando County residents have lodged many complaints about Planet Bubba, a nightclub that allegedly makes too much noise, and is a location used for drug dealing and nude dancing. Some residents recently filed petitions with the Hernando County Government Center enumerating their complaints. In addition, they attended a recent County Commission meeting to voice their concerns in person. New ordinances will be drafted by the County Attorney's office as a result.
New Zealand Researcher Believes Noise May Reduce Infant Crib-Death Incidents (Apr. 12, 2000). The Press in Christchurch, New Zealand reports that an Auckland, New Zealand clinical psychologist has released a controversial study that says that infants at risk of crib death have an easier time breathing if they are exposed to background noise while they are sleeping.
High School Student in St. Louis Wins Prize for Hearing Research on Teenage Noise Exposure (Apr. 10, 2000). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on a scientific research project contest for high school students. Senior Shannon Goebel won a first-place prize for her research on the actual and perceived noise levels to which teen-agers are exposed.
Former Military Employee Sues Irish Government over Hearing Loss (Apr. 10, 2000). The Irish Times reports on a recent court case. Mr. Seamus Kinlan sued Ireland's Minister for Defense and the Attorney General for noise-induced hearing loss that he incurred during his years working as a member of the Defense Forces. He wanted the government to pay for hearing aids. The court decided that his hearing is not currently bad enough for hearing aids, but he would be compensated for probable future hearing loss.
Common Household Noise Dangers (Apr. 9, 2000). The Sunday Mercury in Birmingham, England reports that our hearing can be damaged by exposure to all types of seemingly harmless things in the home and in our everyday lives. Loud music is usually the first offender that comes to mind, but there are many others as well.
New Zealand Research Finds That Classrooms Are Too Noisy (Apr. 8, 2000). The Dominion in New Zealand reports that the Speech-Language Therapists Association held a conference recently in Napier, New Zealand. One of the topics discussed was excessive noise in the classroom and its negative effects on the teaching and learning process.
Researchers at University of Western Ontario, Canada Study Noise Reduction in Hospital MRI Machines (Apr. 4, 2000). The London Free Press in Ontario, Canada reports that researchers at the University of Western Ontario are undertaking a study to reduce noise from Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines. MRI's are extremely effective in detecting many types of disease by using radio waves and magnetic fields. However, the machine contains a magnet whose gradient coil generates significant amounts of vibration and noise. The noise is bothersome, and possibly damaging, to both patients and technicians.
Noise Exposure and Hearing Loss Education Needed (Apr. 3, 2000). The Plain Dealer printed an article that first appeared in the Los Angeles Times. The article reports on how noise exposure can result in hearing loss.
Greensboro, North Carolina Reader Comments on Hearing Loss From Noise Exposure (Apr. 3, 2000). The News and Record in Greensboro, North Carolina printed an editorial on hearing loss and noise exposure. The editorial is reprinted here in its entirety:
Residents in Bryden Canyon, Idaho Up in Arms Over New Road (Apr. 2, 2000). The Lewiston Morning Tribune in Idaho reports that a new road in Bryden Canyon, which opened in 1999, has brought nothing but noise and problems to residents who lived there before the road opened. The new road, Bryden Canyon Road, is four lanes wide and connects Southway Bridge and Snake River Avenue to the Orchards. The residents are very displeased with the lack of concern by the city and the city's refusal to follow through on promised noise mitigation.
Columbus, Ohio Elementary Schools Attempt to Cut Down on Lunchroom Noise (Apr. 2, 2000). The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio reports that elementary schools in Columbus are debating whether to mandate "silent lunch" at school. Proponents believe that a child will eat more and digest his/her food more easily if allowed to eat in a quiet environment. Opponents believe it is impossible to enforce and not necessary. The article debates the issue.
Causes of Hearing Loss and Deafness (Apr. 1, 2000). The Financial Times in London reports on hearing problems and how they develop. In the United Kingdom, 8.5 million people have hearing difficulties, some of which can be treated. All people should be taught to avoid loud noises that do permanent damage to the ear.
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.
Canadian Hunter's Guide, Widely Distributed to Children, Makes No Mention of Importance of Ear Protection (Mar. 31, 2000). The Toronto Star in Canada reports that the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and the ministry of natural resources recently distributed a Hunter's Guide to Ontario schools. Nowhere in the guide was ear protection discussed. The Deafness Research Foundation says that shotgun blasts register at 130 decibels.
Scientific Research on Sound Has Many Possible Worldwide Applications (Mar. 30, 2000). The Daily Telegraph in London reports on many scientific studies being conducted on sound and its applications.
Is "White Noise" Helpful in Getting a Good Night's Sleep? (Mar. 29, 2000). USA Today printed a question and answer column about sleep problems. One question involved using white noise to help a reader get to sleep.
US Base Too Noisy for Okinawans: Court Action Taken (Mar. 28, 2000). The Mainichi News reported a story about jet noise from the US Kadena Air that has prompted over 5,500 residents near the base to sue the Japanese government and are asking for 6.2 billion zen in damages and calling for a ban on night flights after 7pm.
Barking Dogs Are a Health Hazard in California (Mar. 26, 2000). A guest editorial in the San Francisco Times about barking dogs, health and personal responsibility is a compelling argument for anyone wishing to lodge a noise complaint and important information for anyone writing local noise ordinances.
Live Music Outdoors Divides St. Petersburg Florida Neighborhood Residents (Mar. 26, 2000). An article in the Neighborhood section of the St. Petersburg Times addressed the loud, live music of a new neighborhood outdoor club and its impact on residents of a nearby senior citizen apartment complex. Opinion is divided over the loud live music.
London's Heathrow Airport Faces Legal Challenge of Night Flights (Mar. 25, 2000). The Daily Telegraph reported that flying into Heathrow airport at night could be a violation of one's right to undisturbed sleep, and a test case on "unacceptable night noise" affecting a million people will heard in the European Court of Human Rights in April of 2000. Plaintiffs are asking the court to cut back night flights to before 1993 levels.
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.
Nevada Airport Officials Face Vocal Residents Over Review of Aircraft Weight Limits (Mar. 22, 2000). An article by the Associated Press reported that when the Minden-Tahoe Airport Advisory Board called for a review of the airport's weight limit for aircraft, the airport's neighbors became suspicious that the board planned to expand the airport and increase air traffic.
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.
Coventry, England Nurses Concerned About Lessening Night Noises for Patients (Mar. 18, 2000). The Coventry Evening Telegraph reports that Coventry nurses have implemented a Night Noise Standard to help ensure that patients get a good night's rest. They believe that patients will recover faster in a quiet, less stressful environment. Some of the noise-control measures include having the nurses wear soft-soled shoes and speak as quietly as possible. Other efforts will include oiling squeaky trolley wheels and offering patients earplugs if they are disturbed by snorers. Patients who disturb others may be moved to a side room.
French Hotel Chain Promotes Quiet for Guests (Mar. 18, 2000). The Calgary Herald reports that there is a French hotel chain, started in 1968, that promotes a noise-free stay for guests. The chain, based in Paris, is known as Relais du Silence, or Silencehotel. Its 302 independently-owned hotels are located in 12 European countries, and there is now one in Canada: the Domain of Killen in Haliburton, Ontario.
Russian Space Station Module Noise Levels Deemed Unhealthy and Dangerous to Astronauts (Mar. 17, 2000). The United Press International reports that the United States Government Accounting Office (GAO) recently testified before the U.S. House of Representatives that continuing to collaborate with Russia on the International Space Station program may be problematic due to Russian safety violations. Excessive noise inside the Russian modules is the most severe of the four violations mentioned. The other violations concern "protecting the modules from penetration by space debris, verifying that the windows are strong enough to withstand years of space exposure, and designing the equipment so it can function even in an emergency when air leaks out of the station."
Reader in Bristol, England Comments on Low-Level Low Frequency Noise (Mar. 16, 2000). The Bristol United Press in Bristol, England printed a letter by reader M. Ashby concerning low-level low frequency noise. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
New Hearing Aid Can Better Distinguish Voices From Background Noise (Mar. 14, 2000). The London Daily Mail reports on a new type of hearing aid that more closely mimics the function of the human year. The new hearing aid is called "Claro," and is manufactured by Phonak, a Swiss company.
Noise, Water, and Air Pollution Levels in Hanoi, Vietnam Reach Unacceptable Levels (Mar. 13, 2000). The Vietnam Investment Review reports that the city of Hanoi is suffering from increasing and unacceptable levels of water, air, and noise pollution. High pollution levels are due to the fact that businesses are mostly unregulated, and the city is overpopulated. The country wants to modernize, and the government is willing to sacrifice the environment for increased growth and industrialization which would allow Vietnam to compete in world markets. Meanwhile, citizens' health is being risked as they are exposed to carcinogens and to loud noise.
Hong Kong Residents Subjected to Thunderous Traffic Noise Daily; No End in Sight (Mar. 12, 2000). The South China Morning Post reports that the noise from traffic, especially trucks, on Hong Kong streets keeps increasing. It is an annoyance and a health danger to residents, and computer models indicate that the problem will get much worse in coming years.
Benefits of Active Noise Reduction Headsets in the Workplace (Mar. 1, 2000). Occupational Health and Safety reports that workers who are routinely subjected to long-term, low-frequency background noise such as vehicles, machinery, engines, large compressors, and air conditioning units are suffering many adverse health effects, particularly hearing loss.
Benefits of Uniform Attenuation Hearing Protection in the Workplace (Mar. 1, 2000). Occupational Health and Safety reports on the technical and scientific aspects of workplace noise and how it affects human hearing and communication.
D.C. Residents Angry Over Tunnel Noise Preceding Trains (Feb. 23, 2000). The Washington Post reports that the loud boom that precedes the Metro into the tunnel between the Fort Totten and West Hyattsville stations is a major noise concern for residents in the Avondale community.
California Senior Citizens Endure Noise from Huge Construction Project (Feb. 22, 2000). The San Jose Mercury News reported on noise from a major downtown project, which is only feet away from a senior citizen home with 190 residents. Once the moving and re-anchoring of the old Montgomery Hotel is complete, the city plans to build a new 13-story annex for the Fairmont hotel. The end of construction and noise is three years away.
North Carolina Airport Attempt to Change Flight Path to Reduce Noise Fails (Feb. 19, 2000). According to an editorial in the News & Record, an attempt by airport officials to redirect flight paths is a bad idea, bad politics and bad planning.
New Zealand Resident Says Noise Caused Health Problems and Sale of Home (Feb. 17, 2000). The Nelson Mail (New Zealand) reports that John Dearden, who lives near the new coastal highway in Nelson, has been severely affected by traffic noise on the new road. Dearden, who first voiced his protests a year ago, complains of health problems and states that he now will be unable to sell his home. The stretch of road that he is concerned with runs south of Mapua, between Maisey Road and Bronte Road.
A Range of Noise from Slight to Loud Can Damage Hearing (Feb. 16, 2000). According to the Cincinatti Enquirer, damage to the ear that can eventually result in a hearing loss is not always caused by a prolonged, loud noise.
Coalition Protests Federal Express mid-Atlantic Cargo Hub Plans (Feb. 16, 2000). The High Point Enterprise reports that the Piedmont Quality of Life Coalition, headquartered near Greensboro, North Carolina, is spearheading opposition to Federal Express's plan to locate its mid-Atlantic cargo hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The group is sponsoring a speaker, and public input into the plan will be accepted in the coming months.
Pittsburgh Reader Vents That Public Noise Levels Are Too Loud (Feb. 16, 2000). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a Letter to the Editor by Jenifer Johnson of Shadyside responding to a February 9 Post-Gazette editorial by Eileen Reutzel Colianni titled "The Noise Pollution of Daily Life." Her letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
A Range of Noise Can Damage Hearing and Results May Not Show Up for Years (Feb. 15, 2000). An article in the Times Union warns us that even simple activities that we enjoy can damage our hearing because they involve loud noise--listening to music; watching fireworks and even riding motorcycles.
New Mexico Residents Oppose Pumice Plant Because of Noise and Pollution (Jan. 17, 2000). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that neighbors of the C.R. Minerals pumice plant in Santa Fe will voice their opposition to the state Environment Department at public hearings.
Americans Urged To Increase Awareness of Hearing Hazards, Especially for Children (Jan. 14, 2000). An article from PR Newswire reported health information from The House Ear Institute, saying that if adults and children are in an environment where they must raise their voices to be heard, they are in potentially hazardous-hearing area and hearing protection is recommended.
Chicago Train Horn Noise Battle Returns (Jan. 13, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reported that Edison Park residents must renew their battle with train noise on the Wisconsin Central line at all hours of the night unless they pay for costly improvements at rail crossings, or so says the Federal Railroad Association.
Helicopter Noise Declared a Public Health Hazard in New York (Jan. 12, 2000). The New York Daily News reported on a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council concluding that helicopter noise is linked to serious health such as sleep and cardiovascular disorders, anxiety and impaired learning ability in children. The study focused on helicopter noise in New York.
Pennsylvania Township Delayed Expansion of Store Because of Noise Concerns (Jan. 12, 2000). The Intelligencer Journal reported that town's zoning board delayed a decision on granting a permit for expansion of a local convenience store after the first two zoning hearings included almost eight hours of testimony from residents opposing the expansion. The article said they feared the expansion would create light and noise problems and excessive traffic.
New Jersey Wine Plant Remains Open Despite Noise Complaints (Jan. 12, 2000). The Bergen County Record reported on the decision by a Superior Court judge that gave permission to owners of a noisy wine distribution plant to stay open while they worked with Glen Rock borough officials to design an addition that "would quiet the complaints."
New York Environmental Group Links Helicopter Noise to Health Problems (Jan. 12, 2000). According to the Daily News, the Natural Resources Defense Council released findings from a recent study saying that helicopter noise can lead to health problems.
North Carolinians Fight FedEx Hub at Airport (Jan. 12, 2000). An article in the Greensboro reported that residents near Piedmont Triad International Airport are poised to launch a campaign to stop FedEx from building a cargo hub.
Canadian Residents Challenge Shooting Range in Neighborhood (Jan. 11, 2000). According to the Edmonton Sun, about 200 Edmundton residents signed a petition opposing a shooting range at a local park because of safety and noise concerns. The Edmonton Nordic Ski Club proposed the park.
Maine County Commissioners Want Public Advisory Committee on Airport Expansion (Dec. 16, 1999). According to the Bangor Daily News, county commissioners in Knox County, Maine have called for a public advisory committee to the master plan for the Knox County Regional Airport. Of particular interest are noise and air pollution.
Sound Walls in Salt Lake City, Utah Cause Controversy (Dec. 10, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the Utah Transportation Commission rejected a plea from residents to tear down sound walls between Interstate 215 and Wasatch Boulevard in Salt Lake City even though residents hate them.
Santa Fe, New Mexico Residents Address Noise Through Letters; One Criticizes Recent Editorial Calling Anti-Noise Residents "Fussbudgets", (Dec. 8, 1999). The Santa Fe New Mexica prints several letters to the editor, including two related to noise. The first criticizes a recent editorial that characterized noise complainants as "fussbudgets", while the second criticizes owners of barking dogs.
Noise Pollution -- Including Unwanted Muzak -- Is Growing in the U.K. (Dec. 1, 1999). The Guardian reports that noise pollution seems to be growing in the United Kingdom, in forms including unwanted muzak. Noise complaints have increased by over 25 times from 1971 to 1996. Noise may intensify many health problems. Some politicians want to ban piped-in music in public places where people can't escape the noise, such as in hospitals.
Health Report from Scotland Notes 80 Percent of "Youngsters" Already Show First Signs of Hearing Loss (Nov. 29, 1999). The Daily Mail reports that a new study, released from the Institute of Hearing Research in Scotland, has noted that the popularity of the personal stereo has increased the number of youths who will have hearing problems early. The researchers are advocating for decibel limits for personal stereos and clubs in Britain.
Toshiba Introduces MRI Scanner that Reduces Noise for Patient By 90% (Nov. 29, 1999). Business Wire reports that Toshiba has introduced an MRI scanner that is 90% quieter than previous models.
Research Suggests that a Sauna's Mild Heat Shock May Activate Genes that Protect Against Hearing Loss (Nov. 27, 1999). The New Scientist reports that a study at Boston's Harvard Medical School suggests that a sauna -- which essentially subjects the body to mild heat shock -- may prepare the ears to better handle excessive noise. Heat-shock proteins normally serve to protect proteins from unfolding and to re-fold damaged ones; once activated by the sauna, these proteins may be protecting proteins that could normally be damaged by noise.
Scottish Paper Notes Health Dangers of Noise (Nov. 20, 1999). The Scotsman prints an article relating to the health risks of noise exposure. While it talks about stress, high blood pressure, and other problems noted in many articles, it does talk about a few local statistics and specific disorders worth mentioning here.
Gillette, Wyoming Mine Officials Say New Noise Regulations Are Unfair (Nov. 19, 1999). The Denver Post reports that new regulations by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) are being called unfair by mine officials in the Gillette, Wyoming area. The regulations call for a three-tiered "engineering, administration, and hearing protection" strategy, which officials say they are already following. They do say that they will be working on quieter mufflers and exhaust systems.
Oklahoma City Council Considers Buyout of Small Town Near Tinker Air Force Base to Remove Residents from Noise and Pollution Risks (Nov. 17, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that Oklahoma City Council is considering support of a buyout of a community near Tinker Air Force Base now that research has linked volatile organic compounds from years of aircraft refurbishing to average birth weights two-ounces lower than normal. At least one representative believes a buyout should occur on the basis of noise alone.
Brisbane, Australia Group Tells Senate Inquiry that Proposed Parallel Runway at Brisbane Airport Would Make Learning Difficult for Children, Exacerbate Health Problems for All (Nov. 15, 1999). The Australian General News reports that a statement from Ban Aircraft over Residential Brisbane (BARB) was presented to a senate inquiry in Brisbane, Australia on problems associated with the proposed parallel runway at Brisbane Airport; potential problems include increased learning difficulties in schoolchildren and health problems.
Residents in Warwick, Pennsylvania Argue Against Potentially Noisy Go-Kart Track In Last Hearing Before Decision (Nov. 3, 1999). The Intelligencer Journal reports that Warwick, Pennsylvania residents used the last public hearing for a proposed go-kart track to reiterate concerns about noise and pollution. The applicants have promised to erect five-foot-high earthen berms on two sides of the track, and will erect taller walls if needed. The decision is due November 15.
Study Finds Hearing Loss Can Lead to Depression and Withdrawal from Relationships (Nov. 1, 1999). The Deseret News reports that health problems related to hearing loss may include "depression, anxiety, paranoia and social isolation."
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.
Kennewick, Washington Audiologist Says On-the-Job Noise is Often the Cause of Hearing Loss (Oct. 15, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire discusses hearing loss with expert Francis Aiello from the Columbia Basin Hearing Center. Aiello mentions several ways that recent patients have damaged their hearing. He also explains how hearing loss occurs, and notes that the average age for patients visiting the Center has decreased.
Study in Dhaka City, Bangladesh Reveals Surprisingly High Levels of Noise; Public May Now Become More Aware of Associated Health Risks (Sep. 20, 1999). The Independent reports that a study on the presence of noise pollution in Dhaka City, Bangladesh revealed that many parts of the city have high levels of noise. Noise in the city exceeded World Health Organization recommendations in many places. Factors that contribute to the problem include densely packed structures, construction, loudspeakers, and lack of green spaces to absorb sound waves. Ailments such as tinnitus, vestibular symptoms, irritability, blood pressure and stress may result from continued exposure to noise above 65 decibels; exposure to noise higher than 80 decibels can permanently damage hearing.
Research on Noise in Dhaka, Bangladesh Presented at Meeting Suggests Measures to Quiet the City (Sep. 19, 1999). The Independent reports that noise research, gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh and presented there yesterday, discussed the dangers of excessive noise in the city and some possible solutions. Noise in the city ranges from 68 to 106.2 decibels, although the World Health Organization has said that 65 decibels is the highest acceptable level. The article notes that attendees of the seminar included several government leaders.
Mine Safety and Health Administration Issues New Standards to Protect Miners from Prolonged Exposure to Dangerous Noise (Sep. 9, 1999). The U.S. Newswire reports that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will now require mine operators to monitor noise exposure and also make training, hearing tests, and hearing protection available to miners who are exposed to more than an 85 decibel average over eight hours. Hearing loss is one of the top occupational hazards among miners, and may reduce safety in the workplace.
Phone-Answering Jobs in UK and Elsewhere May Be Dangerous to Employees' Hearing (Sep. 7, 1999). The Times reports that people who answer telephones for a living in the UK and elsewhere may be damaging their hearing. Workers, who often sit less than two feet apart in a noisy room with over 100 other employees, experience symptoms including tinnitus, rushing sounds, and certain frequencies that cause pain. Earphones must be turned up loud because of the noisy environment, and piercing beeps indicate when a call is about to come through. Also, unexplained noise shocks -- which reach 140 decibels -- sometimes come through earphones and may cause significant damage after even one exposure.
Letter Writer Says Placement of Housing Developments Near DIA Airport in Aurora, Colorado Sets Stage for Future Litigation Over Noise (Sep. 6, 1999). The Denver Rocky Mountain News prints a letter to the editor by a realtor from Aurora, Colorado. The writer is concerned that after DIA Airport was built intentionally in an area away from residential neighborhoods, new development plans will place residences there and set the stage for future litigations that taxpayers will end up paying for.
Columnist Muses On the Increasing Use of Amplification In Traditionally Un-amplified Musicals, Plays and Operas, and Likens the Trend to Excessively Loud Movies and TV Ads (Sep. 3, 1999). Newsday prints a column on the increasing use of amplification in theatrical performance, noting the New York City Opera will be using amplification for the first time this season. She compares the technological progression with the increasing volume of movies -- up to an average of 110 decibels in some dramatic climaxes -- when the Royal Institute for the Deaf advises that people exposed to more than 90 decibels in the workplace wear ear protection. She also notes that TV advertisers crank the volume on their commercials. She finally returns to the business of theater, saying that amplification may encourage the growth of theater size and destroy intimate traditionally-sized venues.
Protest of Long Island Railroad Train Whistle Draws Support From Residents and Politicians (Sep. 3, 1999). Newsday reports that 40 people gathered at Sayville, New York's Long Island Railroad (LIRR) station yesterday to protest a loud train whistle which has gotten louder since the introduction of double-decker trains. LIRR officials defend the whistles importance in assuring safety, citing federal guidelines that require a MINIMUM of 96 decibels at 100 feet in front of the train; still, they are performing a study on the whistles. Loud sounds such as train whistles can cause hearing loss, and a temporary increase in blood pressure and weakened immune system.
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.
Motorcyclists Riding Over 50 MPH May Experience Hearing Damage After Two Hours, Even With a Helmet (Aug. 26, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that motorcyclists can damage their hearing, if they ride over 50 MPH on a regular basis, simply from wind noise. At 65 MPH, two hours of riding can cause permanent damage; at 80 MPH, one hour can cause damage. A study conducted in the early 1990s in Britain showed hearing loss in 250 motorcyclists who rode regularly for at least five years with helmets but without earplugs.
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.
Residents of Lyons Park, Oklahoma Want Wall Between Highway and Elementary School; Purpose Would Be to Quiet Noise and Also Increase Safety of Students (Aug. 23, 1999). The Daily Oklahoman reports that residents of Lyons Park, Oklahoma want a wall on Interstate 44. They want noise to be abated, but many are more concerned with the proximity of an elementary school playground to a dangerous section of the highway. At least three accidents have occurred in the last year during school hours. A wall was promised to residents in 1970 when the highway was first built.
Public Health Report Regarding Greymouth, New Zealand Helipad Says Noise and Fumes Are Unreasonable, Sets Requirements for Improvement (Aug. 17, 1999). The Press reports that after Franz Josef, New Zealand's Westland District Council received a public health report requiring noise and fume mitigation at a local helipad, a special committee developed possible solutions. These could include limitation of total helicopters to 9, relocation of the pad farther from residences, limitations on flights before 7 am and after 9 pm, and mitigation of noise from "ground operations."
Letter to the Editor in London, Reprinted from 1940s', Addresses Disturbing Qualities of Noise (Aug. 16, 1999). The Times reprints a letter to the editor written by Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones (1857-1943), a London physician who often wrote to the paper first half of the 1900s. He was involved in finding new ways to treat those with mental diseases.
Plymouth, United Kingdom Physician Says Loud Movies Should Include Health Warnings (Aug. 16, 1999). The Evening Herald reports that according to a doctor in Plymouth, U.K., loud movies should include a health warning. Movies, trailers, and advertisements are getting louder, according to the British Standards Institution. In the U.K., employees must be warned of noise levels above 85 decibels, and hearing protection must be provided if the levels breach 90; three popular movies were mentioned that exceeded 100 decibels.
Traffic Policemen in India Subjected to Excessive Noise and Pollution (Aug. 16, 1999). The Hindu reports that in India, traffic police are exposed to high levels of noise and pollution. Many suffer from respiratory problems, and 'auto-rickshaws' with altered mufflers can damage hearing. Despite the prevalence of health problems, many police do not attend free check-ups offered to them. "Goggles, masks against dust, and ear protection" are being proposed as mandatory equipment for traffic police
Scottish Soldier's Claim that Army Damaged His Hearing Is Rejected (Aug. 6, 1999). The Herald reports that a claim from a former soldier in Scotland, who says his 53% hearing loss is due to excessive noise he was subjected to in the army, has been rejected. Since his army discharge was in 1990, the judge decided he had waited too long beyond the usual three-year period.
U.K. Study Highlights Earlier Hearing Problems, Spurs Safer Sound Campaign in Scotland (Aug. 3, 1999). The Scotsman reports that a Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) study has found that 80% of young people don't worry about their hearing, although half of them have trouble listening to loud music. RNID has started a Safer Sound campaign to encourage people to protect their hearing; the campaign is encouraged by a Norway study which found a 50% reduction in hearing problems after a seven-year public-awareness campaign.
Scientists Say Hearing Loss Is Partially Due to Genetic Predisposition, In Addition to Exposure to Loud Noise (Aug. 3, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that although loud noise undoubtedly plays a role in hearing loss, scientists are discovering that genetic predisposition plays a large part as well.
Noise Restrictions and Runway Layout Blamed for Congestion at Sydney, Australia's Kingsford Smith Airport (Aug. 2, 1999). Aviation Week and Space Technology reports that Sydney, Australia's Kingsford Smith Airport (KSA) is facing inefficiency and safety problems due in large part to noise restrictions. Regulations which encourage the frequent switching of runways to spread noise is "tiring, demoralizing and overwhelming [to] air traffic controllers." Pilots are often asked to land on runways against high winds, even when safer runways are available, for the sake of noise reduction. Flight-paths are often restricted in an attempt to reduce noise, which pilots say are futile and wasteful. Some successful noise-regulation measures have included maximization of flight-time over water, and a night curfew on passenger jets.
Nelson, New Zealand Residents, Already Campaigning for Ban on Nighttime Logging Truck Runs On One Street, Widen Proposed Ban to Include All Residential Streets At All Times (Jul. 29, 1999). The Nelson Mail reports that Nelson, New Zealand residents, who were already campaigning against nighttime logging truck runs on Nile Street have widened the proposed ban to include all residential streets at all times. Complaints surrounding logging trucks have included noise and safety issues, made worse after a log fell from a truck recently. The logging company pledges increased safety but says they need to use residential streets. Residents plan to continue pushing the council, which is perceived in a cynical light.
Citing Hearing Loss at Younger Ages, Wise Ears Campaign Wants You to Protect Your Hearing (Jul. 27, 1999). The Washington Post reports on the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, which is part of an ongoing campaign to educate the public about noise-induced hearing loss and how to prevent it. It discusses the hair cells in your ear responsible for hearing, as well as types of noise that can damage those cells.
Americans Losing Their Hearing at Younger Ages Due to Noise (Jul. 25, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that our noisy society and behavior is causing Americans to lose their hearing at younger ages than ever before; 26% more incidences of hearing loss in those aged 45-65 have occurred in the last nineteen years. High tones are lost first, making it harder to hear consonants which carry all the information in speech. Regular exposure to sounds of louder than 90 decibels can slowly damage auditory cells, and sounds like firecrackers of up to 140 decibels can damage hearing immediately and painfully. To avoid hearing loss, you can wear ear plugs while at loud concerts or operating loud appliances or machines, and keep stereos lower. The article also mentions digital hearing aids, which can be two to three times more expensive but can also effectively screen out certain frequencies of undesirable sound.
Yomiuri, Japan Residents Disappointed in Court's Rejection of Night-Flight Ban; One Resident Particularly Angry Since Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Forced Her Son to Give Up His Dream (Jul. 24, 1999). The Daily Yomiuri reports that the Tokyo High Court rejected a bid by residents of Yomiuri, Japan to ban noisy night-flights at Atsugi Air Base. The court required the government to pay 170 million yen in damages for pain and suffering to residents and to continue soundproofing homes in the residential area, but set no date to move night operations to another location. The article goes on to tell the sad story of a particular resident's son, which included his being forced to give up his dream of musical arrangement because of noise-induced hearing loss caused by lifetime exposure to the airport noise.
Australian Columnist Jokes About Her Experience of Going Deaf at 29 From Accidents, Discusses Toxic Noise as Another Cause of Hearing Loss for Young People (Jul. 20, 1999). The Evening Standard reports prints a humorous column, written about the author's serious problem of accident-induced hearing loss. Most hearing loss in young people is due to loud noise or music, and people under 30 are starting to show signs of hearing loss formerly found in those over 50. Danger of exposure to dangerous levels of sound is increasing, and Australia's medical community is launching a campaign to point out how dangerous noise can be. Neuro-toxins like cigarettes can also worsen hearing loss.
Will Pleas For Quiet Go Unheard? (Jul. 8, 1999). The Herald Express reports that England's National Noise Action Day may only be a good idea.
Noise Action Day Prompts England's Environment Minister To Ask For Quieter, Gentler Neighbors (Jul. 8, 1999). An M2 Presswire article reports that England's Environment Minister, Michael Meacher, addressed an audience at a shopping center in Westminster on Noise Action Day, asking people to consider their neighbors and live quieter lives. Meacher told the audience that overexposure to noise has an adverse effect on our lives and our health.
Noise Activists in England Call For Stronger Ordinances (Jul. 8, 1999). The Birmingham Post reports that excessive noise ranging from quarreling neighbors and overly loud stereos to jet noises overhead have prompted an increase in noise activism in England.
UK Groups Say Noise Is Hazardous to Your Health (Jul. 7, 1999). According to the Times Newspapers, you can get sick from an over exposure to noise. Loud music, neighbors that fight, barking dogs and the do-it-yourselfer who uses a hammer and drill too long are all among the most emphatic noise complaints.
UK Noise Advocates Provide Education on National Noise Action Day (Jul. 7, 1999). Complaints about noise are increasing, says the Evening Herald, and the complaints come from people who live near quarreling neighbors, nightclubs and airports, just to name a few.
UK Town Councils Urge Quiet Reflection On National Noise Awareness Day (Jul. 7, 1999). According to the Derby Evening Telegraph, the North East Derbshire District Council called for day of quiet and consideration among neighbors in honor of National Noise Awareness Day.
Increasing Noise Complaints in UK Prompts Activists to Call for Strategy (Jul. 7, 1999). The Press Association reports that noise is a health hazard as well as an irritant, but we're not doing enough to mitigate it.
Noise Activists Call for Considerate Neighbors for the Millennium (Jul. 7, 1999). Valerie Weedon of The Noise Network, says that noise is both an irritant and a health hazard, and we're not doing enough to mitigate it. <
Utah Residents Want Noise Barrier on I-15 (Jul. 7, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune says that residents in Farmington, Utah want the city to build a sound barrier along Interstate 15. They've gathered over 1,000 signatures asking the city to accept state funding for a concrete slab from the Utah Department of Transportation. If the city declines, residents say they have over 25 percent more signatures than they need to get on the ballot at voting time in November.
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.
Florida Airport Runway Construction Prompts Noise Debate (Jul. 2, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports that Palm Beach International Airport's (PBIA) runway construction work has some residents consulting heir attorneys.
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.
Silence Is golden (Jul. 2, 1999). The following Op Ed article appeared in the Jerusalem Post.
National Campaign for Hearing Health Offers Four Tips to Protect Your Hearing on the Fourth of July and Beyond (Jun. 30, 1999). PR Newswire reports that the National Campaign for Hearing Health offers four tips to protect your hearing during the upcoming Fourth of July fireworks and beyond. First, wear ear protection when you plan to be around loud noise such as fireworks. Second, discipline yourself to listen to music only as loud as necessary. Third, cover your ears when loud noise such as sirens or aircraft surprise you. Fourth, watch fireworks from a comfortable distance, or use ear protection. Fireworks can produce noise up to 190 decibels, 110 decibels higher than the point at which ear damage can begin to occur. Toxic noise such as that can lead to tinnitus, or potentially deafness.
Irish Soldier Receives Financial Award for Army-Related Hearing Loss (Jun. 16, 1999). The Irish Times reports a long-term Irish soldier successfully sued the Minister for Defense and State for the hearing loss he suffered while in the army.
Magnolia, WA and Seattle Suburbs Protest Night Flights At Boeing Field (Jun. 16, 1999). The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports residents of Magnolia, WA and other Seattle suburbs are seeking an alternative night flight path into Boeing Field, instead of the current one directly over Magnolia.
Dallas, TX Columnist Complains about Overly-Stimulating Ballpark Noise (Jun. 15, 1999). The Dallas Morning News ran an opinion column by William McKenzie, who feels ballparks are becoming too noisy for patrons.
Noise Greatest Cause of Hearing Loss in Aging Baby Boomers (Jun. 14, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports President Clinton's noise-related hearing loss has prompted other baby boomers to seek treatment for their own noise-related hearing problems.
Orlando, FL Journalist Bemoans Country's Increasing Volume (Jun. 13, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune ran an opinion piece by reporter Kate Santich, who worries people are too accepting of this country's increasing level of noise.
Limited Regulation of Leaf Blowers Back in New Jersey State Legislature, Gardeners Happy (Jun. 1 1999). Bc Cycle reports that an impending bill in the California legislature, if passed, would limit cities and counties in their regulation of noisy leaf blowers. Gardeners are backing the legislation for the second time, claiming that bans and regulations on the noisy gardening tools threaten the use of the tool they say is essential in 19 New Jersey cities. (Jun. 1, 1999). SACRAMENTO - Bc Cycle reports that cities and counties would be limited in their regulation of noisy leaf blowers by an impending bill in the state Legislature.
California Towns Consider Restrictions on Personal Watercraft, Residents Line Up On Both Sides (May 31 1999). The PM Cycle reports that jet skis, boats and all personal watercraft will face new restrictions at Donner Lake near Truckee. Noise, water quailty and safety are all concerns addressed in the regulations, according to the article. The article goes on to say that residents in Truckee and Donner Lake are calling for for sweeping changes in regulation of watercraft based on a similar ban at nearby Lake Tahoe. Other residents who support stricter regulation claim the new restrictions are not strict enough, while still others oppose the new restrictions claiming their civil rights are being violated, the article says. (May 31, 1999). TRUCKEE, Ca - Pm Cycle reports that jet skis and other personal watercraft will face new and sweeping restrictions at nearby Donner Lake in a proposal by the town council.
Celebrity Late Night Flights in Teterboro Fuel Local Concern and Action (May 31 1999). The New York News reports that Hollywood celebrities, professional sports teams, and corporate executives who jet into the Teterboro Airport during late night and early morning hours have prompted neighborhood residents to lodge formal complaints, calling for an investigation by nearby municipalities, noise monitoring organizations and state and federal legislators. (May 31, 1999). TETERBORO, N.J. - The Daily News (New York) reports that the jet set is welcome at Teterboro Airport but not their noisy planes.
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.
AIRPORT'S REBATE PROGRAM HELPS LAND QUIETER FLIGHTS (May 30 1999). According to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, airport officials at Palm Beach International Airport are paying airlines over $200,000 in rebates if they use quieter airliners. (May 30, 1999). The article also quoted Waters regarding the protocol airlines must follow the regulations. "If a carrier backslides from quarter to quarter, or if they increase number of nighttime Stage 2 operations, they get nothing," she said.
Group Says Jet Skis Cause Great Harm to Air, Waterways (May 29, 1999). The Boston Globe reports that a Maryland conservation group and personal watercraft industry officials are clashing over pollution concerns caused by jet skis.
JET NOISE RATTLES AHWATUKEE FOOTHILLS; FLIGHT-PATH SHIFT ANGERS RESIDENTS (May 29, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports that the residents of the Ahwatukee Foothill have complained that their once peaceful and serene neighborhoods are destroyed by increased noise from airplanes leaving Sky Harbor International Airport. The article says that although residents are pressuring local and federal officials for help, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the problem may lessen somewhat on its own. (May 29, 1999). Phoenix, AZ - The Arizona Republic reports that the residents of the Ahwatukee Foothills have complained that their once peaceful and serene neighborhoods are being destroyed by increased noise from airplanes leaving nearby Sky Harbor International Airport.
Jet Noise Distrubs Arizona Foothills and Angers Residents (May 29, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports that the residents of the Ahwatukee Foothills have complained that their once tranquil neighborhoods are being destroyed by increased noise from airplanes leaving nearby Sky Harbor International Airport.
Bid For Noise Barrier Puts Arizona Town Council Against the Wall (May 28, 1999). A city councilwoman in Peoria wants the town council to approve a bid for a block wall between a busy avenue and nearby homes with acre-plus lots. Her proposal is controversial because she would be one of the wall's biggest beneficiaries. The town council voted to table the discussion until after her term expires in June. (May 28, 1999). Peoria, AZ - The Arizona Republic reports that Councilwoman Rebekah Coty wants a block wall built between Olive Avenue and the homes in West Olive Farms, a development in Peoria with acre-plus lots.
Louisiana Residents Angered by Airport's Delay To control Noise (May 28, 1999). The Times-Picayune reports that residents of Kenner, a small town near the New Orleans airport attended a public hearing about airplane noise. The purpose of the hearing was to explain recommendations given by the federal government, but residents were suspicious that the hearing was merely window dressing, and that the results simply justify what airport officials are already doing.
California City To Sue Orange County Over Flights (May 27, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that the Irvine City Council took an aggressive legal position instead of merely accepting flight demonstrations scheduled at the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro.
California Senate Approves Budget Increase For Airport Noise Remedies (May 27, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the California Senate approved a $400,000 budget increase to insulate homes in the flight path of Burbank Airport against noise.
California State Senate Oks Funds For Flight Path (May 27, 1999). The Los Angeles times reports that the state Senate voted to add $400,000 to the state budget for insulating 50 homes that lie under the flight path of Burbank Airport.
City Council Approves Noise Abatement Policy (May 27, 1999). According to the Bangor Daily News, Bangor city councilors on the airport committee approved a noise abatement policy for Bangor International Airport. (May 27, 1999). BANGOR - According to the Bangor Daily News, city councilors on the airport committee approved a noise abatement policy for Bangor International Airport (BIA).
City Council Approves Noise Abatement Policy (May 27, 1999). BANGOR - According to the Bangor Daily News, city councilors on the airport committee approved a noise abatement policy for Bangor International Airport (BIA).
Commonwealth Court Examines Hazardous Noise for Workers' Compensation (May 27, 1999). The Legal Intelligencer reports two cases in which the Commonwealth Court has looked at the circumstances where a Workers' Compensation Judge may review and consider the facts of a case.
English Businessman Wins Damages Over Aircraft Noise (May 27, 1999). The Press Association of England reports a High Court awareded a wealthy resident É10,750 because of the effect of aircraft noise on the value of his home. The PA article the judge as stating that it was not as if the residence - 15 miles from Gatwick Airport- was "on the end of a B52 runway", but it was a question of degree of noise. The article stated that the resident, Graham Farley, was not an overly sensitive man and had done his best to tolerate the situation. Farley attempted to avoid problems initially by giving instructions to Michael Skinner, a surveryor whom he had paid, to check the effect of the house's proximity to Gatwick, and now his view now was that he shouldn't have to tolerate the noise.
How Loud Can Sound Be? (May 27, 1999) According to The Hartford Courant, sound, which is measured in decibels (dB), ranges from normal conversation at 50 to 60 dB to the loudest sound tolerated by the human ear at about 120dB. The Hartford Courant gives several examples of different sounds that we hear in the course of a normal day. A soft whisper measures 30 dB. Trains can produce a sound measuring as high as 93 dB about 100 feet in advance. An alarm clock at two feet measures 80 dB. Immediate danger to the human ear is 120 dB, sound levels from a thunderclap or in front of speakers at rock concerts. (May 27, 1999). THE Hartford Courant reports on sound volume, which is measured in decibels, (dB). The article gives several expampls of different sounds that we can hear in the course of a normal day. Normal conversation measures about 50 to 60 dB. According to the Courant, the loudest sound that can be tolerated by the human ear is about 120 dB. Federal Railroad Administration officials, reports the Courant, say a train traveling 45 miles per hour or greater would produce a sound measuring a maximum of 93 dB. The article goes on to say that FRA regulations require train warning horns to be set no less than 96dB, to be heard 100 feet in advance. The article lists several other sounds that we hear: 30 dB -- a quiet Library or soft whisper; 70 dB -- busy traffic, noisy restaurant. At this level, reports the Courant, noise may begin to affect your hearing if exposure is constant. Subways, heavy city traffic, alarm clock at two feet, and factory noise all measure 80 dB. These noises are dangerous if you are exposed to them for more than eight hours. A Chain saw, stereo headphones, pneumatic drill measure 100 dB. According to the article, even two hours of exposure can be dangerous at 100 dB and with each 5 dB increase, the "safe time" is cut in half. Sound at a Rock concert in front of speakers, sandblasting, thunderclap measure 120 dB, and the danger is immediate, reports the Courant. At 120 dB, the article reports, exposure can injure your ear. A gunshot blast and a jet plane measure 140 dB, and the article reports that any length of exposure time is dangerous and may cause actual pain in the ear. At 180 dB, the sound at a rocket launching pad, noise at this level causes irreversible damage without ear protection and hearing loss is inevitable. The Hartford Courant data on decibel level was compiled by the Deafness Research Foundation for BlueCross and BlueShield of Massachusetts
How Loud Can Sound Be? (May 27, 1999). Sound, which is measured in decibels (dB), ranges from normal conversation (50-60 dB) to the loudest sound tolerated by the human ear (+120dB), according to the Hartford Courant. The article cites several examples of different sounds that we hear in the course of a normal day. A soft whisper measures 30 dB. Trains can produce a sound measuring as high as 93 dB about 100 feet in advance. An alarm clock at two feet measures 80 dB. Immediate danger to the human ear is 120 dB--sound levels from a thunderclap or sitting in front of speakers at rock concerts.
Illinois Airport Plans To Monitor Airplane Noise (May27, 1999). (May 27, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that esidents near Schaumburg Airport have registered so many complaints about airplane noise that airport officials are now monitoring noise levels. Officials added, according to the report, that pilots have emphasized their intent to be as considerate as possible of residents in the area.
Noise Control for Mines Criticized by Republican Senator (May 27, 1999). Associated Press reports Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate subcommittee on employment, safety and training is questioning the Clinton administration's proposal to require that mine operators protect workers from noise by buying quieter machines or rotating employees.
Vote On Noise Ordinance Delayed at Pennsylvania Township Meeting; More than 50 Protest Proposal (May 27, 1999). The Morning Call reports that over 50 residents attended an Upper Saucon Township Board of Supervisors meeting to stop a proposed noise ordinance that defines and enforces noise levels and restricts the location of shooting ranges.
Airplanes' Noise Affects Quality of Life in Vero Beach, Florida (May 26, 1999). Anyone remember the introduction to the "Fantasy Island" TV show?
County Commissioners in Asheville, North Carolina Consult State Wildlife Commission Concerning Noise and Other Disturbance from an Airboat Operation on the French Broad River (May 26, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Buncombe County Commissioners will ask the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for help in determining the environmental threats that a small airboat operation may have on the French Broad River. In addition to environmental concerns, citizens are worried about effects on other recreation, safety, and hearing.
Glendale, California's City Council Voted to Support a Proposed Curfew on Burbank Airport Night Flights (May 26, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the Glendale, California city council voted to support a curfew on night flights at Burbank airport. For at least four years, Glendale's city council had been against the curfew, but with two new council members the council has come to side with the other members of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. The airport had already applied to the FAA for the curfew, and so the vote serves more to identify Glendale as a new ally in the city of Burbank's battle against unrestricted airport expansion and excessive noise.
New Orleans International Airport's Noise Consultants Begin Study, Hold First in Series of Public Hearings (May 26, 1999). The Times-Picayune reports that Barnard Dunkelberg and Associates, a noise consulting firm for the New Orleans International Airport held the first in a new series of public hearings. The firm has begun their 15-month study which will evaluate the effect of airport noise on neighborhoods in nearby Kenner, Louisiana. Noise monitoring sites have been chosen, but which will be used on any day will remain secret.
Stuart, Florida's County Commission Meeting Packed by Witham Field/Martin County Airport Watch Committee Members Demanding Airport Noise Reduction (May 26, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that 100 members of the Witham Field/Martin County Airport Watch packed a County Commission meeting in Stuart, Florida with a list of several demands relating to reduction of airport noise. They claimed that the Commission had basically relinquished control of the airport to the FAA, and was not sufficiently curbing increased air traffic and noise in accordance with their existing limited growth policies. Commission Chairwoman Janet Gettig agreed with their concerns, citing her opposition of several commission actions including recent approval of a new airport lease; she plans to place the issue on the Commission's agenda in the near future.
Farmington, Utah's City Council Stance Against Unattractive Noise Walls on I-15 Less Certain After Residents Push for the Structures (May 23, 1999). The Desert News reports that Farmington, Utah's city council is now wavering in their stance against noise walls on Interstate 15 that they say would be aesthetically unattractive. 175 residents signed a petition saying the freeway noise is 'overwhelming' and that they want noise walls -- attractive or not -- swaying two council members to their side, while the rest of the council voted to postpone a decision until after further study and public input. The council had been opposed to the walls, which would require amendment of the city's master plan, at a public hearing two weeks ago.
Government Officials in West Allis, Wisconsin are Ready to Demand Less Tire-Testing Noise from State Fair Auto-Racing Oval in Response to Increasing Resident Complaints (May 23, 1999). The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the mayor, along with several House Representatives in West Allis, Wisconsin, are ready to demand that the State Fair "Milwaukee Mile" auto-racing oval limit the noise they produce. Noise has been more prevalent due to more frequent in pre-race tire testing and increasing use by an auto-racing school. Residents are very upset and complaining more frequently, but track officials continue to make improvements to the track to draw even more races there.
Noise: Nuisance Or Health Hazard? (May 23, 1999). The New York Times printed the following letter to the Editor arguing that noise is a pollutant and not just a nuisance.
Proposed "Entertainment Zones" in Seattle Would Relax Strict Noise Rules; Some See a Balance Between Residents and Vibrant Nightlife, Others See Residential Density Being Discouraged (May 22, 1999). Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Seattle's loudest late-night businesses may find refuge from the city's tough new noise ordinances -- including $250 fines -- in a new idea: Entertainment Zones. City council is considering designating designating these zones to allow a loud, vibrant nightlife to flourish in some areas while protecting residential tranquility in others. Many businesses love the idea, but at least one citizen group believes the zones would be unfair to current residents and contribute to urban sprawl. The columnists address the issue in a humorous way, following a luckless drunken man through his night.
County Supervisors Approve Jet-Noise Tests at California's El Toro Base Despite Protests Against Its Safety and Accuracy In Conveying Impact of a Constant Operation (May 19, 1999). Los Angeles Times reports that a $1.3 million commercial jet-noise demonstration at El Toro Marine Base in Orange County, California was approved by County supervisors 3-2. The test is intended to give residents an idea of the noise they would experience if the proposed commercial terminal is built on the base, and ten temporary monitoring stations will be set up to objectively gauge the noise. Critics claim that the take-off directions to be used are dangerous and that the test will not accurately convey the impact of a 24-hour commercial airport operation.
Truckee, California's Town Council Considers Restrictions for Personal Watercraft on Donner Lake, Fearing Recent Restrictions at Lake Tahoe will Bring More Polluting Watercraft There (May 18, 1999). The Sacramento Bee reports that Truckee, California's Town Council is considering restrictions on the use of personal watercraft in Lake Donner. Nearby Lake Tahoe recently banned personal watercraft, and residents are afraid make people will come to Lake Donner instead. Personal watercraft release up to 1/4 of their fuel -- including MTBE, benzene, and other chemicals -- unburned into the water, which in turn is used as drinking water by lake-level residents and also imported into Nevada for drinking.
FAA Rules That Burbank, California's Airport Can't Forbid Night Flights (May 14, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the FAA has told Burbank, California's Airport that it can not impose a mandatory curfew on night flights, despite the fact that local noise restrictions were imposed in 1977. Burbank believed that these local restrictions, in place before the 1990 Airport Noise and Capacity Act that bars airports from making new noise rules, would allow them to impose a curfew.
FAA Tells Burbank, California Airport a Study Must Preclude Any Night-Flight Curfew (May 14, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that the FAA told California's Burbank airport that a noise study must preclude a night flight ban. The city of Burbank had sought a ban on flights between 10 PM and 7 AM, as well as a limit of the numbers of flights. City officials acknowledged the setback, but says it was committed to pursuing a curfew, either through a study or through a voluntary agreement with the airlines involved. A voluntary curfew already exists, though it is not always followed.
Younger Generations are Facing More Noise, Making Ear Protection More Critical (May 13, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports on the increase of hearing problems in relatively young people. Louder traffic, appliances, and music put younger people at risk, and have created two generations of kids who will lose more hearing than their parents did. Noise-induced hearing loss affects 20 million Americans, and nearly every other U.S. adult believes he or she has lost some hearing, while one in three 18 to 29-year-olds believes the same. There has been a fourteen percent increase in hearing loss ince 1971, and kids as always think they're immune to health problems like hearing loss.
Stamford, Connecticut Noise Ordinance Enforcement Transferred to Police (May 12, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that Stamford, Connecticut's noise ordinance will now be enforced by police instead of city health inspectors. The change comes in response to continuing, frequent complaints about car stereos, construction, car alarms, and garbage trucks among other noise sources. Fines can be up to $99 per day, and noise limits depend on the type of zone (residential, commercial, industrial) the noise is in.
Stamford, Connecticut Noise Ordinance Enforcement Transferred to Police (May 12, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that Stamford, Connecticut's noise ordinance will now be enforced by police instead of city health inspectors. The change comes in response to continuing, frequent complaints about car stereos, construction, car alarms, and garbage trucks among other noise sources. Fines can be up to $99 per day, and noise limits depend on the type of zone (residential, commercial, industrial) the noise is in.
Pilot Critical of Florida Airport Criticism (May 9, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News in Stuart Florida printed the following letters to the editor concerning airport noise:
Activist from National Campaign for Hearing Health Insists Airline Passengers Need Hearing Protection (May 4, 1999). USA Today reports that John Wheeler, president of the National Campaign for Hearing Health (NCHH) , insists that airline passengers need ear protection. He demonstrated on a twin-engine turboprop airplane that noise during banking maneuvers can reach 115 decibels; if this were a passenger's workplace, OSHA would insist on ear protection for periods of more than 15 minutes. Even during the quieter 110 decibel portion of the flight, OSHA would require ear protection for periods of more than 30 minutes.
When Loud Sound Causes Pain or Ringing in Ears It Is Likely Causes Hearing Damage As Well (Apr. 28, 1999). The Fresno Bee prints a question and answer column addressing a parent's concern over a school dance that caused ringing in his child's ears. The responding doctor explained that loud sounds can shear delicate hair cells from the wall of the cochlea; the hairs usually vibrate and register sounds, but violent sounds can be too much for them. This shearing causes permanent hearing damage. Generally, if sound causes pain or ringing in the ears, it can also cause permanent hearing damage. Damage usually effects the midrange of hearing, which can make it hard to hear normal conversations. Ear plugs can help reduce the intensity of loud sounds, reducing damage.
Previous Decision To Require a Landlord in London, England to Soundproof His Apartments from Noise was Overturned Because Existing Noise Act Exempts Vehicles on the Street (Apr. 27, 1999). The Press Association reports on a successful appeal in London, England by a landlord who was ordered to soundproof his apartments against traffic noise. The High Court ruled that although environmental laws require that apartments not compromise the tenants health, noise from street vehicles is not considered a statutory nuisance that could compromise health. The landlord had refused to soundproof his apartments, and was taken to court; his successful appeal frees him of the order for the time being. The presiding judges noted that railway noise was not exempted, though it was not an issue in this case.
Data Shows Americans Are Suffering Hearing Loss at Younger Ages; Loss is Due to Recreational As Well As Workplace Noise (Apr. 26, 1999). U.S. News & World Report reports that Americans are losing their hearing at younger ages -- sometimes even as teenagers -- than previous generations. While OSHA has worked to limit noise exposure in the workplace, little has been done to regulate recreational noise exposure. The article is laden with statistics and decibel values for common noise sources, as well as stories of individuals who have been affected by noise from sources such as the following: concerts, gunfire, the military, rallies, fire engines, and even music at health clubs. One startling statistic is that the Veterans' Administration has spent $4 billion dealing because of hearing loss from 1977-1998.
O'Hare Residents Place an Ad To Combat Increased Daytime Air Trafic (Apr. 24, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that concerned communities near the O'Hare International Airport have taken out a full-page ad in order to motivate people to contact their lawmakers and voice their concerns about increased air traffic which they feel will lead to more noise pollution and collisions.
Opponents of El Toro Airport Question Safety and Noise Pollution Associated With Increased Air Traffic (Apr. 24, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that recommendations by the Orange County Board of Supervisors for enlarging the El Toro Airport to about half the size of the Los Angeles Airport are being met with opposition by those who say the airport will cause increased noise pollution for residents of neighboring communities as well as increase the likelihood of accidents due to the increased traffic.
Charleston, South Carolina Council To Decide Whether Barking Dogs Will Face The Long Arm of the Law (Apr. 22, 1999). The Charleston Post and Courier reports that one woman is up in arms over the barking dogs that are preventing her and her children from getting sleep. She is in full support of a proposed law that would fine dog owners who do not silence their animals.
Residents Hope Monitors at Schaumburg Regional Airport, Illinois Will Help Bring Back Some Peace and Quiet (Apr. 22, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that at Schaumburg Regional Airport in Illinois, citizen complaints have prompted airport officials to begin monitoring the noise levels of departures and arrivals in order to ensure that the airport is complying with FAA regulations.
Manatee County, Florida Officials Enforce Noise Ordinance To Bring Peace and Quiet To Neighborhoods (Apr. 21, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the Manatee County has had so many noise complaints from residents that they have decided to crack down on offenders by giving the existing noise ordinance more of a bite.
Newport News, Virginia Residents Demand Peace and Quiet in Their Community (Apr. 21, 1999). The Newport News Daily Press reports that citizens of Newport News, Virginia want to put a stop to noise that is affecting their lives. Although the City Council is trying to find a solution to the noise problems that are plaguing residents, deciding which establishments will be liable for excess noise is causing some disagreement.
Vancouver, British Canada Residents Want Indy Car Race Out of Their Neighborhood (Apr. 21, 1999). The Ottawa Sun reports that a group of citizens in Vancouver, B.C. want the Molson Indy Car Race to leave their neighborhood despite race organizer's attempts to placate them with offers of free hotel rooms, field trips for children, and earplugs.
300 Witham Field Residents Vent Frustration Over Airport Noise and Pollution at Public Meeting (Apr. 20, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports that residents who live near Witham Field in Stuart, Florida gathered at a public meeting to hear airport officials and experts address their concerns regarding noise and air pollution created by the huge jets taking off and landing at the airport.
Letter to the Editor: Problems at Witham Airport in Stuart, Florida Must Be Addressed Sooner Than Later (Apr. 20, 1999). The Palm Beach Post printed a letter to the editor from John Decker stating that the expansion of Witham airport in Stuart, Florida is causing pollution and health problems for those living near the airport, and that something has to be done to address these concerns.
Residents of Madison's East Side Get Sound Barriers To Quiet Noise From Expanded Interstate 90 (Apr. 20, 1999). Wisconsin State Journal reports that Madison, Wisconsin residents have received $3.7 million worth of sound barriers complements of the state government in order to quiet the noise arising from expansion of Interstate 90-94.
Too Many Gulls Drive a Waukegan, Illinois Man to Appeal Cannon Booms Used to Scare Birds Away (Apr. 20, 1999). Chicago Tribune reports that the propane cannons used to frighten nesting gulls away from the Waukegan, Illinois lakefront have one man fighting mad over the incessant noise.
The Noise Lovers I Have Known (Apr. 19, 1999). Sarasota Herald-Tribune recently printed Daryl Lease's editorial on his reaction to and encounters with people who seem to thrive on noise.
Chicago Suburbs Struggle to Fairly Allocate O'Hare Soundproofing Money (Apr. 18, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports trustees in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, have approved a plan to select houses for soundproofing this year although it doesn't please everyone.
Florida Residents Complain of Increasing Noise from Witham Field Airport (Apr. 18, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports residents of nearby communities are protesting noise and increased air traffic at Witham Field in Stuart, Florida.
Navy Official Stresses Need for Air Training (and Noise) (Apr. 18, 1999). The Times-Picayune published the following article from Maj. Tom Deall, a public affairs officer for the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. In his article, Maj. Deall addresses complaints from homeowners who live in the take-off or landing paths of military airplanes:
Third Mass. Congressman Opposes New Runway at Logan Airport (Apr. 18, 1999). The Boston Globe reports a third Massachusetts congressman, citing noise pollution, recently joined the opposition of a new runway at Boston's Logan Airport.
Encroaching Development, Along with Noise and Safety Issues, Could Close Additional Arizona Air Bases (Apr. 17, 1999). The Associated Press reports as development and a growing number of people move to areas around Luke Air Force Base and Arizona's other military airports, the danger may be increasing for both residents and military bases alike.
Letter: Noise from Stuart Airport Robs Residents of Peace and Quiet in Former Florida Paradise (Apr. 17, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News published a letter from Dorothy Coutant of Stuart, Florida. Ms. Coutant contends increased noise at the nearby airport is robbing residents of peace and quiet. She writes:
NC Residents Seek Relief from Noise and Artificial Light (Apr. 17, 1999). The Morning Star reports the Ocean Isle Beach Planning Board will meet later this month to craft ordinances that regulate noise and outdoor lighting as neighborhoods expand on the North Carolina barrier island.
NH Business Loses 1st Round to Block Runway Plan; Will Return to Court to Collect Noise Damages (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.
Noise Expert Calls Plans for Illinois Power Plant 'Fatally Flawed' (Apr. 17, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports a noise expert testified Friday that an electrical generating plant near Woodstock, Illinois, may create enough noise to be considered a nuisance for neighbors.
Texas Residents Feel Betrayed by Reduction of Sound Wall (Apr. 17, 1999). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Texas Department of Transportation's decision this week to reduce a sound barrier wall between Trophy Club and the Texas 114 bypass by 420 feet is a betrayal of an agreement reached 10 years ago, residents and officials said yesterday.
With Noise Ordinance Vote, Arkansas Town Remains Quiet (Apr. 17, 1999). The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports residents of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, sent a message loud and clear Tuesday that they want a quiet little town.
Compromise Proposed over Noisy Fans at Wisconsin School (Apr. 16, 1999). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a plan that should reduce the noise from rooftop ventilating units at the high school was endorsed Thursday by the West Bend, Wisconsin, school board.
Foes Insist Airport at California's El Toro Won't be 'Quiet and Friendly' (Apr. 16, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports despite a flawed study, opponents of an airport at El Toro insist noise from departing aircraft would disturb 250,000 California residents.
Letter: Singapore Citizens Urged to Reduce Noise Pollution (Apr. 16, 1999). The Straits Times (Singapore) published a letter from Ralph A. Lewin of California, USA, urging the citizens of Singapore to reduce noise pollution. Lewin writes:
MN Lawmakers Vote to Address Airport Noise Before Building New Runway (Apr. 16, 1999). The Associated Press reports noise and pollution issues should be addressed before any more construction happens at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, a Minnesota House panel decided.
South Carolina County Considers Noisy Animal Ordinance (Apr. 16, 1999). The Post and Courier reports the Charleston, South Carolina, County Council, is working to create a fair and enforceable noise ordinance that will give relief to neighbors annoyed by animal noise.
Bill Passes Louisiana House, Protects Churches from Outside Noise (Apr. 15, 1999). The Times-Picayune reports a Louisiana State House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would make it a crime to blast music or other noise within 200 feet of a church, hospital or courthouse.
Calif. Town Upholds Dog-Friendly Parks but says Pet Owners Need to Resolve Noise Complaints (Apr. 15, 1999). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the Encinitas, California, City Council last night upheld the status quo at a "dog-friendly" park despite noise complaints from neighbors. Pet owners, however, were reminded to take responsibility in solving noise complaints from park neighbors.
Conn. Residents Say NIMBY to Heliport and Noise; Planning Commission Gets Final Say (Apr. 15, 1999). The Hartford Courant reports Salem, Connecticut, residents said Wednesday they fear a heliport proposed for their neighborhood will bring noise and safety concerns.
NY State Reps Work to Maintain Flight Restrictions at JFK and LaGuardia (Apr. 15, 1999). Newsday reports four members of the state's congressional delegation met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater yesterday to argue against lifting restrictions on the number of flights at New York City's two airports.
Neighbors Fight Proposed FedEx Hub at NC Airport, Fearing Noise and Loss of Property Values (Apr. 15, 1999). Cox News Service reports a neighborhood coalition, objecting to noise and loss of property values, is threatening to block a proposed Federal Express hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina..
Taos, New Mexico, Will Fight Noisy Air Force Training Flights (Apr. 15, 1999). The Albuquerque Journal reports government officials and residents on Wednesday unanimously opposed a proposed low-level military flight training route across northern New Mexico.
English Court of Appeals Upholds EPA Noise Nuisance Notice Regarding Barking Dogs (Apr. 14, 1999). The Times Newspapers Limited reports a Court of Appeal on March 3 in Colchester, England, upheld the serving of a noise nuisance notice established by the 1990 Environmental Protection Act.
FedEx Expansion at NC Piedmont Airport will Damage Quality of Life (Apr. 14, 1999). News & Record (Greensboro, NC) published an editorial written in response to a defender of a proposed expansion of North Carolina's Piedmont Triad Airport to accommodate a Federal Express hub. The author, Joan Black, contends FedEx at the airport doesn't mean progress but rather a lower quality of life for residents of Guilford County.
Florida Residents Petition against Expansion of Noisy Sawgrass Expressway (Apr. 14, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports residents of one community have petitioned the Florida DOT against expansion of what they say is highway that's already too noisy.
Hull, Mass. Voices Grievances to Massport about Logan Air Traffic and Noise (Apr. 14, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports town officials from Hull, Massachusetts, last night did not accept Massport's rationalization for an additional runway at Boston's Logan Airport. Instead, they voiced a list of airport-related grievances.
Ohio Town Protests Airport Expansion, Citing Noise and Decreased Property Values (Apr. 14, 1999). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports neighbors opposed to the expansion of the Warren County Airport in Lebanon, Ohio, presented town officials with a petition Monday asking for several restrictions.
Committee Urges Tests of Noise Controls Before Proceeding with Redevelopment Plan for Missouri, Housing Complex (Apr. 12, 1999). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports noise is a concern of a committee overseeing expansion of a housing complex in St. Louis, Missouri.
Editorial: Race Track in Haywood, NC, will Mean Noise and Turmoil for Residents (Apr. 12, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times published a rebuttal of Vesta Neale's guest column on Friday, March 26, advocating for a race track in Haywood County, North Carolina. Resident Peggy M. Setzer writes:
Foes of Third Runway at Boston's Logan Airport Question Environmental Justice of Project (Apr. 12, 1999). The Boston Globe reports opponents of a third runway at Boston's Logan Airport are wielding a new argument these days: environmental injustice.
Iowa Town Delays Race Track Until Reliable Noise Data Available (Apr. 12, 1999). The Associated Press reports a proposal to bring stock car racing to Iowa's Waterloo Greyhound Park has been put on hold after zoning commissioners raised concern over noise.
Neighbors Disagree over Sound Walls along Florida's U. S. 441 (Apr. 12, 1999). Tthe Sun-Sentinel reports not all residents are in favor of sound walls along U.S. 441 that cuts through Boca Raton, Florida, despite the planned expansion of the road from two to six lanes.
Texas Town Fines Low-Flying Plane; FAA Says Cities Don't Control Airspace (Apr. 12, 1999). The Austin American-Statesman reports in its latest attempt to control noise from the Addison Airport, the town of Fairview, Texas, recently fine a pilot for violating the town's noise ordinance by flying too low.
Long Island Towns Place Restrictions on Noisy Helicopters (Apr. 11, 1999). The New York Times reports in recent years the freedom to use helicopters has been reduced on Long Island as more and more towns have passed regulations restricting where they can take off and land. And in some areas where helicopters can still operate on private property, neighbors are becoming more vocal about the noise.
Ventura, California, Resident Says Firing Range is a "Noise Generator" Spewing "Aural Graffiti" (Apr. 11, 1999). The Los Angeles Times published a letter from John W. Wagner of Ventura, California. Wagner vehemently opposes the noisy pistol range in his city. Wagner writes:
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.
NC Resident Defends Arguments Made by Critics of FedEx Hub (Apr. 9, 1999). The News & Record (Greensboro, NC) published a letter from Diane Warren of Greensboro, North Carolina. In her letter, Ms. Warren defends arguments made by critics of the FedEx hub at the Triad Airport.
Letter: Airport Noise Impacts Quality of Life in Stuart, Florida (Apr. 9, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News published a letter from Mary Warren of Stuart, Florida. In her letter, Ms. Warren details how noise from Witham Field Airport destroys her quality of life:
Entire Kentucky Town Relocated in Unique Airport Noise Buyout (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.
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.
Contractors Educated on Installing Noise Insulation for Homes Near Indianapolis International Airport (Apr. 9, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports work will begin soon to insulate hundreds of Hendricks County homes from the noise of jets from Indianapolis International Airport.
Mass. Business Leaders and Politicians Choosing Sides in New Logan Runway (Apr. 8, 1999). The Boston Herald reports Boston business leaders last night stated their support for a new runway at Logan Airport along with Gov. Paul Cellucci and Logan Airport officials while Mayor Thomas M. Menino and some members of the state's congressional delegation strongly opposed the addition.
Iowa Stock Car Racing Proposal Tabled for Lack of Noise Data (Apr. 8, 1999). The Associated Press reports a proposal to bring stock car racing to Waterloo Greyhound Park has been put on hold after zoning commissioners raised concern over noise.
Automobile Noise Regulations Now Law in Raleigh, NC (Apr. 8, 1999). The News and Observer reports in attempt to regulate noise from high-powered car stereos, the Raleigh, North Carolina, City Council unanimously approved an automobile noise ordinance Tuesday.
Raligh, NC, Adopts Noise Ordinance to Govern Amplified Music (Apr. 7, 1999). The News and Observer reports the Raleigh, North Carolina, City Council approved a new noise ordinance Tuesday that will govern business where amplified music is played.
West Texas Ranchers Threaten to Sue Over Noise from Air Force Bomber Training (Apr. 7, 1999). The Associated Press reports a large group of West Texas ranchers and farmers have joined together to voice their opposition to Air Force bombing practice that they say will bring noise to ruin their way of life and spook their animals.
Town Near New Orleans Airport Vows to Fight New Runway Plan (Apr. 7, 1999). The Times-Picayune reports a proposed new runway at New Orleans International Airport has the support of the Louisiana Governor but the strong opposition of a nearby town that fears increased noise from roaring jets.
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.
RI Residents Question Justice of Proposed New Flight Tracks at T.F. Green Airport (Apr. 6, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports some Rhode Island residents who will likely hear more noise if proposed new flight paths become a realty at Warwick's T.F. Green Airport questioned last night the justice of such noise distribution.
New Noise Ordinance in Florida Town will Require Special Permits (Apr. 6, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Palmetto, Florida, officials will seek public input on the city's proposed noise-control ordinance amendments at a hearing scheduled for May 3.
Noise is the Thing in the Greensboro, North Carolina FedEx Debate (Apr. 6, 1999). The News & Record published an editorial from resident Ray Rimmer of Greensboro, North Carolina, who says noise, not economics, is the issue of debate in considering FedEx development. Rimmer writes:
Saying, "You Can't Get Away from the Noise Problem," Seekonk, Mass. Zoning Appeals Board Denies Permit for Company (Apr. 5, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the Zoning Board of Appeals in Seekonk, Massachusetts, agreed with residents' noise concerns and denied a permit for a parcel-distribution center in a residential neighborhood.
Michigan Town Wants to Lower Volume on Noisy Car Stereos (Apr. 5, 1999). The Associated Press reports some residents of Saginaw Township, Michigan, want to see a change in a local noise ordinance that would focus on noisy car stereos.
Wisconsin Powerboat Group Challenges Noise Ordinance (Apr. 5, 1999). Chicago Tribune reports a powerboater association will ask for a repeal of a new boating noise ordinance enacted by a waterway authority in Wisconsin.
Noise Study of Bradley Airport Presents Dilemma for Suffield, Conn. (Apr. 5, 1999). The Hartford Courant reports the results of a mini-study show reducing noise in one part of Suffield, Connecticut, will only increase noise in another section of town.
British Columbia Town Restricts Noisy All-Night Dance Parties (Apr. 5, 1999). The Vancouver Sun reports the town of Richmond, British Columbia, has drafted a bylaw that will restrict all night dance parties, known as raves, in response to residents' noise complaints and criticisms of other kinds.
Brochure Informs Residents of Temporary Noise Shifts at O'Hare Airport (Apr. 5, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports summer maintenance projects at O'Hare Airport are expected to create noise shifts over Chicago area communities.
US Rep. Charges Massport with Environmental Injustice in Plan for Third Runway at Boston's Logan Airport (Apr. 4, 1999). The Boston Globe reports a US Congressman representing districts near Logan Airport has objected to Massport's plan for a third runway on grounds of "environmental injustice," saying noise will be unequally distributed over poor, minority communities.
Calif. Writer Says Noise Violates Even Sacred Places in Our Modern World (Apr. 4, 1999). The Ventura County Star published a column in which the author tells of a recent vacation across Coconino National Forest of northern Arizona, where she rediscovered the sounds of silence. But in her attempt to embrace it, she notes the pervasive lack of silence in our modern world.
Queens Residents Vehemently Object to More Flights at New York Airports (Apr. 4, 1999). The New York Times reports New York residents have a hard time believing "The skies will be getting quieter" as the Federal Government considers eliminating flight caps at La Guardia and JFK Airports.
Judge Rules Florida Landowners Must Prove Decreased Property Value in Airport Noise Suit (Apr. 3, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports a judge's ruling may have crippled the case of Palm Beach, Florida, landowners who claim their peace of mind is shattered by the noise of 85 air flights a day over their homes from Palm Beach International Airport.
Raleigh, NC, Home of Db (Decibel) Drag Racer Champion, Adopts Car Audio Ordinance (Apr. 3, 1999). The News and Observer reports in an attempt to control drive-by concerts, Raleigh, North Carolina, will likely adopt an ordinance prohibiting music that is audible 50 feet from a vehicle.
Roxbury, Mass., is Loser in Noise Turf Battle, Say Residents (Apr. 3, 1999). The Boston Globe reports the Runway 27 Coalition in Massachusetts now has former members saying one faction benefited at the expense of another community in its battle over noise pollution from Logan Airport.
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.
Friends of the Earth Supports EU Directive to Ban Noisy Aircraft in Europe (Apr. 2, 1999). According to the European Report, two non -governmental organizations have criticized the European Union for giving in to pressure from the United States to delay a ban on older and louder "hushkitted" aircraft in European skies.
Lawmakers Unite to Impose Noise Restrictions, Including a Curfew, at Teterboro Airport (Apr. 2, 1999). The Record reports federal and state lawmakers are urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to impose curfews at Teterboro Airport and force other restrictions on jet traffic to improve living conditions for neighboring residents.
New Grant Will Soundproof More Homes Affected by Noise from Burbank Airport (Apr. 2, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports a new grant of federal funds will provide sound insulation for more homes affected by noise from the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.
RI Residents Invited to Comment on Plans to Limit Noise from T.F. Green Airport (Apr. 2, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports on Monday, residents of Cranston and Warwick, Rhode Island, will have a final opportunity to comment on a list of noise controls proposed for T.F. Green Airport, including significant changes in the flight paths over the city.
Advisory Board in Mass. Works to Protect Community from Power Plant Noise (Apr. 1, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports Weymouth, Massachusetts, town officials are carefully considering noise and other pollution concerns at a proposed power plant.
Letters: California Residents Continue the El Toro Airport Debate (Apr. 1, 1999). The Los Angeles Times published two letters from California residents expressing their views about El Toro Airport issues. The first letter is written by Michael Steiner of Costa Mesa, California, who criticizes the idea of test flights at El Toro Airport. Steiner writes:
Acoustic Ecology: Hearing Care and Preserving the Rare Sounds of Silence (Apr.1 1999). Cooking Light Magazine reports natural quiet in the United States is difficult to find in these modern times of more cars, more planes, more appliances, and more people. What we hear and how well we hear it is a major concern of both audiologists and a movement called acoustic ecology.
FAA Accused of Having "No Decency;" Residents of Queens, NY, Say More Flights and Noise at LaGuardia and Kennedy Unacceptable (Mar. 31, 1999). Newsday reports residents who live near New York's LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports met in Queens last night to tell FAA officials they are dead set against increased flights and the accompanying noise.
Highland Park, Texas, Works to Educate Public and Enforce New Leafblower Noise Ordinance (Mar. 31, 1999). The Dallas Morning News reports officials are working to make sure residents of Texas town follow a new leafblower noise ordinance.
Canadian Race Officials Offer Compensation to Residents Hit Hardest by Noise from 3-Day Event (Mar. 30, 1999). The Vancouver Sun reports in response to a health board's noise findings on last year's race, the Molson Indy is offering a noise compensation package to residents of a housing complex in Vancouver, British Columbia, during this year's three-day event.
EU Delays Vote to Ban Hushkitted Planes to Allow US to Propose Compromise (Mar. 30, 1999). The Hartford Courant reports the European Union's transport ministers have postponed a vote on the ban of older aircraft, giving U.S. officials more time to work with European Union executives on a compromise.
Pearson Official Pleased with Noise Trials; Rockwood Residents Cry, "Scam!" (Mar. 29, 1999). The Toronto Star reports while a spokesman for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority called the recent trial flight routes at Pearson International Airport "encouraging," residents of Rockwood, Ontario, see little hope of noise relief.
LI Residents Complain about Noise, Fumes, Lights from New Rail Road Yard (Mar. 28, 1999). Newsday reports neighbors of a new Long Island Rail Road yard in Port Jefferson Station, New York, are complaining of noise, fumes, and lights.
Opposition to Logan Expansion Builds in Massachusetts (Mar. 28, 1999). The Boston Globe reports the Massachusetts Port Authority's momentum to get a new runway built at Logan Airport is slowly being matched by the opposition of residents, activists, leaders, and politicians.
EU/US Continue to Disagree over Hushkit Regulations (Mar. 27, 1999). According to the European Report, the US Transportation Secretary told the press in Brussels that the airplane-hushkit dispute between the US and the European Union risks a new trade dispute
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.
Raleigh, NC, Revises Noise Ordinance to Regulate Businesses that Feature Music; Many Homeowners Remain Dissatisfied (Mar. 27, 1999). The News and Observer reports Raleigh, North Carolina, leaders said they tried to balance concern for neighbors' peace and quiet with the needs of a lively urban life when they drafted a revised noise ordinance.
Residents Seek Monetary Damages from Arizona Town, Claiming Lack of Airport Use Disclosure (Mar. 27, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports a group of residents is seeking monetary damages from the town of Gilbert, Arizona, for failing to enforce its own rules about airport disclosure.
Seattle Nightclub Owners Face Stricter Noise Ordinances (Mar. 27, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports proposals to reinforce noise regulations for nightclubs in Seattle neighborhoods are not sitting well with a number of club owners.
Chicago Official Insists Expanded O'Hare Terminal Won't Mean More Noise (Mar. 26, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports a Chicago official on Thursday defended Mayor Daley's planned terminal expansion at O'Hare International Airport as one that will not increase noise.
Neighbors of Seattle's Nightclubs want Peace (Mar. 26, 1999). The Seattle Times reports as a result of increasing complaints, Seattle and Washington state regulators are considering new noise, alcohol and entertainment regulations that club owners fear could ruin their livelihood.
Indiana Residents Along 146th Seek Solutions to Noise from Four Lanes (Mar. 25, 1999). The Indianapolis News reports Indiana residents who live along 146 Street are concerned with finding a way to minimize traffic noise when the new four-lane route is complete.
Arlington Heights Officials Cite Low Compliance with O'Hare Noise Commission's Fly Quiet Program (Mar. 24, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the board of trustees in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is closely watching the city-suburban O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission these days and voicing its concerns about noise.
Clinton, Connecticut, Drafts Noise Ordinance (Mar. 24, 1999). The Hartford Courant reports the town of Clinton, Connecticut, is writing a noise ordinance in response to residents' complaints.
Letter: Scottsdale Resident Accepts Airplane Noise as Here to Stay (Mar. 24, 1999). The Arizona Republic published a letter from Michael Straley of Scottsdale, Arizona. Straley accepts airplane noise as a given and believes related safety concerns in the Scottsdale area are exaggerated. Straley writes:
Minnesota Orchestra Gets OK for Amphitheater, but Opponents Vow to Fight Noise Variance (Mar. 24, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports while the Minnesota Orchestra won approval Wednesday for an outdoor concert amphitheater, it still faces a number of major hurdles, including obtaining a noise variance.
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.
Port of Seattle "Puts Kids First" and Funds Jet Noise Study at Highline Schools (Mar. 24, 1999). The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the Port of Seattle yesterday agreed to fund the noise study for Highline School District whose schools are seriously affected by noise from nearby Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Raleigh Committee Endorses Less Stringent Noise Law; Neighborhood Activists Discuss Strategy to Defeat Ordinance (Mar. 24, 1999). The News and Observer reports a Raleigh City Council subcommittee Tuesday endorsed, on a split vote, a noise ordinance that would allow music-playing businesses in neighborhoods.
Toronto Airport Authority will Test Departures over Industrial Corridors to Reduce Noise from Pearson International Airport (Mar. 24, 1999). Canada NewsWire Ltd. published a press release by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) detailing the planned departure trials for the new north/sough runway at Lester B. Pearson International Airport, (LBPIA). The press release reads as follows:
Bills in the Mass. State House Could Block Logan's Proposed New Runway (Mar. 23, 1999). The Boston Herald reports supporters and opponents of a new runway at Logan Airport are expected to face each other this morning at a contentious Massachusetts' State House hearing on bills that would block the runway's construction.
Cell Phones are the Boom Boxes of the '90's (Mar. 23, 1999). The Buffalo News published an essay pronouncing cell phones the boom boxes of the '90's, creating enough public noise to annoy and offend.
Classroom Noise Puts Primary Students at a Disadvantage (Mar. 23, 1999). The Waikato Times reports an international acoustics expert says elementary students are adversely affected by classroom noise.
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.
Opponents Call Proposed El Toro Test Flights a Waste of Money (Mar. 23, 1999). The Orange County Register reports the proposed El Toro flight demonstration plan that will be considered by the California's Orange County Board of Supervisors is under criticism from opponents.
Virginia Beach Amphitheater Too Loud for Neighbors (Mar. 23, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot reports for the second time in as many years, GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater officials have agreed to turn down the volume of summer concerts, but nearby residents say noise from the venue is still too loud.
Inglewood, California, Burdened with Jet Noise from Los Angeles International Airport (Mar. 22, 1999). City News Service reports Inglewood, California, officials say their town in unfairly burdened with overflights from Los Angeles International Airport.
New Jersey Citizens' Group Sues to Stop Expansion at Newark until Noise Concerns Resolved (Mar. 22, 1999). The Associated Press Wire Services reports a New Jersey citizens' group has decided to sue to stop all expansion at Newark International Airport until the noise issue is resolved.
Noise Study at Louisville International Airport Makes Neighbors Key Participants (Mar. 22, 1999). The Courier-Journal reports a new noise study at Kentucky's Louisville International Airport is aimed at soothing eardrums as well as hard feelings that linger from expansion there a decade ago.
Some Neighbors of Nashville International Airport Wait a Decade for Noise Insulation (Mar. 22, 1999). The Tennessean reports while the majority of houses in the noise contour map for Kentucky's Nashville International Airport have been soundproofed, some residents are still waiting on a list began in 1992.
Anti-Noise Group Hires Law Firm to Battle Expansion at Newark Airport (Mar. 21, 1999). The Associated Press reports a New Jersey group has hired a law firm to battle all expansion at Newark International Airport until the issue of air noise is resolved.
Letter: Third Runway at Logan Airport Will Only Dump More Noise on Boston's Citizens (Mar. 21, 1999). The Boston Globe published a letter from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, resident Moira Raftery. In her letter, Raftery protests a new runway at Boston's Logan Airport where the congested city's citizens are already adversely affected by airplane noise. Raftery writes:
Letters: Los Angeles Area Residents Speak Out About Airports (Mar. 21, 1999). The Los Angeles Times published the following letters from Los Angeles area residents about voters' rights in the wake of new and expanded airports. The first letter is from Leonard Kranser of Dana Point. Kranser writes to clarify the Safe and Health Communities Initiative:
Residents Predict More Noise and Isolation with Florida I-4 Expansion (Mar. 21, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports while the effort to rebuild Florida's Interstate 4 focuses on alleviating rush-hour traffic, residents along the highway fear increased noise, and isolation created by sound barriers.
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.
Denver Councilman Calls for Greater Police Effort to Enforce City's Noise Laws (Mar. 20, 1999). The Denver Post reports a Denver city councilman is pushing for stricter enforcement of the city's noise ordinances.
Test Flights at El Toro Still Waiting Approval from Orange County Supervisors (Mar. 20, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports Orange County, California, supervisors will decide March 30 whether to grant final approval for several commercial test flights at El Toro air base.
Florida's Boca Raton Airport Begins Noise Study with FAA Grant (Mar. 19, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports Florida's Boca Raton Airport Authority received a federal grant Thursday for a noise study.
Public Summit Held on Proposed New Terminal for California's Burbank Airport; No Agreements Reached on Long-Running Noise Issues (Mar. 19, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports participants at a recent forum on a new terminal at California's Burbank Airport could not agree on whether to seek local or federal solutions to long-standing noise, safety, and regulation issues.
Editorial: City of Burbank's Noise Lawsuit Threatens Airport Safety (Mar. 18, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles published an editorial by Joyce Streator, president of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. In her editorial, Streator calls for the city of Burbank to stop holding hostage the safety of airport users and return to the bargaining table.
Ontario Board Rejects New Residential Development Near Pearson Airport (Mar. 18, 1999). Canada NewsWire Ltd., reports the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) celebrated victory with the Ontario Municipal Board's (OMB) decision to reject a residential development proposal in the City of Mississauga, which falls within the GTAA Operating Area.
Opinion: Too Much Noise about Navy Jet Flyover at Little League Park (Mar. 18, 1999). The San Diego Union-Tribune published an opinion article charging that the negative reaction to the recent Navy flyover at Solana Beach, California, is creating much more noise than the criticized incident.
RI Town Designates "Noise-Sensitive Areas;" Amends Noise Ordinance (Mar. 18, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the town of Richmond, Rhode Island, voted to approve amendments to its noise ordinance, creating a "noise-sensitive area" around certain public buildings.
City Council Panel Proposes Updated Noise Ordinance for Raleigh, NC (Mar. 17, 1999). The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC) reports a Raleigh, North Carolina, City Council subcommittee has drafted a new version of a much-questioned noise ordinance.
Maryland County Judge Will Visit Gun Range Before Ruling on Noise Case (Mar. 17, 1999). The Baltimore Sun reports a Maryland county judge will visit the site of a gun range before ruling on the noise case.
Mississippi Homeowners Renew Request for Berm to Muffle Airport Noise (Mar. 17, 1999). The Commercial Appeal reports a Mississippi homeowners association has renewed its plea for trees and berms to mitigate noise from the Memphis International Airport.
Penn. Town Passes Stiff Noise Ordinance to Preserve Quality of Life (Mar. 17, 1999). The Morning Call reports Bethlehem residents were heard Tuesday as the city council enacted one law to discourage noisy peace-breakers and started work on another to restrict BYOB clubs.
Proposed Ordinance in RI Town Would Create Decibel-Limit Zones (Mar. 17, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the Richmond Town Council will resume a public hearing tonight on a proposal to strengthen the town noise ordinance.
Airports Add Noise and Safety Issues to Expanding Urban Sprawl in Arizona (Mar. 16, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports safety and noise drive the airport encroachment debate in the Phoenix, Arizona, area as crowded airways rival congested freeways.
FAA Considers City of Burbank's Exemption Claim that Allows Mandatory Noise Curfew at Airport (Mar. 16, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports the FAA is considering the city of Burbank's claim that that Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport can impose a mandatory noise curfew under an exemption.
Illinois Waterway Agency Drafts Noise Ordinance that will Fine Noisy Boaters (Mar. 16, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports directors of a waterway in Illinois are planning to adopt an ordinance that will fine boaters for creating excessive noise.
Noise in New Orleans' French Quarter Neighborhood Equal to Industrial Zone Levels (Mar. 16, 1999). The Times-Picayune published a letter written by Winnie Nichols, French Quarter resident, and Paulette R. Irons, State Senator from New Orleans. The writers urge New Orleans city officials to appreciate the toll of noise on residents and take action to protect residents of the historic French Quarter neighborhood:
Speedway Moratorium Overturned in Haywood, NC; Noise Opponents Say County Caved in to Pressure from Fans (Mar. 16, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports an embattled speedway project may still happen in Haywood County, North Carolina, now that commissioners have lifted the racetrack moratorium.
Some Say Airports and Urban Sprawl on Collision Course in Arizona's Valley (Mar. 15, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports Arizona's population is growing along with air traffic, spurring noise and safety concerns.
Action Group wants Ban on Night Flights at Boca Raton Airport (Mar. 14, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports Boca Raton, Florida, resident Ellen Lohr who lives northeast of the airport, wants a nighttime ban on all planes and wants a complete ban on what the Federal Aviation Administration calls "Stage One" planes, the loudest and oldest of aircraft. The FAA recently allowed the Naples airport to ban Stage One planes at night. The number of jets taking off and landing at the Boca Raton airport has dramatically increased in the last ten years. In 1990, there were just eight jets based at the airport. Today there are 45. And takeoffs and landings have jumped 42 percent in that time, from 96,000 in 1990 to 136,700 last year - one every four minutes if spread over every hour of every day. The airport's noise hot line logged 318 complaints in January and February, more than triple the amount from the same period last year. About half were for nighttime flights, though most flights occur during the day. When Ellen Lohr moved to Boca Raton in 1990, she fell in love with a relatively quiet South Florida suburb. Now, she's afraid it's turning into a transportation hub. "The planes here, they zoom over the houses," she said. "You can't talk, you can't sleep. It's gotten horrible. Since I've been living here, the quality of my life has severely deteriorated as a result of the noise from the airport," said Lohr, who founded the Boca Raton Airport Action Group (BRAAG) in 1996.
Islip, NY, Residents Demand Night-Time Curfew at MacArthur Airport (Mar. 14, 1999). Newsday reports residents of Islip, New York, are protesting late-night flights at MacArthur Airport and asking for a night-time flight curfew.
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.
Resident Sees FedEx Hub as Detrimental to Quality of Life in Greensboro, NC (Mar. 14, 1999). The News & Record published a letter to the editor from resident Hildegard Kuehn who sees the proposed FedEx cargo hub along with subsequent noise, third airport runway, and other changes as severely detrimental to the quality of life in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ms. Kuehn writes:
To Wall or Not to Wall? That is the Question in Salt Lake Valley, Utah, as Noise Walls are Vehemently Opposed by Some, Praised by Others (Mar. 14, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports noise walls are a contentious issue in Salt Lake Valley, Utah. Some residents applaud their effectiveness against freeway noise while others decry their unsightliness.
BAA Says Fifth New Terminal at London's Heathrow Won't Increase Noise; Environmental Group Wants Flight Numbers Capped (Mar. 13, 1999). The Financial Times (London) reports BAA yesterday called for legislation to ensure the proposed fifth terminal at London's Heathrow airport did not lead to an increase in aircraft noise. However, a local environmental group said it still believes the additional terminal will unduly disrupt lives.
Reagan National Airport: Editorial Criticizes McCain Senate Bill; Supports House Effort (Mar. 13, 1999). The Washington Post published an editorial criticizing Sen. John McCain's bill that would, in part, increase slots at Reagan National Airport. The editorial takes exception to leverage that can be taken by the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee in efforts to get certain bills passed, calling it "bad national policy."
Massport Promotes New Runway at Logan; Noise Activists Charge Misuse of Funds (Mar. 12, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire Associated Press reports the Massachusetts Port Authority is using paid advertisements to promote a new runway at Boston's Logan Airport, a move that has angered some airport and noise activists.
Letter: Former Chairman of Florida's Boca Raton Airport Authority Highlights Noise-Reduction Accomplishments of Group (Mar. 12, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel published the following letter from George W. Blank, past chairman of the Boca Raton Airport Authority and Chairman Emeritus, Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations. Mr. Blank writes to advocate for the Airport Authority and inform readers of the work accomplished towards reducing noise during his tenure:
Illinois Residents Question Impartiality of Noise Experts Hired by Power Plant (Mar. 12, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports concerns over the effects of noise from a proposed electricity-generating power plant near Woodstock, Illinois, dominated the third night of public hearings. Some citizens question the impartiality of noise specialists hired by the power plant.
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.
Solid Doors Make Better Noise Barriers (Mar. 12, 1999). The Chicago Tribune published a question, in a column called "The Rehabber," asking advice about noise control for an office located in a residence.
Town of Hull Organizes to Fight Third Runway at Massachusetts' Logan Airport (Mar. 12, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports Massport has agreed to study the noise impact a new Logan International Airport runway would have on the Hull peninsula, a town whose residents have already had enough of airplane noise.
Canadian Transport Agency Agrees with Citizens, Orders CN Rail to Reduce Noise in Toronto Rail Yard (Mar. 11, 1999). The Toronto Star reports after listening to residents' noise complaints, the Canadian Transportation Agency has ordered CN Rail to reduce noise levels at a rail yard in Oakville, Ontario.
Maryland Residents Seek Noise Relief in Court from Popular Gun Club (Mar. 11, 1999). The Baltimore Sun reports neighbors of a gun club in Carroll County, Maryland, have filed a nuisance suit seeking court-ordered relief from the noise created at the shooting range.
Night-Time Tests Banned at California Speedway after Noise Complaints Pour in from Residents (Mar. 11, 1999). The Press-Enterprise reports nighttime testing at the California Speedway will be prohibited, officials said Wednesday in response to hundreds of complaints by residents who suffered through noisy late-night and early-morning road tests two weeks ago in Fontana, California.
Illinois Residents' Noise Fears about Power Plant Not Quieted by Noise Experts (Mar. 11, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports despite noise experts testifying to the contrary, residents of Woodstock, Illinois, are opposed to a proposed power plant because they believe it will bring noise and air pollution and generally lower the quality of life in their region.
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.
Conn. Residents to Hear Results of Noise Study of Bradley Airport (Mar. 11, 1999). The Hartford Courant reports consultants hired by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, which operates Bradley International Airport, will report this month to residents the results of a noise study.
More Activity at Florida's Zephyrhills Airport Means More Noise for Residents (Mar. 11, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports life has gotten louder recently in Zephyrhills, Florida, where quiet living is disappearing for some residents as activity increases at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport.
Bowing to US Pressure, EU Agrees to Postpone Ban of Hush-Kitted Planes (Mar. 11, 1999). EIU ViewsWire reports the European Union has given in to intense pressure from Washington, DC, and delayed a decision on plans to outlaw new aircraft equipped with 'hush kits.'
Editorial: US Rep. Criticizes Massport's Plan for New Runway at Logan Airport (Mar. 10, 1999). The Boston Globe published an editorial by Michael Capuano, US Representative from Massachusetts's 8th District. Capuano believes a third runway at Logan Airport should not be built for a variety of reasons including the fact it will increase noise in neighborhoods and communities already burdened with aircraft noise.
House Aviation Subcommittee Approves More Slots for O'Hare Airport (Mar. 10, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports a proposal to eliminate flight caps at O'Hare International Airport moved closer to reality on Tuesday.
Trash Truck Terminal in Quincy, Mass., Ordered to Keep Quiet Until 7 A.M. (Mar. 10, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports the city license board of Quincy, Massachusetts, voted to keep a trash truck terminal quiet until 7 a.m. after residents complained of losing sleep due to early morning noise made by the company.
Ohio Residents Along I-480 Seek New Noise Tests and Sound Barriers (Mar. 9, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports in the wake of increased noise complaints from residents, the Ohio Department of Transportation will conduct a new noise study to determine if a section of Interstate 480 warrants sound barriers.
Wisconsin Auto Plant Gets Extension on Noise Abatement Plan While Neighbors Grow Impatient (Mar. 9, 1999). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a Cedarburg, Wisconsin, automotive plant has been given another chance to get in compliance with noise laws, despite urgings by neighbors to start legal proceedings.
Conn. Man Claims Hearing Loss after Concert, Sues for $15, 000 (Mar. 9, 1999). The Gazette (Montreal) reports a Connecticut man who attended a rock concert with his son in New Haven, Connecticut, is suing for damages, claming hearing loss.
Mass. Resident Criticizes Logan Expansion; Asks Massport to Consider Noise Effects on Residents (Mar. 8, 1999). The Boston Globe published a letter from Massachusetts resident Jacques Weissgerber criticizing Massport's disregard of residents of Boston and nearby communities as it proceeds with its plan to build a third runway at Logan Airport. Weissgerber writes:
Wisconsin Town May Take Legal Action Against Auto Plant for Noise Violations (Mar. 8, 1999). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Common Council of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, may decide tonight to take legal action against Amcast Automotive for noise violations.
More Trains Mean More Noise in Winter Park, Colorado (Mar. 8, 1999). The Rocky Mountain News published an editorial saying springtime in Winter Park, Colorado, may bring in a wave of noise complaints as residents open their windows to warm, fresh air and the continuous blaring of train whistles.
Lake Mary, Florida, Resident Experiences Excessive Noise and Low-Flying Aircraft from Sanford Airport (Mar. 7, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune published a letter from Randy Neal of Lake Mary, Florida, questioning a recent assertion that jets from the Sanford Airport are quiet. Neal writes that is not at all his experience:
Airlines Flying in Australia May Face Stiffer Fines for Violating Curfews and Breaching Safety Rules (Mar. 7, 1999). AAP Newsfeed reports airlines breaching Sydney Airport's noise curfew could face bigger fines under a review of airport regulations, federal Transport Minister John Anderson announced today.
Chicago Targets Homes to Soundproof Against Noise from O'Hare; Activists Question Accuracy of Noise Maps (Mar. 6, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago announced its annual soundproofing plan to insulate homes against noise from jets at O'Hare International Airport, officials announced Friday. Meanwhile, activists question the accuracy of noise contour maps used to determine the allocation of soundproofing funds.
Chicago Updates Soundproofing Plan to Include More Homes Affected by Noise from O'Hare (Mar. 6, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports the city of Chicago has updated its soundproofing plan to include homes located just west of O'Hare International Airport previously considered ineligible. Chicago will now soundproof homes in eight communities surrounding the airport.
Endorsement: Vote Yes on Expanding Boca Raton Airport Authority (Mar. 6, 1999). The Palm Beach Post published an editorial giving the newspaper's endorsement of a YES vote on the question of whether Boca Raton Airport should expand the authority to seven members in give more voice to city residents.
First in US: Naples, Florida, Succeeds in Banning Stage 1 Jets; Other Airport Communities Want Same (Mar. 6, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) reports Naples Airport, Florida, is the first in the United States to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval to ban noisy Stage 1 jets.
Keep Your Music to Yourself; Colorado Town Teaches Lesson to Noise Scofflaws (Mar. 6, 1999). The Associated Press reports the town of Fort Lupton, Colorado, has devised a unique and effective penalty for those who violate the noise ordinance by blasting music from their cars.
House Considers Bill Lifting All Flight Limits at O'Hare; Residents Alarmed (Mar. 5, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports the most drastic proposal yet to ease flight caps at O'Hare International Airport will go through U.S. House committee discussions next week. Chicago area noise activists call the proposal "an accident waiting to happen" if it becomes reality.
Noise Limits Placed on Dairy Herd by Town Planners in the UK (Mar. 5, 1999). Farming News reports a local planning authority in Wales has placed noise restrictions on a herd of cows as a condition of a permit for a new diary building.
Ohio Citizens Want Solutions to Cargo Plane Noise (Mar. 5, 1999). The Dayton Daily News reports residents of Centerville-Washington Townships, Ohio, told FAA officials they want relief from night-time cargo plane noise.
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.
Cleveland Homes Near Hopkins Airport Grandfathered to Get Noise Insulation Despite New Eligibility Rules (Mar. 4, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports Cleveland homes on perimeter of a new airport noise zone will receive sound insulation through grandfathering.
Florida Residents Frustrated by Noise; City Council Says it's Powerless to Intervene (Mar. 4, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Punta Gorda, Florida, residents who say they're disturbed by music from Fishermen's Village, a complex of bars, restaurants and shops, aren't getting any help from their city council.
Illinois Residents Petition Governor for Noise Wall along Tollway (Mar. 4, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports a group of Bannockburn, Illinois, residents will petition the Governor for a noise wall to block traffic noise from the Tri-State Tollway.
An Eye for an Eye: US and EU Trade Aircraft Ban Threats, Citing Noise and Air Pollution (Mar. 3, 1999). AP Online reports the United States House of Representative is considering a bill that could ban the Concorde from American skies if the European Union follows through with its plans to prohibit hush-kitted US planes from flying over Europe.
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.
NJ Town Votes on Noise Ordinance; Residents Want Law to Cover More Noise Sources (Mar. 3, 1999). The Morning Call reports the Bethlehem, New Jersey, City Council Tuesday rejected suggestions to create a broad noise ordinance in favor of passing an uncomplicated noise law that targets the most frequent offenders.
Study Shows Fewer Noise Disturbed Residents if Pilots Use Shorter Runway at Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport (Mar. 3, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the final draft of Rhode Island's Airport Corporation's Part 51 noise study on T.F. Green Airport in Warwick arrived this week, giving residents a month to study it before a public hearing set for March 31.
US Official Sees New EU Aircraft Standards as Attempt to Control Market (Mar. 3, 1999). The Journal of Commerce reports at least one United States commerce official sees new European Union aircraft standards as a way to control the aircraft market.
Airport Noise is the Divisive Issue for Local Candidates in Boca Raton, Florida (Mar. 2, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports noise from Florida's Boca Raton Airport is the issue to debate with local elections a week away.
Calif. Town Considers Off-Road Vehicle Ordinance; Meanwhile, Posts City Property and Increases Enforcement of Noise Ordinance (Mar. 2, 1999). The Press-Enterprise reports the City Council in Calimesa, California, is considering adopting an off-road vehicle ordinance in response to residents' complaints of noise and other related disturbances.
EU May Postpone New Hush-Kit Rules that Would Ban Most US Aircraft from European Skies (Mar. 2, 1999). The Journal of Commerce reports Undersecretary of State of Economics, Business and Agricultural Affairs Stuart Eizenstat said in Brussels Friday there were signs that European governments would postpone new rules that would ban some US aircraft from their airspace.
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.
Noise-Burdened Mass. Neighborhoods Oppose New Runway at Logan, Look to Governor and Mayor for Support (Mar. 2, 1999). The Boston Globe published an editorial suggesting it is time for Governor Paul Cellucci's administration, and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, to reconsider plans to build a new runway for Logan Airport.
Residents Refuse to Support Massport Plan that Shifts Logan Airport Noise from One Neighborhood to the Next (Mar. 2, 1999). The Boston Globe reports critics contend Massport's tactic to win support for a new runway plan at Logan Airport by promising that flights will decrease over the neighborhoods hardest-hit by noise has backfired.
Speedway Builder Threatens to Pull Out of Western NC When Third County Imposes Racetrack Moratorium over Noise and Traffic (Mar. 2, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports a 90-day racetrack moratorium in Haywood County may end plans for a new speedway in Western North Carolina.
Longboat Key, Florida Fights Plan to Divert Noise from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport Over the Island (Mar. 1, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports while the plan is temporarily on hold, the debate continues about a controversial diversion of airport noise from Florida's Mainland to a section of Longboat Key. Population, economics, justice, and environmental concerns pepper the debate.
Residents Bothered by Noise from Wisconsin Sports Center Dissatisfied with DNR Report (Mar. 1, 1999). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources has developed a long-range plan for improving the McMiller Sports Center, including seeking ways to reduce gunfire noise, but nearby residents say more focus should have been placed on mitigating noise.
Letters from Calif. Residents Voice Opinions about Projected Noise from El Toro (Feb. 28, 1999). The Los Angeles Times published a series of letters from residents about the impact of noise on residents from proposed jet operations from El Toro airport near Los Angeles, California. Reacting to a previously published article about noise complaints from residents who live in an area deemed a "Quiet Zone," opinions varied. The first letter is from Edward F. Gogin Jr. of Trabuco Canyon, California. Grogin writes:
'Snowmobile' is a Fighting Word in Yellowstone National Park; Man and Motor Versus Natural Quiet (Feb. 28, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the snowmobile's noise and pollution in Yellowstone National Park is the latest topic in a larger debate of how to appreciate nature on public lands in the United States.
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.
Palmetto, Florida, Seeks to Create Enforceable Noise Ordinance with a 'Bite' (Feb. 27, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports noise complaints from a new arena has prompted the city of Palmetto, Florida, to rewrite their noise ordinance.
Arizona Residents Vindicated with New Noise Readings; ADOT Agrees to Build Highway Sound Wall (Feb. 26, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports after re-conducting sound tests, the DOT ruled that Arizona residents in the Ahwatukee Foothills will get a sound wall to mitigate noise from Warner Road.
Burbank Attacks Credibility of Airport, Citing Noise Violations of Aircraft; Politicians Enter Fray Before November Elections (Feb. 26, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports the city of Burbank, California, claims the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport frequently violates the nighttime noise ban by flying older, Stage 2 aircraft.
Burbank Points to Stage 2 Violations, Says Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Not Interested in Controlling Noise (Feb. 26, 1999). City News Service reports the city of Burbank, California, accused the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority today of "massive violations" of noise regulations over the last three years, a charge the airport vigorously denied.
Henderson, North Carolina, Establishes New Noise Ordinance using Sound Levels (Feb. 26, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Henderson County, North Carolina, has adopted a new noise ordinance, effective July 1, 1999.
Illinois Residents Challenge Traffic Noise Standards to Get Noise Barrier Built along Tollway (Feb. 26, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the town of Bannockburn, Illinois, has challenged the state highway authority over noise standards in an effort to get a sound wall built between the community and the highway.
Noise from Stereos and Car Alarms Spur Penn. Town to Adopt New Noise Ordinance (Feb. 26, 1999). The Morning Call reports the City Council of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is set to approve a new noise ordinance after residents complained of loud music and the noise from car alarms.
Shooters Say Texas Gun Club Closing Unwarranted, Residents Cite Noise and Safety Concerns (Feb. 26, 1999). The Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports a gun club in Fort Worth, Texas, closed yesterday after a number of lawsuits and noise complaints from nearby residents.
Illinois Town Fears Politics will Result in Loss of Soundproofing Money to Mitigate Noise from O'Hare (Feb. 25, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the town Bensenville, Illinois, believes it will lose soundproofing funds to mitigate noise from O'Hare International Airport due to political maneuvering.
U.S. May Retaliate with Concorde Ban if EU Enacts Ban on Hush-Kitted Aircraft (Feb. 25, 1999). The Financial Times reports the U.S. is considering a ban of its own if the European Union goes forward with a ban on older hush-kitted aircraft.
Calif. Marine Base Agrees to Change Helicopter Flight Path After Noise Complaints and Lawsuit (Feb. 24, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports in response to California residents' complaints about noise, Marine Corps officials said Tuesday they will shift the main helicopter flight path a mile south to avoid Del Mar and other suburbs.
Calif. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal; Rules in Favor of City of Burbank on Noise Impact Issue (Feb. 24, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports the California Supreme Court has upheld a ruling permitting the city of Burbank to argue that terminal expansion at the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport will increase noise in neighborhoods.
California Supreme Court Sends Back Burbank Airport Noise Impact Case to Trial Court (Feb. 24, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports the California Supreme Court has declined to review a case about noise impact area at Burbank Airport.
Illinois Town May Get Noise Wall after New Readings Show Elevated Noise Levels (Feb. 24, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports Ahwatukee Foothills residents who live near Interstate 10 in Arizona may be getting a new noise wall after citizens complained and one DOT worker recorded new noise level readings.
NY Congressman Introduces Bill to Reduce Noise from Newark Airport (Feb. 24, 1999). The Record (Bergen County, NJ) reports a New York lawmaker has introduced a bill to reduce aircraft noise from Newark International Airport.
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.
Annapolis, MD, Residents Want Ordinance to Protect Them Against Nighttime Noise Disturbances (Feb. 23, 1999). The Baltimore Sun reports Annapolis, Maryland, residents seek an ordinance that will provide them with peace and quiet during the night.
Calif. Residents Fear More Noise from Expanded Runways at San Francisco International Airport (Feb. 23, 1999). The San Francisco Chronicle reports a San Francisco city supervisor wants to create a city policy prohibiting noise from San Francisco International Airport to exceed current levels.
Keep Your Music to Yourself; Florida County Adopts Noise Ordinance Aimed at Lowering the Volume of Boomboxes at the Beach (Feb. 23, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune published an editorial supporting the adoption of a noise ordinance to quell loud beach music in Volusia County, Florida.
Marines Agree to Conduct Noise and Pollution Studies to Settle Lawsuit Over Helicopters at Miramar, Calif. (Feb. 23, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports the U.S. Marines announced Tuesday an agreement to conduct air pollution studies and pay legal fees to settle a California lawsuit over the transfer of hundreds military helicopters to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.
DC Residents Angry about Sen. McCain's Effort to Increase Flights at Reagan National Airport (Feb. 22, 1999). The Christian Science Monitor reports Arizona Senator John McCain(R) is proposing to increase the number of flights in and out of Reagan National Airport and to lift the 1,250-mile limit on outbound aircraft from the Washington DC airport.
Illinois Town Rejects Noise Ordinance as Too Broad and Restrictive (Feb. 22, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports late last week, the village board of Winfield, Illinois, voted to reject a proposed noise ordinance that many residents argued was unnecessary and too broad.
Impact Statement 'Flawed" Says Group Against Airport Runway Expansion in Leicester, England (Feb. 22, 1999). The Leicester Mercury reports activists in Leicester, England, are pressuring their district council to reject an environmental impact statement addressing expansion at a nearby airport on the basis that it's too limited in scope.
Neighbors Object to Noise from Dog Kennel in Spring Lake, Florida (Feb. 22, 1999). The Petersburg Times reports the noise from a dog kennel has pitted neighbors against the dogs' owner in Spring Lake, Florida.
Mass. Communities Disagree on Logan Airport Expansion; Community Advisory Group Challenges Massport on Tactics, Disclosure, and Equity (Feb. 21, 1999). The Boston Globe reports critics ask tough questions of Massport's plans to new runway at Logan Airport. Residents on the Community Advisory Committee, who represent towns affected by Logan, want answers about airport capacity, long-range planning, equity, and value of residents' quality of life.
Promoters of Minn. Amphitheater Look to Other Venues for Tips on How to be a Good Neighbor (Feb. 21, 1999). The Star Tribune reports in its bid to build an amphitheater, the Minnesota Orchestra has studied similar amphitheaters for ways to be a harmonious neighbor while achieving financial and artistic success. Topics included noise control and community relations.
Resident in Van Nuys Airport Flightpath Proposes Noise Relief Plan (Feb. 21, 1999). The Los Angeles Times published a letter from Charles Mark-Walker, a resident of North Hills, California. Mr. Walker suggests a noise relief plan for nearby residents of the Van Nuys Airport. Walker writes:
Action Group Formed to Address Noise from Bars in Wellington, England (Feb. 20, 1999). The Evening Post (Wellington) reports tensions are mounting between inner-city residents and bar owners over complaints about loud music in Wellington, England.
Florida Politicians and Residents Rally at Boca Raton Airport for More Representation on Airport Board (Feb. 20, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports protesters gathered at Florida's Boca Raton Airport on Friday to win greater representation on the airport's governing board and more control over noise.
Neighbors Say Dogs Shatter Quiet and Quality of Life in Arizona Town (Feb. 20, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports neighbors in an Arizona town say their solitude is being destroyed by the barking of eight dogs from a nearby residence.
Henderson, NC, Looks to Revise Noise Ordinance Draft by Increasing Allowable Noise Levels (Feb. 19, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Henderson County, North Carolina, officials are considering relaxing their proposed noise ordinance by allowing increased noise levels and exempting businesses and industries.
Arlinton Heights Noise Panel Opposes Expansion at O'Hare (Feb. 18, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports members of an Arlington Heights, Illinois, advisory panel on aircraft noise voted Tuesday to oppose expansion at O'Hare International Airport.
Citizens' Group Takes on Noise in Albuquerque (Feb. 18, 1999). The Albuquerque Journal reports a citizens' group is working to update Albuquerque's noise laws.
Complaints of Boca Airport Noise Intensify (Feb. 18, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports residents' complaints about noise from jets flying to and from Florida's Boca Raton Airport are getting louder.
Illinois Village Fights for Sound Wall to Muffle Tollway Noise (Feb. 18, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the village of Bannockburn, Illinois, has launched a campaign to block tollway noise from the community.
Opponents of El Toro Airport in Calif. Fear Noise in "Quiet Zones" (Feb. 18, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports most noise complaints generated by John Wayne Airport in California last year came from areas miles away, in neighborhoods deemed "quiet" by the county. With much more air traffic planned at the proposed airport at El Toro, South Orange County residents fear there will no quiet zones for them.
Vote in Chicago Districts Links Midway Airport Noise to Property Tax Relief (Feb. 18, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports residents of Chicago wards put a non-binding referendum question on a ballot for Tuesday that makes noise pollution from Midway Airport a reason for property tax relief.
Additonal Flights at O'Hare Worry Arlington Heights' Residents (Feb. 17, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports a consultant for Chicago's aviation department told suburban leaders Tuesday that adding flights at O'Hare International Airport likely would make airplane noise more tolerable, especially at night.
Chicago Area Schools Compete for Slim Soundproofing Funds as O'Hare Considers Building More Terminals (Feb. 17, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports as Chicago officials consider building more terminals at O'Hare International Airport, 15 nearby schools are competing to be one of the four chosen this year to be insulated against jet noise.
Chicago Suburb Asks Legislators to Delay Lifting Flight Caps at O'Hare; Noise Panel Asks for Impact Study (Feb. 17, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports key members of the Illinois congressional delegation have been asked to withhold approval of legislation ending a cap on hourly flights at O'Hare International Airport until an impact study can be done.
Controversy over Sen. McCain's Bill to Increase Flights at Reagan National (Feb. 17, 1999). The Washington News Bureau reports Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has caused impassioned protests in Washington with his bill that, among other things, would add 48 takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National Airport.
Florida County Commission Stands Neutral on New Jet Route, Urges FAA to Rule (Feb. 17, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports the Manatee County Commission declined to take a position on a proposed flight path from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport that will reduce aircraft noise over Manatee while increasing noise over central Longboat Key, Florida.
Ontario Judge Rules Excessive Noise Violations Fall Under Criminal Code (Feb. 17, 1999). The London Free Press reports a man from Stratford, Ontario, with a history of disturbing his neighbors with loud music was fined $1,700 and prohibited from owning a stereo for the next two years.
Study Shows Noise from New Texas Airport will Affect 1,500 Residents (Feb. 17, 1999). The Austin American-Statesman reports an updated study on noise around a new airport in Southeast Austin, Texas, shows an increase in the number of residents who will be affected by noise from aircraft taking off and landing.
Resident's Letter Urges Action Against Proposed Upgrades at Australia's Canberra Airport (Feb. 16, 1999). The Canberra Times published a letter from Murray May, a resident of Hackett, Australia, urging residents to take action about proposed upgrades at Canberra Airport to preserve property values and their quality of life. Mr. Hackett writes:
Residents of English Town Fight to Keep Noise Restrictions on Factory (Feb. 16, 1999). The Western Morning News reports residents of Barnstaple, England, are objecting to potential noise pollution if a factory destroyed by fire is rebuilt.
California State Fair Wins Noise Suit; Bills Two Residents $3.3 Million for Legal Fees (Feb. 15, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports two Costa Mesa, California, residents who lost a noise suit to the state-run Orange County Fair have been billed $3.3 million in legal fees for prolonging the suit.
Letters: California Residents Differ on Noise from Burbank Airport (Feb. 14, 1999). The Los Angeles Times published letters from California residents expressing their views on noise from the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport. The following letter is from John Di Minico of Studio City, California. Mr. Di Minico writes:
Editorial: Despite Political "Mumbo-Jumbo," New Logan Runway Means More Noise for "Working Stiffs" (Feb. 13, 1999). The Boston Globe published an editorial contending that a new runway at Boston's Logan Airport is a done political deal, but only a quick fix. Meanwhile citizens who suffer from airport noise will only suffer more.
Illinois Resident Highlights Health Hazards from O'Hare (Feb. 13, 1999). The Chicago Tribune published a letter from Robert E. Pochron of Park Ridge, Illinois, who highlights the health dangers of air and noise pollution dispersed by O'Hare International Airport. Mr. Pochron writes:
Florida's Boca Raton Airport Considers PR to Quiet Noise Complaints (Feb. 13, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports Florida's Boca Raton Airport Authority may hire a public relations firm to improve its image with the public who is fed up with jet noise.
Los Angeles City Council Asks Van Nuys Airport for Noise Reduction Plan (Feb. 13, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports the Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to ask the Airport Commission to develop a new, balanced approach to reducing noise at Van Nuys Airport.
NH Legislature vs. Local Control in Speedway Noise and Traffic Fray (Feb. 12, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports the New Hampshire Legislature's decision to enter the traffic and noise dispute between the town of Canterbury and a major speedway raises questions about municipal control.
Mass. Moves Forward with Logan Runway Project Despite Objections from South Shore Residents (Feb. 12, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports the new runway project at Boston's Logan Airport is being touted by the state as an economic boon while residents of at least one South Shore town predict increased noise pollution will be their lot.
Senators Approve Bill to Eliminate High Density Rule at Chicago's O'Hare Airport; Citizens Fear More Noise (Feb. 12, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports a US Senate committee on Thursday approved legislation that would increase the number of flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
Residents in Boca Raton, Florida, Object to Industrial-Like Sound Walls (Feb. 12, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports residents along Florida's State Road 7 object to the aesthetics of federally mandated sound walls that will soon enclose their communities.
New Runway at Boston's Logan Airport Pits Residents Against Business Leaders (Feb. 12, 1999). The Boston Globe reports a proposed new runway at Boston's Logan Airport divides many business leaders from numerous residents who live in the city and its suburbs.
Singapore Turns Noise, Air, and Land Pollution Rules into Law (Feb. 12, 1999). The Business Times (Singapore) reports the Singapore Parliament yesterday passed a new bill which gives the Ministry of the Environment (ENV) power to enforce many existing noise, air and ground pollution controls.
Snowmobile Debate in US Parks Goes National with Petition from Green Groups (Feb. 12, 1999). USA Today reports a coalition of environmental groups in the United Sates is calling for the ban of recreational snowmobiles in national parks, setting off a contentious debate covering issues from noise and pollution to local economies and civil rights.
Local Washington Citizens' Groups Will Fight Increased Flights at Reagan Airport (Feb. 12, 1999). The Washington Times reports the US Senate commerce committee approved a bill yesterday that would add 48 takeoff and landing slots at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, double the number in last year's defeated bill.
US Rep. Appeals for More Aid for Airport Noise Victims in Tennessee (Feb. 11, 1999). The Commercial Appeal reports Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) said Wednesday he hopes to re-open the issue of how much to pay noise-suffering residents near Memphis International Airport by increasing federal aid for noise mitigation.
EU Refuses to Delay Hush-Kitted Aircraft Restrictions Despite U.S. Plea (Feb. 11, 1999). The Financial Times reports the European Union's transport commissioner yesterday rejected US attempts to delay EU legislation that would restrict the use of older, noisier aircraft in EU airspace.
Chair of House Aviation Panel Will Visit Calif. to Discuss Burbank Airport Noise and Expansion Controversy (Feb. 11, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports Calif. Rep. James Rogan announced Wednesday he and the chairman of the congressional aviation subcommittee will meet with local officials in April to discuss the city of Burbank's long-running dispute with Burbank Airport.
In Wake of Noise Complaints, San Diego Council Asks Marines to Alter Helicopter Flight Patterns (Feb. 11, 1999). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the San Diego City Council will ask the Miramar Naval Air Station to modify its helicopter flight patterns after a number of residents voiced noise complaints.
Sound Specialist Tells Calif. Residents Noise from Sound and Gravel Company Can be Mitigated (Feb. 11, 1999). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports residents of Serra Mesa, California, learned from an acoustical engineer that noise from a nearby sand and gravel pit can be muffled at the source to allow them to sleep at night.
EU Hush Kit Ban Means Revenue Loss for US Aircraft Industry (Feb. 10, 1999). Agence Presse reports a senior US trade official Tuesday forewarned that a European Union anti- noise directive, which could be approved Wednesday, could threaten one billion dollars' worth of US aircraft and aircraft engine orders.
English Residents Say Helicopter Noise Disturbing Their Lives (Feb. 10, 1999). The Western Daily Press reports complaints from villagers in the English countryside about helicopter noise from a nearby air base has prompted a meeting with local officials to address their concerns.
Environmentalism or Protectionism? The EU and the US Spar about New Aircraft Standards (Feb. 10, 1999). AP Worldstream reports the European Parliament, against the wishes of the United States, on Wednesday approved a European Union proposal for new standards aimed at reducing aircraft noise and pollution.
Chicago Residents to Fight Washington Plan to Abolish High Density Rule at O'Hare Airport (Feb. 9, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports federal transportation officials called Monday for lifting the cap on hourly flights at O'Hare International Airport, a limit that nearby suburbs see as one of their strongest defenses against more jet noise.
Florida Residents Bemoan Highway Noise and DOT's Refusal to Build Sound Wall (Feb. 9, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports noise and the loss of trees and property are the primary concerns of residents from Longwood, Florida, who live along busy Interstate 4.
Noise, the Not-So-Silent Danger, Causes Irreversible Hearing Loss for Millions in U.S. (Feb. 9, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports before Americans turn up the volume, they may want to consider how excessive sound can damage hearing.
Arlington Hts. Trustees Request Residents' Noise Complaints about O'Hare Airport (Feb. 9, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports village trustees in Arlington Heights, Illinois, asked residents to voice their concerns over aircraft noise and pressure state legislators about quality-of-life issues.
NY Community Groups Oppose Unlimited Flights at Airports; Say Current Noise Pollution a Health Threat (Feb. 8, 1999). Newsday reports, civic leaders and politicians from Queens, New York are protesting the Clinton administration's plan to end limits on the number of daily flights at LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports, saying the measure will only bring more noise, pollution and congestion.
Editiorial: Japan Government Should Adhere to Current Noise Standards (Feb. 8, 1999). Asahi News Service published an editorial by Asahi Shimbun that says with traffic noise pollution in Japan shows no signs of abating, the government should not ease noise standards.
Missouri Residents Want Noise Relief from Traffic but Disagree on Sound Wall (Feb. 8, 1999). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports residents disagree about a sound wall the Missouri Department of Transportation is building between the highway and their neighborhood.
Letters from California Residents about Van Nuys Airport and Expansion (Feb. 7, 1999). The Los Angeles Times published letters from California residents speak out about the expansion at Van Nuys Airport. The first letter is from Karl Gottesfeld of Encino who opposes expansion:
Texas Town to Test Alternative to Blaring Train Whistles (Feb. 7, 1999). The Dallas Morning News reports the city of Richardson, Texas, will test an alternative to train whistles which frequently disturb residents at night..
Environmentalists Want Snowmobiles Out of U.S. National Parks (Feb. 7, 1999). The New York Times reports a coalition of environmental groups in the United States wants to ban snowmobiles from the 28 National Parks that allow them. Noise, air pollution and safety are environmentalists' chief concerns.
State's Attorney's Office Joins School in Suit Against Chicago for Funds to Muffle Noise from O'Hare Airport (Feb. 7, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports the DuPage County state's attorney's office has stepped into the legal battle between the city of Chicago and a private school system which sued for funds to soundproof the schools against noise from O'Hare International Airport.
Council Members Want to Rid Van Nuys Airport of Noisy Stage 2 Jets (Feb. 6, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports city council members from California's San Fernando Valley are dissatisfied with a recent economic-impact survey, and on Friday called for a plan to phase out noisy aircraft at Van Nuys Airport in California.
Los Angeles Council Members Tired of Studies, Want Limits Now at Van Nuys Airport for Noisy Jets (Feb. 6, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports two Los Angeles City Council members called Friday for an immediate limit on the number of older, noisier jets based at California's Van Nuys Airport.
The Politics of Noise vs. Economics at O'Hare International Airport; Editorial Praises Mayor Daley's Expansion Plan (Feb. 6, 1999). The Chicago Tribune published an editorial praising Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's expansion plans for O'Hare International Airport.
Two New Terminals Proposed at O'Hare Airport Bring Noise Questions (Feb. 6, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the chairman of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission on Friday asked for an analysis of how plans for two new terminals at O'Hare International Airport will affect noise in surrounding communities.
Florida Residents Bothered by Noise from Orlando Sanford Airport Even Though Levels Below FAA Limit (Feb. 5, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune Seminole reports jets flying over neighborhoods on their way to and from Orlando Sanford Airport are noisy, but according to recent tests and federal standards, they're not a noise problem.
NJ Lawmaker Takes New Approach to Reduce Jet Noise at Teterboro Airport (Feb. 4, 1999). The Record reports a New Jersey lawmaker has introduced a bill to reduce jet noise at the Teterboro Airport.
Rep. Hyde Needs House Speaker to Defeat Expansion at O'Hare (Feb. 4, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports two of Illinois' most powerful congressmen may be about to clash over expansion at O'Hare International Airport.
Third Noise Study Rejects Noise Barriers for NJ Town (Feb. 3, 1999). The Courier-Journal reports a third noise study of the Westport Road area where a Watterson Expressway interchange is planned in St. Matthews, Kentucky, has again concluded that concrete noise barriers are not warranted - despite residents' pleas.
Calif. Residents Threaten to Block New Cal State Stadium, Citing Noise and Traffic (Nov. 24, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports neighbors are vehemently opposed to a new football stadium at the North Campus of Cal State Northridge. Fearing noise, traffic, and a general deterioration of their neighborhoods, residents are circulating a petition and threatening to take the issue to court.
Ohio Residents Oppose Firing Range; Noise and Loss of Property Value Among Objections (Nov. 24, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports a proposed police shooting range in Brunswick Hills, Ohio, brought our dozens of residents yesterday who voiced their objections to noise and loss of property value.
Residents Consider Noise Ordinance in Conn. Town (Nov. 24, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports Ellington, Connecticut, residents gathered Monday at a town ordinance meeting addressing noise and blight.
Barberton, Ohio, Passes Noise Law Targeting Boomcars; Equipment and Vehicles May be Confiscated (Nov. 23, 1998). The Plain Dealer published an editorial urging readers to move to Barberton, Ohio, to get some peace and quiet now that the town has passed a law authorizing the confiscation of car stereo equipment and vehicles from repeated noise offenders.
Noise, Growth, Aviation Marketplace, All Figure into Chicago Airport Debate (Nov. 23, 1998). The Chicago Tribune published an editorial contending a new group f business leaders is recasting the question of Chicago, O'Hare Airport, and growth in the aviation marketplace. Should the focus be on accommodating growth or attracting it?
St.Charles County, Missouri, Joins Cities in Lawsuit to Block Expansion and Noise at Lambert Field Airport (Nov. 23, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports St. Charles County, Missouri, has joined the cities of St. Charles and Bridgeton in taking legal action against expansion at Lambert Field Airport. The lawsuit objects to increased noise among other issues.
Editorial: Minn. Politics and Bureaucracy Nix Citizens' Chance in Fighting New Runway at Metropolitan Airport (Nov. 22, 1998). The Star Tribune published an editorial contending a Richfield, Illinois, couple who fought runway noise at the Metropolitan Airport, and lost, learned a bitter civics lesson involving the mixing of politics and bureaucracy.
Eightteen Years Later, Lawsuits Settled over Noise at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport. (Nov. 22, 1998). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, last week settled a number of 18-year-old noise lawsuits involving the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport.
Environmentalists Protest Commercial Airport in Homestead, Florida; Noise and Pollution in Nearby National Parks at Issue (Nov. 22, 1998). The New York Times reports plans for turning the Florida's Homestead Air Force Base into a commercial airport have hit turbulence from environmental groups concerned about noise and air and water pollution in two national parks.
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.
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.
Night Flights to Continue; UK Anti-Noise Groups Blast Government Decision (Nov. 22, 1998). The Press Association Newsfile reports anti - noise groups in the United Kingdom today bitterly attacked the Government's decision not to ban night flying at major airports in and around London, England.
Studio City, CA, Resident Criticizes Burbank Airport Authority for Neglecting Noise Mitigation (Nov. 22, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published the following Letter to Editor from a resident who is critical of Burbank Airport Authority for he sees is a lack of effort to mitigate the airport's noise impact on nearby residents. The letter from Studio City, California, resident Martin Briner reads as follows:
Calif. Judge Upholds Idling Train Ban in Neighborhood, Preserving Quiet (Nov. 21, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports a California U.S. District Court upheld a ruling forbidding trains from idling and spreading noise and fumes in a west Colton neighborhood.
Florida Limits Homes Near Highways; Fears Losing Federal Money for Sound Walls (Nov. 21, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports a federal policy limiting home construction near highways is threatening to stop a controversial housing project west of Boynton Beach, Florida.
Florida Pig Farmers Ordered to Turn Down Music (Nov. 21, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports golfers in Stuart, Florida, won the first court fight Friday against the pig farmers they say are disrupting them with blaring music the farmers say calm their animals.
Florida Town Protests New Flight Path at Sarasota-Manatee Airport (Nov. 21, 1998). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports the Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority has moved another step closer to using a new flight path that would shift jet aircraft noise to the center of Longboat Key, Florida.
Homeowners Near Indianapolis International Airport to Get Noise Assistance (Nov. 21, 1998). The Indianapolis News reports the Federal Aviation Administration has approved a new plan to reduce the impact of airplane noise from Indianapolis International Airport on homeowners in Plainfield, Indiana.
Two Calif. Airport Authorities to Share Noise Abatement Manager (Nov. 21, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports California's Oxnard and Camarillo Airport Authorities plan to create a position and a program to deal with complaints about noisy airplanes.
Two Developers Compete to Build Speedways in Asheville, NC; Noise Concerns Delay One Permit (Nov. 21, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports there are two efforts to build a racetrack in the Asheville, North Carolina, area. In response to one of the plans, Henderson County commissioners have imposed a 90-day moratorium on racetrack building while they work on a noise ordinance.
Blasting Company in Mass. Ordered to Cease and Desist, Ruled 'Noisome Use' (Nov. 20, 1998). The Telegram & Gazette reports a cease and desist ordered has been issued against a quarrying operation in Lancaster, Massachusetts, after the company was found in violation of town bylaws governing noise from blasting.
County Official Says Legal Hand Forced over Noise from Missouri's Lambert Field (Nov. 20, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a St. Charles County Councilman believes a lawsuit could have been avoided over noise at Missouri's Lambert Field if St. Louis officials had been more cooperative.
County Says No Choice Left Except to Sue Over Noise from Missouri's Lambert Field Airport (Nov. 20, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Missouri's St. Charles County Council decided Thursday evening to sue St. Louis over expansion plans at Lambert Field Airport, claiming the city's expansion plan is flawed and will dramatically increase noise levels.
FAA Says Noise Study for Florida Airport Not a Priority (Nov. 20, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports a study Florida's Boca Raton Airport must complete before it can further restrict noisy airplanes will not be conducted in the near future, if at all.
Fresno, CA, Airport to Replace Hay-Bale Hush House; Metal Muffles Airplane Engine Noise More Effectively (Nov. 20, 1998). The Fresno Bee reports plans are underway to construct a new, more effective "hush house" at California's Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
RI Town Goes to Court to Stop Night-Time Noise from Asphalt Plant (Nov. 20, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the noise from late-night paving in Johnston, Rhode Island, has turned into a legal issue.
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.
Chicago Botanic Garden Proposes to Build Eye-Pleasing Noise Wall (Nov. 19, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports the Chicago Botanic Garden is working on a proposal to build an innovative sound barrier to muffle nearby highway traffic noise.
Editorial Says Airlines Can Solve Dispute with Burbank, California, by Becoming Good Corporate Citizens (Nov. 19, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles published an editorial that contends airlines at California's Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport have the responsibility and power to end the dispute with the city of Burbank by showing respect for their host and its community and agreeing to abide by curfews.
Georgia Town to Send Officials to Airport Noise Symposium (Nov. 19, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports concerned about airport noise and expansion, members of the College Park City Council will return to Sand Diego in February for the 1999 Airport Noise Symposium.
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.
Noise Abatement Manager for California's Camarillo and Oxnard Airports (Nov. 19, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports California's Ventura County's Department of Airports is considering creating a position to deal with noise complaints from residents living near the Camarillo and Oxnard airports.
Noise and Pollution Concerns Prompt Maine Town to Set Moratorium on Tire Shredding Plant (Nov. 19, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports the Fairfield, Maine, Town Council adopted a moratorium Wednesday on "bulk recycling facilities" in order to address residents' fears of noise, traffic, and safety issues about a proposed tire shredding plant.
North Carolina County to Create Noise Ordinance Before Allowing New Racetrack (Nov. 19, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Henderson County Commissioners on Wednesday considered a first draft of a noise ordinance they will finalize before lifting a moratorium on the construction of any racetracks in the North Carolina county.
Penn. Residents and Cement Company Negotiate Design of Conveyor to Address Noise and Dust (Nov. 19, 1998). The Morning Call reports a residents' advisory committee to ESSROC Cement Corp discussed on Wednesday noise concerns about the Nazareth, Pennsylvania, manufacturer's proposed 1.7-mile conveyor.
Penn. Town Writes Noise Ordinance in Response to Complaints about Club (Nov. 19, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the town of Forest Hills, Pennsylvania, is on its way to passing its first noise ordinance.
Ventura, Calif. Residents Protest Firing Range Noise; Police Officers Say Facility is Necessary (Nov. 19, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports residents of Ventura, California, want to close nearby firing range because of incessant noise, but county law enforcement agencies say range provides vital service.
Wisconsin Town Seeks Highway Noise Barriers to Protect Schools (Nov. 19, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports officials in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, have requested highway noise barriers to protect outdoor school activities from freeway noise.
City of Burbank, Calif. Wins Latest Court Suit over Noise and Expansion at Burbank Airport (Nov. 18, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports Burbank officials won a round in California Appeal's Court in their attempt to strike a noise deal with Burbank Airport.
Legal Battle Wages On; City of Burbank Latest Winner in Appeals Court over Noise Impact of Expansion at Burbank Airport (Nov. 18, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports in the Burbank Airport dispute, a state appeals court has ruled the city of Burbank, California, can proceed with one of its court cases against the Airport Authority on the issue of terminal expansion.
Noise Group Lists Goals in Fighting Noise from Chicago's O'Hare Airport (Nov. 18, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports an advisory committee in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is ready to present their new strategic plan to fight noise from O'Hare International Airport.
RI Town Delays Gun-Club Permit to Conduct More Noise Tests (Nov. 18, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports a Rhode Island zoning board delayed voting on a gun club permit so that the town can hire a sound expert to study how noise from the club would affect nearby residents.
Virginia Beach Amphitheater Successful, but Neighborhoods Want Their Quiet (Nov. 18, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports while concerts at the GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater bring welcome revenue to the town, they also blast unwanted noise to surrounding neighborhoods, making for a mixed review.
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.
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.
British Government Deems Nighttime Flying Ban Impractical at Country's Busiest Airports (Nov. 17, 1998). Press Association Newsfile reports the British Government today declined to ban night-time flying at Britain's two busiest airports, but continue to consider proposals to reduce noise levels at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
City of Burbank Wins Appeal on Burbank Airport Ruling; Legal Battle Continues over Noise and Expansion (Nov. 17, 1998). City News Service reports a California state appellate court reinstated a lawsuit against Burbank Airport Authority by the city of Burbank, an attorney for the city said today.
Mass. Resident Says Noise Escalating from Local Gun Club (Nov. 17, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports a Pembroke, Massachusetts, resident says the noise is escalating from a gun club on her street.
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:
Study Finds Noise Levels within Law at Conn. Crematory; Residents Continue to Object to Noise (Nov. 17, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports results of a noise study conducted at an Enfield, Connecticut, crematory did not solve a dispute between the funeral home and its neighbors.
Citizens' Group Sues Navy Over Jets at Virginia Beach Air Station; Uncovered Naval Report Predicts High Noise Costs to Homes, Schools (Nov. 16, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports a lawsuit filed against relocation of Navy Jets to an Air Force Base in Virginia Beach uncovered an unreleased Naval report estimating the high costs of noise-proofing local homes and schools.
Missouri County Allows Expanded Quarrying Operations Despite Residents' Objections to Increased Noise and Decreased Property Values (Nov. 16, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Warren County, Missouri, Commission overturned a recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission Friday and voted to allow a company to expand its quarrying operation. Nearby residents object to the expansion saying it will bring increased noise and decreased property values.
South Carolina Police Gun Club Cooperates with Neighbors about Noise Complaints (Nov. 16, 1998). The Herald reports a Rock Hill, South Carolina, police firing range has drawn several noise complaints from neighbors, but the owners promise more quiet.
Virginia Beach to Study Noise Mitigation Measures for Schools after Luring Noisy Navy Jets to Area (Nov. 16, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports in the wake of the Navy moving 10 F/A-18 squadrons to Virginia Beach, Virginia, city officials will fund a noise-mitigation study for schools in the high-noise zone.
Mayors of City of Burbank Explain Hesitancy to Accept "Good Faith" Efforts and Uncertain Outcomes from FAA and Burbank Airport Authority (Nov. 15, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published the following perspective from Dave Golonski and Stacey Murphy, respectively mayor and vice mayor of the City of Burbank. In their opinions, agreement by the city to support expansion at the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport in exchange for a willingness to adhere to the results of a FAA noise study is an inequitable exchange, for the results of that study are uncertain and remove all incentive for the Airport Authority to work with the city to maintain quality of life for its residents.
What to do about O'Hare Airport? Opinions Vary on Issues from Expansion to Pollution and Noise (Nov. 15, 1998). The Sunday Gazette Mail reports the only aspects about Chicago's O'Hare International Airport that officials and residents can agree on is it's crowded but it pumps billions of dollars into the economy. On nearly everything else, including expansion, capacity, pollution, and noise, opinions vary and create strange political bedfellows.
Officials of Richfield, MN, and MAC Disagree Over Significance of Previously Unreleased Noise Study of New Runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (Nov. 14, 1998). The Star Tribune reports the city of Richfield, Minnesota, charges the Metropolitan Airports Commission withheld a noise study report that held information favorable to Richfield's efforts to secure state and federal noise mitigation funds to address low-frequency noise from a proposed new runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Noisy Leaf Blowers Replace Quiet Rakes in Suburban United States (Nov. 14, 1998). The Boston Globe reports the noisy leaf blower has taken its place alongside the snow blower and ride-on lawn mover as tools of modern suburban living outside Boston, Massachusetts, and throughout the United States.
Growth Brings Noise to Ohio Township, Including Din from Church Gatherings (Nov. 14, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports officials and residents of Hamilton Township, Ohio, are considering the merits of a noise ordinance in the wake of complaints about late-night noise from teen gatherings at a local church.
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.
NJ Farm Market and Neighbors Close to Settling Noise Dispute (Nov. 12, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports a long-running dispute between a farm market in Holmdel, New Jersey, and neighboring residents who object to noise from the business, may be close to resolution.
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.
Outdoor Amplified Music Banned on Public Property in Stuart, Florida (Nov. 12, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports a resident's complaints about noise has stopped the outdoor Sunday music in Stuart, Florida. Restaurant owners say the city's order has foiled their means of drawing business into downtown on Sundays.
Noise Ordinance Before Speedway, Say North Carolina County Officials (Nov. 11, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports officials in Henderson County, Florida, are considering a moratorium on the construction of racetracks until a noise ordinance is in place.
While Chicago Chamber of Commerce Pushes Growth at O'Hare, Citizens' Groups Stress Noise and Environmental Impacts (Nov. 10, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Chicago region could lose billions of dollars in economic activity if O'Hare Airport is not allowed to expand according to a report commissioned by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
Avon, Ohio, to Get Noise Barriers Along Widened Section of Interstate 90 (Nov. 10, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports Avon, Ohio, will get noise walls built along Interstate 90 next year.
Chandler, Arizona, Debates Runway and Heliport Issues at Local Airport (Nov. 6, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports Chandler, Arizona, officials Thursday debated the future of the city's airport, addressing such issues as the length of runways, relocating a heliport, and jurisdiction over the airport.
Airport Debate in Chandler, Arizona, Pits Residents who Want Quiet Against Supporters of Economic Development (Nov. 5, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports officials considering accelerating development around the airport in Chandler, Arizona, face opposition from residents who want peace and quiet.
Arizona Residents Become Noise Experts to Get Sound Wall Built (Nov. 4, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports residents of Ahwatukee Foothills in Arizona pleaded with the village planning committee Monday to build a noise mitigation wall near Interstate 10, claiming the noise is unbearable and driving their housing values down.
Truck Noise is a Greater Concern (Nov.1 1998). Fleet Owner reports that one reason for the high number of complaints is the sheer number of trucks. Truck traffic has increased almost sixfold between 1960 and 1995, according to the Dept. of Transportation (DOT). The other reason is that grass-roots anti- noise groups are no longer considered kooks by politicians. Congressional researchers say nearly 20-million Americans are exposed to noise levels that can lead to cardiovascular problems, strokes, and nervous disorders. Another 40-million are exposed to noise levels that cause sleep or work disruption.
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.
Burbank Airport Proceeds with Federal Noise Study; City Leaders Reluctant to Commit to Findings (Oct. 20, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports the Burbank Airport's governing body unanimously approved a noise study that could eventually lead to a federally ordered curfew. However, city officials in Burbank are reluctant to commit to findings and withdraw their opposition to a new airport terminal.
City Councilors Disagree about Banning Jet Skis on Vermont Lake (Oct. 20, 1998). The Associated Press reports Burlington, Vermont's, City Council is considering banning personal watercraft from Burlington Harbor on Lake Champlain.
Leafblowers May Cause Hearing Damage (Oct. 20, 1998). The Washington Post reports in the United States, pleasant strolls in the autumn are often marred these days by the roaring noise from leaf blowers.
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.
Noise from Crematory Gets Action from Conn. Town Council (Oct. 20, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports neighbors of a crematory in Enfield, Connecticut, were successful Monday night in getting their town council to take action after they voiced complaints about noise from the operation.
Residents in England Join Forces to Limit Fireworks and Associated Noise (Oct. 20, 1998). The Evening Standard reports anti-noise protesters have recruited former education minister Sir Rhodes Boyson in an effort to restrict fireworks parties to the week of November 5, to celebrate Guy Fawkes night.
Curfew Study could Lead to Deal between City of Burbank and Burbank-Glendale Airport (Oct. 19, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports commissioners of California's Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority will meet today to consider a noise study that could lead the federal government to impose a mandatory curfew on commercial flights.
House Votes Down Call for Increased Flights at NY's Busiest Airports (Oct. 19, 1998). The Daily News (New York) reports New York City residents in the borough of Queens, subjected for years to abnormally high levels of noise and air pollution, got a break last week when JFK and LaGuardia were denied flight increases.
RI Residents Say Quarry is Loud and Unwelcome Neighbor (Oct. 19, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports tests performed at a quarry in Cumberland, Rhode Island, show that the quarry meets federal noise and vibration standards, town officials say. Residents questioned the accuracy of the readings and insist the noise from quarry is unacceptable.
RI Town Moves Toward Drafting Enforceable Noise Ordinance (Oct. 19, 1998). Providence Journal-Bulletin reports noise problems from loud cars to early morning industrial operations prove challenging to Rhode Island residents.
Calif. Residents Voice Opinions about Costs and Benefits of Proposed El Toro Airport (Oct. 18, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published letters to editor from residents about the proposed El Toro Airport. Byron Edwards of Orange County is opposed to the new airport:
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:
Singapore Government Offers Awards to Quiet Companies (Oct. 18, 1998). The Straits Times (Singapore) reports Singapore's government will award companies who reduce noise levels.
Burbank Airport's Airlines Reject Mandatory Curfews; Federal Noise Study May Lead to FAA Sanctioned Curfews (Oct. 17, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports most airlines serving California's Burbank Airport have refused to accept a mandatory curfew, leaving the airport authority to consider a federal noise study.
Cleveland Says Airport Expansion Doesn't Mean Noise Increase; Mayor Announces Plans for Further Expansion while Airport Neighbors Continue to Wait for Home Soundproofing (Oct. 16, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports the expansion of runways at Ohio's Cleveland Hopkins International Airport can happen while keeping any noise increase to a minimum, city officials said yesterday.
Road Noise Makes Life Unbearable in Upscale Maryland Planned Community (Oct. 16, 1998). The Baltimore Sun reports many residents in a Columbia, Maryland, planned community are subjected to unbearable noise from a four-lane highway that splits their community.
Bottling Plant in Georgia Works to Resolve its Noise Problem (Oct. 15, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports residents in the Georgia towns of Covington and Oxford soon will get relief from the noise of a nearby bottling plant.
City Planners in Chesapeake, Virginia, Reject Speedway Based on Projected Noise (Oct. 15, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports noise was one of the environmental factors commissioners in Chesapeake, Virginia, cited in rejecting a proposed speedway.
Illinois Judge Dismisses Part of Parish's Noise Case Against O'Hare (Oct. 15, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports an Illinois county judge dismissed some elements of a lawsuit filed by a school against Chicago over soundproofing against O'Hare International Airport noise.
Newport, Rhode Island, Waives Noise Ordinance for High School Football Games (Oct. 15, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports officials in Newport, Rhode Island, waived the noise ordinance for the season's remaining high school football games after neighbors complained of noise at a local field.
Santa Fe Airport Neighbors Seek Noise Abatement Ordinance (Oct. 15, 1998). The Albuquerque Tribune reports a group of airport neighbors contend Santa Fe Airport officials are ignoring complaints about too many low-flying ear-piercing planes over homes in New Mexico at all hours.
Airport Foes Say Tests at California's El Toro Won't Show Long-Term Effects (Oct. 14, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports opponents of turning El Toro Marine Base into a commercial airport say planned testing will yield inaccurate results while airport boosters say test results will reduce residents' noise concerns.
Critics Say Flight Tests at El Toro Won't Give Accurate Noise Picture (Oct. 14, 1998). The Orange County Register reports critics say El Toro flight tests next year won't give accurate noise picture at California's proposed airport site.
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.
Hearing Experts in England Call for Restrictions on Noise Levels in Cinemas (Oct. 14, 1998). The Evening Herald reports hearing experts in Plymouth, England, say film-makers are turning up the volume to dangerous levels which could lead to hearing loss.
Outdoor Entertainer in Bath, England, Banned after Residents Complain of Noise (Oct. 14, 1998). The Western Daily Press reports a popular outdoor entertainer in Bath, England, recently received a citation for disturbing the peace.
Residents Say Generator a Noise Nuisance in England Town (Oct. 14, 1998). The Sentinel reports residents of Stoke, England, contend noise from a generator powering temporary traffic lights is making their life hell.
Texas Town to Meet about Leaf-Blower Noise and Pollution (Oct. 14, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports Highland Park, Texas, will address leaf-blower noise and pollution at a public meeting.
County Council Approves Noise-Reduction Plan for Washington's Boeing Field; Activists Not Satisfied (Oct. 13, 1998). The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports an ambitious program that will reduce aircraft noise at Boeing Field won the unanimous approval of Washington's King County Council yesterday. Some activists and airport neighbors disapprove of the plan.
NC Resident Says No to FedEx Hub in Greensboro; Noise Tops Reasons (Oct. 13, 1998). The News & Record published a letter from Greensboro, North Carolina resident, William J. Powers, who opposes a Federal Express hub at the local airport. Powers' primary objection is noise. He writes:
Noise from New Jersey Firing Range Pits Neighboring Towns (Oct. 13, 1998). The Record reports the neighboring New Jersey towns of Allendale and Waldwick are engaged in a dispute over noise from a Waldwick firing range.
Officials at Wisconsin's Waukesha County Airport Invite Residents to Discuss Noise and Expansion Concerns (Oct. 13, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Wisconsin residents will have an opportunity to meet with Waukesha County Airport officials later this month to discuss airport noise and expansion.
1946 Landmark Ruling Could Help NC Residents Fight FedEx at Piedmont Airport (Oct. 12, 1998). The Associated Press reports a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a chicken farmer could affect the outcome of the proposed FedEx hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's, Piedmont Triad International Airport.
County Exec. Urges St. Charles to Join Lawsuit Against FAA Over New Runway Plan for Missouri's Lambert Field (Oct. 12, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a St. Charles County leader is advising the county to join a lawsuit to overturn the approved expansion at Missouri's Lambert Field Airport.
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.
New York Rally Protests Airport Noise and Its Health Effects on Children (Oct. 12, 1998). Newsday reports children and adults gathered in Queens, New York, yesterday to protest noise, pollution, and ill health effects from nearby airports.
Tourists in Canada Find Banff Too Noisy; Business Owners Seek Solutions (Oct. 12, 1998). The article reports Bonar Hunter, Banff's senior bylaw officer, said the town's general noise bylaw does not specifically regulate or enforce bar noise and that his team of four full-time officers only works until 10 p.m. during the summer, and 6 p.m. in the off- season. Most bars close at about 2 a.m. and that's where the trouble starts, hotel and motel officials said. Hunter is investigating and will report to town council. "We want higher profile by RCMP . . ." said Lanz, adding the noise is also becoming a problem for Banff's permanent residents. Banff RCMP agree the problem of early-morning party animals is getting worse and they expect final statistics on jailed drunks this year to be up 20 per cent. "There wasn't a lot of bad weather to drive people indoors so the kids stayed out longer and seemed to party harder than they normally do," said RCMP Sgt. Bob Peterson.
Citizens' Panel Suggests Limits on New York's County Airport; Noise and Water Pollution Top Concerns (Oct. 11, 1998). The New York Times reports a citizens' advisory board recommended limited expansion of New York's County Airport, citing a number of quality of life and environmental issues including noise pollution and water quality.
Resident Objects to Expanded Flights at Washington, DC's Reagan National Airport (Oct. 11, 1998). The Washington Post published a letter from a McLean resident who objects to expanded flights at Washington, DC's Reagan National Airport. Mary Wakefield writes:
Calif. Congressmen Seek FAA Exemption of Formal Review for Mandatory Curfew at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (Oct. 10, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports federal lawmakers from California are urging the Federal Aviation Administration to allow Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport to enact a mandatory curfew on nighttime flights without a formal review process, officials said Friday.
Landmark Noise Case Could be Foundation for Homeowners' Action Against Airport FedEx Hub in Greensboro, NC (Oct. 10, 1998). The News & Record reports a 52-year-old legal case may be ammunition for property owners near the Piedmont Triad International Airport who opposed a Federal Express hub and a third runway at the Greensboro, North Carolina, airport.
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.
Residents Near California's Los Alamitos Airfield Warned of Increased Flights and Noise This Month (Oct. 10, 1998). Los Angeles Times reports Los Alamitos Armed Forces Reserve Center officials warn that noise from heavy runway activity may disturb residents through the end of the month.
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.
Colorado Village Seeks Input for Residents at FAA Hearing with Centennial Airport (Oct. 10, 1998). The Denver Post reports Greenwood Village officials want residents surrounding Colorado's Centennial Airport to have a voice in the battle between the airport authority and a commuter passenger service that has been banned from the airport.
'Quiet on the Lot' for Universal Studios if County Noise Restrictions Approved (Oct. 10, 1998). The Calgary Herald reports Hollywood's Universal Studios may be the first southern California studio to have noise restrictions on its lots.
Washington's Boeing Field Will Undergo Noise Reduction Efforts (Oct. 9, 1998). The Seattle Times reports the Metropolitan King County Council next week is expected to authorize the most extensive noise -reduction efforts in the history of Washington's Boeing Field.
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.
Illinois' Rep. Hyde Says, "No New Flights at O'Hare;" House Bill Nixed (Oct. 9, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports a plan that could have added 30 daily commercial flights at O'Hare International Airport appears to be squashed for now. Local activists applauded the move.
Knoxville, Tennessee, Passes New Noise Ordinance (Oct. 9, 1998). The Commercial Appeal reports Knoxville, Tennessee, is setting stricter standards for quiet.
European Study Shows City Noise Leads to Serious Ill Health Effects (Oct. 9, 1998). The Evening Standard reports Londoners were warned today that big city noise may be responsible for heart disease.
LA Commission Approves Noise Restrictions for Universal Studios (Oct. 8, 1998). The Associated Press reports noise restrictions for California's Universal Studios were recently approved by the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission.
Calif. Residents Hope for Renewal of Settlement Agreement at John Wayne Airport (Oct. 8, 1998). The Orange County Register reports California's El Toro Airport issue and how it's resolved could have enormous implications for John Wayne Airport and nearby residents.
Residents Demand Formal Oversight at California's Universal Studios, Citing Existing and Projected Noise Problems (Oct. 8, 1998). The Hollywood Reporter reports the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission voted to recommend noise restrictions at Universal Studios in an effort to balance importance of film industry with noise concerns of residents.
Residents Near Ohio's Dayton International Airport Organize to Fight Noise (Oct. 8, 1998). The Dayton Daily News reports residents of Butler Township, Ohio, asked for help with noise from Dayton International Airport.
Richfield, MN, Officials Take Airport Noise Concerns to Washington (Oct. 8, 1998). The Star Tribune reports Richfield, Minnesota, officials brought to Washington, DC, this week their fight against low-frequency airport noise in their suburban neighborhood.
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.
Residents Upset When Airport Put Noise Study at a Low Priority in Wheeling, Illinois (Oct. 7, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that local officials and residents are lobbying state aviation officials for an estimated $90 million in improvements at the Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Wheeling, Illinois.
Illinois Highway Officials Refuse Lisle's Request for Noise Barriers (Oct. 7, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports Lisle, Illinois, officials pledged this week to continue the fight for noise barriers along a three-quarter-mile stretch of the North-South Tollway.
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.
New Homeowners Complain about Airport Noise; Columnist Says Their Complaints Belong to the Politicians of Chandler, Arizona (Oct. 6, 1998). The Arizona Republic published the opinion of columnist Art Thomason who says the noise pollution suffered by new homeowners near Williams Gate Airport is far too often regarded without empathy by the public at large. Thomason points the finger at public officials who failed to protect Williams from encroaching developers.
City of Burbank Keeps Pushing for Noise Restrictions at California's Burbank-Glendale Airport (Oct. 6, 1998). Airports(R) reports city and airport officials are seeking ways to resolve the ongoing dispute over noise pollution, airline schedules and a terminal upgrade at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.
Families in a Fury Over Supermarket's Failure to Abate Noise from Store Deliveries in Great Britain (Oct. 5, 1998). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports that Safeway supermarket has been branded a "neighbour from Hell" by two families in Great Britain who have a long-standing noise dispute with the giant grocer.
Neighbors Want Manufacturing Site Converted into Quiet Uses in Elgin, Illinois (Oct. 5, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that neighbors want property that has been utilized by manufacturing to be converted into quiet uses but the city of Elgin, Illinois.
Union Pacific Railroad Wants Ban on Idling Locomotives Lifted in Riverside, California (Oct. 3, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that Union Pacific Railroad is seeking a federal court ordered injunction to lift a ban on idling locomotives in Riverside, California.
Activist Who is Hard of Hearing Uniquely Positioned to Advocate for Peace and Quiet (Oct. 2, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports how one man, Stephen Frazier, is speaking out against loud background music and other noise.
Changes to Airspace Plan Charges Debate about Increased Flight Capacity at O'Hare International Airport (Oct. 2, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reported that a Federal Aviation Administration workshop for the public discussing airspace changes was vague about whether the changes would mean increased flight capacity.
Companies in Northampton, Pennsylvania Violate Local Noise Ordinance; But Town Officials Refuse to Take Immediate Enforcement Measures (Oct. 2, 1998). The Morning Call reports that noises from two industries in Northampton, Pennsylvania exceed the borough's noise ordinance by more than 20 decibels. Borough officials, however, refuse to take adverse action until they have an opportunity to correct the problems.
County Tries to Block Expansion of Lambert Field Airport in St. Louis, Missouri (Oct. 2, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Charles County may join others in a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration to block the expansion of Lambert Field Airport.
Missouri Town Files Suit to Overturn Expansion at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (Oct. 2, 1998). The Bond Buyer reports the city of Bridgeton, Missouri, filed suit against the city of St. Louis hours after St. Louis won approval for expansion of the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Residents of St. Charles, Missouri Rally to Stop Expansion of Lambert Field (Oct. 2, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on citizen views and their efforts to stop the expansion of Lambert Field near St. Charles, Missouri.
Bridgeton Files Suit After FAA OK's Lambert Expansion; Various Factions Speak Out (Oct. 1, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday approved southwest expansion into Bridgeton at Missouri's Lambert Field. A few hours later, attorneys for Bridgeton filed suit in St. Louis Circuit Court to try to overturn the plan.
California Town Seeks to Set New Noise Standards (Oct. 1, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports the town of Norco, California, is considering adopting operating standards that would restrict noise from a nightclub and an amusement center to a specific level of decibels.
City Council Says 'No' to Home Depot's Plan to Build Store in Residential Area of El Cajon, California (Oct. 1, 1998). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that homeowner opposition put a temporary end to Home Depot's plan to build near a residential subdivision. The company has appealed the denial of their conditional-use permit and scheduled an after-election appeal hearing for November.
Flight Paths out of Boston's Logan Airport May Stir Neighborhood Tensions (Oct. 1, 1998). The Boston Globe reports that changed flight patterns at Logan Airport may pit Boston neighborhoods against each other.
Missouri Alderman Sponsors Bill to Restrict Speedway Operations, Citing Noise Complaints (Oct. 1, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a St. Peters, Missouri, Alderman is pushing a bill to further restrict noise from the St. Charles Speedway.
New Report on Noise Research and Noise Health Effects (Oct. 1, 1998). Industrial Health & Hazards Update announces a new report by Armstrong Laboratory on the complexity of noise research.
Plans to Expand Cleveland's Airport Alarms Residents (Oct. 1, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports that a newly released report to expand Cleveland's airport has alarmed area residents who feel the airport noise is already problematic.
Police Called Repeatedly to Enforce Peace and Quiet in Los Angeles (Oct. 1, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports the calls pour in all night long to California's downtown Los Angeles police communications center from Angelenos desperate for a little peace and quiet.
Residents Say Quality of Life Ignored in Expansion Plans at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (Oct. 1, 1998). The Associated Press reports Ohio residents of suburbs near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport fear more airport expansion will mean more noise.
Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Will Address Noise Complaints about Automotive Plant (Sep. 30, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the city of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, is investigating complaints from neighbors about noise at the local Amcast Automotive Plant.
Chicago Alderman Seeks to Soften City's Noise Ordinance, Claiming Ban on Loud Car Music Hurts Retailers (Sep. 30, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports a Chicago, Illinois, City Alderman has introduced an initiative to amend the city's 1996 ordinance that bans loud music in cars. Opponents of the current noise ordinance say it hurts business at car-audio retailers.
Hearing on Rhode Island Gun Club Permit Request Continued; Neighbors Strongly Object to Club's Relocation (Sep. 30, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports a Rhode Island zoning board last night continued a hearing to a fourth night of review on a gun club's application for a special-use permit that would allow it to relocate, frustrating the club's lawyer.
Nearby Towns Say the Issue is Noise; Vow to Fight FAA Approval of Expansion of St. Louis, Missouri's Lambert Field (Sep. 30, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports if, as expected, the Federal Aviation Administration gives the green light to the $2.6 billion W-1W plan for expanding Lambert Field, the announcement will set in motion legal actions by public officials in St. Charles County.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, Takes Action Against Bar after Noise Complaints (Sep. 30, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports a popular night spot in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, is forbidden from offering live music until the bar's owner complies with the city's noise ordinance, a city official said Tuesday.
City Council in Sunnyvale, CA, Discusses Leaf Blower Noise (Sep. 29, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports the city council in Sunnyvale, California, will meet to discuss the effect of noise on the community, including noise created by leaf blowers.
Maryland Village Requests Noise Barriers; Offered Trees Instead (Sep. 29, 1998). The Baltimore Sun reports residents of a Maryland village have been offered evergreen trees to buffer noise from a four-lane highway, although officials admit the vegetation will do little to mitigate the noise.
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.
Opponents of Expansion at Missouri's Lambert Field Picket in St. Louis (Sep. 29, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports despite expected federal approval of Missouri's Lambert Field's expansion plan, three busloads of opponents picketed outside St. Louis City Hall on Monday.
Third-Airport Proponents Object to FAA's Air-Use Plan at O'Hare (Sep. 29, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports third airport proponents objected Monday to the Federal Aviation Administration's plan for reconfiguring the use of Chicago's air space at O'Hare International Airport. Objectors say the proposed plan fails to address O'Hare's inability to safely handle growth.
Will New Flight Plan at O'Hare Bring More Noise? (Sep. 29, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports residents of Chicago's suburbs, airport activists, and other leaders fear a federal proposal to redesign flight paths would lead to increased flights at O'Hare Airport and more noise below.
Colorado County Considers Noise Standards for Oil, Gas Industry (Sep. 28, 1998). The Associated Press reports commissioners in La Plata County, Colorado, will reconsider a proposed noise standard for the oil and gas industry after industry officials claimed the restrictions are impractical.
European Union's Environment Commission Says it Will Propose Noise Pollution Legislation by the End of 1999 (Sep. 28, 1998). The Economist Intelligence Unit reports that the Environment Commission for the European Union has announced that it will propose, by the end of 1999, a legislative framework to extend ambient noise levels, beyond the current limits, for cars, lorries and aircraft.
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.
Noise Study Focuses on Private Jets at Burbank Airport (Sep. 28, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports while Burbank city leaders fight a proposed new passenger terminal at Burbank Airport, citing noise factors, two private terminals that house the jets of Hollywood moguls such as Time Warner and DreamWorks SKG escape city scrutiny.
Pro Air Clears Approval from the FAA for 36 Departures Daily from Detroit City Airport; City Officials Express Disappointment (Sep. 28, 1998). Crain's Detroit Business reports that Pro Air Inc. has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly up to 36 departures a day out of Detroit City Airport, an increase of 28 flights over the former limit of eight.
RI Planning Board to Hear Residents' Noise Concerns about Gun Club (Sep. 28, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports West Greenwich, Rhode Island, residents will have their turn tomorrow to present arguments to the Zoning Board of Review against allowing a gun club's request for re-location.
Expanded Flightpaths in England Bring More Noise; Additional 1 Million Homes Will Be Affected (Sep. 27, 1998). The Times Newspapers Limited reports the British government faces an outcry from residents over its plans for a huge expansion of flightpaths that will lead to at least 1m more homes being disturbed by aircraft noise.
ConnDOT to Begin Noise Monitoring at Bradley International Airport (Sep. 26, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports residents of Simsbury, Connecticut, attended the last of three state Department of Transportation meetings on solving the noise problem at the increasingly busy Bradley International Airport.
Despite Noise and Safety Concerns, Senate Approves Plan to Increase Flights at Washington's Reagan National Airport (Sep. 26, 1998). The Washington Post reports the US Senate approved a plan yesterday to add flights at Washington's Reagan National Airport despite local fears that it would add to noise in neighboring communities and undermine business at Dulles International Airport.
Senate Approves More Flights from Reagan Airport; Washington, DC, Residents Expect More Noise (Sep. 26, 1998). The Washington Times reports residents who live near Washington, DC's Reagan National Airport are angry about Senate approval of a bill to increase flights at the busy airport. Residents say increased flights mean more noise and traffic.
Senate OK's More Flights at O'Hare; Critics Predict More Noise, More Health and Safety Problems (Sep. 26, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports a bill that could add 30 daily commercial takeoffs and landings at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport was endorsed Friday by the U.S. Senate. Activists say more planes means more noise and other serious problems.
Air Tour Industry Accuses Park Service of Exaggerating Noise Report to Expand Quiet Zones (Sep. 25, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Congress was told Thursday by consultants to the air tour industry that National Park Service noise studies are seriously flawed.
How Quiet are the Neighbors? European Bank Advises Finding Answer Before Buying a Home (Sep. 25, 1998). The Daily Record of Europe reports noisy neighbors are the biggest drawback to buying a new home, according to a survey out yesterday.
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.
Leaders in Missouri Towns Travel to St. Louis to Voice Concerns over Airport Expansion (Sep. 25, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports St. Charles and Bridgeton leaders are planning a major presence Monday in downtown St. Louis to express their concern over expansion plans at Missouri's Lambert Field Airport. Intolerable aircraft noise lies at the heart of their opposition.
Noise in Nearby Towns Tops Issues at Airport Expansion Forum in New Orleans (Sep. 25, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports although the first forum didn't solve any problems, three Louisiana towns agreed Thursday to continue meeting about the expansion of New Orleans International Airport.
Seasonal Flight Paths at Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Shift Noise from Region to Region; Residents Take Turns Complaining about Noise (Sep. 25, 1998). The Hong Kong Standard reports Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport shifts flight paths with the seasons, and affected residents everywhere complain of the noise.
Seeking Relief, Conn. Residents Urge Expedience in Noise Study at Bradley Airport (Sep. 25, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports Connecticut residents affected by noise from Bradley International Airport urged consultants to avoid any delays of a planned noise study.
Eliminating Truck Noise in Illinois Town May Come at High Economic Cost (Sep. 24, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports an Illinois town is considering eliminating or rerouting truck traffic due to noise and pollution problems.
European Commission Requires Towns to Create Noise Contour Maps (Sep. 24, 1998). The Leicester Mercury reports noise blackspots in Leicester, England, will be targeted as part of pollution research mandated by the European Commission.
Federal Appeals Court Supports Noise Restrictions in Grand Canyon (Sep. 24, 1998). The Arizona Business Gazette reports a federal appellate court has refused to set aside new rules designed to curb aircraft noise at the Grand Canyon in the case of Grand Canyon Air Tour Coalition v. Federal Aviation Administration (97-1003).
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.
Helicopter Pad at English Hotel Brings Noise Complaints from Neighbors (Sep. 24, 1998). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports a helicopter landing at a Birmingham, England, hotel is angering local residents who claim their peace and quiet is being shattered.
Illinois Town Gets State Funds to Build Noise-Abatement Wall along Highway (Sep. 24, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports an Illinois town was presented Wednesday night with a state grant to fund a noise-abatement wall along an interstate highway.
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.
Washington Area Lawmakers Object to Senate Bill Allowing Increased Flights at Reagan National (Sep. 24, 1998). The Associated Press reports a final Senate vote is expected Friday, despite some local opposition, to increase flights at Washington, DC's Reagan National Airport.
Conn. Residents Petition for Relief from I-95 Noise (Sep. 23, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports close to 100 Connecticut residents who live along a stretch of I-95 have signed a petition calling for an investigation of escalating noise along the highway.
Glendale, Arizona, Considers Measures to Protect Residents from Freeway Noise (Sep. 23, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports Glendale, Arizona's, City Council is considering a number of noise-reduction measures to protect residents from freeway noise.
Home Depot Makes Noise on Long Island and Across the Country (Sep. 23, 1998). Newsday reports people across the country, including many on Long Island, New York, say Home Depot, one of the country's largest retailers, is a noisy neighbor that doesn't belong near residential neighborhoods.
Illinois Town Conducts Study to Solve Truck Traffic Noise (Sep. 23, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports noisy truck traffic through east-side residential streets in South Elgin, Illinois, may come to an end depending on the results of a village truck-traffic study.
Indianapolis Resident Says Police Unwilling to Enforce Noise Ordinances Downtown (Sep. 23, 1998). The Indianapolis Star published the following letter from Arthur J. Usher IV, an Indianapolis, Indiana, resident. Usher contends the city police are unwilling to enforce noise ordinances, making living in the city practically unbearable. Usher wrote:
Neighbors Accuse Wendy's Restaurant in Florida of Violating Noise Ordinance (Sep. 23, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports neighbors of a Wendy's restaurant in Pembroke Pines, Florida, say trucks making early morning deliveries are robbing them of their sleep.
New Zealand Residents Want Airport Noise Reduced Sooner than Later (Sep. 23, 1998). The Evening Standard reports at a meeting about airport generated noise attended by ratepayers and representatives from the Palmerston North city council, airport company, and Fieldair Engineering, New Zealanders' main message was, "Let's curb noise now."
Noise Complaints Rise as Tolerance for Noise Decreases in English Town (Sep. 23, 1998). The Grimsby Evening Telegraph reports noise pollution is becoming an increasing problem in East Lindsey, England, as residents become less tolerant of certain kinds of noise.
Pennsylvania Airport Buys More Land and Property to Create Noise Buffer Zone (Sep. 23, 1998). The Morning Call reports Pennsylvania's Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority will purchase land and homes to reduce noise complaints from the Village of Schoenersville.
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.
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.
Developers Plan Open Space Surrounding California's El Toro Airport (Sep. 22, 1998). World Airport Week reports developers for California's El Toro Airport have presented on open space plan to county executives, requesting a park surround the airfield.
NH Residents Oppose Power Plant, Voice Noise and Safety Concerns (Sep. 22, 1998). The Union Leader reports a group opposed to a power plant in Londonderry, New Hampshire, expressed concerns last night about noise, safety, and diminished property values to the Town Council.
Residents in English Town Demand Relief from Road Noise (Sep. 22, 1998). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports residents of Evesham, England, are requesting a low noise surface be laid on a busy highway that creates constant and intolerable traffic noise.
Editorial Objects to Unsightly Highway Noise Barriers in U.S. (Sep. 21, 1998). USA Today published an editorial charging that while highway noise barriers block traffic noise for nearby residents, they also block scenic views for motorists and take the joy out of traveling in the U.S.
FAA Gives RI's Green Airport Additional Funds to Soundproof Homes (Sep. 21, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded T.F. Green Airport an additional $1 million to insulate more houses against jet noise.
Meetings to Focus on Mini-Study of Noise Sensitive Residential Areas Surrounding Conn.'s Bradley Airport (Sep. 21, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports residents will be able to voice their concerns about noise from Connecticut's Bradley International Airport at three meetings this week. Residents will be asked to give input on a planned "mini-study" of noise-sensitive areas.
New Early A.M. Flight at LA's Burbank Airport Likely to Increase Tensions Over Airplane Noise (Sep. 21, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that the administrators of Burbank Airport may allow early departures by Reno Air, angering residents already upset over airport noise.
Ohio Residents Offered Barriers to Soften Noise Impact of Highway Expansion (Sep. 21, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Department of Transportation doubles the number of lanes on I-270, and neighborhoods along Ohio's north Outerbelt will decide whether they want sound walls built between their homes and the highway.
U.S. National Park Ban of Personal Watercraft Causes Ire Among Fans (Sep. 21, 1998). The Christian Science Monitor reports after years of debate, the U.S. National Park Service has banned the use of personal watercraft (PWC) in its parks with a few exceptions.
NYC Resident Proposes Ban on Truck Traffic Through Neighborhood, Citing Noise, Health and Safety Issues (Sep. 20, 1998). The New York Times reports a resident's concern about noise, pollution, health, and safety issues caused by heavy truck traffic in her New York City neighborhood has led to a resolution to ban commercial traffic through that area. To go into effect, the ban now needs approval from the Department of Transportation.
Texas Rancher Objects to Air Force Plan--Noise from Bombers Threatens Quality of Life (Sep. 20, 1998). The Sacramento Bee reports Texan ranchers are concerned about how noise from an Air Force training range for bombers will effect their animals, ranches, and ways of life.
European Union Mandates Noise Maps for Cities (Sep. 19, 1998). New Scientist reports every city in the European Union with more than 250 000 inhabitants will be required to draw up " noise maps" of their streets by 2002.
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.
Anti-Noise Candidate in Australia Claims Death Threats-Continues Campaign Against RAAF Jet Noise (Sep. 18, 1998). AAP Newsfeed reports an independent candidate in Australia campaigning against aircraft noise claimed today she and her family had been subjected to death threats.
City Outlaws Nighttime Use of Loudspeakers in Lauderhill, Florida (Sep. 18, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that a city commission in Florida has approved a noise ordinance that prohibits the use of loudspeakers near residential areas between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays.
Federal Grant Funds Relocation Program for Residents Near Georgia's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (Sep. 18, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports a relocation program will be funded with a federal grant for residents who live near Georgia's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.
Residents Demand Action on Jet Noise at NJ's Teterboro Airport (Sep. 18, 1998). The Record reports local New Jersey officials and residents fighting increased jet traffic demanded action at a demonstration at Teterboro Airport on Thursday.
Arlington Heights Questions O'Hare's Compliance with Fly Quiet Program (Sep. 17, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports an increase in the number of residents' complaints about noise from Illinois' O'Hare International Airport is causing Arlington Heights officials to question the City of Chicago about compliance with nighttime flying procedures.
Living Under Detroit Airport's Flight Paths is "Hell on Earth" (Sep. 17, 1998). The Detroit News reports one New Boston, Illinois, resident who lives in Detroit Metro Airport's southern flight path says the recent Northwest pilots strike gave her temporary reprieve from unbearable noise.
Long Beach, NY, Gives First Ticket for Violating Leafblower Ban Four Years After Law Enacted (Sep. 17, 1998). Newsday reports the City of Long Beach, New York, issued the first citation for violation of its leafblower ban, a law enacted in 1994.
Missouri's Lambert Field to Install New Noise Monitor to Aid Residents (Sep. 17, 1998). The Louis Post-Dispatch reports an easement was approved for a new permanent noise monitor to determine the amount of noise residents are subjected to from Missouri's Lambert Field Airport.
Noise is a Hot Topic in Yorba Linda, California (Sep. 17, 1998). The Orange County Register reports two of the hottest topics before the Yorba Linda City Council in California were discussed at the council meeting Tuesday. Both issues concerned noise and noise mitigation.
Richmond, British Columbia, Establishes Restrictions for "Raves" after Neighbors in Vancouver Complain (Sep. 17, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports after numerous complaints about noise from a recent rave party in Richmond, British Columbia, town officials adopt restrictions.
Noise Complaints in the United Kingdom Decreasing (Sep. 16, 1998). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports environmental health officers in the United Kingdom announced the public may be becoming more tolerant of noisy neighbors.
Tourists Don't Like Noise, Say Business Owners who want Tough Noise Laws in Bar Harbor, Maine (Sep. 16, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports several Bar Harbor, Maine, residents and business owners say the town is too noisy.
Virginia Beach Hires Consultant to Reduce Noise from Amphitheater (Sep. 16, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports Virginia Beach's City Council decided to hire a consultant to investigate ways to reduce the noise levels from the GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater.
Council in Stroud, England, Committed to Dealing with Noise Issues (Sep. 15, 1998). The Gloucester Citizen reports members of an environment committee in Stroud, England, are committed to dealing with noise complaints.
Illinois Residents Object to Regulation of Law Mower and Snow Blower Noise (Sep. 14, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald published the following letters it received from Arlington Heights, Illinois, citizens in response to a report that the Arlington Heights Environmental Control Commission said it was looking at limiting the hours when people can operate lawn mowers. The first letter is from Jan Berkley:
Minnesota Town Gives Skateboarders a Park, but Noise Brings Complaints from Nearby Residents (Sep. 14, 1998). The Star Tribune reports while skateboarders in Stillwater, Minnesota, are excited about their new rink on the western edge of town, residents are complaining about the noise the skateboard facility brings to their neighborhood.
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:
Political and Social Issues Accompany Leaf Blower Controversies in U.S. (Sep. 14, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports with autumn comes falling the leaves, and for some residents and workers in states including Texas, Illinois and California, the re-emergence of the heated leaf-blower controversy is likely.
Cargo Business at Seattle's Boeing Field Brings Most Noise Complaints (Sep. 13, 1998). The Seattle Times printed the following letter to the editor from Mike Rees, President of Seattle, Washington's, Council on Airport Affairs. In his letter, Rees contends Boeing Field Airport stopped being a good neighbor when it increased air cargo business. Rees writes:
Changes in Lambert Field's Expansion Plan Means More Noise, Critics Charge (Sep. 13, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Missouri, reports opponents of Lambert Field's expansion plan contend that changes made in the proposal would generate more noise south of the airport than originally anticipated.
Debate over Noise Walls Ranges from Expense and Placement to Materials and Effectiveness; Still, Most Illinois Residents Favor the Sound Barriers (Sep. 13, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports some Illinois drivers may dislike sound walls because they block the view and make the daily commute like driving through a tunnel. But for many suburbanites, sound walls are highly desired. Those who don't have them want them; those who have them want the tallest, thickest wall they can get.
Editorial Urges Gilbert, Arizona, Town Council and Citizens to do Homework on Proposed Expansion of Williams Gateway Airport (Sep. 13, 1998). The Arizona Republic published the following editorial criticizing the Gilbert, Arizona, Town Council for blindly accepting the Williams Gateway Airport Authority's recommendations for zoning without considering its citizens and the common good.
Los Angeles Area Residents Debate Impact of Proposed El Toro Airport (Sep. 13, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published the following letters from residents California residents about the proposed El Toro Airport. The following letter was written by Leonard Kranser of Dana Point, California:
Some Residents in Bergen County, NJ, Feel No Sympathy for Residents Living Near Noisy Route 287 (Sep. 13, 1998). The Record reports readers in Bergen County, New Jersey, mustered little sympathy for a woman unable to get a noise barrier built just beyond her back yard.
Truck Traffic Ban in Hillsborough, NC, the Beginning of Downtown Revitalization (Sep. 13, 1998). The Chapel Hill Herald published an editorial supporting the town of Hillsborough, North Carolina's, attempt to limit noisy truck traffic.
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.
LA Planning Commission Recommends Noise Limits at Universal Studios (Sep. 12, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that resident outcry has convinced the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission to consider noise restrictions for Universal Studios.
Town Council in England will Investigate Ways to Reduce Excessive Noise from Music Festival after Residents Complain (Sep. 12, 1998). The Evening Herald reports the Plymouth, England, City Council is determined to address the issue of excessive noise from a free festival in 1999 after complaints about this year's event.
O'Hare Business Group Meets with Suburban Legislators to Drum up Support for O'Hare (Sep. 11, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports suburban legislators met Thursday with the Greater O'Hare Association of Industry and Commerce to discuss regional cooperation and support of O'Hare International Airport.
Editorial Criticizes Residential Growth Near Arizona's Luke Air Force Base (Sep. 11, 1998). The Arizona Republic published the following letter to the editor from Bill Lipscomb of Surprise City, Arizona. In his letter, Lipscomb warns citizens of the dangers of allowing residential growth under the flight paths at Luke Air Force Base. Lipscomb wrote:
Airport Activists Question Aim of O'Hare Meeting (Sep. 11, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports a closed-door meeting between Illinois state and local officials and airline executives Thursday caused some noise activists to suggest the aim of the meeting was to discuss expansion at O'Hare International Airport.
Exploring Methods to Quiet Fighter Noise at Tulsa International Airport (Sep. 11, 1998). Tulsa World reports military jets are the loudest aircraft at Oklahoma's Tulsa International Airport and cause the most complaints among airport-area residents. But a recent study found certain departure procedures can reduce noise from the military aircraft.
NY Town Debates Loud Train Whistles: Nuisance or Necessity? (Sep. 10, 1998). The Buffalo News reports Depew, New York, officials will consider banning train whistles at a public hearing Monday.
Bangkok Will Enforce Noise Limits on Noisy Canal Boats (Sep. 10, 1998). Bernama, The Malaysian National News Agency reports China's Bangkok Metropolitan Administration plans to regulate noise levels of passenger boats after operators were found to suffer hearing damage.
Editorial Calls on Florida Commissioners to Use Existing Laws to Quiet Raves (Sep. 10, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times published an editorial in which the author takes exception to Florida county commissioner Pat Mulieri's request to ban late-night outdoor dance concerts known as raves.
Neighbors Complain about Nightclub Noise, Legal Action May Lead to Florida Club Shutdown (Sep. 10, 1998). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports authorities could start procedures to close a nightclub in Sarasota, Florida, after neighbors charge the club violated a noise agreement.
Airport Opponents Will Fight Cargo Flights at California's El Toro (Sep. 10, 1998). The Orange County Register reports a new effort is under way to start commercial air-cargo flights at the proposed El Toro airport next year. Airport opponents vow to fight the effort.
City Officials in Quincy, MA, Act to Restore Quiet in Neighborhoods (Sep. 10, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports city officials in Quincy, Massachusetts, are taking action to give residents relief from noise made by barges unloading oil and early morning dumpster pickups.
Court Case: NYC Nightclub Loses in Challenge to Charges of Excessive Noise Violations (Sep. 10, 1998). The New York Law Journal reports a case in which a nightclub failed in its challenge to charges of excessive noise violations. The summary, text, and discussion of the case follows:
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.
Runway Work at John Wayne Airport Causes Pilots to Fly Lower and Louder; Residents Complain about Noise (Sep. 10, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that during runway repair at John Wayne Airport in California, pilots are flying a different approach before landing. The path is more towards the west than usual, and at lower altitude, which has angered residents who have gotten more noise than they're used to. The Federal Aviation Administration says there's no safety problems involved with the new approaches.
FAA Says It's Illegal to Ban Commercial Traffic at Colorado's Centennial Airport; County Vows to Fight FAA (Sep. 9, 1998). The Denver Post reports there's controversy over bringing in commercial air traffic to Centennial Airport in Colorado's Arapahoe County.
Leaders Meet to Discuss O'Hare Airport; Noise Reduction Likely on Agenda (Sep. 9, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago's Mayor Richard M. Daley, state legislators, major airline executives, and north suburban business leaders will meet to discuss O'Hare International Airport on Thursday during a closed-door meeting.
Seekonk, Mass., Adopts New Anti-Noise Regulations (Sep. 9, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports new anti- noise regulation are included among a package of local bylaws in Seekonk, Massachusetts, just given approval by the attorney general's office.
Resident Opposes Larger Jets at California's Camarillo Airport, Citing Existing Noise Problems (Sep. 9, 1998). The Ventura County Star published the following letter to the editor about the existing noise jet noise problem at Camarillo Airport from resident Al Knuth of Camarillo, California. Knuth opposes proposals to allow larger jets at the airport. Knuth writes:
Hillsborough, NC, Restricts Truck Traffic to Make Town Quieter and Safer (Sep. 9, 1998). The Chapel Hill Herald reports an ordinance restricting truck traffic on Churton Street in Hillsborough, North Carolina, seems to be having its intended effect, making the area safer and more quiet.
Florida Commissioner Asks for Review of County's Ordinances After All-Night Concert Sparks Noise Complaints (Sep. 9, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports last weekend's all-night "rave" party in Pasco, Florida, was noisy enough to prompt one county commissioner to seek a change in the way the county permits such events.
Florida Town Considers Banning All-Night Concerts After Noise Complaints (Sep. 9, 1998). The Tampa Tribune reports Pasco, Florida, is considering a ban on all-night outdoor music shows after a recent event resulted in dozens of drug arrests and noise complaints.
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.
Groups Picket St. Louis City Hall Over Expansion Plans for Missouri's Lambert Field Airport, Citing Noise and Safety Concerns (Sep. 9, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports three organizations that oppose the expansion plan for Missouri's Lambert Field are scheduled today to picket the St. Louis City Hall. After the picketing, they hope to meet with St. Louis Mayor Clarence Harmon to voice their complaints.
Calif. Residents Fear Extended Runway Means Larger, Noisier Planes (Sep. 8, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports a plan to extend the runway at California's San Carlos Airport makes neighbors fear bigger and noisier aircraft. Airport officials stress the project is necessary to increase airport safety.
Resident is Heavily Fined in England for Noise Disturbances (Sep. 8, 1998). The Nottingham Evening Post reports Richard Ramsey of Nottingham, England, has been fined for two breaches of a noise abatement notice.
Letter Asks for Equal Coverage of North Carolina Residents' Concerns about FedEx Hub (Sep. 8, 1998). The News & Record published the following letter to the editor from Jeff Johnson, a resident of Greensboro, North Carolina. In his letter Johnson contends recent articles published in the newspaper about the new FedEx hub unfairly deny equal space to citizens' concerns. Johnson writes:
Increased Night Flights at O'Hare Limits Chicago's Fly Quiet Program (Sep. 8, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports Chicago's Fly Quiet program produces negligible results as night flights from O'Hare Airport increase.
Noise Decreases at Nashville Airport, But Some Tenn. Residents Still Wait for Home Soundproofing (Sep. 8, 1998). The Tennessean reports the Federal Aviation Administration is reducing the size of the noise contour map at Tennessee's Nashville International Airport, saying the airport is quieter than it was in 1993 when the map was made.
Is it Noise or Publicity that Prompts Residents to Call O'Hare Hotline? (Sep. 8, 1998). The Associated Press reports complaints about airplane noise from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport often come from residents in the towns that are the least affected by airplane noise problems.
Shared-Noise Strategy at Australia's Kingsford Smith Airport Criticized by Safety Experts, Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots and Others (Sep. 7, 1998). Aviation Week and Space Technology reports Australia's government shared- noise strategy significantly reduces capacity at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport while increasing safety concerns.
Debate Continues Over Use of Personal Watercraft as National Parks Service Proposes Rule (Sep. 6, 1998). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports national seashores in Florida and North Carolina are among several that would be exempt from a ban on Jet Ski-type watercraft under new proposed National Park Service regulations.
Letter: Don't Neglect to Mention Noise from Santa Monica Airport in Real Estate Articles (Sep. 6, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published the following letter to the editor from two Los Angeles, California, residents who chided the newspaper for omitting the existence of airplane noise in any article about Sunset Park real estate. The Schechters wrote:
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.
Increased Air Traffic and Noise Over Upper Manhattan Neighborhoods Due to Runway Work at La Guardia (Sep. 6, 1998). The New York Times reports New York City residents are annoyed by the increased flights over their neighborhoods in the last several months. The sharp rise in air traffic and its attendant noise are due to runway work at La Guardia Airport.
Noise Can Permanently Damage Hearing; Protection Devices Recommended (Sep. 6, 1998). The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, published a column that advocates for the use of protection devices to prevent noise-induced hearing damage.
Airport Activist Calls New O'Hare Flight Path Plans 'Two-Lane Highways' (Sep. 5, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports new flight path plans favored by the Federal Aviation Administration at O'Hare International Airport are causing alarm in airport activists who fear more flights, along with increased noise and pollution.
Citizen Defends Noise Abatement Demands at Warwick's T.F. Green Airport (Sep. 5, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin published the following letter to the editor from Warwick resident Peg Magill defending noise abatement procedures suggested by citizens for Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport. Magill wrote:
English Resident Breaks Noise Laws; Town Destroys Stereo to Deter Future Violators (Sep. 5, 1998). The Daily Telegraph reports a residents' music system was demolished in public in Grantham, England, as a warning to those who persistently defy noise laws.
Homeowner in Washington State Sues Developers, Charges They Destroyed Natural Noise Buffer and Devalued His Property (Sep. 5, 1998). The News Tribune reports Tacoma, Washington, resident Earl Petit plans to picket the Pierce County Street of Dreams custom home show on its final weekend. Petit claims the developers removed a natural noise buffer between his home and a scrap metal yard, destroying his right to peace and quiet and devaluing his property.
Neighbors of Pittsfield, Maine, Airport Object to Additional Hanger, Citing Noise, Traffic and Safety Concerns (Sep. 5, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports Maine's Pittsfield planning board will meet Wednesday, Sept. 16, to review a conditional use application for a new hangar at the municipal airport. Neighbors are concerned about increased noise and traffic that the new structure may bring.
Texas Town Rejects Amphitheater, Noise and Preservation of Park Land Drive Decision (Sep. 5, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports Bedford, Texas, City Council members say a Park Board recommendation may prevent the chance for an amphitheater on city park land.
Who Should Enforce Noise Rules at a Florida Condominium Complex? (Sep. 5, 1998). The Tampa Tribune published the following question from F.P., a resident of Seminole, Florida, who wonders who should enforce noise rules at a condominium complex. F.P. wrote:
Albuquerque Considers Ordinance Restricting Heliports after Residents Complain of Noise from TV News Helicopters (Sep. 4, 1998). The Albuquerque Tribune reports the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Environmental Planning Commission is considering an ordinance restricting heliports after residents complained of noise from news helicopters that take off and land near their homes.
Finger Pointing and Blaming When Residents and Local Officials Discuss Noise from Warwick's Expanded T. F. Green Airport (Sep. 4, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports Warwick, Rhode Island, Councilman Gene Kelly held a meeting on airport noise last night. The incumbent mayor, a mayoral candidate, and a state airport official turned out to respond to residents' concerns about noise and expansion at Warwick's T. F. Green Airport.
Knoxville, Tennessee City Council Finds it Difficult to Please Everyone with Noise Ordinance (Sep. 4, 1998). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports Tennessee's Knoxville City Council is working hard to establish enforceable noise regulations that will please business owners and residents.
Neighborhood Group Succeeds in Effort to Get First Noise Barrier Built in Maine (Sep. 4, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports residents in one of Bangor, Maine's, noisiest neighborhoods won a battle Thursday to get a noise barrier erected against increasing noise from Interstate 95. Residents worry that prolonged exposure to the noise could result in hearing loss or other health problems.
New Flight-Control Plan at O'Hare Raises Concerns from Activists and Traffic Controllers (Sep. 4, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to reconfigure flight paths for the Chicago area's airspace has launched a debate over whether the plan is a part of a strategy to increase flights at O'Hare International Airport. Meanwhile, air traffic controllers voice their safety concerns about the new flight plan.
New Orleans Enacts Noise Buffer Zone for Cathedral during Services (Sep. 4, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans City Council on Thursday placed limits on noise levels around a city cathedral during religious services after a lengthy dispute between the church and street musicians.
O'Hare Air Traffic Noise on the Rise in Chicago Neighborhoods; Frustrated Noise Panel Wants FAA Help (Sep. 4, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports despite the efforts of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, the noise problem at O'Hare appears to be worsening. Commission members are requesting from the Federal Aviation Administration stronger support of a plan to steer aircraft away from residential areas.
San Francisco Airport Gets Three Year Variance to Comply with California's Noise Standards; Local and State Leaders Oppose Extension (Sep. 4, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports California's San Francisco International Airport received a variance for another three years to comply with state noise standards and become a quieter neighbor.
Residents Complain about a Low-frequency Noise at Paper Recycling Plant in Northampton, Pennsylvania (Aug. 21, 1998). The Morning Call reports that residents of Northampton, Pennsylvania are turning to local government to eliminate the low-frequency noise that rattles their windows, vibrates their homes and wakes them up at night.
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.
Steel Company Hires Noise Consultants to Identify Source of Noise Problems (Aug. 21, 1998). The Journal Sentinel reports that the Charter Steel Manufacturing plant in Saukville, Wisconsin has hired a consultant to evaluate and recommend solutions to noise problems.
Final Hearing for Maine's Ban of Personal Watercraft Concentrates on Residents of Tunk and Donnell Lakes (Aug. 20, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports that the recent law banning personal watercraft from 245 lakes and ponds under Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission's (LURC) jurisdiction came before the Commission for a final hearing. Landowners on two of the larger Hancock County lakes turned out in force both for and against the ban on personal watercraft.
Neighbors and School Districts near Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport Need Answers; FAA Sources Say They'll Have to Wait (Aug. 20, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that about 400 residents and school officials from Boone County filled a public meeting room to express concerns about how improvements to the runways at the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport would affect their homes and classrooms.
Community Policing Effort Reduces Traffic Noise in Fall River, Massachusetts (Aug. 18, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin describes a community policing effort to eradicate blaring car stereos, loud mufflers, roaring motorcycles, and other traffic nuisances from a cruising strip in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Homeowners' Sentiments Concerning the Proposed Federal Express Hub Aired at Public Meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina (Aug. 18, 1998). News & Record in Greensboro, North Carolina reports that a public meeting brought out a torrent of public sentiments concerning the proposed Federal Express hub and third runway for Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Planes Flying Below Recommended Altitudes Thwart Noise Control Efforts near Baltimore Washington International Airport (Aug. 18, 1998). The Capital reports that a state study concludes that about one-third of planes flying over Severna Park to Baltimore Washington International Airport are flying lower than the altitude recommended by the state to control noise.
Seniors Articulate Divergent Views on the Need for Noise Regulations (Aug. 16, 1998). Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh City Council has passed a noise-pollution ordinance. Correspondent Jeanne Dutel-Martino interviews residents at a Retirement Center in the suburban community of Pine about the need for a noise-pollution ordinance in their community. Residents responded to the question: "Would you like to see similar [noise] ordinances in the suburbs?"
Mayor Assigns Two Additional Police Officers to Buttress Enforcement of Noise Ordinance in Providence, Rhode Island (Aug. 14, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. has decided to assign two additional police officers to downtown Providence to buttress enforcement of the city's noise ordinance.
Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport Board Affirms the Idea of Including a Ohioan as a Voting Member of the Board (Aug. 14, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that there is a possibility that an Ohioan could serve as a voting member on the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport Board. According to the article the idea was resurrected Thursday and was given support from most of the elected officials attending a joint meeting of Ohio's Hamilton County commissioners and Kentucky's Kenton Fiscal Court commissioners.
Committee Bans Personal Watercraft Banned within 1,200 of San Francisco's Shoreline (Aug. 14, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors reported unanimously to ban personal watercraft within 1,200 feet of the city's shoreline.
Newport, Maine Adopts a Prohibition on Amplified Entertainment (Aug. 13, 1998). Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that Newport's City Council has adopted an amendment to its existing noise ordinance to prohibit amplified entertainment after 8 p.m.
Changes in Land-use Policies Recommended to Mitigate the Impact of Airport Noise in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Aug. 13, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that noise consultants are recommending new land-use policies for the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the surrounding county to help mitigate the impact of airport noise.
Winter Park's City Council Prohibits Engineers from Blowing Their Whistles (Aug. 13, 1998). The Denver Post reports that the town council in Winter Park unanimously passed an ordinance prohibiting the train engineers from blowing their whistles at the two crossings last month. The new development was spurred on by complaints from developers, lodging owners, visitors, and local residents.
Committee Will Consider Curfews on Business Practices in an Effort to Curb Noise in Weymouth, Massachusetts (Aug. 13, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports that Selectman are forming a seven-member committee that will recommend new town bylaws that would disallow noisy business practices early in the morning and late at night.
FAA Official Says FAA Has Yet to Approve Requested Flight Curfews and Growth Caps (Aug. 12, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports on a recent meeting between Burbank's city officials, airport officials and FAA Administrator Jane Garvey. According to the article Garvey said any application to the FAA for flight curfews and growth caps would be welcome but cautioned that six U.S. airports have sought already sought FAA approval for curfews and growth caps and none of them have been accepted by the agency.
Editorial: Keep Your Darned Noise to Yourself (Aug. 12, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal published the following editorial from Joseph Spear, a writer for the Newspaper Enterprise Association. Spear's article identifies with and applauds the advocacy efforts of noise haters nationally saying: "There are hundreds of thousands of noise haters out there, and a movement of some kind is clearly a-building." The editorial reads as follows:
City in East China Reduces Noise, Can Hear Birds Sing (Aug. 12, 1998). China Daily reports noise control measures have been used to reduce noise in Yantai, a coastal city in East China's Shandong Province. Cars are forbidden to blow their horns in the urban districts and no sirens are allowed to sound. Broadcasting music and advertisements outdoors has also been forbidden in commercial areas since June 1.
Salem, Virginia, Residents Want Noise Wall, Not Re-location When I 81 Expands (Aug. 11, 1998). The Roanoke Times & World News reports residents of Salem, Virginia's, Stonegate community prefer a noise wall to relocation when Interstate 81 is widened.
Warwick, RI, Mayor Suggests Ways for Airport to be a Good Neighbor (Aug. 11, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin published the following editorial by Lincoln Chafee, mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island, about Warwick's T.F. Green Airport. Mayor Chafee outlines ways for the airport to be a good neighbor:
Editorial Says Jet Skis Ruin Peace and Quite of Canadian Lakes (Aug. 11, 1998). The Vancouver Sun published an editorial about personal watercraft ruining the peace and quiet of Canadian lakes.
Rhode Island Airport Corporation Hears Residents' Proposals for Noise Reduction at T.F. Green Airport (Aug. 11, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports Rhode Island's state Airport Corporation will sponsor a public meeting Thursday to focus noise and ways to reduce it from Warwick's T.F. Green Airport.
City and FAA Asked to Lower Decibel Level for Homes to Qualify for Insulation from LAX Noise (Aug. 11, 1998). Copley News Service reports the FAA has been asked by the Los Angles County Board of Supervisors to change noise standards so more homes will qualify for federally funded noise insulation from the Los Angeles International Airport.
Commetary Says Stricter Rules Justified for Noise Reduction in Addis Ababa (Aug. 11, 1998). The Monitor published an editorial advocating the new strict noise regulations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The writer believes it's better to enforce controls now before the city becomes hopelessly polluted.
FAA Exec. Will Try to Resolve Dispute between City of Burbank and Airport (Aug. 10, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports Jane Garvey, the chief executive of the Federal Aviation Administration, will arrive in Burbank, California, on Tuesday to try to secure an end to the 16-year war over the proposed expansion of Burbank Airport.
Enforce Noise Abatement Laws on Illinois' Waterways, Says Editorial (Aug. 10, 1998). The Chicago Tribune published an editorial criticizing the lack of enforcement of quiet boating on Illinois' inland waterways.
Police Officers Crack Down on Noise Violators at Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey (Aug. 10, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that Point Pleasant Beach has issued a new noise ordinance that stipulates how much noise is acceptable. Persons who exceed the limits can be issued summonses.
Long Island Towns Restrict Places to Ride Noisy ATVs (Aug. 9, 1998). Newsday reports Smithtown, New York, officials say a recent crackdown on noisy all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes in neighboring Brookhaven has brought riders into their town in search of open spaces to ride. Citing noise and environmental and liability issues, Smithtown is enforcing its own restrictions.
County Aviation Official Says New Nevada Airport Necessary (Aug. 9, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal published the following editorial by Randall H. Walker, director of Nevada's Clark County Department of Aviation. Walker advocates for the Ivanpah Airport project, deeming it a necessity to accommodate the Las Vegas Valley's future needs. Walker writes:
NH to Expand I-95 Visitor Center and Erect Noise Barriers to Offset Increased Traffic Noise (Aug. 8, 1998). The Union Leader reports the New Hampshire Department of Transportation has announced plans for a major expansion of the visitor center on Interstate 95 just north of the Massachusetts state line. Barriers will be erected to mitigate expected increases in noise levels at nearby homes.
Two NY Residents Sue Company for Excessive Noise and Vibrations (Aug. 8, 1998). The Buffalo News reports two Forestville, New York, residents who live near a manufacturing plant have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit charging excessive noise and vibrations.
Executive's Helicopter Permitted Daily Trip Despite Maryland Residents' Complaints about Noise (Aug. 8, 1998). The Washington Times reports Rite Aid Chairman Martin Grass has received permission from Baltimore County officials to take off and land in his company helicopter at his home in Lutherville, Maryland, despite complaints from neighbors about the noise.
Minn. Town Objects to Airport Expansion, Citing Noise Concerns and Charging Breach of Promise (Aug. 7, 1998). The Star Tribune reports despite pressure from the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), officials and residents in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, object to expansion of their "reliever" airport because they fear an increase in noise and an alteration in their quality of life.
Illinois Town Adopts Ordinance to Limit Noisy Pets (Aug. 7, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports owners of animals that make excessive and continuous noise will be fined in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in an effort to bring peace to neighborhoods.
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.
Conn. DOT to Assess Need for Sound Barriers Along Section of I-91 Expansion (Aug. 7, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports that in an effort to determine whether there is a need for sound barriers, the state Connecticut Department of Transportation has begun to monitor traffic noise in neighborhoods along I- 91 in Rocky Hill.
Residents of Housing Project Near Georgia Airport to be Relocated (Aug. 6, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports residents of Lottie Miller Homes public housing project in College Park, Georgia, should soon get relief from airplane noise roaring overhead day and night, a city lawyer said this week.
Court Orders Couple to Quiet Lovemaking after Neighbors Complain of Noise in Ipswich, England (Aug. 6, 1998). The Mirror reports an Ipswich, England, man has been ordered to keep his lovemaking sessions quiet or face eviction.
Arizona Residents Battle Runway Expansion, Fearing Noisier Skies (Aug. 6, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports residents who live near Arizona's Chandler Municipal Airport object to proposals to lengthen one of the airport's two runways and to rezone most of the land around it for commercial or industrial development.
Group in Dallas Suburb Unites to Quiet Leafblower Noise (Aug. 6, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports some residents of Highland Park, Texas, have formed a group to muster support and convince officials to ban leafblowers in their Dallas suburb.
As Air Traffic Increases at San Francisco Airport, More Towns Affected by Jet Noise (Aug. 6, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports the outrage over jet noise is spreading to communities further and further south of the San Francisco International Airport as air traffic increases.
NJ Bill Would Replace Earsplitting Train Horns with Bells at Crossings (Aug. 5, 1998). The Record reports a New Jersey state bill, introduced in the Assembly last week, would require trains to use bells instead of loud horns at grade crossings at a town's request.
Mayor in Pontiac, Illinois Must Decide Whether Bar Violated City's Liquor Code When Its Loud Music Disturbed Next-door Neighbors (Aug. 5, 1998). The Pantagraph reports that the mayor of Pontiac, Illinois will decide whether a local bar violated the city's noise ordinance when it played loud music disturbing its neighbors.
Editorialist Decides Ice Cream Truck Noise Permissible in Spite of Its Extreme Annoyance to Young Parents (Aug. 5, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published the following editorial in which the editorialist imagines the enforcement of Pittsburgh's new noise ordinance against ice cream trucks in the suburbs. The editorialist resolves that ice cream truck noise should be tolerated despite its extreme annoyance to parents of young children.
Florida County Drops Grandfathering Clause in Proposed Noise Ordinance (Aug. 5, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports Martin County, Florida's, proposed noise rules could cost some businesses thousands of dollars to be in compliance.
Not all Agree 'the Louder the Better' as Decibel Levels Rise in U.S. Films (Aug. 5, 1998). USA Today reports movies in the United States sound louder these days because they are being recorded louder, say industry insiders. Movie goers' responses to the pumped up volume vary.
Noise and Conduct Ordinance Receives Final Approval from Pittsburgh City Council (Aug. 4, 1998). Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pittsburgh City Council has approved new "noise pollution" legislation intended to improve the city's quality of life. The ordinance was written as a response to residents' complaints about booming car stereos and is expected to take effect October 1, provided the mayor signs the bill.
Trains in New Jersey May be Required to Use Bells Instead of Horns (Aug. 4, 1998). The Record reports that New Jersey's state legislature is setting forth a bill that calls for trains to use locomotive bells instead of horns. The bill is seen as a potential solution to a dilemma that has upset some Morris County residents since NJ Transit started commuter train service to Manhattan.
Meeting Will Hear Out Neighbors' Grievances About Noise From Ohioís Port Columbus Airport (Aug. 3, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch reports that a workshop will take place to allow neighbors to air their grievances about sound noise from nearby Port Columbus Airport. According to the article these workshops are periodically scheduled as a part of the noise compatibility program and are necessary if airports are to receive Federal Aviation Administration funds for noise abatement.
Gloucester Resident is Fed Up with Industry's Nighttime Noise and Absence of Nighttime Enforcement Officers in Canada (Aug. 3, 1998). The Ottawa Citizen published an editorial from a resident of Sawmill Creek Housing Co-operative in Gloucester, Canada. The editorialist is fed up with the nighttime noise of 18-wheelers and forklifts loading and backing up at the nearby Dicom Express courier company. She claims hundreds of years of Common Law jurisprudence has established that although property owners have the right to enjoy their property to the fullest, they are not entitled to inconvenience others in the process. According to her letter, the City of Gloucester has the responsibility of enforcing the noise bylaw but the bylaw officers do not work at night. The letter reads as follows:
Police May Be Able To Slap Fines on Drivers with Loud Car Stereos Under Bethlehemís Newly Proposed City Ordinance (Aug. 3, 1998). The Morning Call reports that local police in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania may soon be in pursuit after drivers using high-wattage car stereos. The police will be able to slap hefty fines on noisemakers if the mayor is successful in getting the new city ordinance passed.
Jet Ski Operators Claimed to be the Source of Safety Problems (Aug. 2, 1998). The Boston Herald reports that jet skis, though considered extremely dangerous by detractors, may not be as much of a threat as they have been perceived to be. The article claims that Jet Ski related accidents comprise only two of the 140 boat-related deaths in Massachusetts since 1987 even though jet ski ownership is on the rise.
No Peace and Quiet? In Maryland, Call Noise Cop (Aug. 2, 1998). The Sun reports in an effort to respond to a new focus on noise, Maryland's Department of the Environment now employs a state noise cop.
Judge Finds Methanol-Powered Leaf Blowers Permissible under Los AngelesŪ Ordinance, Which Was Intended to Ban Use of the Machines near Residences (Aug. 2, 1998). Los Angeles Times reports that gardeners in Los Angeles, led by a Latino gardeners union, are considering conversion of their gasoline-fueled leafblowers to methanol. Such a conversion would exploit a loophole in the recent ban on gas-powered leafblowers and allow their continued use. A city judge recently dismissed a case against a gardener because he was using methanol-fueled blowers. The decision agreed with a June ruling in a similar case.
Nuns in Dallas, TX, Continue to Negotiate with City about Protection from Traffic Noise (Aug. 1, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports negotiations continue between a group of Carmelite nuns who want to protect their property from increased traffic noise and the city of Dallas, Texas, that wants to expand two roads adjacent to the sisters' convent.
Local Noise Ordinance Enforced After Much Delay in Salt Lake City, Utah (Jul. 30, 1998). The Deseret News published the following letter to the editor regarding the much-delayed enforcement of a local noise ordinance in Salt Lake City, Utah.
OíHare Impact Study Warranted According to Mayor of Park Ridge, Illinois (Jul. 30, 1998). Chicago Tribune published the following poignant commentary from the Mayor of Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, and neighbor to OíHare International Airport. The commentary takes issue with the opinion of the Chicago Tribuneís editorial board which concluded that any review of the environmental impact of safety, noise and air pollution implications from a shift of 100 military slots at O'Hare International Airport to commercial usage will, in all likelihood, show minimal adverse impact.
Tenants in London Flats Say They Will Take Their Noise Battle to the House of Lords (Jul. 30, 1998). The Evening Standard reports that tenants in Londonís council flats plan to take their grievance concerning inadequate soundproofing to the House of Lords. The Appeal Court recently ruled the council had no obligation to improve the soundproofing of the flats.
Hundreds Oppose Road Expansion in an Effort to Preserve Catholic Sistersí Peace and Quietude in Dallas, Texas (Jul. 29, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that over 310 letters have been sent to the city requesting that it alter its plans to expand Bowen and Sublett roads. Those writing the letters want the peace and quietude of a Carmelite convent preserved.
The Devastating Effects of Noise Pollution and Some Ways to Ease its Impact (Jul. 27, 1998). Time Magazine reports noise pollution is increasing across Europe. While noise can damage health and destroy peace of mind, there are ways to lessen its impact.
Electronic Monitoring System Used in Grimsby, England, to Combat Noise Nuisances (Jul. 14, 1998). The Grimsby Evening Telegraph reports an English town of Grimsby is using an electronic monitoring system to combat noise pollution.
Town's on New York's Long Island Struggle With How and Whether to Ban Leaf-Blowers (Jul. 12, 1998). The New York Times reports that towns and villages across Long Island in New York are struggling with how and whether to ban gas-powered leaf-blowers. The article says that some municipalities have passed an outright ban on the blowers during the summer, while others recently have passed rules that define acceptable decibel levels for the blowers. Still others are considering bans, and one city which banned blowers four years ago is considering rescinding the ordinance.
NYC Loses Appeal to Prevent More Flights at La Guardia (Jul. 9, 1998). Newsday reports a federal appeals court has upheld the U.S. Department of Transportation's plan to add 21 daily flights into New York's LaGuardia Airport.
NYC's Heliport and Helicopter Master Plan Criticized by Activists (Jul. 9, 1998). The New York Times reports a study of New York City's heliports and helicopter flights supported a current ban on tours from one heliport in the city, but failed to endorse new regulations for helicopter flights. The results of the study produced mixed reactions from activists, politicians, and industry representatives.
Airport Noise Shifts from One Town in China to Another; Environmental Groups Demand Compensation for Residents (Jul. 9, 1998). The South China Morning Post reports airport noise has shifted from Kowloon to Lantau and Sha Tin despite promises that Chek Lap Kok would solve the problem, green groups said yesterday.
Ariz. Sen. McCain Backs Proposal to Add More Flights at O'Hare; Chicago Area Residents Outraged (Jul. 9, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports Chicago area residents reacted with outrage to a U.S. Senate proposal to add 100 daily flights at O'Hare Airport.
U.S. National Park Service Announces Plans to Ban Jet Skis in Certain Areas (Jul. 8, 1998). Greenwire published the following press release saying the National Park Service has proposed banning jet- propulsion personal watercraft (PWCs) from many of the waterways it oversees because of pollution, noise and safety concerns:
N.Salt Lake Gravel Pit Cooperates with Neighbors, Gets Noise Variance Extension (Jul. 8, 1998). The Deseret News reports a North Salt Lake gravel pit operator has been granted an extension on a noise variance. City officials say the extension is the gravel company's reward for its cooperation in response to residents' noise complaints.
NYC Loses Suit to Stop More Flights at La Guardia; Appeal Probable (Jul. 8, 1998). The New York Times reports a Federal appeals court ruled yesterday in favor of allowing increased flights into and out of New York City's La Guardia Airport.
National Parks Service Ban on Jet Skis May Affect California Sites (Jul. 8, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports personal watercraft would be banned from all national parks as early as next year because of safety, noise and environmental concerns under rules proposed by the National Park Service. In California, personal watercraft could still be operated at the discretion of the local superintendent at units administered by the Park Service.
FedEx and Airport Reject North Carolina Residents' Proposal for Alternate Hub Site (Jul. 8, 1998). The News & Record reports FedEx and Piedmont Triad International Airport officials on Tuesday rejected an alternative site for the company's new hub and declined to change their plans to build a third runway. Officials still plan to meet with residents about noise and safety concerns.
Neighbors Claim Noise Increase at Firing Range in Grafton, MA (Jul. 8, 1998). The Telegram & Gazette reports the Grafton, Massachusetts, Board of Selectmen last night held a hearing last night to discuss complaints from neighbors of a firing range who claim noise have dramatically increased in recent years.
Neighbors of Noisy Racetrack in PA Urged to Call Police with Complaints (Jul. 8, 1998). The Morning Call reports neighbors of a Silverdale, Pennsylvania, racing track complained Monday to the city council about excessive noise and dust. They were advised to report their complaints to police in an effort to get the noise ordinance enforced.
Personal Watercraft Ban Proposed by National Park Service (Jul. 8, 1998). The New York Times reports personal watercraft such as Jet Skis could be banned from all national parks because of safety, noise and environmental concerns under rules proposed by the National Park Service.
New South Wales Considers Curfews to Cut Road Traffic Noise (Jul. 8, 1998). AAP Newsfeed reports the New South Wales government is considering night curfews on some roads to cut traffic noise, the Daily Telegraph reported today.
Long Beach, NY, Bucks Trend and Considers Lifting Leafblower Ban (Jul. 8, 1998). Newsday reports the city council of Long Beach, New York, is considering rescinding its ban on leafblowers within the city. Critics say the ban was never enforced in the first place, charging even city workers violated the ban.
Steel Company Makes Noise Reduction Efforts to Appease Neighbors in Walsall, England (Jul. 8, 1998). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports a dispute has been resolved between residents and a Walsall, England, steel firm over alleged late night noise.
MBTA Includes Whistles in T Noise Study; Neighbors Hope for Noise Mitigation (Jul. 7, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports the MBTA has agreed to study the noise impact of the trains on Boston's Old Colony lines, including the whistles that engineers blow four times at each street crossing.
NJ Resident Cited for Noise; Neighbors Say Police Acted Too Slowly (Jul. 7, 1998). The Record reports although police issued a ticket to the hostess of a noisy Fourth of July reggae party on Saturday night, angry neighbors say the officers acted too late to save their holiday from being ruined by loud music and crowds of people overflowing onto the street.
Gun Club Relocation Endorsed by Rhode Island Planning Board Despite Opposition from Residents with Noise Concerns (Jul. 7, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the West Greenwich, Rhode Island, Planning Board voted last night to recommend that the Zoning Board of Review approve an area gun club's relocation. The recommendation came despite two dissenting votes and a number of residents expressing noise concerns.
Maine Passes Comprehensive Law Regulating Noise and Operators of Personal Watercraft (Jul. 6, 1998). The Portland Press Herald reported Maine's new watercraft regulations take effect on Thursday. Years of complaints about noise and safety issues concerning the personal watercraft led to the most comprehensive law of its kind yet passed in Maine.
Olmstead Falls, Ohio, Fights Noise and Expansion at Cleveland Hopkins Airport (Jul. 6, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports residents and public officials in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, have been working together to prevent more aircraft noise from the planned expansion at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Communities in the Buffalo, New York, Area Draft Noise Ordinance with Car Stereos in Mind (Jul. 6, 1998). The Buffalo News reports New York's Erie County Sheriff's Department and other area police agencies are trying to crackdown on drivers who blast high-powered car stereos.
Residents in Babylon, NY, Oppose Expansion of Republic Airport, Fearing Increased Noise and Property Devaluation (Jul. 5, 1998). Newsday reports Babylon, New York, residents oppose expansion of Republic Airport, saying more runways mean larger planes and more noise, along with more pollution, property devaluation and the higher probability of accidents.
Residents of Rural LA County Say Peace and Quiet Ruined by Hunt Club; They Will Appeal Club's Permit and Seek Legal Action if Necessary (Jul. 5, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that neighbors of ranch land that is being used for "bird shoots" by a hunting club are upset at the noise and have appealed a decision to allow the activities to continue. They promised to file lawsuits if necessary.
Solana Beach, CA, Drum Group Cooperates with Noise Laws to Keep Meeting Place (Jul. 5, 1998). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports a drumming circle group in Solana Beach, California, will be allowed to continue to meet at a county park after they worked work out a solution to stay within the noise laws.
Busch Gardens Will Build Noise Walls After Residents Complain of Incessant Screaming from Fans on Popular Roller Coaster (Jul. 4, 1998). The Tampa Tribune reports people living near Busch Gardens are complaining about noise from a giant roller coaster, but the amusement park plans to correct the problem.
ElToro Airport Activists Network with Anti-Airport Groups Worldwide for Support and Lessons (Jul. 4, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that those fighting El Toro Airport in Orange County, California have found allies over the Internet in the U.K., South Africa, and Australia who are fighting the same airport problems.
Monitors Track Noise But Don't Reduce Noise from BWI Airport, Residents Say (Jul. 4, 1998). The Capital reports the Mary land Aviation Administration monitors noise daily from BWI Airport to make sure aircraft stay within the allowed noise levels. Residents commend them for these noise abatement measures, but they say it does nothing to reduce the amount of noise they are exposed to.
Pilots' Union Objects to Takeoffs Proposed at El Toro Airport; They Say Safety Risks Outweigh Noise Concerns (Jul. 4, 1998). The Orange County Register reports the Air Line Pilots Association this week released its response to two Orange County, California, safety studies of El Toro Airport's takeoffs.
English Town Promotes Noise Awareness Day with Education (Jul. 3, 1998). The Herald Express reports the Council in Teignbridge, England, went into action to spotlight Noise Awareness Day launched by the National Society for Clean Air.
Residents Protest Expansion at Washington's Boeing Field; They Say Noise Rattles Windows Now (Jul. 3, 1998). The Seattle Times reports at a council meeting yesterday, residents in Washington's South Seattle neighborhoods protested a plan that would increase air traffic at Boeing Field and move the airport's runway closer to their neighborhoods.
Scientists at University of Texas Devise Design Improvement for Noise Walls (Jul. 3, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports because scientists believe noise generated by cars and trucks can damage the hearing of people who live nearby, a group at the University of Texas at Austin is trying to develop the best physical barrier to block noise coming from highways.
Firefighter Landlords in England Protest Station Noise (Jul. 2, 1998). The Evening Post (Wellington) reports in England two firemen are complaining that the station where they work is too noisy for tenants in apartments next door. The two firemen happen to also be the landlords of the adjacent apartments.
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:
San Francisco Supervisor Proposes Entertainment District after Residents Make Noise Complaints (Jul. 2, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports San Francisco's Supervisor Gavin Newsom is proposing the city create an entertainment district to balance needs of clubs and residents in the South of Market section of the city.
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.
UK Government's Aware of Misery Noise Can Cause; Promotes National Noise Awareness Day (Jul. 2, 1998). M2 Presswire published the following press release stating that the United Kingdom's minister responsible for environmental noise declared the government's support for National Noise Awareness Day. The press release read as follows:
Carmelite Nuns Ask for Noise Buffer from New Roads; Texas Town Says Wall Too Expensive (Jul. 1, 1998). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports two former mayors and a former city councilwoman spoke to the City Council last night on behalf of a group of nuns who say the expansion of two roads threatens the serenity of their south Arlington, Texas, monastery.
City in Scotland Publishes Guide for Residents with Noise Problems (Jul. 1, 1998). The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports the City Council of Aberdeen, Scotland, is addressing the growing noise pollution problem by publishing noise reduction guidelines for residents.
Cleveland's City Council Asks FAA to Follow Through on Home Insulation Despite New Noise Exposure Map (Jul. 1, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports Cleveland City Council members are working to make sure residents near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport who have waited years to get their homes insulated from jet noise actually receive the government-financed improvements. The council is also urging the Federal Aviation Administration to block the sale of land north of the airport unless a consultant conclusively determines the land is not needed for the airport.
Group Meets with Pilots to Discuss Ways to Reduce Suburban Noise from O'Hare (Jul. 1, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports members of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission met with two chief pilots from United and American airlines Tuesday to brainstorm ideas for reducing noise pollution in the Northwest suburbs.
Letter Says the FAA Fails to Protect Citizens' Interests in Expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (Jul. 1, 1998). The Plain Dealer published the following letter from Matthew Englehart of Olmsted Falls, Ohio. In his letter, Englehart questions the employment of the firm hired to study the impact of expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Englehart also criticizes the FAA for failing to provide checks and balances for airport planners. Mr. Englehart writes:
Sounds of Silence Rare in North Lincolnshire, England; Noise Complaints Increase (Jul. 1, 1998). The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph reports complaints about noise pollution are on the rise in the English towns of North Lincolnshire. But the Health and Public Protection Committee can help residents bothered by noise.
Councilman Says Constituents Will Suffer for Burbank Airport Expansion in Noise, Traffic and Pollution (Jun. 30, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles published the following editorial by Dave Golonski, a Burbank City Council member. In his response to a recent commentary about the expansion of California's Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, Golonski contends his constituents will pay for the current plans for airport expansion in noise, traffic, and pollution.
Noise Regulations for Watercraft in Maine (Jun. 30, 1998). The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports new laws regulating motorboats, including limiting the noise levels of all powerboats go into effect next week in Maine.
Residents Consider Proposal to Quiet Washington's King County Airport Inadequate (Jun. 30, 1998). The Seattle Times reports yesterday, after months of community protests over noise from Washington's King County International Airport, a King County Executive proposed a compromise that some residents already consider inadequate.
Anti-Aircraft Noise Activists Win Concessions at Australia's Perth Airport (Jun. 29, 1998). AAP Newsfeed reports Australia's Perth airport owners have given in to pressure from anti-aircraft noise activists, imposing several restrictions on the use of a proposed runway extension.
Calif. County Court to Decide Volume Level at Pacific Amphitheater (Jun. 29, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that the Pacific Amphitheater at Orange County, California's fairgrounds is still a source of tension, even now that a noise lawsuit is over.
County Vows to Sue if Noise Pact not Reached with Lambert Field Airport (Jun. 29, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Missouri's St. Charles County will file a lawsuit to stop any expansion plan at Lambert Field unless it gets an agreement that aircraft noise will be lowered from present levels.
Mixed Reviews for New Sound Barriers Along Baltimore's I-695 (Jun. 29, 1998). The Baltimore Sun reports last week, The Intrepid Commuter column released the results of an unscientific survey of commuters' opinions on aesthetics of the new sound barriers that were erected along portions of Interstate 695. Most drivers who responded found them distasteful.
Noise Complaints Increase 20 Percent in English Towns (Jun. 29, 1998). The Gloucestershire Echo reports complaints about noisy neighbors are on the increase in the English towns of Vale of Evesham and Broadway.
Noise and Its Health Effects Need Attention in Malaysia (Jun. 29, 1998). The New Straits Times reports there is an urgent need to reduce noise pollution in Malaysia, according to the Society of Occupational Safety and Health.
Calif. Residents Don't Want Concrete Plant to Relocate to Weimar (Jun. 28, 1998). The Sacramento Bee reports Weimar, California, residents were pleased Thursday morning when the Placer County Planning Commission voted 3-2 to deny Manuel Brothers Inc. a conditional use permit for a concrete batch plant on Canyon Way. Residents oppose the plant relocation based on concerns about noise pollution, increased traffic, and property devaluation.
Feds Fund Three Sound Barrier Projects in NYC (Jun. 28, 1998). The Daily News reports Congress and the White House have approved a multi-million-dollar spending for transportation projects aimed at easing New York's traffic flow along Queens streets, and reducing noise pollution for neighbors of the borough's highways.
For Peace and Safety's Sake, Virginia Needs to Regulate Personal Watercraft, Says Editorial (Jun. 28, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, VA, published the following commentary advocating for stronger rules for personal watercraft.
Motorcycle Fans and Foes Meet about Noise in NYC (Jun. 28, 1998). The New York Times reports a large group gathered Tuesday in Greenwich Village, New York, to talk about noise from motorcycles with altered mufflers.
New Laws on Maine's Waters Restricting Noise and Personal Watercraft (Jun. 28, 1998). The Portland Press Herald reports as Maine's busiest boating season begins next weekend, game wardens are gearing up to enforce new boating laws - including restrictions on noise levels and the minimum age for operating personal watercraft.
Planning Commission Rejects Preschool Expansion in Calif. Neighborhood When Residents Stress Noise and Traffic Concerns (Jun. 28, 1998). The Sacramento Bee reports plans for an expanded preschool in Shingle Springs , California, were rejected Thursday by the El Dorado County Planning Commission. Opponents pressured commission to reverse its initial approval, citing the inappropriateness of the site in a neighborhood and pointing to noise and traffic concerns.
Storms Re-route Aircraft; Vancouver and Portland Residents Annoyed by Noise (Jun. 28, 1998). The Columbian of Vancouver, Washington, reports Friday afternoon thunderstorms caused several dozen complaints about aircraft noise from downtown Vancouver and north Portland residents.
Jacksonville Considering New Enforceable Noise Laws (Jun. 27, 1998). The State Journal Register reports the city of Jacksonville, Florida, is looking at a new proposal to restrict noise in neighborhoods.
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.
New Zealanders Look to Preserve Natural Quiet in National Parks; Helicopter Buzzing is Main Concern (Jun. 27, 1998). The Press reports helicopter noise is annoying visitors and ruining the natural quiet in New Zealand's national parks. Conservation and park groups are taking measures to avoid the over-flying that has plagued the US's Grand Canyon.
Sea-Tac Airport Authority and Opponents to Enter Mediation (Jun. 27, 1998). The News Tribune reports the Port of Seattle and opponents of its proposed third runway at Sea-Tac International Airport have agreed to negotiation talks with a nationally known mediator.
Columbus Resident Advocates for Preservation of Quiet Streets and Neighborhoods (Jun. 26, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch published the following editorial by Columbus resident, Joe Motil. He opposes the building of a major thoroughfare through an historic section of the city, which he says will bring noise, traffic, and the destruction of urban green space and a neighborhood. Motil writes:
Congressman's Approval Could Allow Controversial Sixth Runaway at DIA (Jun. 26, 1998). The Rocky Mountain News of Denver, Colorado, reports the chairman of the Transportation Committee has given his approval, freeing up money for a much-disputed sixth runway at Denver International Airport. Some opponents will still fight the runway, based on noise issues.
Wisconsin Town Wants to Beef Up Nuisance Ordinance to Quiet Motorbike Noise (Jun. 26, 1998). The Capital Times reports residents of Dunn, Wisconsin, say motorbikes racing on a nearby track keep them awake at night, but the owner of the property says he's a good neighbor who regulates racing hours.
City Official Wants Voting Rights for Rolling Meadows on O'Hare Noise Panel (Jun. 25, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports an Illinois alderman in Rolling Meadows is urging that his city secure voting rights on the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission
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.
New Noise Group Aims to Silence Critics of Boca Raton Airport (Jun. 25, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports a new group, Supporters of Aviation Resources Inc., (SOAR), says complaints about airplane noise during the past year have been exaggerated. Its aim is to silence criticism of the Boca Raton Airport.
New RAF Flight Paths No Improvement for some in Scottish Villages (Jun. 25, 1998). The Aberdeen Press and Journal of Aberdeen, Scotland, reports new flight paths designed by the RAF to reduce noise for villages around the Tain bombing range in Easter Ross are making life noisy and miserable for one farmer.
Noise Insulation Plans Revealed for Homes Near New Zealand Airport (Jun. 25, 1998). The Dominion reports residents who live near New Zealand's Palmerston North airport will hear tonight about new regulations that affect the noise insulation of new homes.
Ballpark Approved by Illinois Village Trustees Despite Residents' Objections to Noise and Traffic (Jun. 24, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald Cook reports Schaumburg trustees unanimously approved final plans for a publicly financed minor-league ballpark Tuesday, despite objections of noise and traffic congestion from some homeowners.
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 Monitoring System at Port Columbus Will Identify Noisy Flights (Jun. 24, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch reports a state-of-the-art monitoring system planned for Port Columbus should help airport officials better identify the source of noisy flights that give residents sleepless nights.
Providence Resident Wants Police to Enforce Noise Pollution Laws (Jun. 24, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin published the following editorial from resident Edward Moncada, encouraging police enforcement of noise regulations in Providence, Rhode Island. Moncada writes:
Columnist Criticizes Louisville International Airport's Noise Monitoring System (Jun. 23, 1998). The Courier-Journal published a column by Bob Hill that contends officials in charge of the $700 million expansion of Kentucky's Louisville International Airport are deaf to noise pollution concerns of residents.
Expanded T.F. Green Airport Brings More Noise to Rhode Island Residents (Jun. 23, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the newly expanded T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, is bringing new noise to its host city, afflicting almost 4 square miles of neighborhoods with enough noise to make them eligible for house soundproofing at taxpayer expense.
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.
Resident Says Noise Ruins Lives in English Town (Jun. 23, 1998). The Gloucestershire Echo published the following letter to the editor about the ill effects of noise from a resident of High Street, Cheltenham, England:
San Francisco Airport Receives Multi-Million Dollar Package to Reduce Noise (Jun. 23, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports California's San Francisco International Airport received a multi-million dollar grant yesterday intended to make SFO more safe and efficient. About $11 million will go toward airfield work, while the rest of the funds will be devoted to noise reduction, including $4 million for soundproofing homes in South San Francisco and San Bruno.
Airport Sound Monitors and Radar Systems Identify Noise and Keep Airlines Honest (Jun. 22, 1998). The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, reports an increasing number of airports are using sound monitors and radar systems to track the exact paths of arriving and departing airplanes. This information can be used to assist in noise abatement measures.
California's Kings County Passes Noisy Party Ordinance (Jun. 22, 1998). The Fresno Bee reports an ordinance was recently approved to fine hosts of noisy parties if California's Kings County Sheriff Department has to make a return visit to quiet the site.
Louisville Airport Accused of Negligence in Monitoring Noise and Residents' Complaints (Jun. 22, 1998). The Courier-Journal reports Louisville International Airport has done little to track the impact of noise from changes in runways and flight patterns that have occurred under the airport's $700 million expansion.
Noise Mitigation Measures Needed in U.S. Schools to Reduce Interference with Learning (Jun. 22, 1998). The Portland Press Herald reports classroom noise and reverberation is a fundamental and little understood issue that interferes with learning at schools in Maine and across the nation, experts say.
Use of Personal Watercraft Prohibited Near Some Shores in the Florida Keys (Jun. 22, 1998). The New York Times reports County Commissioners in Monroe County, Florida have approved an ordinance that prohibits operating personal watercraft within 1,200 feet of 14 beaches and resorts from Key West to Key Largo. The Personal Watercraft Industry Association, an association that represents five manufacturers of personal watercraft, plans to file suit in a Federal court asking that the ordinance be repealed.
Sound Wall in Developers' Plans Sparks Controversy in Calif. Town (Jun. 21, 1998). The article reports initial plans for the Heritage Park Estates project included a 14-foot-high sound wall, but members of the town staff suggested installing an earthen berm instead. "We have looked at several different options on how to mitigate the sound and how to meet the town's concerns about preserving a semirural appearance to the project," Remington said after the meeting. "Just doing an earthen berm would require a massive amount of dirt to be moved." A berm would involve moving 12,000 to 14,000 cubic yards of dirt to the site, an effort that would cost $120,000 to $140,000, Remington said. "That's a big pile," he said. The berm also would result in the loss of 11 lots.
Study Predicts High Noise Levels for Planned Housing near Colorado's Buckley Air Base (Jun. 21, 1998). The Rocky Mountain News reports a recently released report by the Air Force concerning noise levels from Buckley Air National Guard Base may force Aurora, Colorado, city planners to reconsider already-approved developments.
Is Living Under Heathrow Airport's Flight Paths an Asset or Loss for London's Homeowners and Purchasers? (Jun. 20, 1998). The Financial Times reports that some of Britain's most expensive houses lie on the flight paths into and out of Heathrow airport. The proximity to the airport is considered one of the property's virtues, at least until now. The article poses the question: With construction of the fifth terminal ("Terminal Five") looming on the horizon, will proximity to the airport continue to be an asset or will the proximity push buyers beyond the limits for noise and congestion?
Noise Concerns from Airport Delay New School in Las Vegas (Jun. 20, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports noise concerns may stall construction for a new high school planned near Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport.
Air Conditioning Unit for Super Market Causes Tremors and Noise Disturbances for Baltimore Neighborhood (Jun. 19, 1998). The Baltimore Sun reports that Cherry Hill neighborhood, located in South Baltimore, is shaking from nine industrial-strength air units erected to provide air conditioning and refrigeration for a new super market. The Super Market is the centerpiece of a major redevelopment campaign spearheaded by Catholic Charities.
Calf. High School Gets More Funds to Soundproof Against Noise from Lindbergh Field (Jun. 19, 1998). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports California's Point Loma High School will get additional funds to provide relief from the constant noise of nearby Lindbergh Field.
St. Paul City Council To Consider Emergency Measure to Ban Late-Night Train Whistles in Minnesota (Jun. 17, 1998). The Minneapolis Tribune reports the St. Paul City Council will be asked to consider an emergency ordinance to end late-night train whistles that are disturbing the sleep of hundreds of St. Paul residents.
Residents of Riverdale, New Jersey Suffer from Non-Stop Quarry Blasts; Legal Restraints Prevent Local Regulation (Jun. 16, 1998). The Record reports that city officials have decided to hold back on adopting an ordinance to regulate stone quarry operations because they want the ordinance to be legally unassailable. A proposed amendment to the ordinance was tabled giving the mayor and council extra time to enable city officials to hire experts and complete several reports to tailor the ordinance.
Las Vegas Residents and Business Owners Question McCarran Airport's Agenda in Widespread Buyout Tactics (Jun. 15, 1998). The Las Vegas Business Press reports some residents and business owners in areas surrounding Las Vegas are questioning the agenda of McCarran International Airport's seemingly aggressive but selective buyout procedures.
Contemporary Annoyances of 'Unwanted Sound' in Great Britain (Jun. 14, 1998). The Observer published the following article concerning contemporary annoyances of noise as "unwanted sound".
Noise Mitigation Efforts Accompany Expansion at California's Palm Springs Regional Airport (Jun. 12, 1998). The Public Record-Palm Desert reports June 8 marked the start of an expansion project at California's Palm Springs Regional Airport. Palm Springs' Director of Transportation, Al Smoot, explained to a group the benefits the expansion will provide. He also outlined noise mitigation efforts that are included in the expansion.
Newport Beach, Calif. Seeks to Restrict Noise from Bars and Restaurants (Jun. 11, 1998). The Orange County Register reports California's Newport Beach City Council on Monday voted to strengthen code enforcement to monitor noise coming from bayfront eateries, and require acoustical studies for all future bayfront restaurants.
Macho Men Buy Increasingly Larger Power Lawn Tools, Causing Noise and Air Pollution (Jun. 7, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that this year, Americans will purchase more than 22 million gas-powered lawn and garden tools -- a record number, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The article says large lawn tools, purchased and used by men, has become a social phenomenon of the 1990s suburbs. But, the article says, the large lawn tools produce excessive noise and air pollution.
Los Angeles School District Installs Air Conditioners in Schools That Exceed District's Own Noise Limits (Jun. 7, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the Los Angeles (California) Unified School District is using funds from Proposition BB to install air conditioners in schools that exceed the maximum noise levels set by the district. According to the article, the school district resisted efforts to allow experienced companies do the work, approved purchasing air conditioning units that exceed noise limits, and insisted that units be mounted rigidly against walls, which increases noise. Officials from the school district acknowledge the problem, but said they overlooked the noise issues in order to get air conditioning in the schools as soon as possible. So far, about 3,300 air conditioning units have been installed, most of them in San Fernando Valley schools. The district is not yet taking steps to remediate the situation, and installation of the noisy units continues.
Nostalgic Ice Cream Trucks Considered a Dangerous Nuisance in Cites throughout the United States (May 27, 1998). The Pantagraph publishes an article discussing the variety of laws and restrictions on ice cream trucks that have popped up across the county.
More Flights at Dallas' Love Field Would Break Moral Contract with Residents to Limit Noise, Says Editorial (May 24, 1998). The Dallas Morning News published the following editorial about the current litigation over flight limits at Dallas' Love Field Airport. The editorial reads as follows:
Cargo Companies at Mather Airport Oppose Nearby Development (May 22, 1998). The Sacramento Business Journal reports cargo companies at Sacramento's Mather Airport fear if new development is allowed closer to the facility, it will be the end of the new hub.
Japan Awards Residents Damages for Airbase Noise; Turns Down Request for Night Time Ban (May 22, 1998). Agence France Presse reports an Okinawa, Japan, court ordered the Japanese government to award monetary compensation to citizens who suffer from aircraft noise.
Denver Monitors Noise from Motorcycles after Residents Complain (May 21, 1998). The Denver Post reports residents of Denver, Colorado's, Lower Downtown are complaining about motorcycle noise, and the city is listening.
County Board Reduces Noise Restrictions to Allow Second Amphitheater Near Omaha (May 20, 1998). The World-Heraldwriter of Omaha, Nebraska, reports plans are moving forward for Omaha's second major open-air amphitheater after the county board reduced restrictions despite residents' noise concerns. The new facility will test the Omaha area's ability to support large open-air entertainment events.
Effective Buffer Zones Between Commercial and Residential Areas Critical in Olathe, Kansas (May 20, 1998). The Kansas City Star published an editorial about city officials response to problems plaguing Kansas' Olathe Station. It is the editor's opinion that stronger rules for development are needed to prevent future difficulties with noise and lighting between commercial and residential districts.
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.
Group of CA Residents Charge Marine Corps Plans to Reduce Air Noise Inadequate (May 20, 1998). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports a plan to quiet helicopters and jets flying out of Miramar Marine Corps Air Station was unveiled yesterday by the Marine Corps and San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Warden's committee of residents. But people who sued last year to stop the Marines from bringing helicopters to Miramar say that there's nothing new about the plan and that it won't reduce noise.
Kentucky Residents Seek Noise Barrier at New Interchange; City Council Joins Effort (May 20, 1998). The Courier-Journal reports the St. Matthews City Council last week joined residents in an effort to persuade the state to add noise barriers to a new interchange at Westport Road and the Watterson Expressway.
Local Florida Commission Hesitates to Ban Airboats; Waits for Outcome in Nearby Community (May 20, 1998). The Press Journal reports the Brevard County Commission voted Tuesday to postpone action on requests to ban airboats from the waterway despite concerns from residents about noise and other environmental issues.
Sound Walls Needed on Louisiana's I-10 According to State Officials (May 20, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports residents concerned about state plans to construct 10- to 24-foot-high noise -barriers along Interstate 10 will get a final chance to be heard in two public hearings this week.
Truck Noise at Chicago Motel Deprive Condo Residents of Sleep (May 20, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports semi-tractor trailers parked in the back of a Motel 6 in Villa Park, Chicago, are causing nearby residents to lose sleep.
Baltimore City Council Discusses Bill to Ban Amplifiers in Lexington Market (May 19, 1998). The Baltimore Sun reports the Baltimore City Council introduced a bill yesterday to ban the use of amplifiers in the Lexington Market area after merchants complained.
Long Island Group Opposes Noise and Night Flights at MacArthur Airport (May 19, 1998). Newsday reports that as the New York Town of Islip prepares to expand the terminal at Long Island MacArthur Airport, a group of residents is urging town officials to focus on the problem of airport noise.
Opponents of El Toro Airport Point to Study of Health Problems in Children Exposed to Jet Noise (May 19, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that opponents of the proposed El Toro Airport in Orange County, California are citing a new study from Germany that shows children's health is negatively affected by noise. How applicable the study is to the El Toro situation remains to be seen.
Florida Airboat Owners Demonstrate on River Hoping to Prevent Ban (May 18, 1998). The Press Journal reports the owners of airboats took guests on a "trail ride" to protest a proposed ban being considered by Florida's Indian River and Brevard counties. Airboat owners hoped to prove noise complaints were unfounded.
Noisy Post Office Disturbs Rhode Island Residents Night and Day (May 18, 1998). Providence Journal-Bulletin reports residents of Westerly, Rhode Island, complained to the Town Council that their post office is a noisy neighbor.
Return of Trains Bring Noise and Safety Worries to Some Conn. Residents (May 18, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports that while the revival of the Hartford-to-Cromwell rail line is being hailed as a boon for local businesses, some Wethersfield, Connecticut, residents say they are concerned about safety and noise.
Calif. Residents Write Letters in Protest of El Toro Airport (May 17, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published the following letters to the editor about an op-ed article the paper published by former mayor of Newport Beach, Clarence Turner, and his opinions on the controversial El Toro Airport. The first letter is from Larry Agran of Irvine, California:
Editorial Advocates for Balance of Noise and Needs of Residents Surrounding Van Nuys Airport (May 17, 1998). The Los Angeles Times printed an editorial that debates the question of how to consider both residents' need for quiet and the economy's need for airport capacity around California's Van Nuys Airport.
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.
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.
Noise and Public Conduct Ordinance Proposed for Maine Town (May 16, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports Pittsfield, Maine, town officials hope to curb unwanted behavior with a new noise and public conduct ordinance.
Three Years into Inquiry, Two Sides No Closer on Heathrow's Terminal Five (May 16, 1998). The Financial Times of London reports the inquiry into Heathrow's Terminal Five has been going on for three years now which makes it the longest inquiry in UK history. Opponents are still vocal, although some are experiencing fatigue and financial strain.
Virginia Residents Want Sound Barriers to Block Noise from I-95; Residents' Say Barriers in Original Plans (May 16, 1998). The Washington Post reports the noise level from traffic on nearby Interstate 95 is so bad for residents of Prince William Estates in Dumfries, Virginia, that they're asking the Virginia Department of Transportation to erect sound barriers along their back yards.
Hartford Residents Meet to Solve Noise Problems in Capitol Neighborhoods (May 15, 1998). The Hartford Courant of Hartford, Connecticut, reports Capitol area neighbors Thursday met and formed committees in hopes of solving parking problems and noise and other nuisances connected with a corner bar.
Neighbors of Orlando Sanford Airport Say their Ideas to Curb Jet Noise are Ignored (May 15, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports a group of Florida residents has suggested ways to curb jet noise from Orlando Sanford Airport, but the group feels their ideas have been ignored by the Noise Abatement Committee.
Plan to Widen Bridge in Sacramento County Brings Concerns about Noise, Traffic, and Health (May 15, 1998). The Sacramento Bee reports when the supervisors in Sacramento, California, unanimously approved a proposal to widen Watt Avenue, including the American River's Watt Avenue bridge, they joined one of the county's most contentious debates of the decade.
Proponents of Florida Airboat Ban Expect "Battle;" Boaters Plan Demonstration (May 15, 1998). The Press Journal of Vero Beach, Florida, reports airboaters are organizing a demonstration on Sunday to protest a possible ordinance prohibiting airboats from operating in the Sebastian and Indian Rivers.
Sante Fe, NM, Lounge Agrees to Noise Restrictions (May 15, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports Santa Fe, New Mexico, city councilors on Wednesday adopted an agreement between the city and El Farol Restaurant & Lounge, ending a lengthy noise dispute with the nightclub.
Some Say Police Firing Range Incompatible with Quiet Use Redevelopment Plans for WA Army Post (May 15, 1998). The Columbian of Vancouver, Washington, reports Clark County commissioners decided Thursday that a redevelopment plan for a former Army post should include police firing ranges, much to the dismay of nearby residents.
Vancouver Residents Say Portland Airport Noise Abatement Test Moves Noise from One Neighborhood to the Next (May 15, 1998). The Columbian of Vancouver, Washington, reports complaint calls to the Port of Portland's noise abatement office are rising along with tests of new routes for jets departing Portland International Airport. The tests are being done to in an attempt to shift noise from areas that get a lot to areas whose residents might not notice. Next week, an airport noise committee holds a special meeting, and could cancel the test.
Anti-Noise Group Asks Government to Fund Fair Fight Against Heathrow's Terminal 5 (May 14, 1998). Press Association Newsfile reports the Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN) asked the government today for financial assistance in its fight to stop a fifth terminal from being built at Heathrow airport.
Calif. Town Says No to Preschool Permit Citing Health, Safety and Noise Concerns (May 14, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that in Thousand Oaks, California, a developer that wanted to build a preschool had its proposal rejected by planners who worried about noise, safety, and health problems. The developer will appeal the ruling in City Council.
Conn. Recreation Area Temporarily Closed Due to Uncontrolled Noise, Litter, and Parking (May 14, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports Southington, Connecticut, officials have temporarily closed a newly opened recreation area while they work out a plan to control parking, noise and litter.
Fearing Ground Noise Impact, Residents Ask Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport for Redevelopment Money for Mitigation (May 14, 1998). The Star Tribune reports Richfield residents and officials pleaded with airport officials Wednesday to protect their city from the negative effects of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport expansion.
Illinois Town Seeks to Clear Up Vagueness in Noise & Entertainment Zoning Rules (May 14, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports in an effort to clarify rules that govern licensed entertainment establishments, officials in Schaumburg, Illinois, proposed changes to sections of the village's zoning code that regulates entertainment and noise.
Increase in Activity and Noise at Conn. Speedway Leads to Resident Petition of Protest (May 14, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports noise from a speedway during the daytime has led residents of Stafford, Connecticut, to submit a petition to the board of selectmen Monday asking that something be done about the problem.
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.
Port of Seattle Agrees to Fund Noise and Soundproofing Study for Highline Schools (May 14, 1998). The Seattle Times reports the Port of Seattle and school officials say they're close to reaching a deal that would begin the process of outfitting schools near Sea-Tac Airport with insulation to muffle the noise of jets.
Sante Fe Business Can Keep Live Music; Must Follow City's Noise Ordinance (May 14, 1998). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports an agreement between the Santa Fe City Council and a local business means the lounge will continue to offer live amplified music, but hours for live performances will be limited.
Shorter Runways Mean Less Noise from Cleveland Hopkins Airport (May 14, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports the length of the proposed new runways at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will be significantly reduced to appease residents who have objected to increases in the noise of aircraft taking off and landing.
Second Hearing Scheduled for Controversial Maine Motocross Track (May 13, 1998). The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports a new date for a hearing has been set to decide on a controversial proposal to build a motocross track in Benton, Maine.
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.
Van Nuys' Noise Variance to be Reviewed after Residents Complain (May 12, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that a review of Van Nuys Airport noise concerns will be undertaken by the California Department of Transportation. At stake will be the renewal of a variance that allows Van Nuys Airport to operate above state noise limits.
Residents in Annapolis Area Concerned about Increasing Noise Sources (May 11, 1998). The Capital of Annapolis, Maryland, reports Anne Arundel County residents are exposed to ever increasing sources of noise. While many believe their world is too noisy, experts say it's all in how people perceive noise. The article provides an overview of noise standards, methods by which noise is measured, and some methods of noise mitigation.
LA Residents Write Letters About Airport Noise (May 10, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published two letters to the editor from LA-area residents about airport noise.
Residents Optimistic, Officials Cautious about Airport's Noise Diversion Study (May 9, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports residents who live in an apartment complex near the Palwaukee Municipal Airport welcome the news that airport officials plan to study a possible shift of the airfield's main runway to direct planes over an industrial area instead of the apartments. However, airport officials say it may be too late to make such changes.
Hartford Residents Push for Speedier Police Action and Penalties for Noisy Neighbors (May 8, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports police officers' response time to noise complaints were the topics of a meeting of the Southend Neighbors Action Project Wednesday night in Hartford, Connecticut.
Charleston City Council to Write More Enforceable Noise Ordinance (May 8, 1998). The Charleston Daily Mail reports Charleston's City Council's public safety committee will look into adopting a noise ordinance that is more objective and therefore, more enforceable than their current ordinance.
NJ Residents Win Tax Cuts in Fight to Reduce Rail Noise (May 7, 1998). The Record reports New Jersey residents are fighting train noise by making tax appeals. With one resident's victory setting a precedent, others are following suit, seeking compensation for the noise they endure. Meanwhile Congress is considering a ban on whistle-blowing at crossings while seeking alternative safety measures.
Navy Jets Practice Landings at Atlanta Base Too Loud for Residents (May 7, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports many Atlanta, Georgia, residents are annoyed by the noise from the Navy's Blue Dolphins practicing carrier landings at Naval Air Station Atlanta.
City in British Columbia Proposes "Anti-Nuisance Zones;" Includes Noise as Uncivil and Illegal Behavior (May 7, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports the New Westminster, British Columbia, city council has given a first reading to a new bylaw that would create "anti-nuisance zones" where civility would be required. Making noise that disturbs residents is one of the uncivil behaviors addressed in the new bylaw.
Washington School District Sponsors "A Sound Education;" Explores Ways to Reduce Classroom Noise from Seattle Airport (May 6, 1998). The Seattle Times reports the Highline School District in Des Moines, Washington, has hired a firm to measure noise from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and to advise the district on ways to reduce jet noise in classrooms. Teachers have involved students in studying the problem and coming up with solutions.
Shifting Commerce to Waterways May be Answer to Noise Along Northeast's I-95 (May 6, 1998). The Journal of Commerce reports incessant noise from Interstate 95 permeates the picture-perfect postcard of moneyed Southport, Connecticut. Officials are exploring ways to mitigate truck traffic as a way to dampen the noise.
City of Charleston Considers Updating Noise Ordinance (May 6, 1998). The Charleston Daily Mail reports city council committees are meeting this week to discuss recycling issues and strengthening the Charleston's noise laws.
Boca Resident Wants to Know Who Controls Noisy Trains (May 6, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel published an editorial by Boca Raton resident, Louis N. Gordon. In his letter to the editor, Mr. Gordon asks who has jurisdiction over noise from nearby railroad tracks. Mr. Gordon wrote:
NJ Residents Want Alternatives to Concrete for Highway Noise Barriers (May 5, 1998). The Record reports New Jersey's Assembly Transportation Committee approved a bill Monday that would allow counties to choose the form of their highway noise barriers.
Ventura County Airports Conduct Noise Studies; May Apply for FAA Grants (May 5, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports the Camarillo and Oxnard airports are undergoing a noise study to determine if there is a problem at either airstrip.
Revitalization Plans Bring Noise Worries to Residents of Fort Worth Neighborhood (May 5, 1998). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports while officials and business owners celebrate the steps being made toward commercial progress in a one area of Fort Worth, Texas, some nearby residents worry about traffic and noise. the opening of a Mexican market on North Main Street,
Airport Advisory Committee Holds Limited Power to Reduce Noise in Boca Raton (May 5, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports Boca Raton, Florida, residents heard from members of an advisory committee on airport noise Monday. The committee listed its accomplishments but acknowledged their limited power to decrease airport noise.
Dubuque Targets Noise from Car Stereos and Dogs in Noise Ordinances (May 5, 1998). The Telegraph Herald reports the Dubuque, Iowa ,City Council approved two ordinances Monday night to make the city quieter.
Michigan Woman Wants Detroit Airport to Buy her Home, Claiming Health Effects from Noise (May 4, 1998). The Detroit News reports a Michigan resident is battling with the Detroit Metropolitan Airport to buy her home, which lies beneath takeoff and landing flight path. The noise from the planes is slowly deafening her children, she claims.
Calif. Congressman's Letter Addresses Criticism of Airport Noise Questionnaire (May 3, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published the following letter to the editor from Brad Sherman, Congressman, 24th District. In his letter, Sherman responds to criticism lodged at a questionnaire he sent out about airport noise. Sherman wrote:
Editorial Says It's Time For Vancouver to Object to Portland Airport Noise Exports (May 3, 1998). The Columbian printed an editorial that says Portland International Airport's practice of sending noise over Clark County, Washington, is unacceptable. It's time for residents to object to this noise abuse and secure representation on the Portland Airport's governing board.
Kentucky Residents Request Noise Barrier along New Interchange (May 3, 1998). The Courier-Journal reports St. Matthews residents whose homes border a planned interchange along Kentucky's Interstate 264 have requested the state erect a concrete noise barrier.
Land Purchase by Boca Airport Could Create Noise Buffer Zone (May 2, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports the Boca Raton Airport is trying to buy property close once planned for residential development to provide a noise buffer between the airport and nearby neighborhoods.
Noise Ordinance Going Too Far in Charleston? (May 2, 1998). The Charleston Daily Mail published an editorial questioning the proposal for Charleston police to use decibel meters to enforce noise ordinances.
Chicago Must Fund Study to Soundproof School from O'Hare Noise (May 1, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports the city of Chicago was ordered to pay for engineering plans showing the differences between its proposal to soundproof Immaculate Conception Schools in Elmhurst and the proposal submitted by school officials. Chicago will pay about $100,000 for the comparison.
Editorial - Van Nuys Residents Want Equity in Airport Noise Decisions (May 1, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles published the following editorial by Ellen Bagelman, president of the Lake Balboa Neighborhood Association. It's Bagelman's opinion that noise complaints from residents who live near the Van Nuys Airport are ignored. Bagelman wrote:
English Town Expands Noise Control Team as Noise Complaints Rise (May 1, 1998). The Sentinel of Stoke, England reports an extra officer is being added to the Stafford Borough Council's noise control team to help cope with the expected rise in complaints. The council faces its busiest period in the summer months.
Lawsuit Continues; Chicago Will Pay for Cost Estimates to Soundproof Church (May 1, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports city administrators tentatively agreed to pay for an estimate of the costs of soundproofing a Catholic school and church in Elmhurst that are suing the city over O'Hare Airport noise.
New Zealand Advisor Advises Against Highway Upgrade, Citing Noise and Its Health Effects (May 1, 1998). The Evening Post reports a New Zealand senior advisor said widening a State Highway would add to already unacceptably high noise levels for residents and most likely result in serious health effects.
New Zealand Expert Advises Against Highway Upgrade, Citing Noise and Its Health Effects (May 1, 1998). The Evening Post reports a New Zealand senior advisor said widening a State Highway would add to already unacceptably high noise levels for residents and most likely result in serious health effects.
Anti-Noise Group Gets Drowned Out by Noise from O'Hare (Apr. 30, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that while a conference on noise reduction and education was held Wednesday at Park Ridge in Chicago, every few minutes or so, a plane would roar by and drown out the leader of the event.
CA Residents Fight for Sound Wall as Shield from Trains (Apr. 30, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that in Orange County, California railroad noise has been a problem for many years, and residents have continued to push for noise walls in the area.
China's Labor Department Outlines Its Efforts to Protect Workers from Hearing Damage (Apr. 30, 1998). The South China Morning Post published the following letter to the editor from Wong Ching Kwok for the Commissioner of Labor about efforts made by the Labor Department to protect workers from hearing damage. Wong Ching Kwok wrote:
NYC Steps Up Anti-Noise Effort with Restrictions for Cabbies (Apr. 30, 1998). The Daily News reports New York City is increasing its efforts to limit noise by restricting cab drivers from honking their horns unnecessarily.
Noise Impact Study May Result in Airport Buying Homes Affected by FedEx Hub (Apr. 30, 1998). The News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina, reports that because the new FedEx hub and a third runway are expected to alter the high- noise areas around the Piedmont Triad International Airport, the Airport Authority may purchase a number of homes.
Weymouth Residents Complain of Increased Aircraft Noise from Logan; Massport to Investigate (Apr. 30, 1998). The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Massachusetts, reports state officials plan to investigate why there is an increase in aircraft noise complaints from residents in Weymouth. Several hundred people living in those areas have signed a petition complaining of increased airplane noise.
A Minute's Worth of Complete Silence a Rare Experience, Even in New Zealand (Apr. 29, 1998). The Dominion of Wellington, New Zealand, reports Auckland academics will allow citizens to experience blissful silence today in honor of Noise Awareness Day.
Illinois Residents Say Wal-Mart is a Noisy Neighbor (Apr. 29, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports Lake Zurich, Illinois village officials rejected a proposed 4,000-square-foot expansion to Wal-Mart, citing overdevelopment of the area in general and charging the company specifically with being a noisy neighbor.
NY Residents Say Noise and Fumes Accompany Go-Cart Track (Apr. 29, 1998). The Times Union of Albany, New York, reports an angry crowd of Turf Community Park residents Tuesday night protested a proposed go-cart tract and urged the Town Board to side with them.
Noise Sharing Scheme at Sydney Airport Criticized (Apr. 29, 1998). Flight International of Cairns, Australia, reports airline officials, controllers and pilots are against noise sharing at Sydney's airport, citing safety and economic issues as well as mounting chaos.
North Carolina Residents Concerned about Night-Time Noise from Fedex Hub (Apr. 29, 1998). The News & Record reports leaders in the Greensboro, North Carolina, area are asking for more details about noise from the proposed FedEx cargo hub at the Piedmont Triad Airport.
Resident Alerts Public to Noise and Its Harmful Effects (Apr. 29, 1998). The Times-Picayune published the following letter alerting readers to the pervasiveness of noise and its harmful effects. The letter is from Metairie, Louisiana, resident, John Guignard. Guignard wrote:
More Flights at O'Hare or a Third Airport? No Agreement. (Apr. 28, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports O'Hare critics are angered by a plan to add 53 daily commuter flights at O'Hare Airport. Their protests are fueling arguments for a third airport at Peotone.
Parkland, Florida, Drafts Noise Ordinance (Apr. 26, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports Parkland, Florida, city administrators are drafting a law aimed at reducing "loud and raucous" noise.
European Commission to Hold Conference on European Union's Noise Pollution Policy (Apr. 24, 1998). Agence France Presse reports that the European Commission, in cooperation with the Danish government, will hold a conference on May 4-5 in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss the European Union's noise pollution policy. The conference will focus on bringing noise pollution regulations of member states up to a standard and creating European Union legislation on noise pollution.
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.
British Telephone to Blame for Acoustic Shock; Leads to Safety Devices for Workers (Apr. 20, 1998). The Leicester Mercury of England reports that British Telephone has admitted liability in twenty cases of acoustic shock in workers.
Florida Resident Calls Airport Noise Progress, But Notes He's Losing His Hearing (Apr. 19, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Bruce Olson, an Oviedo, Florida resident, regarding aircraft noise, especially in the Orlando area:
Few Noise Complaints in North Lincolnshire Require Formal Action (Apr. 15, 1998). The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph of England reports more than 900 complaints about excessive noise were made to North Lincolnshire council last year, but few resulted in formal action.
Greensboro Residents Object to Airport's Third Runway for FedEx (Apr. 15, 1998). The News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina reports noise -wary airport neighbors still vow to fight FedEx and the airport's planned third runway.
Study Says Noise Acceptable from Georgia Firing Range; Neighbors Disagree (Apr. 15, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports a study of noise from a Georgia police firing range shows that noise levels acceptable.
Will New Flight Patterns across the U.S. Mitigate Noise? (Apr. 15, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports the national network of air traffic routes will be redrawn to reduce flight delays and noise on the ground, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Repeal of LA Leaf-Blower Ban Defeated in Senate (Apr. 14, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports legislation that would repeal Los Angeles' ban on gasoline-powered leaf blowers did not get the majority of votes Monday in a state Senate committee.
Residents Along Florida's Tri-Rail Expansion Demand Protection from More Noise (Apr. 14, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports residents at a mobile-home community for seniors in Deerfield Beach, Florida, fear current noise and vibrations from trains and rail tracks are about to increase.
Chicago's Noise Law Impounds Cars Blasting Music (Apr. 13, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that in the last year thousands of Chicagoans have had their cars impounded, some for violating the city code governing Noise and Vibration Control.
Enforce Santa Fe's Noise Ordinance (Apr. 13, 1998). The Santa Fe New Mexican published an editorial about on-going noise issues in Santa Fe, prompted most recently by residents' complaints about a local bar. It's the editor's opinion that a sound-level meter and an enforceable ordinance would solve the city's noise problems.
Burbank Fights Airport Expansion; Country Watches Outcome (Apr. 12, 1998). Copley News Service reports plans to expand the Burbank Airport are vehemently opposed by the city of Burbank. The rest of the country is closely watching this debate and how if will affect the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court landmark decision that limited local control of airports.
Myths, Facts & Proposals about Noise and Regulation at Van Nuys Airport (Apr. 12, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published an editorial by Gerald A. Silver, president of Homeowners of Encino, California, and writer, Myrna L. Silver, about jet and helicopter noise from Van Nuys Airport. What follows is their article as published:
New Orleans Residents Welcome Noise Barrier Walls along I-10 (Apr. 12, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports many residents who live along the Interstate 10 Service Road are supportive of building sound barriers along the highway.
With Expansion, Santa Paula Considers Noise, Safety and Open Space (Apr. 12, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports the Santa Paula City Council will consider whether to expand as it considers final approval for a general plan update on Monday. Besides setting policy for land use, the general plan covers noise, conservation, safety, and open space.
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.
Colden Lake Neighbors Wary of Noise from Motorcycle Races (Apr. 10, 1998). The Buffalo News reports the Colden , New York, Town Board Thursday night approved a special-use permit for an "off-road grand prix" to be held at the Colden Lakes Resort despite the objections of a few residents.
Study to Assess Impact of Sea-Tac Noise on Washington Schools (Apr. 10, 1998). The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington, reports that the Highline School District has hired sound experts to measure acoustic conditions in classrooms affected by the noise from nearby Sea-Tac Airport.
Wales' Residents Voice Noise Concerns Over Pub's Request for Music License (Apr. 9, 1998). The South Wales Evening Post reports a Swansea community council is fighting a pub's application for a music license, citing noise concerns.
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.
Albany, New York Considers Zoning Change to Allow Controversial Go-cart Track (Apr. 9, 1998). The Times Union reports the town board will hold a public hearing later this month to consider a zoning change that would allow a controversial go-cart track at a local driving range.
Illinois Funds Two Studies of Highway Noise Barriers (Apr. 9, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Illinois Transportation Research Center (ITRC) is funding two traffic noise -related studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville's School of Engineering in response to residents' concerns.
S.C. Residents Object to Noise from Aviation Club (Apr. 8, 1998). The Augusta reports members of The Southern Model Aviation Club and nearby residents who don't like the noise coming from their airport reached no compromise at Tuesday's Aiken County Council meeting.
Federal Aviation Administration Letter Supports Airport Expansion in Burbank, California (Apr. 8, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sent a letter March 28 to U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Woodland Hills, saying neither the FAA nor the city can force flight curfews upon the Burbank Airport.
El Toro Airport Neighbors in Los Angeles, California Speak Out Against Anticipated International Airport Noise (Apr. 8, 1998). The Los Angeles Times interviews several residents that say aircraft noise from the proposed El Toro Airport will be unacceptable.
Community Development Committee in Overland Park, Kansas Approves Ordinance That Would Limit Hours for Home-based Auto Repairs (Apr. 8, 1998). The Kansas City Star reports that Overland Park's Community Development Committee has approved an ordinance to restrict outdoor auto work from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in an effort to curb neighborhood noise and frustrations.
Open-plan Office Space Makes for Noisy Work Environments that Can Create Stress (Apr. 8, 1998). Great Britain's Times Newspapers Limited reports open-plan office designs generates noise which can create employee stress.
New York City Shuts Down Four East Side Bars in a Noise Crackdown (Apr. 7, 1998). The New York Times reports that neighbors' complaints about noise prompted the city to shut four Upper East Side bars over the weekend. City officials say the crackdown on rowdy Manhattan bars and clubs will last through the summer.
Removed Trees along Turnpike Increase Noise for Florida Residents (Apr. 5, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports it's unclear who removed the trees along Northwest 52nd Avenue which runs parallel to Florida's Turnpike, but the result is a plague of noise and dust for residents.
Residents Frustrated with Absence of Funding for Noise Barrier in Annapolis, Maryland (Apr. 3, 1998). The Capitol reports that residents in Annapolis, Maryland are complaining of dangerous noise levels coming from Route 50 just east of the Severn River. The county rushed through zoning changes earlier this year to qualify for the money that would pay for walls, but the State Highway Administration is not planning to pay for the walls for another three to five years.
Kennels in Wales Approved Without Conditions Despite Residents' Noise Fears (Apr. 1, 1998). The South Wales Evening Post reports a Swansea farm has been given approval to build kennels despite fears about noise nuisance.
Noisy Neighbors Helped Drive English Man to Suicide, Coroner Finds (Apr. 1, 1998). The Daily Telegraph reports that Dr. Richard Whittington, a coroner in Birmingham, England, has ruled that noisy neighbors helped drive John Vanderstam, a 46-year-old Birmingham resident, to suicide last November. The neighbors reportedly played loud music and had domestic disputes frequently.
Overnight Construction of High-Speed Rail Service Causes Sleepless Nights for Neighbors in Canton, Massachusetts Who Live Along the Track (Apr. 1, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports complaints from sleepless residents about nighttime construction work for the high-speed rail service has prompted a response from Amtrak and town officials. The construction which began March 16 has occurred between High Street and the Canton Viaduct in Canton Massachusetts.
Residents Lose Sleep Due to New Runway in Louisville, Kentucky (Apr. 1, 1998). The Courier-Journal reports a new west runway at Louisville International Airport, Kentucky, is having its effect on residents who are beginning to complain about increased noise and interrupted sleep.
Chicago Residents Upset Over Noise from Railroad Track Blower (Mar. 31, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Chicago residents living in the 4600 block of North Lawler in Jefferson Park are upset about the noise from three blower devices the Union Pacific Railroad installed next to the tracks on Metra's Northwest line to Harvard. The three devices blow cold air on the tracks to keep snow and ice from interfering with the railroad switches, and they run 24 hours a day from November through April.
University Students in England Complain about Night Time Noise on Campus (Mar. 26, 1998). The Leicester Mail reports De Montfort University students who live near the student union have complained about late night noise coming from the union.
Children Near Munich Airport Stressed by Aircraft Noise (Mar. 23, 1998). The AAP Newsfeed in Overseas News reports that a German medical journal says aircraft noise stresses children according to the results of a study conducted around the new Munich airport.
Chinese Block Lukou International Airport Runway to Protest Noise (Mar. 23, 1998). The Agence France Presse reports that villagers living near the new airport in eastern China's Nanjing last week blocked air traffic in a protest against excessive noise levels.
Toronto Residents Protest New Bus Route Citing Noise and Fumes (Mar. 23, 1998). The Toronto Star reports that about 50 people walked in front of a Toronto Transit Commission bus along Moore Park Ave. in Toronto yesterday to protest the start of an altered route that they say will bring noise, pollution, and increased traffic to their neighborhoods.
BWI Airport Avoids New Environmental Restrictions (Mar. 21, 1998). The Capital of Annapolis, Maryland, reports that three bills that supporters say would have forced BWI Airport to be a better neighbor were voted down this week by two General Assembly committees.
Florida Concrete Factory Reduces Noise for Workers and Nearby Residents (Mar. 21, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports that a concrete block factory in Riviera Beach, Florida, is being called "the most technologically advanced" in the United States. Among its innovations are its techniques to reduce noise for workers.
Raleigh Resident Says Let More Business Come to the Airport (Mar. 21, 1998). The News and Observer published the following editorial by Raleigh resident, Marla Hicks. In her letter, Ms. Hicks gives her opinion about those who move into areas near an airport and then complain about the noise.
Airport Officials Skip Open Forum at West Palm Beach Public Hearing (Mar. 20, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports Thursday's public hearing on West Palm Beach Airport's proposed runway extension used a format that prevented a group of people from expressing their views the old-fashioned way: in one large forum. Reviews were mixed.
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.
In Ybor City, Florida, Bar Owners Oppose Noise Ordinance (Mar. 20, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports Ybor City bar owners are opposed to the newest efforts to reduce noise in the historic Florida district.
New York Town Wants to Move Toll Barriers Citing Noise and Dirt (Mar. 20, 1998). The Buffalo News of Buffalo, New York, reports that Erie County legislators voted 12-5 Thursday to ask the State Thruway Authority to relocate the Williamsville and Lackawanna toll barriers to protect nearby residents from noise and pollution.
Florida Residents Prefer Peace and Quiet to Softball in their Neighborhood (Mar. 19, 1998). The Press Journal of Vero Beach, Florida, reports that residents strongly object to a proposed softball complex in their neighborhood. They predict the complex will bring noise and traffic to their quiet neighborhood.
Gates Put Up in Lincoln State Park to Curb Night-Time Noise from Joy Riders (Mar. 19, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the state has installed two gates on the road that circles Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park in an effort to cut down on evening joyriders who speed around the pond with their car radios blasting.
Groups Disagree over Change in Kansas City Noise Ordinance (Mar. 19, 1998). The Kansas City Star reports neighborhood leaders and abortion opponents disagreed Wednesday about a proposal to give police more power to enforce the city' s noise ordinance. Abortion opponents promised to sue if the ordinance is revised.
Resident's Airport Complaints Will be Heard in Waukesha (Mar. 19, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Airport Commission Wednesday announced it will hold periodic public hearings to allow Crites Field's neighbors to voice their concerns about airplane noise.
Virginia Quarry gets Expanded Hours, Promises Noise Abatement Plan (Mar. 19, 1998). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that quarry operator Martin Marietta Aggregates promised to be a good neighbor in return for expanded hours of operation.
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.
Noise from Seattle-Tacoma Airport Wakes Bellevue Residents (Mar. 18, 1998). The Seattle Times published the following letter in the "Just Ask Johnston" column:
Raleigh Council Weighing Pro's and Con's of Proposed FedEx Hub at Airport; No Official Position Yet (Mar. 18, 1998). The News and Observer reports that the city of Raleigh has yet to take an official stand in the debate about the noise impact of the proposed Federal Express hub at Raleigh-Durham International Airport while the other three towns who would be most affected have made their positions known.
Will Noise Ordinance be Adjusted for New Jersey Ice Cream Vendors? (Mar. 18, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that New Jersey officials in Stafford Township are seeking a compromise in an ordinance that bans ice cream vendors from playing amplified music from their trucks.
Armstrong Makes Ceiling Tiles Certified to Reduce Noise in Workplace (Mar. 17, 1998). PR Newswire reports over 70% of U.S. office workers say their productivity would increase if their workspaces were less noisy (source: American Society of Interior Designers study). In addition, over 70% of today's office spaces are based on "open plan" environments, where the din of routine activities can negatively impact worker productivity. Given this, architects, facility managers and acoustical consultants need to ensure that the workspaces they design and build can provide the noise reduction levels required by the businesses they work for. And, for the first time, this is possible!
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.
St. Louis Agrees to Address Airport Noise from Lambert Field (Mar. 17, 1998). The Louis Post-Dispatch reports efforts by St. Charles to convince St. Louis to reduce aircraft noise from Lambert Field Airport has reached an important point.
Cincinnati Airport Brings Jobs, But Not Without Noise and Land Costs in Boone County (Mar. 16, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Boone County, Kentucky, residents know the price for the prosperity brought by the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport. Among the prices paid: jet aircraft noise, loss of land and homes, and now, the airport wants to close a section of road. Residents have objected to this last request.
Jury Still Out on New Flight Pattern at Newark (Mar. 16, 1998). The New York Times reports an accurate assessment of the new flight pattern at Newark International Airport was thwarted by a northwest wind today.
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.
Noise Violations All in the Family in Two Massachusetts Asphalt Plants (Mar. 14, 1998). The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Massachusetts, reports Building Inspector James J. Ford Sr. has informed the P.J. Keating Co., a blacktop plant, that it is in violation of town bylaws governing noise from blasting and truck traffic.
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.
North London Church Fined for Noise Violations (Mar. 13, 1998). The Press Association Newsfile reports a North London church has been fined for violating noise regulations.
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.
Boise Commissioners Say New Road to Abate Truck Noise (Mar. 12, 1998). The Idaho Statesman of Boise reports Ada County Highway District commissioners approved a new road plan to reduce garbage trucks' noise.
PA Company Granted Variance for Earlier Operation Hours (Mar. 11, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Carnegie zoning hearing board has given approval to a drywall company to operate earlier than allowed by borough law, but the board says it will revoke the variance if delivery trucks disturb neighbors.
New Jersey Town Enacts Stronger Noise Ordinance (Mar. 11, 1998). The Record reports that Teaneck, New Jersey is strengthening its noise ordinance.
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.
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.
Braintree Company Responds to Noise Complaints (Mar. 10, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports King Hill Road residents in Braintree have asked selectman to take action on noisy delivery trucks at a nearby business.
Residents Seek Relief from Nightly Rail Noise (Mar. 9, 1998). The Grand Rapids Press reports Ada residents have organized to curb incessant night time train noise in their neighborhood. Their prospects for success appear dim.
Navy Considers Residents Concerns Over Relocation Of Jet Station (Mar. 8, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that the proposal to relocate the Hornets, the U.S. Navy's jet squad, to the Virginia area is still unpopular.
Scotland's Environmental Health Department Should Enforce Noise Laws (Mar. 7, 1998). The Evening News of Edinburgh, Scotland, printed the following letter from a resident about which agency should enforce noise laws:
Kentucky Residents Worried About Noise From UPS Expansion at Airport (Mar. 7, 1998). The Courier-Journal reports that residents living near the Louisville (Kentucky) International Airport are worried that making the airport a mega-hub for United Parcel Service will increase the already disturbing noise produced by aircraft. As Regional Airport Authority and Jefferson County officials revise the airport's noise-reduction plan, residents are preparing to voice their concerns.
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:
Domestic Noise Problems Belong to Environmental Health Department Says Citizen in Eninburgh, Scotland (Mar. 7, 1998). The Evening News in Edinburgh, Scotland ran the following letter regarding the enforcement of noise ordinances. According to the article, legislation was recently amended to provide police the power to seize sound equipment that is causing a nuisance. The resident's letter points out that the Environmental Health Department already had existing powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to enforce the law regarding persistent noise nuisance from both commercial and domestic sources. The letter reads as follows:
Motorsport Noise Issue Goes to Court (Mar. 7, 1998). The United Kingdom's Northern Echo reports a court hearing has been scheduled for June to address noise levels at a popular motorsport center in Sunderland.
Residents Wary of Study that Says Sixth Runway at Denver Airport will Reduce Noise (Mar. 6, 1998). The Denver Post reports Denver officials are hoping a study that says it is possible to reduce noise around Denver International Airport will persuade Congress to release funds for a sixth runway.
"Best Practice" Flying Trials by British Airways Verifies Noise Reduction (Mar. 6, 1998). M2 Presswire issued a press release that reports trials held with British Airways 747-400 aircraft leaving Heathrow confirm that "best-practice" flying procedures during take-off produce the least possible disturbance to local communities.
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.
Sea-Tac and Schools Discuss Funding for Airport Noise Impact Studies (Mar. 5, 1998). The News Tribune reports the Highline School District of Seattle, Washington, whose schools encircle the airport, recently discussed the impact of airport noise on schools and funding for studies. At the meeting residents heard from Sea-Tac Airport director, Gina Marie Lindsey.
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.
Albuquerque Residents Concerned about Noise, Pollution, Danger from News Helicopters (Mar. 5, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports residents of an Albuquerque, New Mexico, neighborhood claim they've lost their peace and quiet to television-news helicopters that frequently fly over their homes.
Louisville Residents Fear Increased Noise with UPS Expansion at Airport (Mar. 5, 1998). The Courier-Journal reports Louisville, Kentucky, residents who live near the airport or under the flight path, worry that the UPS expansion announced yesterday will mean more noise and other harmful effects.
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.
Coalition Questions New Housing in Potential Flight Paths of Luke AFB (Mar. 4, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports that developers plans to build up to 2,200 residences in El Mirage, Arizona, have been put on hold because it's unclear whether the properties are in the flight path of planes from Luke Air Force Base.
More Traffic Causes Ohio Town to Consider Noise Barriers Along Interstate 75 (Mar. 4, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Union Township leaders are considering erecting noise barriers in anticipation of increased traffic along Interstate 75 near West Chester.
Cornell Study Measures Ill Effects of Airport Noise on School-Age Children (Mar. 4, 1998). BC Cycle reports Cornell researchers say that airport noise puts stress on children that may have lifelong effects. The article details the physiological effects of airport noise on a group of children living in Germany over a period of two years.
Missouri Residents Meet with Airport Authority about Noise Grievances (Mar. 3, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports of a meeting that took place last week between the St. Louis Airport Authority and area residents with noise grievances. The article details residents' concerns and an airport representative's responses.
Connecticut Politicians Meet with Local Officials to Reduce Noise from Bradley Airport and Preserve "Main Street" as Airport Expands (Mar. 2, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports state of Connecticut transportation officials are considering new efforts to reduce the noise over Suffield from planes leaving Bradley International Airport. One consideration in the noise mitigation effort is a new voluntary takeoff pattern. Other airport concerns were voice during a meeting last month at the governor's office with local elected officials.
Study Available on Noise Control and Abatement in Transportation and Heavy Industrial Environments (Mar. 1, 1998). The Industrial Health & Hazards Update says that a report is available about noise control and abatement in the transportation industry and heavy industrial environments. The publication goes on to list what the report covers and how it can be obtained.
Letters to the Editor Regarding Burbank Airport in California (Feb. 28, 1998). The Los Angeles Times published two letters about the controversial expansion at the Burbank Airport. One letter is from Peter Kirsch, Special Counsel to Burbank on Airport Affairs. The other letter is from Thomas E. Greer, Executive Director of Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.
Committee Created in Newport Beach to Deal with Noise Issues from Bayfront Restaurants (Feb. 26, 1998). The Orange County Register reports the Newport Beach, California, City Council voted to create an ad hoc committee of council members, residents, and business representatives to take a closer look at how sound from bayfront restaurants affects residents. The new committee was created in the wake of the Council's handling of a recent noise controversy.
European Commission Adopts New Measures To Reduce Noise (Feb. 25, 1998). The Herald reports that the European Commission is currently creating new noise limits for outdoor equipment and other incentives for noise reduction in the European Union
European Commission Issues Noise Pollution Control Measures (Feb. 24, 1998). The 1998 Rapid issued the following press release concerning regulation of noise pollution in the European Community:
Knoxville Delays Vote on Noise Ordinance to Explore How to Regulate Amplified Music (Feb. 24, 1998). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports the Knoxville City Council is expected to delay action on at least two matters currently on its agenda for tonight. One of the items is proposed revisions to the city's noise ordinance. The other issue deals with revisions to the ordinance governing wrecker service operations.
Britain Regulates Offshore Noise (Feb. 23, 1998). M2 Presswire issued the following press release concerning new regulations for offshore noise:
New Study Finds Aircraft Noise Harms Psychological Well-Being of Children (Feb. 23, 1998). The Des Moines Register reports that a team of international researchers has found that chronic exposure to airplane noise can affect the health and psychological well-being of children. The researchers studied children living in the flight path of a new international airport near Munich, Germany.
Los Angeles Councilwoman Attack State Leafblower Bill (Feb. 20, 1998). The City News Service reports that Los Angeles City Officials are fighting a state bill that would override local leaf blowere bans.
New York City Works To Decrease Noise Pollution (Feb. 19, 1998). The Boston Globe reports that noise pollution continues to grow in New York City. The City is trying stronger measures to lower noise levels.
Noise Pollution is a Growing Health Hazard (Feb. 19, 1998).
Sacramento Elementary School Wants Sound Wall; Neighborhood Activists Push (Feb. 19, 1998). The Sacramento Bee reports teachers, students and administrators at Babcock Elementary School are in favor a sound wall being built along the Capital City Freeway in Sacramento. The article outlines the process that will be undertaken to determine if a sound wall is feasible.
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.
Rhode Island Prepares Noise Control Bills For Airport (Feb. 11, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that a House committee will hear testimony on four bills aimed at noise at T.F. Green Airport, at a time when the Airport Corporation says it's making progress on reducing noise without state mandates.
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.
Californai Residents React to El Toro Editorial (Jan. 25, 1998). The Los Angeles Times printed the following letters to the editor in response to a January 18, 1998, editorial titled, "Clarity for El Toro."
Washington, DC's Open Classrooms are Noisy Failures (Jan. 25, 1998). The Washington Post reports that students at Woodbridge High School in Prince William County can't focus because of the noise in classrooms designed without walls or doors. It's one of more than 140 Washington, DC, area schools built in the 1970s in an "open-classroom" design that failed quickly. Twenty-five years later, school districts are still living with the noise.
Will Hovering Airliners be the Answer to Air Traffic and Noise Pollution? (Jan. 25, 1998). The Sunday Telegraph Limited of London, England, reports that a new kind of aircraft which can take off and land like a helicopter but fly as fast as an airliner could "revolutionize" air travel. According to its manufacturers, this new technology is quieter than conventional aircraft.
Police May Issue Permits for Live Acts after Noise Complaints (Jan. 24, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that a proposal in Cypress, California may leave the chief of police there in charge of issuing live entertainment licenses.
Cleveland Railroad Will Use Noise-Reduction Plan if Merger Approved (Jan. 23, 1998). The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, reports that CSX Transportation's efforts to convince federal officials to approve a railroad merger, includes promises to enhance neighborhoods in Cleveland and East Cleveland, including re-routing some trains and implementing a noise-reduction plan.
Dover Residents Form Group to Protest Landfill Noise and Odor (Jan. 23, 1998). The Asbury Park Press of Neptune, New Jersey, reports that a group of residents from Toms River, New Jersey, plan to meet with public officials to complain about noise and odor from the nearby Ocean County Landfill.
CSXT Unveils Noise Mitigation Plans for Cleveland (Jan. 22, 1998). PR Newswire reports CSX Transportation Inc. (CSXT) announced its plan today for noise berms and attractive landscaping adjacent to the sections of Conrail track it plans to obtain in the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area.
Day Care Centers in California Neighborhoods Bring Noise Disputes (Jan. 22, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that some Dublin, California, residents are upset about noise from a nearby daycare center. In a counterattack, the daycare center has brought a suit against two neighbors. Apparently, the contentious battle mirrors other disputes over day care centers moving into residential areas.
Natural Quiet Still Lives in Louisiana Bayou (Jan. 22, 1998). In a column called Tammany Talk, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans printed writer Carol Wolfram's peaceful canoeing experience through the Cane Bayou in Louisiana, part of the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. In the Bayou, Wolfram enjoys the beautiful sounds of silence.
Noise Monitors available to Residents who Live Near NY & NJ Airports (Jan. 22, 1998). Newsday reports that residents who live around a major airport in the New York City area can request a mobile noise monitor from Port Authority. These monitors measure decibel levels of aircraft noise to determine if airlines are violating noise limits.
Noise from Interstate Viaduct Disturbs Walnut Creek Residents (Jan. 22, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that residents of Walnut Creek, California, are being assaulted by loud noise inside their homes from a temporary viaduct on Interstate 680-Highway 24. Caltrans officials blame the noise on a loose-steel plate in an expansion joint
The Plusses and Minuses of Personal Watercraft: Noisy but Popular (Jan. 22, 1998). The Houston Chronicle of Houston, Texas, published a column by Shannon Tompkins, outdoors writer, about personal watercraft. In his column, Tompkins covers the reasons people love PWCs and why others see them as loud nuisances that are highly dangerous.
To Keep Noise Out, Walls to be Built in Annapolis Open Schools (Jan. 22, 1998). The Capital of Annapolis, Maryland, reports that the city's proposal to construct walls in 25 "open space" schools would cost $17 million and still may not eliminate noise.
WA Residents Say Mine Noise and Traffic Incompatible with Quality of Life (Jan. 22, 1998). The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington, reports that a dozen Green Bluff residents argued Friday against a Spokane County Division of Engineering proposal to expand a gravel mine and crushing operation near their homes.
Barking Dog Not Music to Residents' Ears in Chicago Suburb (Jan. 21, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that residents in a Chicago suburb are willing to take dog owners to court to put a stop to incessant barking.
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.
CA Van Nuys Airport Publishes New Noise Restrictions (Jan. 21, 1998). Press Release to News Editors/City Desks from Stacy Geere at Van Nuys Airport:
English Court of Appeal Rules Against Noise Complaint (Jan. 21, 1998). Times Newspapers Limited of London reports on the outcome of a Court of Appeal: Murdoch and Another v Glacier Metal Co Ltd., in which the plaintiffs were overruled in a noise case.
Malaysian Residents Says Noisy Cement Plant Polluting Food, Water, and Air (Jan. 21, 1998). WorldSources Online reports residents of Kampung Satu in Malaysia want Kuala Lumpur City Hall to halt operations at a cement batching plant which they claim has caused noise pollution as well as the pollution of their food and drinking water.
NJ Township Debates Noise from Ice Cream Vendors (Jan. 21, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Stafford Township Council in New Jersey last night delayed a vote on whether to limit ice cream vendors' noise. Members want time to consider the hotly argued viewpoints expressed during last night's public session.
Neighbors Near NC Campus Ask City Council to Close Noisy Club (Jan. 21, 1998). The News & Record (Greensboro, NC) reports that residents have complained to Greensboro City Council about the noise and disorderly patrons at a local nightclub and an all-night convenience store. The residents asked the council to close down Jokers 3 and force the Crown station to close at midnight.
Sante Fe Sanctions Noisy Car Wash (Jan. 21, 1998). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the city of Santa Fe has asked a state district judge to sanction the owner of the Santa Fe Car Wash. City officials contend that neighbors of the business suffer noise levels comparable to airplanes taking off at an airport.
199 Birds Per Acre Ruins Peace and Quiet of Rural Living in Pedley, CA (Jan. 20, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports a Pedley resident will try for the third time to convince Riverside County officials to change the ordinance that allows property owners in unincorporated areas to keep up to 199 poultry.
Citizens' Group Unhappy with Noise from San Francisco Airport (Jan. 20, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports a new citizens' organization opposed to noise from San Francisco International Airport is urging Peninsula mayors to exert more pressure on the airport to be a quieter neighbor.
Mass. Residents Request Relief from Noise from 24-Hour Store (Jan. 20, 1998). The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Massachusetts, reports two residents in Ware, whose homes are close to a gas station, recently complained to selectmen of noise, bright lights and fumes that come from the 24-hour gas station and convenience store.
New Exit on Parkway Robs Lake Forest Residents of Sleep (Jan. 20, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that a truck route created by a new exit on Southern California's Interstate 5 has exposed residents in Foothill Ranch and Rancho Santa Margarita to high levels of noise that disrupts sleep.
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.
Noise from Oakland Airport Enough Already; Residents Oppose Expansion (Jan. 19, 1998). The San Francisco Examiner reports thousands of Alameda County residents, civic leaders and educators in the East Bay of California oppose the Metropolitan Oakland International Airport's plan to more than double the number of flights, passengers and cargo passing through Oakland over the next 10 years.
School May Relocate in Wake of New Runway at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (Jan. 19, 1998). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Grapevine Middle School officials are discussing relocation, saying that a new runway at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport will bring noisy planes over the building.
In Jacksonville, Florida, Smaller is Better in the Noise and Music Wars (Jan. 18, 1998). The Florida Times-Union, in a longer article that makes a bid for a Metropolitan Park amphitheater, recalls the mere fifteen thousand fans who went to the Gator Bowl to hear the Who in 1976. While 15,000 appeared awkward in the Gator Bowl, think how nicely they would fit at a proposed new Metropolitan Park amphitheater, the article suggested A snug audience right up against the riverfront park's new seating capacity of 17,000 would be a compelling picture for all the world to see. The article goes on to suggest that other groups may be enticed by such a comfortable number. It also compares and contrasts the behavior of a larger concert audience to that of a smaller one by citing injury statistics from both small crowd a the 1976 concert and the 70,000 at a concert played by the Rolling Stones.
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.
Spokane Area Lakes in Critical Condition, Poisoned by Noise, Pollution, Crowds (Jan. 18, 1998). The Spokesman-Review reports several lakes in the Spokane, Washington, area are critically polluted with silt, weeds, noise and overcrowding.
Noise Seminar in Bangkok Reveals Harmful Levels of Noise Throughout City (Jan. 17, 1998). The Bangkok Post reports that inner city residents, traffic police, bus drivers, steersmen and workers at certain factories are at risk of losing their hearing due to traffic and construction noise.
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.
Neighbors of Proposed In-Home Babysitting Service in Salem, Virginia Worried About Increased Noise and Traffic (Jan. 15, 1998). The Roanoke Times reports that a couple's request to open an in-home babysitting service on Bainbridge Street in Salem, Virginia has met with considerable opposition from their neighbors. Neighbors complained about increased noise, traffic, and decreased property values at a recent Salem Planning Commission hearing concerning the special use permit.
Proposed Gravel Pit in Star, Idaho to be voted on by Ada County Commission (Jan. 14, 1998). The Idaho Statesman reports that the Ada County Commission will have the final say Thursday on an application for a gravel pit near Star, Idaho. According to the article, the proposed operation would be on about 30 acres of the 600-acre Phillips Bros. Cattle Co. ranch south of the Star city limits. It would remove close to 1 million cubic yards of gravel in the next 10 years. The Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission denied the application for the gravel pit in July 1997, largely because of a public outcry against the project.
Quiet Existence of Blueberry Farms, British Columbia Residents Destroyed When Drilling Rights Sold by Province (Jan. 14, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports the idyllic existence of residents of Blueberry Farms, British Columbia, Canada ended last summer when they discovered that Calgary-based Remington Energy had purchased the rights to oil and gas reserves under their property. The news came as a shock, because residents were unaware the province retained those rights when making land sales this century and can sell them without notifying or consulting the surface dwellers.
Residents Demand Relief from Dover Landfill's Smells and Noise (Jan. 14, 1998). The Asbury Park Press of Neptune, New Jersey, reports member of the Dover Township Committee agreed to accompany a group of residents to the Ocean County Board of Health for answers to the loud noises and noxious odors emanating from the Ocean County Landfill.
Leaf Blower Ban in Los Angeles, California Pits City's Homeowners Against Workers (Jan. 12, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that from the moment the City Council voted last week to ban leaf blowers from Los Angeles, California, the city's class and ethnic divisions split open like an earthquake fault. Before the vote Tuesday, actors Julie Newmar, Peter Graves and others from posh Westside neighborhoods sat on one side of the City Council chamber demanding a ban on leaf blowers that cause air and noise pollution. On the other side sat members of the Association of Latin American Gardeners, clad in green caps and jackets, who pleaded with council members to spare them the basic tool of their trade.
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.
Noise Matters: Ban Leaf Blowers, Buy Rakes (Jan. 10, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports that noise matters. It points to the clash over leaf blowers in Los Angeles ---a battle that has drawn national attention and counts among its supporters actress Julie Newmar, a leaf-blower hater.
Residents Living Near Ocean County (New Jersey) Landfill Upset Over Noise and Odors (Jan. 9, 1998). Asbury Park Press reports that about 300 residents of Dover and Manchester, New Jersey townships met Wednesday to voice concerns over unpleasant odors and noise from the Ocean County Landfill. The article reports that township residents who live along the Whitesville Road, Route 571 and Route 70 corridors have formed the all-volunteer Whitesville Action Committee (WAC) to handle what they say are problems caused by the Manchester Township landfill. The group held its first meeting Wednesday night at the Pleasant Plains First Aid building.
An Editorial Advocates Cleaning Up Air Pollution in Roanoke, Virginia (Jan. 9, 1998). An editorial printed by the Roanoke Times & World News advocates cleaning up noise pollution in Roanoke, Virginia. Kelly Polykov, a student at Hollins College, says in the editorial that like air and water pollution, noise pollution is a very real problem for millions of Americans across the country. It comes from cars, trucks, airplanes, leaf blowers, air conditioners, construction, the booming bass of car stereos and a plethora of other sources. Noise has been getting louder and the problem more widespread every year.
Dispute Between Neighbors and Auto Body Shop Goes Unresolved (Jan. 7, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports that a year-long dispute between residents and an auto body shop in Stoughton, Massachusetts went unresolved after a recent town selectman's meeting. At the meeting, selectmen told neighbors, who are opposed to the repair shop based on noise, fumes and aesthetic grounds, that they must take their complaints to the zoning board of appeals.
Tolerance of Dallas Residents Vary with Noise Sources (Jan. 6, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that today it is highly unlikely you live without being exposed to somebody else's noise. It may just be the muffled roar of traffic or music from the house next door. Or it may be wailing sirens, the thunder of a passing plane, the muffled roar of traffic.
Resident Take City To Task On Noise Violations (Dec. 31, 1997). The Daily News reports that New York residents of Queens Blvd. are suing the city for violations of local noise pollution control laws.
Across The Nation, Jet Skis Are Making Waves (Dec. 30, 1997). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the increase in boating accidents involving jet skis are yet another cause for their regulation. Noise and other environmental damage are causing some states to regulate the use of jet skis.
Noise Expert Cries Out For Stronger Noise Pollution Control In New York City (Dec. 30, 1997). The Daily News reports that a top environmental expert yesterday called for appointment of a city czar to coordinate a crackdown on the noise explosion tormenting New Yorkers.
New Yorkers Number 1 Quality Of Life Complaint Is Noise (Dec. 29, 1997). The Daily News reports that New York City is doing little to reduce noise pollution even though noise is New Yorkers' No.1 quality of life issue.
North Carolina Resident Questions Proposal To Widen Highway (Dec. 27, 1997). The News and Observer published the following letter to the editor concerning the widening of U.S. 1-64 in North Carolina:
Soundproofing In Cleveland Area Homes Goes Sour (Dec. 27, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that efforts by the city of Cleveland to soundproof homes in the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport area have gone sour.
Missouri Community Persists In Struggle Against Airport Noise (Dec. 23, 1997). St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Charles officials and residents say they will continue to press their case for reducing aircraft noise over the county and protecting a historic commercial district as they respond to a federal agency's assessment of the environmental impact of Lambert Field.
Noise In Wilderness Areas Destroys Peace (Dec. 14, 1997). The Ledger reports how noise shatters the peace of natural areas and one's mind.
California's Oakland Airport Preparing to Expand (Dec. 12, 1997). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland (California) International Airport will undergo a $600 million expansion intended to capture 50 percent more passengers within three years and to triple cargo traffic by 2010, port and city officials said yesterday.
Airport May Compensate Tulsa Residents For Diminished Property Values Due to Airport (Dec. 12, 1997). The Tulsa World reports that airport consultants are proposing a publicly-funded program that would assist 800 homeowners affected by excessive aircraft noise near Tulsa (Oklahoma) International Airport to sell their properties, airport officials said Thursday.
Community Fights New York City Night Club (Dec. 7, 1997). The New York Times reports that New York City's economic development committee of Community Board 12 is pushing for rejection of licensing for a night club. The Board's essential concerns are that the club would cause excessive noise and parking congestion.
Bangkok Residents Complain That Boat Noise Causes Hearing Problems (Dec. 6, 1997). The Bangkok Post describes how residents of Bangkok, Thailand are weary of the noise pollution created by boats in Bangkok's canals.
Irish Employers Take Notice Of Growing Claims For Damaged Hearing From Work Related Noise (Dec. 5, 1997). The Irish Times reports that many businesses in Ireland are not aware of their vulnerability to claims for hearing loss.
New York Resident Sues Delta And Boeing Over Claim That Airplane Engine Noise Damaged His Hearing (Dec. 2, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that a Batavia, New York man claims in a $200,000 lawsuit that he began suffering from a constant roaring noise in his ears after he sat next to the engine on a commercial airline flight almost three years ago.
Report Available on Health Effects of Noise Exposure and Relation Noise Information (Dec. 1, 1997). The Industrial Health & Hazards Update reports that a report is available containing up to 250 abstracts of available studies, reports, papers, and other documentation related to the health impacts of noise pollution and other noise-related information.
Residents Opposed to Baseball Stadium in Neighborhood; Noise, Bright Lights and Quality of Life Issues (Nov. 29, 1997). The Ventura County Star reports residents near Oxnard College are disputing a report released this week that says minor league baseball at the college would not have a significant impact on nearby neighborhoods. Residents are concerned about noise, pollution, and bright lights.
Public Parks in India are Being Turned Into Noisy Celebration Venues, Columnist Complains (Nov. 24, 1997). Business Line printed an editorial in which the columnist argues that public parks in India are being converted into locations for one noisy personal celebration after another. The writer urges people to join the "quiet India" revolution in order to save the public parks for their intended use and protect human hearing.
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.
Illinois Correctional Officer Awarded Disability Benefits for Work-Related Hearing Loss (Nov. 17, 1997). The Illinois Workers' Compensation Law Bulletin reports that a correctional officer was awarded permanent partial disability benefits by the Commission, after he suffered hearing loss and a constant, high-pitched tone when an inmate slammed a steel door next to his ear.
More People Have Medical Condition of Ringing in the Ears From Increasing Societal Noise (Nov. 13, 1997). The Record reports that tinnitus, the ringing, roaring, or hissing sound in the ears that often is the start of noise-induced hearing loss, is becoming more common, according to the American Tinnitus Association. The article says the cause of the increase is our increasingly loud society.
Schools in North Carolina Get Acoustical Panels to Quiet Sound in Band Rooms (Nov. 11, 1997). The Morning Star reports that the Board of Education Monday approved the installation of acoustical panels in the band rooms of seven schools in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The panels will help suppress noise for students in classrooms near the band rooms, and also will reduce the noise inside the band rooms, the article says.
Florida Residents Object to Dog Kennel, Fearing Noise and Stench (Oct. 30, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that residents of Stonehedge on the Hill in Tarpon Springs, Florida, are upset about the possibility of a dog kennel opening in a building north of their mobile park. Previously, this building housed a fish-packing plant that that caused residents to complain of a foul odor. Next the building housed a nightclub that residents say blared music until all hours of the night.
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.
Not a Good Idea to Overturn the Los Angeles Warner Center Plan (Oct. 29, 1997). The California Daily News of Los Angeles (Valley Edition) recently printed an editorial expressing its views on a decision by a state court of appeal to overturn the Warner Center Specific Plan. Noise pollution at the schools is an issue. Herein follows the editorial:
British Man Convicted of Damaging His Wife's Hearing (Oct. 25, 1997). The Guardian reports that a British man was convicted yesterday of damaging his wife's hearing by yelling, causing her bodily harm. Sentencing in the case was deferred, the article says.
Noise Consultant to Speak to New Jersey Citizens About Effects of Aircraft Noise (Oct. 23, 1997). The Record reports that Arline Bronzaft, an author, researcher, and noise consultant, will speak to the public about aircraft noise in south Bergen County, New Jersey. Bronzaft was asked to speak by a citizens group, the Alliance of Municipalities Concerning Air Traffic, which is fighting possible plans to re-route corporate jets to the Teterboro Airport. Bronzaft will discuss a recent study that found that children living or going to school in areas that experience aircraft noise have poorer reading skills and slower cognitive development, on average.
Our Noisy World is Resulting in Increased Hearing Problems (Oct. 23, 1997). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that millions of Americans knowingly or unknowingly expose themselves to sounds loud enough to damage hearing. The article goes on to describe hearing hazards and hearing loss, discuss the latest technologies in hearing aids, and outline President Clinton's recently confirmed hearing loss.
One-Third of Traffic Police in Bangkok Have Hearing Problems (Oct. 18, 1997). The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that according to Saturday's Nation paper, nearly one-third of all traffic police in Bangkok, Thailand have hearing problems because of their continuous exposure to noise levels above 70 decibels. The percentage of officers with hearing problems increases the longer they have been with the force, said Monthip Srirattana, director of the Science Ministry's environmental research and training center. All of the officers who have held their jobs for more than ten years have hearing problems, Monthip noted. The article notes that the Science Ministry will join with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to create stricter noise control laws and extend "no- noise zones" to deal with the problem, according to Monthip.
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.
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."
British Medical Association Recommends Curbs on Motor Traffic, Emissions, and Noise (Sep. 25, 1997). The Press Association Newsfile reports that a report has been released by the British Medical Association arguing that high levels of motor traffic and pollution are producing adverse effects on people's health. The study, called Transport and Health, was undertaken by the Association's Board of Science in response to the British government's green paper on transport and the environment. The report calls on the government to set national targets to reduce motor traffic, diesel emissions, and vehicle noise, the article says.
British Government Announces Funding of New Research into the Health Effects of Noise (Sep. 17, 1997). M2 Presswire reports that Great Britain's Environment Minister Angela Eagle announced today that the government will invest about 600,000 Pounds into research of the links between health and environmental noise. The research will take three years, and will be run jointly by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Department of Health. The former department also will conduct separate studies regarding the incidences of noise disturbances and attitudes towards noise, so that changes in the country's "noise climate" can be traced. These Noise Attitude and Incidence surveys are expected to be completed by the end of 1998, building upon two surveys that took place in the early 1990s.
Rhode Island Town Council Considers Ordinance Creating Quiet-Zones (Sep. 17, 1997). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that the Cumberland, Rhode Island Town Council will vote tonight on a proposed noise control ordinance that would allow noise-sensitive zones to be established in areas in which residents show that noise is hazardous to their health. The proposal was brought by two residents who say the noise in their neighborhood is bad for their health. Several city officials, however, believe the ordinance is not a good idea and will not pass.
South Australian Government Will Monitor Noise Levels in Nightclubs (Sep. 9, 1997). AAP Newsfeed reports that the South Australian government will monitor noise levels in nightclubs, hotels, and at concert venues in a project that will seek to improve the health of workers in the entertainment and hospitality industries.
Noise Pollution Diminishes Well-Being in an Iowa Town (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that noise pollution is an important issue for many Dubuque, Iowa residents. The article explores the ways in which noise affects our health and well-being, and then goes on to describe Dubuque's noise ordinance and problems with its enforcement.
Constant Noise Exposure Can Lead to Hearing Loss (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that constant exposure to loud noise can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss depending on the volume, duration, and repetition of exposure, according to experts. The article goes on to outline how hearing is damaged from noise pollution.
Bibliographic Report Available on Psychological and Physiological Effects of Noise Pollution (Sep. 1, 1997). The publication Life Sciences & Biotechnology Update printed information about a bibliographic report available from the NTIS Bibliographic Database about the psychological and physiological effects of noise pollution. The report is a collection of up to 250 abstracts of available reports, studies, papers, and other documentation on a range of noise pollution issues, including: human reactions and tolerance to noise from aircraft, vehicular traffic, processing industries, and military operations; noise abatement and control; noise management systems; dose-response relationships; attitude surveys; public opinion case studies; noise effects on animal ecology; and more. The report also contains information about ordering the various studies, and extensive indexing.
Personal Watercraft in Florida Waters Cause Safety and Noise Problems (Aug. 29, 1997). The Tampa Tribune printed an article outlining the controversy over personal watercraft, known as Jet Skis, in St. Petersburg Beach and other areas in Florida. The article contains an in-depth look at the safety problems with the watercraft, but also outlines some of the noise issues surrounding the watercraft. According to the article, Labor Day weekend is likely to bring more attention to the battle between personal watercraft users and everyone else in the water trying to have a good time.
Hearing Problems Are Increasing From Noise Pollution (Aug. 25, 1997). Newsweek reports that research has shown that excessive exposure to noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss and ear damage, contrary to the popular belief that hearing loss is a natural process of aging. The article goes on to discuss the risks to hearing of noise pollution, the ways in which noise damages the ear, the levels at which noise is dangerous, and practical steps people can take to protect their ears.
British Police Will Enforce Noise Restrictions on Car Stereos (Aug. 20, 1997). According to The Northern Echo of England, government officials are preparing to award police with more powers to combat loud car stereos in England.
Illinois Town Joins an Effort to Oust the FAA as Airport Noise Monitor (Aug. 20, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Park Ridge, Illinois has become the first town to join a campaign by the Alliance of Residents Concerning O'Hare to remove the Federal Aviation Administration from airport noise monitoring and return the power to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
More Local Laws on Long Island and Around the Country Ban or Limit Leaf Blower Use (Aug. 11, 1997). Newsday reports that residents and officials on New York's Long Island and in other communties around the country are increasingly complaining about and seeking to pass laws restricting the use of leaf blowers. The article goes on to explore restrictions in Long Island communities, including a ban enacted by the Village of Great Neck Estates in June on the summertime use of gasoline-powered blowers. In addition, the article explores the history of leaf blowers, the health effects of leaf blowers, and attempts by leaf blower manufacturers to make the machines quieter and more palatable to residents.
Tests in San Francisco Movie Theaters Show that Some Movie Sound Levels Break 100 Decibels (Aug. 10, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Robert Sweetow, audiology director at the University of California at San Francisco, has tested sound levels at San Francisco Bay Area theaters and found that the sound level of some movies exceed 100 decibels, the noise level generated by a jackhammer. Loud sound levels at movies have been encouraged by sophisticated audio technology which now allows soundtracks to be played at very loud levels without fuzziness or distortion, the article says. Unnecessarily loud preview trailers before movies are also an issue, and according to Barry Reardon, president of Warner's Distribution, an industry task force of movie companies and theater owners is trying to standardize and lower preview trailer volumes.
Experts Say Noisy Classrooms May Hinder Learning (Jul. 24, 1997). The Toronto Star reports that at a recent conference of the Acoustical Society of America, experts told conference attendees that classroom noise levels are often so loud they impair childrens' speech perception, reading and spelling ability, behavior, attention, and academic performance.
Health Expert Reports that Occupants of Boom Cars are Placing their Hearing at Risk (Jul. 23, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that according to Kenneth Gerhardt, a University of Florida professor of audiology who specializes in the effects of noise on hearing, occupants of "boom cars," are placing their hearing at risk from the loud music.
England Town Launches Noise Exposure Survey to Encourage Quiet Neighborhoods (Jul. 22, 1997). The Northern Echo of England escalating complaints of domestic noise from barking dogs, loud music and other sources have prompted the town of Sedgefield, England, to take action.
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.
Tips on How to Find Peace and Quiet (Jul. 21, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports the psychologists believe people need to have quiet in their lives occasionally. The Environmental Protection Agency lost it's noise pollution division in 1982, but the article offers some ways to find the quiet you need. Try turning off the car stereo. "If you're just beginning, take five minutes a day and go outside and find a nice, beautiful place and just think about things." Avoid TV once a week, and think or read instead. Remember, Blaise Pascal said "All human evil comes from . . . a person's inability to sit still in a room."
Why We Fill Our Lives with Constant Noise -- Some Spiritual and Psychological Explanations (Jul. 21, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that people tend to avoid silence. Several theories for why this is so include: humans are addicted to audible sensory input, we need noise to replace a lack of spiritual satisfaction, and sound can designate personal space
The Harmful Effects of Noise Pollution on Marine Animals (Jul.1 1997). According to an article in Utne Reader by Rebecca Scheib, an underwater sonar defense system being developed by the U.S. Navy could harm the hearing of whales and other marine mammals. The Navy's Surveillance Towed Array Sonar System, Low Frequency Active (LFA), is designed to detect certain submarines with a intense, low-frequency tone. This tone, however, can reach 235 decibels, high enough to damage a whale's hearing.
California City to Consider Limits to Leaf-Blowers in Response to a Pastor's Campaign Against Them (Jun. 28, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that church pastor Jim Bain of Oxnard, California has launched a campaign against leaf-blowers, saying the machines plague asthmatics and emit ear-splitting noise. Bain has collected about 65 signatures on an anti-leaf-blower petition, and in response to the issue, the Oxnard City Council will discuss restricting leaf-blowers at a meeting Tuesday.
Noise Pollution Increasing as a Health Issue; Noise Problems Continue to Surface in California (Jun. 23, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that noise pollution is increasingly seen as a health issue by physicians and experts. The article also reports that around California's San Fernando Valley, noise issues continue to surface, and residents continue to complain about noise problems. Finally, the article presents a list of various decibel levels, and common noises associated with each level.
Noise Pollution is a Growing Problem in Great Britain (Jun. 22, 1997). The Independent reports that neighborhood noise has become a serious problem in Great Britain. Noise is the now most common reason for complaints received by environmental health officers, the article says. A two-part program on Radio Five Live called "Noises Off," starting tonight, will draw attention to noise issues.
Parents in Wales to Sue Ministry of Defense over Damage to Children's Hearing From Low-Flying Military Jets (Jun. 20, 1997). The Guardian reports that a group of parents in Wales is planning to sue Great Ministry of Defense over their children's hearing problems which they blame on low-flying military jets. The parents are submitting research conducted in conjunction with the Federal Environmental Agency in Germany, which has found a link between low flying aircraft and hearing impairments.
Bangkok Residents Experience High Levels of Noise Pollution; Noise Barriers Reduce Some Traffic Noise (Jun. 16, 1997). The Bangkok Post reports that in Bangkok (Thailand), where traffic jams are part of daily life, it is hard to escape noise pollution. And for people living near the expressway, escape is impossible, the article says. The article goes on to discuss where noise barriers have been built in the city, and what types are most effective.
Hearing Organizations Criticize Federal Mining Regulatory Agency's Proposed New Occupational Noise Standards (Jun. 9, 1997). The Occupational Health & Safety Letter reports that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has proposed new standards for occupational noise exposure in mines, but a coalition of prominent hearing-conservation organizations have said that the standards do not go far enough to protect miners' hearing.
Fierce Fight Over Wood-Chipping Mill in Pennsylvania Town Raises Noise Pollution Issues (May 21, 1997). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that residents angered at noise from the Keystone Chipping Mill in Kane, Pennsylvania have organized to fight the wood-chip operation, but so far the protest seems to be going nowhere. The article explains the controversy over the mill and explores why noise pollution issues get little attention nowadays.
Airplane Noise Interferes With Children's Learning, Study Finds (May 20, 1997). The Washington Post reports that two environmental psychologists at Cornell University (New York) have completed a study which finds that children who attend schools that experience frequent airport noise do not learn to read as well as children who attend quiet schools, because they tune out speech along with airplane noise. As a result, these children have trouble learning to recognize and differentiate between speech sounds, a prerequisite to learning to read, the article reports.
Noise Pollution Can Permanently Damage Hearing (May 20, 1997). CNBC News Transcripts reports that springtime brings fresh air, but also the sounds of leaf blowers, mowers, boom boxes, and loud mufflers. The report says noise has become a byproduct of living in our crowded, mechanized world, and can make you not only irritable and stressed out, but can cause serious harm to your hearing.
Schools Near Airports May Debilitate Learning (May 20, 1997). The Washington Post reports that two environmental psychologists at Cornell University, Gary W. Evans and Lorraine Maxwell, have discovered that schoolchildren who are exposed to frequent airport noise do not learn to read well as schoolchildren who study in a quieter environment. Children exposed to excessive and repeated noise learn how to tune out noise, including speech. Impaired speech perception in turn hampers their ability to learn how to read.
Local Survey in Alaska Shows Noise Exceeds Safe Limits in Many Environments (May 19, 1997). The Anchorage Daily News reports that a survey undertaken by the Quota International of Anchorage (Alaska) service club to determine how loud noises are around Anchorage found that 14 out of 23 locations tested register above 80 decibels, the level at which permanent damage to ears can occur after prolonged exposure, according to club members. The club undertook the survey in order to educate people about noise threats and about the subtlety and irreversibility of hearing damage.
Airlines Challenge San Francisco Benefits Law, Saying They Are Subject Only to Federal Laws (May 13, 1997). Business Wire reports in an industry press release that the Air Transport Association (ATA) today filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco which challenges a local ordinance that would force U.S. airlines to offer employment benefits to the "domestic partners" of employees. ATA claims that airlines can only be governed by federal laws, not local laws. (Ed: This issue is relevant to airport noise issues because the airline industry uses the same arguments with respect to local noise ordinances as with San Francisco's domestic partner ordinance.)
Hearing Loss Is Growing as the World Gets Noisier (May 13, 1997). NBC News reports that twenty-eight million Americans suffer from hearing loss, and that noise levels are growing in the U.S.
Researchers Find That Children in Noisy Areas Are Poor Readers Because They Tune Out Human Speech (May 10, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen reports that researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York are suggesting that children who live in noisy areas have poorer reading skills because they tune out human speech and thus have a harder time recognizing and understanding human speech.
Vending Trucks in California City Must Cut the Noise Under New Rules (May 8, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that on May 5, Costa Mesa (California) officials passed an ordinance that bans the use of horns -- and other attention-getting devices -- from being used by truck vendors for non-driving purposes. The city wants to quiet neighborhoods where residents have complained about noise from truck vendors selling ice cream, produce, and other products. City officials say that some trucks drive by the same area every ten minutes.
Loud Noise Can Delay Language Skills in Children, Research Finds (May 8, 1997). The Atlanta Journal reports that a new study in the Journal of Environment and Behavior by Cornell University researchers has found that loud noise can delay reading skills and language acquisition skills in children. Children cope with the loud noise by "tuning out" many sounds, including human speech, the study found.
Britain's Noise Pollution Officers Experience Violence and Aggression (May 8, 1997). The Evening Standard reports that Great Britain's "environment police," who deal with issues involving noise, food hygiene, bonfire smoke, litter, and dumping are increasingly experiencing violent and aggressive responses from the people they deal with.
Noise Pollution Will Damage Hearing Sooner in Lifetime if Noise Exposure is High (May1 1997). The publication Medical Update reports that hearing loss is the third highest health complaint from older adults, arthritis and high blood pressure. The article says that we all succumb to presbycusis (literally "old hearing") sooner or later, and it will be sooner if we allow ourselves to be exposed to excessive noise. Every day about 20 million people are unnecessarily exposed to excessive sound levels that can damage our hearing, the article says.
Massachusetts Living Facility Air Conditioning System Creating Noise Pollution Lawsuit (Apr. 30, 1997). Gazette reports that the air conditioning system of Cortland House, a 60-unit living facility, has been exceeding city noise limits since it was built last May. The neighbors that immediately complained had Health Director Robert P. Carlson order the facility's owner, Max E. Jordan, to fix the problem. Cortland House Officials claim the noise problem has since been fixed, but city officials disagree and are considering taking legal action.
Suburban Consumerism Brings Noisy Trucks To Quiet Neighborhoods (Apr. 30, 1997). NBC News reports that the federal government states the number of trucks driving through the streets of cities and towns has increased twice as fast as the number of trucks using interstate highways over the past ten years. The economic growth of superstores and malls in suburban neighborhoods, and the move of manufacturing plants and distribution centers into smaller neighborhoods, are creating noise pollution and costing local governments $3.3 billion in street repair. 80% of what consumers want, including food and clothing, are brought by truck.
Bronz Community Discusses The Quiet (Apr. 29, 1997). The New York Daily News reports the second International Noise Awareness Day will be honored at a town hall meeting. Bronx residents will have the chance to state their opinion about local noise pollution. The Bronx Campaign for Peace and Quiet, a non-profit borough group that campaigns against noise pollution, will be attending the meeting. The group promotes public awareness and supports enforcing noise ordinances. Also involved in the meeting are psychiatrists and city officials.
Representative Lowey Speaks To New York School About Quiet Communities Act (Apr. 29, 1997). The New York Daily News reports that Rep. Nita Lowey id proposing a bill, the Quiet Communities Act of 1997, that would provide the Environmental Protection Agency with an additional $44 million over the next five years to reopen the noise abatement office that was closed in 1981. Under this bill, the Noise Abatement and Control Office would oversee federal noise abatement activities and noise standards, promote research and education, and conduct airport noise studies examining the Federal Aviation Administration's noise measurement techniques.
Electronical Devices Get Louder, May Even Cause "Beep Phobia" (Apr. 28, 1997). The Nikkei Weekly reports there is a rising number of complaints regarding the electronic tones emitted from devices such as electronic games and pocket pagers. Mobile phone use is spreading from businesspeople to students, however the phone users themselves may themselves be susceptible to a form of "beep phobia", researchers show.
Noisy New York Car Alarms May Become Illegal To Sell Or Buy (Apr. 28, 1997). Newsday reports that City Councilmen Anthony Weiner (Brooklyn) and A. Gifford Miller (Manhattan) have proposed a bill that would declare the sale or installation of noisy car alarms in the city to be illegal. Under the new legislation, cars that are built with alarms in the factory would still be permitted however. Miller states he wishes he could ban all audible alarms, but that would prove an unconstitutional action against interstate commerce. If the law is passed, first violations by installers or sellers will cost them $500 to $1,000, second violations will cost $1,000 to $2,500, and subsequent violations up to $5,000.
Life Is Getting Noisier, As Measured By The Houston Chronicle (Apr. 27, 1997). The Houston Chronicle reports that it conducted its own noise level study around Houston, finding many places noisier than 85 decibels. A decibel reading higher than 85 decibels can cause hearing damage to the human ear, depending upon the length of exposure time. The Noise Center, a national organization that promotes noise awareness and hearing conservation, is sponsoring the second annual International Noise Awareness Day The day aims to get the world to observe a minute of silence at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.
New York City Helicoptors Increase In Noise Level (Apr. 27, 1997). The New York Daily News reports community residents are disturbed daily by the increase of tourist, weather, commuter, television news, and law enforcement helicopter flight. The Helicopter Noise Coalition of New York hopes to create a helicopter "no fly" zone across the five boroughs, excepting emergency flights. The coalition aims to eliminate heliports from residential areas and to enforce regulation on the industry. Meanwhile there is a helicopter repair and storage operation at The Brooklyn Navy Yard proposed to be built and the Giuliani administration is supporting plans for a super heliport on Pier 76.
International Noise Awareness Day in Toronto (Apr. 24, 1997). Annette Feige and Eric Greenspoon, members of the Citizens Coalition Against Noise, said that daily life is getting noisier, the Toronto Star reports. They are trying to bring national attention to the noise issue.
35-Year-Old Knoxville Noise Ordinance May Receive Update (Apr. 22, 1997). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that a 35-year-old noise ordinance, criticized by residents for being vague and inadequate to current needs, may soon be changed.
Salesman Denied Compensation For Tinnitus (Apr. 21, 1997). The Illinois Workers' Compensation Law Bulletin reports that a salesperson who suffered acoustic trauma due to a low flying airplane while he was on a sales call, did not sustain an injury considered to be compensable.
Hanover, Virginia Residents Angry Over Airport Expansion (Apr. 20, 1997). The conflict over the expansion of the Hanover Airport was ignited by a letter sent to over 4,000 residents informing them of an ordinance that would require them to notify perspective buyers of potential airport noise, the Richmond Times Dispatch reports.
Knoxville Community Meeting Reinforces Noise Ordinances (Apr. 20, 1997). Noise problems from patio bars, boom boxes and other sources will be the topic of discussion at a meeting being sponsored by the Council of Involved Neighborhoods (COIN), Councilman Nick Pavlis and the Knoxville Police Department, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports.
Noise Pollution (Apr. 20, 1997). The following editorial appeared in the Durham, N.C. Herald Sun:
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 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.
Noise Pollution Invades Airport Departure Gates (Oct. 26, 1996). In this opinion piece, author Adam Hochschild decries the lack of quiet in airport departure gates. For Hochschild, the sources of noise pollution are the continuously sounding television sets, mounted out of reach of anyone who would like to turn off the sound. Hochschild believes he is not alone in feeling annoyed by "force-fed TV," citing those travelers who would like to talk, read or work while waiting for their flights. He believes unwanted noise should be regulated. In public places, Hochschild likens the unwanted noise from TV to the pollution from cigarette smoke. But, the author notes that the noise from unwanted TV can't be sucked away like cigarette smoke by a good ventilation system. Many communities place restrictions on noise from jet skis, leaf blowers and snowmobiles. What about regulating the unwanted noise from television sets? With special rooms or designated areas for smokers, why not a special room in airports for TV watchers?
Residents Asked to Give up Right to Sue for Free Soundproofing (Oct. 6, 1996). The Los Angeles Times reported that Burbank Airport plans to offer noise insulation treatment to as many as 2,300 residences if the residents agree never to sue the airport for reasons that relate to noise.
American Entertainment Introduces Young Audiences To Hearing Damage (Sep. 25, 1996). The Pacific Sun reports that digital technology has enabled movie producers and rock bands alike to increase the quality of sound their entertainment provides, but it has also inspired them to increase the volume as well. The government has no regulation regarding the sound level of movie or musical entertainment, and the affect of excessive noise on the human ear is usually not the priority of movie producers, movie-goers, rock bands, or rock fans. According to the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, 10 million Americans suffer from noise-induced hearing loss and 20 million are exposed to potentially damaging noise levels. Hearing loss has increased by 14% since 1971. Preventative and protective measures are just starting to be taken.
Preventative and Protective Measures Needed Against Hearing Damage and Loss (Jun.1 1996). Electronic Musician reports that hearing damage and hearing loss can happen to young and elderly people alike. Hearing damage is permanent, yet usually preventable, provided that you are aware of how to protect your ears. Visiting a trained audiologist and using the proper ear protection can help prevent hearing damage, or help prevent further damage if some has already occurred. Musicians, their assistants, and anyone else exposed to repetitively loud noises need to take special precaution.
The Elimination of Government Agencies to Regulate Noise Pollution Leaves Citizens Unprotected (Sep.1 1990). "Proper functioning of the ear is vital to our well-being," according to an article in Utne Reader by Mary Morse. This article questions the wisdom of the elimination of noise regulations in a time of increasing health and environmental consciousness. After reaching its peak in the 1970s, the "hot new topic of noise pollution" fell to the Reagan administration's funding cuts for watchdog programs deemed "over-regulatory and anti-business." Citing statistics about the large group of Americans bombarded by dangerous noise levels at work and at home, this article promotes self-protection and makes a call for the resurrection of funding for watchdog agencies to regulate safe noise levels.
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