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Taiwan, Taichung, "Taiwanese Mayoral Candidates Debate Local Environmental Issues, Including Noise Pollution" (Nov. 12, 1997). The China News reports that four mayoral candidates in Taichung, Taiwan held a two-and-a-half hour debate yesterday on local environmental issues. The debate was sponsored by Global Views Monthly magazine and the Commonwealth Publishing Company, and the candidates were Hung Chau-nan, for the KMT party, Chang Wen-ying, the DPP candidate, Eric Soong, the New Party candidate, and Cheng Pang-cheng, a Taiwan Independence Party candidate. The candidates discussed improving enforcement of related laws, noise reduction around the North-South Freeway, environmental protection taxes, and increasing public confidence in government efforts.
Taiwan, Taichung, "New Building in Taiwan Dampens Noise From Jet Aircraft Testing" (Mar. 28, 1998). The China News reports that a "hush house," designed to test jets while dampening noise, was unveiled in Taichung, Taiwan on Thursday.
Tenn., Tullahoma, "Residents in Tullahoma, Tennesee Fight City's Plans for a Recreation Complex Because of Anticipated Noise and Traffic" (Jun. 18, 1998). The Tennesean reports that plans for a 38-acre recreation complex is being met with opposition by homeowners in a nearby subdivision who believe the park will bring an increase in noise, traffic and loitering near their homes. The plans are under review with Tullahoma city officials.
Tennessee, Blount County, "Blount Count Commissioners Hear Complaints About Noise From Smoky Mountain Raceway" (Mar. 19, 2000). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that Blount County, Tennessee commissioners held a meeting recently to discuss complaints about noise coming from the Smoky Mountain Raceway.
Tennessee, Brentwood, "Georgia Woman Boycotts Tennessee Because of Noise From Interstate" (Apr. 23, 1999). A letter to the editor in The Tennessean reports that one woman will never spend "another dime" in Tennessee because of the state's refusal to build sound walls along the interstate behind her child's home.
Tennessee, Brentwood, "Visitor to Brentwood, Tennessee Says Highway Noise is an Unbearable Disgrace" (Apr. 23, 1999). The Tennessean prints this letter to the editor written by the mother of a Brentwood, Tennessee resident. When she recently visited her children, the noise from Interstate 65 was too loud to allow conversations. She feels that this unmitigated problem is a disgrace to the community and to the state.
Tennessee, Chattanooga, "Tennessee Residents Oppose Airport Land-Purchase Plan" (Sep. 16, 1997). The Chattanooga Times reports that residents of the Pine Grove and Portview Hills subdivisions in Chattanooga, Tennessee told members of the Metropolitan Airport Authority Monday that they aren't concerned about the aircraft noise generated at Lovell Field. However, according to Madeline Sims, president of the area's neighborhood association, the residents are worried that the airport authority will purchase their homes piecemeal and at low prices.
Tennessee, Chattanooga, "City Council Hears Noise Complaint Regarding Stadium Event in Chattanooga, Kentucky" (Apr. 1, 1998). The Chattanooga Free Press reports that the question of whether a new stadium is generating too much noise came before the City Council on March 31, 1997 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Tennessee, Clarksville, "Developers' Plans to Build Subdivision Near Tennessee Army Helicopter Base is Scuttled" (Jun. 9, 1998). The Tennessean reports that plans for a subdivision near the Fort Campbell Military Reservation near Clarksville, Tennessee have been scuttled due to concerns about noise from the Sabre Army Heliport and other reasons. Developers say that Army officials did not raise noise concerns until they already had invested money in roads and other infrastructure for the subdivision. Now, developers believe they have no alternative but to sell the land to the Army, but say they stand to lose millions on the deal.
Tennessee, Clinton, "Homeowners in Tennessee Say Property Values Have Fallen on Their Homes From Noise and Air Pollution" (Jun. 28, 1998). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that more than 20 residents of the Eagle Bend neighborhood in Clinton, Tennessee say their property values have fallen and the assessments on their homes should be reduced because of the air and noise pollution coming from the nearby Carden Farm Industrial Park. The residents appeared before the Anderson County Board of Equalization recently, and presented a petition to the board contesting what residents say are the "high property tax reappraisals" on their homes.
Tennessee, East Collierville, "Tennessee Residents Object to Road that Will bring Noise, Pollution, and Danger" (Oct. 30, 1997). The Commercial Appeal reports that many East Collierville, Tennessee, residents are working hard to persuade state officials to keep the proposed Collierville-Arlington Parkway as far away from them as possible. To the more than 1,000 citizens in East Collierville, the new road will mean pollution, noise and potential danger to themselves and nearby school children.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "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.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "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.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "Residents Complain About Noise and Dust from Tennessee Slag-Mill Facility" (Nov. 19, 1997). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that in response to residents' complaints, the owners of the Ameristeel slag-processing operation run by Olympic Mill Service in Knoxville, Tennessee have agreed to make some changes to improve the noise and dust for neighbors in the Lonsdale community. Residents asked the city to get involved in their on-going problem with the plant owners after the company didn't cut back operations as promised.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "New Noise Ordinance Widely Endorsed at Knoxville City Council Workshop" (Aug. 7, 1998). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that Knoxville's newly proposed noise ordinance was widely endorsed by a variety of individuals and groups at a recent City Council workshop.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "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.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "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.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "Knoxville, Tennessee, Plans to Update City's Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 27, 1998). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports Knoxville, Tennessee's City Council agenda for Tuesday night includes proposals to update the city's thirty-year-old noise ordinance to make it more enforceable.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "Knoxville, Tennessee, Passes New Noise Ordinance" (Oct. 9, 1998). The Commercial Appeal reports Knoxville, Tennessee, is setting stricter standards for quiet.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "Knoxville, Tennessee's McGhee Tyson Airport Receives $3.2-Million From Federal Government, In Part to Pay for Noise Mitigation" (Aug. 3, 1999). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport will soon receive $3.2-million from the federal government, $2.6-million of which will help pay for past noise mitigation. Additional land may be purchased with the money as well. The airport authority hopes to perform another $6-million in noise abatement work; it will be responsible for 10% of the costs.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "Residents Near Knoxville, Tennessee Want Noise Wall, but Officials Say Effective Walls Would Have to Be Too High" (Oct. 15, 1999). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports on a noisy section of Interstate 40 where residents want noise barriers. An environmental study from 1988 called for barriers, but it was shown in a 1990 study that walls there would exceed the $25,000 per home cost. Residents say the number of people who would benefit from walls is being underestimated.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "Erroneous Planning Excludes Some Tennessee Homes From Noise Abatement Measures" (Apr. 18, 2000). The Knoxville News-Sentinel printed this letter to the editor about the impact of an interstate highway on homes. Of special interest is the article's explanation of an error planning that resulted in a loss of noise abatement measures for one neighborhood. The letter is printed in its entirety.
Tennessee, Knoxville, "Westwood, Tennessee Residents Complain to State About Highway Noise" (Mar. 31, 2000). The Knoxville News-Sentinel in Tennessee reports that residents in Westwood feel that the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is not living up to its responsibilities to alleviate the traffic noise that the residents are now subjected to as a result of widening Interstate 40.
Tennessee, Lewisburg, "International Comfort Products Announces New Line of Quieter Air Conditioners" (Mar. 29, 2000). The PR Newswire printed a press release issued by International Comfort Products announcing the company's new line of air conditioners. The press release is reprinted here in its entirety:
Tennessee, Lonsdale, "Still No Relief from Dust and Noise for Tennessee Residents" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Knoxville News-Sentinel of Knoxville, Tennessee, reports that some Lonsdale residents are seeking help from the city to force owners of a slag-processing operation to follow previously made agreements that would give residents some relief from noise and dust.
Tennessee, Memphis, "Tennessee Kennel's Permit Revoked For Noise" (Dec. 18, 1997). The Commercial Appeal reports that a neighborhood kennel in Tennessee recently had its permit revoked due to noise pollution.
Tennessee, Memphis, "Tennessee Residents Concerned that Road Project Won't Include Noise Walls" (Apr. 16, 1998). The Commercial Appeal reports that residents in Memphis, Tennessee living near a planned road expansion project are concerned that noise walls will not be built to protect them from traffic noise. The $35 million road project will revamp Walnut Grove between Interstate 240 and Humphreys, the article notes.
Tennessee, Memphis, "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.
Tennessee, Memphis, "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.
Tennessee, Memphis, "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:
Tennessee, Memphis, "Memphis Go Kart Track Under Consideration; Noise Concerns" (Mar. 12, 1998). The Commercial Appeal reports a Memphis amusement business has applied for a special use permit to operative an outdoor Go Kart track near Perkins. The request was put on hold last month for further study following concerns about how noise from the motors might affect nearby businesses and homes.
Tennessee, Memphis, "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.
Tennessee, Memphis, "New Library in Tennessee Must Teach Users to Be Quiet" (Feb. 17, 2000). The Commercial Appeal reported that librarians and staff of the year-old East Shelby public library in Memphis were somewhat surprised that one of their jobs would be teaching young users that one must be quiet in a library.
Tennessee, Memphis, "Suburban Memphis, Tennessee Subdivision Must Deal With Increased Traffic Noise From Williams and Sonoma Distribution Center" (Mar. 29, 2000). The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee reports that a Williams and Sonoma distribution plant is being built near the thirty-year old Pleasant Grove subdivision in Memphis, Tennessee. The project has met with mixed reviews from residents.
Tennessee, Milletown, "Mining Company Incompatible with Tennessee Residential Area" (Jan. 14, 1998). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that a surface-mining operation has been deemed incompatible with the Millertown Pike area. Planning commissioners were not wooed by company's offer to make road improvements.
Tennessee, Mount Juliet, "Tennessee Community Worries That Bypass Road Will Bring More Traffic And Noise" (Nov. 30, 1997). The Tennessean reports that residents of Mount Juliet. Tennessee are concerned that a road bypass would increase noise and traffic in the area.
Tennessee, Mount Juliet, "Tennessee Town Passes New Noise Ordinance, After Making Changes" (May 24, 1998). The Tennessean reports that the City Commission in Mount Juliet, Tennessee passed a new noise ordinance Monday at the first of two readings. The new ordinance was proposed after City Judge John Gwin said that the old ordinance was difficult to enforce. Several changes were made to the proposed ordinance before it passed last week, the article says.
Tennessee, Murfreesboro, "Murfreesboro, Tennessee City Council Passes Noise Ordinance Limiting Times When Construction Noise is Permissible" (Sep. 8, 1999). The Tennessean prints several items regarding local council actions around the state of Tennessee, including one noise ordinance. Murfreesboro, Tennessee passed a noise ordinance restricting the times that construction crews can make noise in residential areas. Noise is limited to 7 AM to 8 PM on weekdays, although it can begin at 6 AM in the summer. On weekends year-round construction noise is permitted between 8 AM to 8 PM. Unacceptable noise is defined as any noise heard beyond the property line.
Tennessee, Nashville, "Resident Believes Super-Speedway Will be Noisy and Unhealthy for Nashville" (Nov. 24, 1997). The Nashville Banner printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Michael Lawrence, a Nashville resident, regarding a super-speedway proposed for Nashville, Tennessee:
Tennessee, Nashville, "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.
Tennessee, Nashville, "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.
Tennessee, Wartrace, "Noise from Firing Range Incites the Retaliatory Noise from a County Commissioner Leading to His Citation for Disorderly Conduct" (Apr. 2, 1998). The Tennessean reports about the case of a cantankerous county commissioner riled about the noise from a club of cowboy wannabes. The commissioner retaliated with noise from a siren and foghorn resulting in a citation for disorderly conduct and summons to court.
Tennessee, Wartrace, "Tennessee Man Mounts Siren on Tractor to Retaliate Against Nearby Gun Club" (May 28, 1998). The Tennessean reports that J.C. Hillin, a resident of Wartrace, Tennessee, was cited for disorderly conduct after he mounted a siren on his tractor to retaliate against noise from a nearby gun club. Yesterday, Hillin, a veteran county commissioner, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Bedford County General Sessions Court and was bound over to the grand jury. The next session of the grand jury convenes on June 22, the article says.
Texas area, Dallas, "Dallas Bells Take Toll on Church Neighbors' Nerves" (Dec. 14, 1997). The Washington Post reports that since the new chimes began ringing on the hour at his church in this north Dallas suburb, the Rev. Thomas Jackson has learned an odd lesson: One man's peace is another man's pest. The article describes how to Jackson and his flock at the Calvary Christian Center, the Westminster chimes sounding a familiar 16-note tune every hour, with a 10-minute medley of hymns twice a day create a few moments of serenity in a hectic day. But to neighbors Billy and Linda Dennis, and Lawrence Cumings, all of whom work at night and sleep during the day, the chimes have shattered their routine and so frazzled their nerves that they have filed complaints accusing the church of violating the city noise ordinance.
Texas area, Dallas, "Texas Neighbor Strikes Deal Over Bells in The Colony To Ring Five Times Daily Under Arrangement" (Dec. 13, 1997). According to the Dallas Morning News, the Calvary Christian Center has turned down the volume of its Westminster chimes, which will now ring only five times daily instead of 13 times, under an agreement announced Friday. The article reports that church pastor Thomas Jackson and Lawrence Cumings, a neighbor who complained about the bells, said they had reached a compromise.
Texas area, Dallas, "Texas Communities Vie For Helicopter Production Facility" (Nov. 12, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that city officials disclosed a proposal to build a 1,000-foot runway in an effort to convince Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. to house final production of the tilt-rotor aircraft at the Arlington, Texas Municipal Airport.
Texas area, Dallas, "Texas Community Worries That Drag Racing Facility May Cause Noise" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that Mansfield, Texas officials are concerned about noise and traffic, and are requesting information about Grand Prairie's intentions to build a drag-racing facility.
Texas, Arlington, "Texans Say Schools Are Noisy Neighbors" (Dec. 14, 1997). The Dallas Morning News published an editorial about how residents surrounding the existing Arlington High School have complained about trash, traffic, and noise resulting from school activities. Many Arlington residents don't want a school in their back yard for the same reasons, though the present school is bursting at the seams.
Texas, Arlington, "Texas City Proposes Runway to Entice Helicopter Company to Locate There" (Nov. 12, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that city officials in Arlington, Texas have proposed building a 1,000-foot runway in an effort to convince Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. to locate a production facility of the tilt-rotor aircraft at Arlington Municipal Airport. The city council's airport development committee discussed the plan at a meeting Tuesday. Officials from Bell Helicopter have raised a number of concerns, including the desire to avoid angering nearby residents with noise that would come from ground-testing of the aircraft.
Texas, Arlington, "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.
Texas, Arlington, "Texas City Officials Argue With Nuns Over Erecting a Noise Wall and the Purchase Price for Land" (May 23, 1998). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that city officials in Arlington, Texas are arguing with nuns at the Carmel of the Holy Trinity monastery over the price of some land the city wants to buy from the nuns to expand a street. In addition, the nuns want the city to build a noise wall to protect their property from increased traffic noise, but city officials won't agree to do so. The article notes that negotiations continue, but the city also filed documents this week to initiate an eminent domain hearing, in which court-appointed commissioners would determine the fair market value of the property.
Texas, Arlington, "Texas Residents Complain About Noise from Rock Concert" (May 20, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that residents in Arlington, Texas complained about excessive noise and obscenity during the first paid concert Sunday at the ballpark in the Arlington amphitheater. The event featured 10 bands, drew almost 30,000 fans, and produced music that could be heard up to three miles away. The article says that some residents asked City Council members at a Tuesday meeting to not allow such events at the amphitheater again.
Texas, Austin, "Austin Texas Awaits New Airport" (Dec. 7, 1997). The Houston Chronicle reports that Austin, Texas is preparing to open a new airport.
Texas, Austin, "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.
Texas, Austin, "Texas City Settles Lawsuit With Nightclubs Suing to Overturn Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 6, 1998). The Austin American-Statesman reports that officials with the City of Austin, Texas have settled a lawsuit with the East Sixth Street Community Association and 10 nightclubs that had sued to overturn the city's noise ordinance. The article explains that the noise ordinance will stay in effect, but police will adopt new methods and use new equipment to measure the noise coming from nightclubs.
Texas, Austin, "Public Hearing in Austin, Texas, will Address Noise Study Projections for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport" (Oct. 14, 1998). The Austin American-Statesman reports officials in Austin, Texas, will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss a noise study in preparation for the May 1999 opening of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for passenger traffic.
Texas, Austin, "A Proposed Noise Mitigation Plan at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Is Scheduled For Consideration in September; Plan Was Originally Scheduled For June Consideration, and Residents Are Upset At the Delay" (Aug. 30, 1999). The Austin American-Statesman reports that a noise mitigation plan for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) in Texas will be considered in September by the city council after a delay of several months. The plan would call for buyouts, soundproofing, and money in exchange for overflight easements. Some residents are upset that the plan has been delayed, and say that a program that requires planes to turn over residential areas above a certain altitude is not being enforced. Officials say enforcement is strict.
Texas, Austin, "Life in Downtown Austin Means Attractive Housing But Constant Noise" (Dec. 11, 1999). The Austin American-Statesman reported on people who live in attractive lofts in downtown Austin, and their love hate relationship with living in the middle of a city.
Texas, Austin, "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.
Texas, Austin, "Actor Fined $50 for Breaking Noise Ordinance During Naked Drumming Session in Austin, Texas" (Nov. 16, 1999). The Cox News Service reports that the actor Matthew McConaughey was fined $50 for a night of naked bongo drumming for violating the Austin, Texas noise ordinance.
Texas, Austin, "Austin Approves $14.8 Million for Noise Abatement at City's New Airport" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Austin American-Statesman reports that Austin, Texas' city council has approved $14.8 million for noise abatement at the new Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Residents will have the option of having the city buy their house, soundproof it, or do nothing. Many people who have lived there for years have mixed feelings because they don't want to move. Nevertheless they will be escaping the "cracked walls, broken windows" and pollution that were mentioned in their complaints. The city is acting even though federal noise limits that require action have not been reached in most of the neighborhoods. The plan is part of their "Fly Quiet" program, which has already designated southern takeoffs during the day and moved four schools further from the airport.
Texas, Bedford Park, "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.
Texas, Carrollton, "Carrollton, Texas Cancels Fireworks Display to Protect Egrets, Still Wary of Unintentional Rookery Destruction Last Year" (Jun. 29, 1999). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the city of Carrollton, Texas has canceled its annual fireworks show to avoid disturbing egrets at a nearby rookery (a traditional young-raising spot for large numbers of birds). Last year, it was fined $70,000 and paid $126,000 more for wildlife rehabilitation after essentially destroying the rookery while trying to remove large piles of droppings, killing at least 300 birds and injuring hundreds of others.
Texas, Chicago, Illinois and Dallas, "Love Airfield in Dallas Looks to Chicago's Midway Airport for Growth Strategies" (Oct. 26, 1997). The Chicago Tribune printed an article in which an in-depth comparison is made between the Love Airfield in Dallas, Texas and the Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Both airports are located in inner-city neighborhoods, and both play second fiddle to two of the world's largest airports. While Midway has experienced a small, but promising revitalization in recent years, Love Field's re-development is in an earlier stage. However, Congress currently is debating whether to make changes to the Wright amendment, a federal law that restricts flights from Love Field to destinations within Texas and its four neighboring states. Changes to the Wright amendment could improve the revitalization prospects for Love Field. Meanwhile, some Dallas residents oppose any increase in flights to and from Love Field because of increases in noise, pollution, and congestion.
Texas, Coppell, "Noise Monitoring System at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Texas) Designed to Settle Disputes Between Airport and Residents" (Jan. 9, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas) International Airport officials have unveiled a noise-monitoring system that they say will be the final arbiter in noise disputes between nearby residents and airport officials. Residents of Texas cities around the airport have long complained about noise from planes that they say are too low and off their prescribed flight paths. And for just as long, many have been skeptical of official assurances that most of the planes were just where they were supposed to be.
Texas, Coppell, "A Day at the Noise Compatibility Office of the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport" (Jul. 21, 1999). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram prints an article that describes the role of the Noise Compatibility Office at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (D/FW). The Office is similar to offices at every major airport around the country, and serves primarily to "monitor aircraft noise and flight patterns around the airport, take complaint calls about it and investigate anything out of the ordinary." They sometimes advise potential home buyers of loud areas or city planners considering rezoning. Armed with data from 35 noise monitors and three video screens full of flight patterns, workers at the noise compatibility office are ready to address any noise complain.
Texas, Dallas, "New Technology for Stage 3 Aircraft Standards Completes FAA Certification" (Aug. 4, 1997). Aviation Week and Space Technology reports that Raisbeck Commercial Air Group, Inc. of Seattle has completed Federal Aviation Administration certification of its noise abatement system for the Boeing 727-100. The new system allows planes to meet Stage 3 aircraft noise requirements without the use of hushkits, which till now were the only method available.
Texas, Dallas, "Airlines Voice Opinions On Changes At Love Field Airport In Texas" (Dec. 9, 1997). Airports reports that airlines are voicing their opinions about changes at the Love Field Airport in Texas.
Texas, Dallas, "Approval Sought for Long Flights from Dallas Airfield; City Council May Make the Final Decision" (Jul. 23, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that Legend Airlines has proposed to offer long-haul passenger service from Love Field in Dallas, Texas, which would compete with airlines at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Legend Airlines officials recently convinced members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to approve legislation that would let them use Love Field in a way barred by the U.S. Transportation Department's interpretation of the Wright amendment. However, the committee also has adopted language that would give the Dallas City Council the final decision on the issue, in a concession to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), who opposes Legend's plan. Meanwhile, residents living near Love Field already have been fighting noise and traffic from the airfield.
Texas, Dallas, "Ex-City-Councilor in Dallas Campaigns for Expanded Use of Love Field, While Residents Protest" (Nov. 28, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that Jerry Bartos, a former Dallas City Councilor, is campaigning for expanded use of Love Field. Meanwhile, the article says, most citizens are opposed to increased use of the airport due to noise problems in many neighborhoods.
Texas, Dallas, "Opposing Community Groups Struggle Over Expansion Of Dallas Airport" (Nov. 28, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that two sharply opposed citizen's groups continue to struggle over the expansion of a Dallas, Texas area airport at Love Field.
Texas, Dallas, "Southwest Airlines Enters Fight Over Expanded Service at Dallas's Love Field" (Nov. 28, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that Southwest Airlines, which has long stayed out of the fight over expanded service at Love Field in Dallas, has entered the controversy after the city of Fort Worth filed a lawsuit to close or prevent expanded service at the airport. According to Southwest chair Herbert Kelleher, the company is "very much opposed to closing Love Field."
Texas, Dallas, "Will Dallas' Love Field Close?" (Nov. 28, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that there is growing controversy over whether Southwest Airlines will continue to fly out of Love Field in Dallas, Texas, or whether it should be closed.
Texas, Dallas, "Residents Near Dallas's Love Field Air Frustrations Over More Flights at Local Meeting" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that about 150 residents living near Love Field in Dallas, Texas attended a meeting Friday to discuss the prospect of more flights at the airport. The residents believe that the new flights authorized recently by Congress could mean more noise, lower property values, and the eventual elimination of all flight restrictions at the 80-year-old facility. The article reports that the two-hour meeting was co-sponsored by Dallas City Council member Veletta Forsythe Lill and state Senator Royce West (D-Dallas).
Texas, Dallas, "Citizens Action Committee Urges Dallas Mayor to Update Love Field Noise Studies" (Oct. 31, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reported that Dallas, Texas, Mayor Ron Kirk will ask the City Council to consider updating the city's noise and traffic studies of Dallas Love Field Airport. Behind the Mayor's request to update 5-year-old studies was the Love Field Citizens Action Committee. The Committee of residents have concerns about the impact of expanded airline service on their neighborhoods, specifically noise, traffic and safety issues. More flights are possible, according to this article, because Congress recently added Kansas, Mississippi and Alabama to the list of destinations allowed under the Wright amendment, which had previously limited passenger service from Love Field to destinations in Texas and its four neighboring states.
Texas, Dallas, "Dallas Resident Questions Love Field Article with Regards to Noise" (Oct. 30, 1997). The Dallas Observer printed a letter from a Dallas, Texas, resident who responded to an earlier article by Ann Zimmerman, titled "The (W)right to Fly," an article concerning Dallas' Love Field Airport. Here follows the letter written by Dallas resident, Ed Frick.
Texas, Dallas, "Residents Near Dallas's Love Field Say Their Noise and Safety Issues Ignored as Wright Amendment Debated" (Oct. 28, 1997). The Dallas Morning News of Dallas, Texas, reports that a number of residents who live near Love Field Airport say their noise and safety concerns are being disregarded while a congressional debate about changing the Wright Amendment which would allow expansion at Love Field proceeds.
Texas, Dallas, "Dallas Residents Say Noise Will Increase as Love Field Restrictions Eased" (Oct. 9, 1997). The Dallas Morning News of Dallas, Texas, reports that residents who neighbor Love Field believe the noise they've learned to live with will increase as restrictions put in place by the Wright amendment are relaxed in other states.
Texas, Dallas, "Love Airfield in Dallas May Not be Able to Handle More Flights if Restrictive Law Ends" (Sep. 17, 1997). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a dispute is raging over whether the Wright Amendment, a law that restricts flights at the Love Airfield in Dallas, Texas, should be abolished. Many have speculated that abolishing the amendment would bring new air traffic growth and lower fares. But according to a Dallas official, there probably is not enough capacity at the airport to handle much growth. The article goes on to detail the limitations of the airport and of expanding flights there.
Texas, Dallas, "Wright Amendment Foes in Texas See Repeal as Economic Boost; Proponents Cry Foul and Cite Noise and Safety Concerns" (Sep. 30, 1997). The Dallas Morning News of Dallas, Texas, reports that while some favor the repeal of the Wright Amendment as a way to revitalize the economy of areas surrounding Love Field, others oppose the repeal of the Wright Amendment based on noise and safety concerns. Proponents use the recent revitalization of Midway Airport in Chicago as an example of what Dallas Love Field could be. Opponents say the Wright Amendment has little to do with area's economy.
Texas, Dallas, "Dallas Church Vows to Fight D/FW Over Buyout" (Feb. 11, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports The Church in Irving blames the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for its demise as a missionary training and conference center. Now the church, involved in a bitter dispute with the airport, contends the airport is obliged to buy out the 50,000-square-foot church.
Texas, Dallas, "Temporary Re-routing at D/FW Sends Jets over Quiet Neighborhoods" (Jan. 22, 1998). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram of Fort Worth, Texas, reports that yesterday when bad weather accompanied the temporary shutdown of a crucial bad-weather landing system at D/FW, noisy jets flew over normally quiet neighborhoods in Grapevine and Southlake, prompting several calls to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport's noise hot line.
Texas, Dallas, "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.
Texas, Dallas, "Hundreds Oppose Road Expansion in an Effort to Preserve Catholic Sisters’ Peace and Quietude in Dallas, Texas" (Jul. 29, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that over 310 letters have been sent to the city requesting that it alter its plans to expand Bowen and Sublett roads. Those writing the letters want the peace and quietude of a Carmelite convent preserved.
Texas, Dallas, "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.
Texas, Dallas, "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:
Texas, Dallas, "Citizens' Group Says Study Shows Increased Flights at Dallas' Love Field Will Create Dangerous Noise and Traffic Levels in Texas Neighborhoods" (Oct. 14, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports increasing flights at Dallas Love Field would lead to more noise and longer traffic delays on nearby streets, according to a study paid for by a neighboring homeowners group.
Texas, Dallas, "Love Field in Dallas, Texas Embroiled In Court Hearings Brought By Neighborhood Organizations to Stop Proposed Increase In the Number of Flights At the Airport" (Aug. 30, 1999). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that several neighborhood organizations have joined in a court battle to keep Love Field in Dallas, Texas from adding flights. Officials want to take advantage of the 1997 relaxation of federal restrictions to increase the number of flights at the airport. Neighborhood organizations are opposing the flight increases "mostly on environmental grounds, including noise, air pollution, air safety and traffic congestion," and expect the fight to go all the way to the Supreme Court.
Texas, Dallas, "New Airport Comes to Dallas: Residents in Flight Path Not Sure About Added Noise" (Feb. 2, 2000). According to the Dallas Morning News, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has given Legend Airlines approval to begin service to Love Field, which is outside Dallas, and some residents in nearby neighborhoods are concerned about more jet noise.
Texas, Dallas, "Noise Levels in US Homes Increasing" (Jan. 14, 2000). An article from the PR Newswire reported that modern technology and decreasing lot sizes mean more noise for American homeowners, and that means more stress and less sleep.
Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth, "Texas Airport Okays Environmental Studies on Runway Extensions, Decides to Sue Noise Monitoring Contractor" (Apr. 8, 1997). The publication Airports reports that the Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas) International Airport Board last week approved a contract for environmental assessments on three runway extensions, and accepted FAA grants for land acquisition and mitigation work on a future runway. The Board also approved a contract with a new firm to complete a permanent noise monitoring system, and voted to sue its former contractor.
Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth, "Dallas / Fort Worth Airport Finalizes its New Noise Monitoring System" (Nov. 12, 1997). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport soon will have its new noise monitoring system finalized. The 34 noise-monitoring stations scattered around the airport and in nearby neighborhoods have been up and running for more than a year, but the computer system to which they were supposed to be attached has been delayed for more than a year. But now airport officials say that part of the project will be completed by Christmas. The noise-monitoring system was promised by airport officials as part of a federally required environmental impact study in connection with the east runway that opened October 1, 1996.
Texas, Dallas/Ft. Worth, "Dallas Historic Airport To Develop Master Plan for Growth and Expansion" (Mar. 26, 2000). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that, Love Field in Dallas is facing increased commercial air traffic and city officials must develop a long-term plan for the airport since it is already overcrowded and cannot accommodate more traffic.
Texas, East Austin, "In a Twist, Texas Neighbors and Activists Support Noisy Business" (Oct. 29, 1997). The Austin-American Statesman of Austin, Texas, reports that neighborhood residents in East Austin gathered to demand that the city award its 30-year curbside recycling contract to their old nemesis, BFI's Bolm Road recycling plant. In the past, the recycling plant has left wind-blown trash onto their lawns, annoyed them with crashing trash containers and sent trucks past their houses as many as 100 times a day. But residents and East Austin environmental activists urged the city to choose BFI, because the company has promised the neighborhood that it will move out if it gets the contract. BFI holds the current city contract, but it says the city's increasing recycling load would force it to move to a bigger facility if the contract is renewed.
Texas, Fairview, "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.
Texas, Fort Worth, "Fort Worth Mayor to Launch New Media Offensive Against Expansion of Air Service at Love Field" (Nov. 27, 1997). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Kenneth Barr, Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, said yesterday that he will launch a new media effort in the city's legal battle with Dallas over the expansion of air service at Love Field. Barr said he hopes the media effort will build more support in the city's legal efforts to protect the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport from additional competition at Love Field.
Texas, Fort Worth, "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,
Texas, Fort Worth, "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.
Texas, Fort Worth, "Airports Across the Country, Including Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas, Are Almost Ready For the January 1st Federal Noise Standards to Come Into Effect" (Sep. 20, 1999). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Airports across the country, including Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (D/FW), are preparing to meet the January 1st deadline for new federally-mandated noise standards. The standards require the phasing out of all heavy "Stage 2" aircraft; Stage 2 aircraft with "hushkits" are quiet enough to be allowed under the standards. The airlines have known of the standards for 8 years, and 93 percent of the planes at D/FW meet the standards already. Some residents have noticed the difference, and some are still disrupted. The article also notes that D/FW has imposed their noise on fewer people as years have gone by even though traffic has increased, using several methods.
Texas, Grand Prairie, "Moving Drag Strip to Grand Prairie, Texas Would Give Community Huge Economic Boost; Noise Not Seen as Problem" (May 1, 1999). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Texas Motorplex, a 43,000 seat drag racing facility currently located in Ennis, would give a huge economic boost to Grand Prairie if it moved there. The move was proposed by the facility owner, and a city-initiated study indicates that the economic benefits would be great. Grand Prairie already has an airport, a railroad track, a major highway, and two drag-racing strips; officials claim that the new "facility will be consistent with the existing noise environment."
Texas, Grand Prairie, "Grand Prairie, Texas Resident Upset at City's Irresponsible Approval of New Motorplex Near a Residential Area" (Oct. 17, 1999). The Arlington Morning News prints several letters to the editor, including one which protests the construction of a new Texas Motorplex near a residential area. The author has tried to contact city officials but has only been ignored and lectured on the existing noise in his neighborhood. He holds that the current motorplex is not near any homes for a reason: excessive noise; he also says that it is irresponsible for the city of Grand Prairie to build the noisy new motorplex near residences.
Texas, Grapevine, "Texas Communities Work To Avoid Airport Noise At Public Library" (Dec. 20, 1997). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that expansion of the city library probably isn't a good option because of its proximity to a proposed eighth runway at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, city officials said this week.
Texas, Grapevine, "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.
Texas, Highland Park, "Texas Town Opposes Changes to the Wright Amendment That Would Bring Increased Air Traffic" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that officials in Highland Park, Texas are opposed to possible changes in the Wright Amendment, which they say would increase air traffic at Dallas Love Field. Congress recently approved changes to the Wright Amendment, and the changes are awaiting presidential approval. Meanwhile, Highland Park has been acting as an information clearinghouse, providing information to residents about the proposed changes.
Texas, Highland Park, "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.
Texas, Highland Park, "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.
Texas, Highland Park, "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.
Texas, Houston, "Houston Neighborhoods And Representatives Push For Sound Barrier" (Apr. 30, 1997). The Houston Chronicle reports that if a new bill is approved by House members, the state will build a sound barrier to protect neighborhoods from Loop 610 traffic. The Department of Transportation would be forced to build the barrier between the Loop and the Pleasantville and Shepherd Forest subdivisions. The Department of Transportation builds sound barriers along new or expanded highways, but older neighborhoods like the two mentioned above get ignored while noise levels increase around them. If the bill is approved it will go to the Senate.
Texas, Houston, "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.
Texas, Houston, "Florida County Government and Two Federal Agencies Target Personal Watercraft With Restrictions and Research" (Jul. 12, 1998). The Houston Chronicle reports that a wide range of groups has started to criticize personal watercraft, saying that the machines are too noisy and unsafe. Among the critics are law enforcement officers, anglers and recreational boaters, waterside homeowners, and safety officials. The most recent critics include officials in Florida's Monroe County, the National Park Service, and the National Transportation Safety Board. The article goes on to outline the actions of each of the three agencies, and lists many safety statistics related to Jet Skis.
Texas, Houston, "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.
Texas, Houston, "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."
Texas, Houston, "Suburban Houston Resident Complains About Noise from Neighbors' Automotive Machinist School" (Mar. 19, 2000). The Houston Chronicle reports that Houston resident Roy Ruffin has resorted to drastic measures over the noise he hears from his neighbors' school for automotive machinists. He maintains that the noise is too loud, and that the business should not be allowed in a residential neighborhood. However, the property is now zoned commercial and city officials do not believe that the noise is loud enough to warrant action.
Texas, Irving, "Dallas Airport Locked In Battle With Local Church" (Feb. 11, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that the Dallas/Fortworth Airport is destroying an area Church and community center.
Texas, Irving, "Texas Judge Dismisses Three Noise-Related Lawsuits Against Airport" (Jun. 2, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that a judge last week dismissed three noise-related lawsuits by residents in Irving, Texas against the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport. The decision has prompted airport officials to seek dismissals of more than 200 similar claims. Meanwhile, a lawyer for some of the residents said he is considering whether to appeal or seek a new trial.
Texas, Irving, "Apartments Near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to Be Soundproofed With Airport's Money; Many Property Owners Who Are Eligible for the Soundproofing Have Declined, Since a Condition of the Soundproofing is a Permanent Easement for Aircraft Overflights" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Fort Worth Start-Telegram reports that although several apartment complexes near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in Irving, Texas will be soundproofed, many property owners don't wish to grant the permanent easement that is required before soundproofing takes place Only $3-million of the $18-million available has been spent.
Texas, Keller, "Helicopter Noise Near Texas Race-Track Angers Residents; FAA Says Noise is Legal" (Jun. 13, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that when the Texas Motor Speedway in Keller, Texas opened last April, some residents and city councillors were worried about potential noise from the racetrack. While noise from the track has not been a problem, residents and officials from Keller, Southlake, and Grapevine complained about excessive helicopter noise after inaugural races in April and again last weekend during the Indy Racing League events. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said they will look into the complaints, but maintain they have no legal authority over the helicopter routes.
Texas, Mansfield, "Texas Town Officials Worried About Prospect of a Drag-Racing Facility Moving Nearby" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that officials in Mansfield, Texas are requesting information about whether the nearby town of Grand Prairie intends to build a drag-racing facility. Mansfield officials are worried about potential noise and traffic from a racetrack. The article notes that Billy Meyer, the owner of the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, wants to relocate his racetrack, and is considering Grand Prairie, Lancaster, and an undisclosed city as possible locations.
Texas, Marion, "Marion, Texas Residents Displeased With Auto Racetrack" (Mar. 29, 2000). The San Antonio Express reports that residents in Marion, Texas are angry about the noise, lights, and air pollution generated by a new race track facility, the River City Raceway.
Texas, McKinney, "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.
Texas, Pearland, "Texas Town Considers Buying Small Airport; Neighbors Worried About Noise Oppose the Purchase" (Jul. 27, 1997). The Houston Chronicle reports that the city of Pearland, Texas is considering whether to buy a 400-acre airport, Clover Field, located about three miles south of Pearland and two miles west of Friendswood. The issue has pitted residents near Clover Field and citizens who want to maintain the area's small-town character against those who favor change and increased business activity in the area.
Texas, Plano, "Fast Food Restaurant Proposal Near Residential Area is Rejected in Texas" (Nov. 18, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that planning and zoning commissioners in Plano, Texas on Monday rejected a request for a new Sonic drive-in restaurant on Coit Road due to the proximity of a residential neighborhood, and complaints from residents about the noise, traffic, and trash the restaurant would bring.
Texas, Richardson, "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..
Texas, Richland Estates, Austin, "New International Airport in Austin, Texas Proposed Buyout Option For Neighbors Concerned with Noise" (May 12, 1999). The Austin American-Statesman reports that officials for a new International Airport in Austin, Texas have proposed a buyout to neighboring homeowners. City Council still has to approve the proposal, which would give homeowners the option of selling to the airport. The airport would then try to sell the homes to others, telling them about the noise concerns and requiring the signing of a waiver for noise issues.
Texas, Rotan, "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.
Texas, Rowlett, "Texas Community Passes Noise Ordinance" (Nov. 21, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that some southwest Rowlett homeowners say they are still waiting for the peace and quiet promised by a city noise ordinance passed early this year.
Texas, Rowlett, "Rowlett, Texas Seeks Solution To Noise Dispute with Industrial Park" (Jan. 9, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that city officials said they may soon have a solution to the ongoing dispute over noise between southwest Rowlett, Texas neighborhoods and nearby businesses. According to the article, residents of Dexham Estates and Ridgecrest have complained for several years about noise coming from Tolar Industrial Park near Dexham Road and State Highway 66. Although the City Council passed a noise ordinance in January 1997 in response to the complaints, homeowners have said that they have seen little decrease in the noise levels. Possible solutions being discussed include building a sound wall, buying sound measuring equipment, and soundproofing homes, and lowering the decibel levels allowed in the ordinance.
Texas, Sachse, "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.
Texas, San Antonio, "Hush House at San Antonio Airport Will Allow Jet Engine Tests Around the Clock" (Feb. 20, 1998). The San Antonio Business Journal reports the San Antonio International Airport will complete a new engine run-up facility within two years which will allow companies to test their jets' engines 24 hours a day.
Texas, San Antonio, "Activists in San Antonio, Texas Hope Noise Compatibility Study Will Bring Airport Up to Speed on Noise Reduction Initiatives" (Sep. 15, 1999). The San Antonio Express-News reports that a current noise compatibility study around San Antonio International Airport in Texas has residents hoping for relief from aircraft noise. Local organizations believe that alternating takeoff patterns and faster climbing are among the cheapest, easiest, ways to reduce noise immediately. A 5-house pilot soundproofing project will help determine whether the federal government will fund up to 80% of a soundproofing initiative at the airport.
Texas, San Antonio, "Texas' San Antonio International Airport Far Behind Other Airports in Noise Abatement" (Sep. 19, 1999). The San Antonio Express-News prints an editorial that criticizes noise abatement efforts at Texas' San Antonio International Airport. The article notes that two recent public hearings and noise studies have promised no relief for residents. While acknowledging that soundproofing is not practical for every affected home, the editorial pushes for a dialogue between all impacted parties.
Texas, Snyder, "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.
Texas, Southlake, "Texas City Councils Say Noise Regulation Difficult to Enforce" (Jan. 13, 2000). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Southlake residents have had enough of the blower from a nearby car wash, and have lodged complaints to local officials just the city was reviewing its noise ordinance. The article explained some of the difficulties of writing an "enforceable noise ordinance," according to the city's head of code enforcement.
Texas, Trophy Club, "Texas Residents Oppose Fast-Food Restaurant Partly Because of Noise From Drive-Through Window" (Oct. 23, 1997). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Trophy Club, Texas Town Council voted to approve the use of a drive-through window for a proposed Wendy's franchise in the Tetco building on state highway 114. Public opposition to the fast-food restaurant was strong, based mostly on the feeling that a fast food restaurant was not in keeping with the affluent, leisure-class image of the community. Increased noise and traffic problems were also brought up, the article says.
Texas, Trophy Club, "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.
Texas, Wylie, "Railroad Company Says it Will Build Rail Yard in Texas City, Against City's Wishes" (Jun. 11, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that officials with the Kansas City Southern Railway Company said Wednesday they would build a 15-track rail yard in Wylie, Texas. The rail yard was part of a controversial project proposed by the railroad that voters rejected almost a year ago. The railroad company no longer plans to build a business park and truck shipping center, which were part of the earlier project, the article says. City officials fear that building a rail yard will leave the city with more trains and noise, but no economic gain. Residents who fought the earlier proposed project were dismayed at the announcement.
Thailand, Bangkok, "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.
Thailand, Bangkok, "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.
Thailand, Bangkok, "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.
Thailand, Bangkok, "Bangkok Authorities Will Start Enforcing Noise Standard on Boats Traveling in City Canals" (Oct. 20, 1997). The Bangkok Post reports that residents in the Klongside area of Bangkok, Thailand will get some relief from the noise generated by boats on the city's canals when authorities begin strong action against them in December. Boats which violate the noise standard of 100 decibels, as specified in the 1992 Environment Act, will face a fine of 1,000 baht, according to Sirithan Boriboon, director general of Pollution Control Department. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the Pollution Control Department, the Harbour Department, and the police will combine efforts to instigate the crackdown, the article says.
Thailand, Bangkok, "National Parks Chief in Thailand Bans Motor Rally From Nature Reserve" (Oct. 26, 1997). AP Worldstream reports that according to newspapers on Sunday, Chamni Saisuthiwong, chief of the Mae Wong National Park in Thailand, banned a fleet of off-road vehicles from entering the wilderness core of the nature reserve on Saturday. The 127 vehicles in the "Caravan" motor rally were stopped from traveling along a 28-kilometer (17-mile) dirt track inside the park. According to the English-language daily, The Nation, local environmentalists had complained that the loud noise and music from the car rally would frighten the park's wildlife.
Thailand, Bangkok, "Off-road Vehicles Prohibited from Thailand Park; Noise Said to Scare Wildlife" (Oct. 26, 1997). The Bangkok Post of Bangkok, Thailand, reported that about 300 off-roaders were barred yesterday from entering Mae Wong National Park by forestry officials who feared they would damage the environment and scare wildlife with their noise.
Thailand, Bangkok, "Bangkok, Thailand May Use Old Law to Fine Owners of Noisy Boats" (Jan. 13, 1998). The World Times reports that Deputy City Clerk Wanchart Suphachaturas said that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is considering reviving a martial law imposing fines on owners of passenger boats that operate on canals and the river and generate excessive noise.
Thailand, Bangkok, "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.
The Calgary Herald, "Aircraft and Construction Noise On Rise at Calgary Airport" (Apr. 24, 1997). The Calgary Herald reports expected increases in airport noise due to increased air traffic and construction projects at the Calgary Airport.
The Grand Canyon, "Grand Canyon Hiker Writes to Editor Giving First Hand Account of Disruptive Aircraft Noise" (Jul. 30, 1999). The Arizona Republic prints a letter to the editor by a Grand Canyon hiker, citing the disruptive aircraft noise he experienced on a recent visit to the canyon. He provides a first-hand account of the aircraft noise that is often left abstract in articles about this subject. He supports a freeze of flights over the canyon.
The Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Dutch Anti-Noise Activists Protest Jet Noise" (Feb. 20, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that a Royal Dutch airliner bound for Atlanta was stranded at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Thursday after anti- noise protesters climbed on to the fuselage and formed a human chain.
The United Kingdom, "U.K. Minister for Transport Supports Environmentally Friendly Aviation Policies" (Jun. 6, 1997). Universal News Services printed a press release from the United Kingdom's Department of Transport regarding a speech in which the Minister for Transport, Dr. Gavin Strang, urged top European airline executives to "think green." The press release says Strang's speech is a signal of the new government's commitment to environmentally friendly aviation policies.
Toronto, Oakville, "Canada's CN Rail Begins Appeal of Order to Abate Noise at Oakville Rail Yard" (May 11, 1999). The Toronto Star reports that Canada's CN Rail, which moved some noisy operations to its Oakville railyard in 1998, is appealing a Canadian Transport Agency order to reduce noise in Oakville. A citizen's committee supported the March ruling, which requires CN to monitor noise at the yard twice each month and submit a long-term noise reduction plan. The Federal Court of Appeals will now determine if the appeal has legal grounds, and in the meantime CN will perform noise measurements in compliance with the order.
Tulsa, "Tulsa Residents Not Happy Over Amusement Park's Proposed Expansion" (Jul. 8, 1999). According to the Tulsa World, residents near Expo Square are anything but amused with Bell's Amusement Park's proposed expansion and addition of a larger roller coaster.
Twinsburg, "Department of Transportation To Measure for Noise Along I-" (May 28, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that an engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation will measure the noise level of vehicles traveling on Interstate 480.
TX, Arlington, "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.
TX, Houston, "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.
TX, San Antonio, "San Antonio, TX Cites Concrete Company for Noise" (Jun. 16, 1999). The San Antonio Express News reports a Northwest Side concrete company received a citation for violating the city's noise ordinance.
TX, University Park, "University Park, TX Neighborhood Battles Church over New Play Areas" (Jun. 16, 1999). The Dallas Morning News reports residents of a University Park neighborhood are at odds with a local church over the latter's new playground and basketball court.
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