Chronological Index for September 1998

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September 4, 1998

Albuquerque Considers Ordinance Restricting Heliports after Residents Complain of Noise from TV News Helicopters. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

September 5, 1998

Airport Activist Calls New O'Hare Flight Path Plans 'Two-Lane Highways'. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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?. 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:

September 6, 1998

Debate Continues Over Use of Personal Watercraft as National Parks Service Proposes Rule. 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. 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. 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. 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. The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, published a column that advocates for the use of protection devices to prevent noise-induced hearing damage.

September 7, 1998

Shared-Noise Strategy at Australia's Kingsford Smith Airport Criticized by Safety Experts, Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots and Others. 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.

September 8, 1998

Calif. Residents Fear Extended Runway Means Larger, Noisier Planes. 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. 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. 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:

Pilots' Strike Brings Some Quiet to Noisy World of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Star Tribune reports an unintended consequence of the pilots' strike against Northwest Airlines: natural quiet beneath the airport flight paths in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Increased Night Flights at O'Hare Limits Chicago's Fly Quiet Program. 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. 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?. 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.

September 9, 1998

FAA Says It's Illegal to Ban Commercial Traffic at Colorado's Centennial Airport; County Vows to Fight FAA. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Aircraft in U.S. Complying with Airport Noise and Capacity Act. The Federal Department and Agency Documents reports airplanes in the United States are ahead of the required deadlines to transition to quieter aircraft, reports Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater.

Florida Commissioner Asks for Review of County's Ordinances After All-Night Concert Sparks Noise Complaints. 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. 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. The Associated Press reports as personal watercraft grow in popularity in Minnesota, they are attracting more scrutiny with regards to noise and safety issues.

Housing Development Approved Near Illinois' Palwaukee Airport, Clause Prevents Noise Lawsuits from Residents. The Chicago Daily Herald reports the village board of Wheeling, Illinois unanimously approved a new subdivision on a piece of land north of Palwaukee Municipal Airport.

Groups Picket St. Louis City Hall Over Expansion Plans for Missouri's Lambert Field Airport, Citing Noise and Safety Concerns. 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.

September 10, 1998

NY Town Debates Loud Train Whistles: Nuisance or Necessity?. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Citizens in Gilbert, Arizona, Demand to be Heard about Noise from Williams Gateway Airport. The Arizona Republic published the following letter to the editor from Gilbert, Arizona, resident Nick Champion. In his letter, Champion challenges the town council's position on airport noise and its effects on residents' property values. Champion wrote:

City Officials in Quincy, MA, Act to Restore Quiet in Neighborhoods. 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. 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. 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. 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.

September 11, 1998

O'Hare Business Group Meets with Suburban Legislators to Drum up Support for O'Hare. 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. 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. 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.

Government Rejects Activists' Attempts to Restrict Night-Flights at England's Largest Airports. Times Newspapers Limited reports anti-noise groups lost their fight to restrict night-time flying at England's three major airports.

Exploring Methods to Quiet Fighter Noise at Tulsa International Airport. 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.

September 12, 1998

LA Planning Commission Recommends Noise Limits at Universal Studios. 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. 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.

September 13, 1998

Cargo Business at Seattle's Boeing Field Brings Most Noise Complaints. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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:

Snowmobilers Gather in NH to Discuss Noise and Other Problems that Threaten their Sport. The Union Leader reports snowmobile enthusiasts met in Manchester, New Hampshire, yesterday to discuss how to keep trails open in the wake of numerous complaints from homeowners about the noisy recreational machines.

Some Residents in Bergen County, NJ, Feel No Sympathy for Residents Living Near Noisy Route 287. 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. 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. Times Newspapers Limited reports Colsoft, a new type of road surface, could come to the relief of United Kingdom residents plagued by traffic noise.

September 14, 1998

Illinois Residents Object to Regulation of Law Mower and Snow Blower Noise. 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. 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. 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.. 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.

September 15, 1998

Council in Stroud, England, Committed to Dealing with Noise Issues. The Gloucester Citizen reports members of an environment committee in Stroud, England, are committed to dealing with noise complaints.

US Court of Appeals Rejects Challenges to Noise and Airflight Restrictions over Grand Canyon National Park. Greenwire released the following statement announcing a US federal appeals court upheld new noise and flight restrictions in the Grand Canyon National Park. The press release reads as follows:

September 16, 1998

Noise Complaints in the United Kingdom Decreasing. 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. 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. 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.

September 17, 1998

Arlington Heights Questions O'Hare's Compliance with Fly Quiet Program. 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.

Arlington Heights Updates Plans to Fight Noise at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The Chicago Daily Herald reports Arlington Heights' Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise began drafting a new battle plan this week to fight airplane noise.

Living Under Detroit Airport's Flight Paths is "Hell on Earth". 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. 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. 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.

Nevada Home Owners Reject New Noise Zones Near McCarran Airport. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Nevada's Clark County Commission indefinitely postponed action Wednesday on a new, noise zone, due to vigorous opposition from residents near McCarran International Airport who fear property devaluation.

Noise is a Hot Topic in Yorba Linda, California. 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.

Plan to Move Concert Stage Only Moves the Noise, Doesn't Solve Problem, Say Calgary, Alberta, Residents. The Calgary Herald reports some Calgary, Alberta, residents believe a proposed permanent stage at the west end of Prince's Island Park would only direct noise away from one location and bother residents in another area.

Richmond, British Columbia, Establishes Restrictions for "Raves" after Neighbors in Vancouver Complain. The Vancouver Sun reports after numerous complaints about noise from a recent rave party in Richmond, British Columbia, town officials adopt restrictions.

September 18, 1998

Anti-Noise Candidate in Australia Claims Death Threats-Continues Campaign Against RAAF Jet Noise. 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. 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. The Atlanta Journal reports a relocation program will be funded with a federal grant for residents who live near Georgia's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.

Minn. Refuge Paid $20 Million for Loss of Quiet Due to Jet Noise. The Associated Press reports that silence is worth at least $20 million, according to an appraisal of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Residents Demand Action on Jet Noise at NJ's Teterboro Airport. The Record reports local New Jersey officials and residents fighting increased jet traffic demanded action at a demonstration at Teterboro Airport on Thursday.

September 19, 1998

European Union Mandates Noise Maps for Cities. 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.

Maylaysia Limits Singapore's Use of Airspace; Could Mean More Noise for Both Countries. Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports Malaysia's new restrictions on Singapore's use of Malaysian airspace could mean more aircraft noise for residents of both countries.

Texas Instruments' Corporate Jets at McKinney Airport Brings Noise Worries to Town of Fairview. 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.

September 20, 1998

NYC Resident Proposes Ban on Truck Traffic Through Neighborhood, Citing Noise, Health and Safety Issues. 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. 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.

September 21, 1998

Editorial Objects to Unsightly Highway Noise Barriers in U.S.. 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 Adds $1Million to Soundproofing Fund at RI's Green Airport. The Associated Press reports T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode, Island, is getting $1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to insulate neighboring homes against jet noise.

FAA Gives RI's Green Airport Additional Funds to Soundproof Homes. 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.

Florida Aviation Dept. Uses New Technology to Monitor Impact of Jet Noise. The Journal of Commerce reports the Miami-Dade Aviation Department in Florida revealed a technology on Friday used to monitor airplane noise. This new system could mean significant implications for the air cargo industry.

Meetings to Focus on Mini-Study of Noise Sensitive Residential Areas Surrounding Conn.'s Bradley Airport. 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. 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. 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. 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.

September 22, 1998

Developers Plan Open Space Surrounding California's El Toro Airport. 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. 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.

Navy Denies Flawed Impact Study; Citizens' Group Files Suit to Stop Jet Relocation to Oceana, VA. The Virginian-Pilot reports the Navy has formally denied allegations made in a federal lawsuit challenging its decision to transfer 156 F/A-18 Hornets to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia.

Residents in English Town Demand Relief from Road Noise. 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.

September 23, 1998

Competition for Early-Bird Flights at California's Burbank Airport Could Dispose of Voluntary Morning Curfew. The Los Angeles Times reports that Reno Air has requested that Burbank Airport in California allow flights in the early hours, but residents strongly opposed the idea due to possible increases in noise. The airport was set to decide on the request Tuesday, but delayed its decision until at least next week because of the public outcry.

Conn. Residents Petition for Relief from I-95 Noise. 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.

Even with Quieter Planes, O'Hare Neighbors Say Air Traffic Noise Increasing. The Chicago Tribune reports two reports released Tuesday by the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission highlight a contradiction in the controversy over airplane noise at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Even though air carriers use quieter aircraft, O'Hare's neighbors say noise has increased dramatically.

Glendale, Arizona, Considers Measures to Protect Residents from Freeway Noise. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. The Vancouver Sun reports residents living close to rail lines in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, are renewing a campaign to get train whistles silenced.

September 24, 1998

Eliminating Truck Noise in Illinois Town May Come at High Economic Cost. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

September 25, 1998

Air Tour Industry Accuses Park Service of Exaggerating Noise Report to Expand Quiet Zones. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. The Hartford Courant reports Connecticut residents affected by noise from Bradley International Airport urged consultants to avoid any delays of a planned noise study.

Senate Approves Regulation of Air Tour Noise in National Parks. U.S. Newswire reports the United States Senate approved measures to address the problem of excessive noise from aircraft in national parks.

September 26, 1998

ConnDOT to Begin Noise Monitoring at Bradley International Airport. 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. 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. 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. 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.

September 27, 1998

Expanded Flightpaths in England Bring More Noise; Additional 1 Million Homes Will Be Affected. 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.

Residents' Group in England Continues to Fight Noise from Shouting Inmates. The Leicester Mail reports a community action group in Leicester, England, claims it is still fighting for some peace and quiet more than two years after voicing its concern about noise from a nearby juvenile detention center.

September 28, 1998

Colorado County Considers Noise Standards for Oil, Gas Industry. 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.

Critics Say National Park Service Study of Aircraft Noise is False and Misleading. The Weekly of Business Aviation(TM) reports critics of a National Park Service aircraft noise study at the Grand Canyon spoke on Capitol Hill last week.

European Union's Environment Commission Says it Will Propose Noise Pollution Legislation by the End of 1999. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

September 29, 1998

City Council in Sunnyvale, CA, Discusses Leaf Blower Noise. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Reno Air Agrees to Burbank Airport's Voluntary Curfew. The Los Angeles Times reports that Reno Air, which had sought to fly before 7 a.m. at Burbank Airport when the voluntary curfew lifts, decided it won't violate the curfew.

Third-Airport Proponents Object to FAA's Air-Use Plan at O'Hare. 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?. 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.

September 30, 1998

Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Will Address Noise Complaints about Automotive Plant. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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