Chronological Index for March 1999

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March 1, 1999

Longboat Key, Florida Fights Plan to Divert Noise from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport Over the Island. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports while the plan is temporarily on hold, the debate continues about a controversial diversion of airport noise from Florida's Mainland to a section of Longboat Key. Population, economics, justice, and environmental concerns pepper the debate.

Residents Bothered by Noise from Wisconsin Sports Center Dissatisfied with DNR Report. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources has developed a long-range plan for improving the McMiller Sports Center, including seeking ways to reduce gunfire noise, but nearby residents say more focus should have been placed on mitigating noise.

March 2, 1999

Airport Noise is the Divisive Issue for Local Candidates in Boca Raton, Florida. The Sun-Sentinel reports noise from Florida's Boca Raton Airport is the issue to debate with local elections a week away.

Calif. Town Considers Off-Road Vehicle Ordinance; Meanwhile, Posts City Property and Increases Enforcement of Noise Ordinance. The Press-Enterprise reports the City Council in Calimesa, California, is considering adopting an off-road vehicle ordinance in response to residents' complaints of noise and other related disturbances.

EU May Postpone New Hush-Kit Rules that Would Ban Most US Aircraft from European Skies. The Journal of Commerce reports Undersecretary of State of Economics, Business and Agricultural Affairs Stuart Eizenstat said in Brussels Friday there were signs that European governments would postpone new rules that would ban some US aircraft from their airspace.

Hanover, NJ, Says No to Walgreen Expansion; Board Requires Noise Study. The Morning Call reports a plan to expand a Walgreen Co. distribution center in Hanover, Township, New Jersey, was rejected for failing to address neighbors' concerns, including noise and light pollution.

Noise-Burdened Mass. Neighborhoods Oppose New Runway at Logan, Look to Governor and Mayor for Support. The Boston Globe published an editorial suggesting it is time for Governor Paul Cellucci's administration, and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, to reconsider plans to build a new runway for Logan Airport.

Palmetto, Florida, Looks to Remove Exemptions from Current Noise Ordinance. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports spurred by noise from the Manatee County Fairgrounds, the Palmetto, Florida, City Council plans to tighten the town's noise ordinance, eliminating a number of exemptions.

Residents Refuse to Support Massport Plan that Shifts Logan Airport Noise from One Neighborhood to the Next. The Boston Globe reports critics contend Massport's tactic to win support for a new runway plan at Logan Airport by promising that flights will decrease over the neighborhoods hardest-hit by noise has backfired.

Speedway Builder Threatens to Pull Out of Western NC When Third County Imposes Racetrack Moratorium over Noise and Traffic. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports a 90-day racetrack moratorium in Haywood County may end plans for a new speedway in Western North Carolina.

March 3, 1999

An Eye for an Eye: US and EU Trade Aircraft Ban Threats, Citing Noise and Air Pollution. AP Online reports the United States House of Representative is considering a bill that could ban the Concorde from American skies if the European Union follows through with its plans to prohibit hush-kitted US planes from flying over Europe.

Illinois Town Debates Opposing New Runways at O'Hare. The Chicago Daily Herald reports trustees of Mt. Prospect, Illinois, are debating whether to oppose new runways at O'Hare International Airport.

NJ Town Votes on Noise Ordinance; Residents Want Law to Cover More Noise Sources. The Morning Call reports the Bethlehem, New Jersey, City Council Tuesday rejected suggestions to create a broad noise ordinance in favor of passing an uncomplicated noise law that targets the most frequent offenders.

Study Shows Fewer Noise Disturbed Residents if Pilots Use Shorter Runway at Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the final draft of Rhode Island's Airport Corporation's Part 51 noise study on T.F. Green Airport in Warwick arrived this week, giving residents a month to study it before a public hearing set for March 31.

US Official Sees New EU Aircraft Standards as Attempt to Control Market. The Journal of Commerce reports at least one United States commerce official sees new European Union aircraft standards as a way to control the aircraft market.

March 4, 1999

Airport Influence Area and Noise Concern Residents Near Arizona's Williams Gateway Airport. The Arizona Republic reports a federally funded noise study will be undertaken and a noise map reconfiguration to answer Arizona residents' concerns in wake of growth at Williams Gateway Airport.

Cleveland Homes Near Hopkins Airport Grandfathered to Get Noise Insulation Despite New Eligibility Rules. The Plain Dealer reports Cleveland homes on perimeter of a new airport noise zone will receive sound insulation through grandfathering.

Florida Residents Frustrated by Noise; City Council Says it's Powerless to Intervene. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Punta Gorda, Florida, residents who say they're disturbed by music from Fishermen's Village, a complex of bars, restaurants and shops, aren't getting any help from their city council.

Illinois Residents Petition Governor for Noise Wall along Tollway. The Chicago Tribune reports a group of Bannockburn, Illinois, residents will petition the Governor for a noise wall to block traffic noise from the Tri-State Tollway.

US Finds EU Aircraft Ban Proposal Unacceptable; Threatens Retaliatory Ban. USA Today reports the United States threatened the European Union with a retaliatory aircraft ban if Europe follows through with prohibiting some US aircraft from Europe's skies.

March 5, 1999

House Considers Bill Lifting All Flight Limits at O'Hare; Residents Alarmed. The Chicago Daily Herald reports the most drastic proposal yet to ease flight caps at O'Hare International Airport will go through U.S. House committee discussions next week. Chicago area noise activists call the proposal "an accident waiting to happen" if it becomes reality.

Noise Limits Placed on Dairy Herd by Town Planners in the UK. Farming News reports a local planning authority in Wales has placed noise restrictions on a herd of cows as a condition of a permit for a new diary building.

Ohio Citizens Want Solutions to Cargo Plane Noise. The Dayton Daily News reports residents of Centerville-Washington Townships, Ohio, told FAA officials they want relief from night-time cargo plane noise.

March 6, 1999

Chicago Targets Homes to Soundproof Against Noise from O'Hare; Activists Question Accuracy of Noise Maps. The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago announced its annual soundproofing plan to insulate homes against noise from jets at O'Hare International Airport, officials announced Friday. Meanwhile, activists question the accuracy of noise contour maps used to determine the allocation of soundproofing funds.

Chicago Updates Soundproofing Plan to Include More Homes Affected by Noise from O'Hare. The Chicago Daily Herald reports the city of Chicago has updated its soundproofing plan to include homes located just west of O'Hare International Airport previously considered ineligible. Chicago will now soundproof homes in eight communities surrounding the airport.

Endorsement: Vote Yes on Expanding Boca Raton Airport Authority. The Palm Beach Post published an editorial giving the newspaper's endorsement of a YES vote on the question of whether Boca Raton Airport should expand the authority to seven members in give more voice to city residents.

First in US: Naples, Florida, Succeeds in Banning Stage 1 Jets; Other Airport Communities Want Same. The Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) reports Naples Airport, Florida, is the first in the United States to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval to ban noisy Stage 1 jets.

Keep Your Music to Yourself; Colorado Town Teaches Lesson to Noise Scofflaws. The Associated Press reports the town of Fort Lupton, Colorado, has devised a unique and effective penalty for those who violate the noise ordinance by blasting music from their cars.

March 7, 1999

Lake Mary, Florida, Resident Experiences Excessive Noise and Low-Flying Aircraft from Sanford Airport. The Orlando Sentinel Tribune published a letter from Randy Neal of Lake Mary, Florida, questioning a recent assertion that jets from the Sanford Airport are quiet. Neal writes that is not at all his experience:

Airlines Flying in Australia May Face Stiffer Fines for Violating Curfews and Breaching Safety Rules. AAP Newsfeed reports airlines breaching Sydney Airport's noise curfew could face bigger fines under a review of airport regulations, federal Transport Minister John Anderson announced today.

March 8, 1999

Mass. Resident Criticizes Logan Expansion; Asks Massport to Consider Noise Effects on Residents. The Boston Globe published a letter from Massachusetts resident Jacques Weissgerber criticizing Massport's disregard of residents of Boston and nearby communities as it proceeds with its plan to build a third runway at Logan Airport. Weissgerber writes:

Wisconsin Town May Take Legal Action Against Auto Plant for Noise Violations. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Common Council of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, may decide tonight to take legal action against Amcast Automotive for noise violations.

More Trains Mean More Noise in Winter Park, Colorado. The Rocky Mountain News published an editorial saying springtime in Winter Park, Colorado, may bring in a wave of noise complaints as residents open their windows to warm, fresh air and the continuous blaring of train whistles.

March 9, 1999

Ohio Residents Along I-480 Seek New Noise Tests and Sound Barriers. The Plain Dealer reports in the wake of increased noise complaints from residents, the Ohio Department of Transportation will conduct a new noise study to determine if a section of Interstate 480 warrants sound barriers.

Wisconsin Auto Plant Gets Extension on Noise Abatement Plan While Neighbors Grow Impatient. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a Cedarburg, Wisconsin, automotive plant has been given another chance to get in compliance with noise laws, despite urgings by neighbors to start legal proceedings.

Conn. Man Claims Hearing Loss after Concert, Sues for $15, 000. The Gazette (Montreal) reports a Connecticut man who attended a rock concert with his son in New Haven, Connecticut, is suing for damages, claming hearing loss.

March 10, 1999

Editorial: US Rep. Criticizes Massport's Plan for New Runway at Logan Airport. The Boston Globe published an editorial by Michael Capuano, US Representative from Massachusetts's 8th District. Capuano believes a third runway at Logan Airport should not be built for a variety of reasons including the fact it will increase noise in neighborhoods and communities already burdened with aircraft noise.

House Aviation Subcommittee Approves More Slots for O'Hare Airport. The Chicago Daily Herald reports a proposal to eliminate flight caps at O'Hare International Airport moved closer to reality on Tuesday.

Trash Truck Terminal in Quincy, Mass., Ordered to Keep Quiet Until 7 A.M.. The Patriot Ledger reports the city license board of Quincy, Massachusetts, voted to keep a trash truck terminal quiet until 7 a.m. after residents complained of losing sleep due to early morning noise made by the company.

March 11, 1999

NJ Lawmakers Advocate for Quieter Skies in Aviation Spending Bill. The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports New Jersey lawmakers took some action Thursday toward making the skies quieter.

Canadian Transport Agency Agrees with Citizens, Orders CN Rail to Reduce Noise in Toronto Rail Yard. The Toronto Star reports after listening to residents' noise complaints, the Canadian Transportation Agency has ordered CN Rail to reduce noise levels at a rail yard in Oakville, Ontario.

Maryland Residents Seek Noise Relief in Court from Popular Gun Club. The Baltimore Sun reports neighbors of a gun club in Carroll County, Maryland, have filed a nuisance suit seeking court-ordered relief from the noise created at the shooting range.

Night-Time Tests Banned at California Speedway after Noise Complaints Pour in from Residents. The Press-Enterprise reports nighttime testing at the California Speedway will be prohibited, officials said Wednesday in response to hundreds of complaints by residents who suffered through noisy late-night and early-morning road tests two weeks ago in Fontana, California.

Illinois Residents' Noise Fears about Power Plant Not Quieted by Noise Experts. The Chicago Tribune reports despite noise experts testifying to the contrary, residents of Woodstock, Illinois, are opposed to a proposed power plant because they believe it will bring noise and air pollution and generally lower the quality of life in their region.

Environment Committee at Montreal International Airport(Dorval) Analyzes Noise Complaints. The Gazette reports new procedures to reduce noise at Montreal International Airport (Dorval) have been in effect for one month, but it's too soon to judge their effectiveness.

Conn. Residents to Hear Results of Noise Study of Bradley Airport. The Hartford Courant reports consultants hired by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, which operates Bradley International Airport, will report this month to residents the results of a noise study.

More Activity at Florida's Zephyrhills Airport Means More Noise for Residents. The St. Petersburg Times reports life has gotten louder recently in Zephyrhills, Florida, where quiet living is disappearing for some residents as activity increases at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport.

Bowing to US Pressure, EU Agrees to Postpone Ban of Hush-Kitted Planes. EIU ViewsWire reports the European Union has given in to intense pressure from Washington, DC, and delayed a decision on plans to outlaw new aircraft equipped with 'hush kits.'

March 12, 1999

Massport Promotes New Runway at Logan; Noise Activists Charge Misuse of Funds. The Associated Press State & Local Wire Associated Press reports the Massachusetts Port Authority is using paid advertisements to promote a new runway at Boston's Logan Airport, a move that has angered some airport and noise activists.

Letter: Former Chairman of Florida's Boca Raton Airport Authority Highlights Noise-Reduction Accomplishments of Group. The Sun-Sentinel published the following letter from George W. Blank, past chairman of the Boca Raton Airport Authority and Chairman Emeritus, Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations. Mr. Blank writes to advocate for the Airport Authority and inform readers of the work accomplished towards reducing noise during his tenure:

Illinois Residents Question Impartiality of Noise Experts Hired by Power Plant. The Chicago Tribune reports concerns over the effects of noise from a proposed electricity-generating power plant near Woodstock, Illinois, dominated the third night of public hearings. Some citizens question the impartiality of noise specialists hired by the power plant.

Florida Residents Get Cease and Desist Order for Noisy Nighttime Trucking Operations. The St. Petersburg Times reports Hillsborough County, Florida, officials have put an end to noisy treks through Cheval by a company working on the Suncoast Parkway.

Solid Doors Make Better Noise Barriers. The Chicago Tribune published a question, in a column called "The Rehabber," asking advice about noise control for an office located in a residence.

Town of Hull Organizes to Fight Third Runway at Massachusetts' Logan Airport. The Patriot Ledger reports Massport has agreed to study the noise impact a new Logan International Airport runway would have on the Hull peninsula, a town whose residents have already had enough of airplane noise.

March 13, 1999

BAA Says Fifth New Terminal at London's Heathrow Won't Increase Noise; Environmental Group Wants Flight Numbers Capped. The Financial Times (London) reports BAA yesterday called for legislation to ensure the proposed fifth terminal at London's Heathrow airport did not lead to an increase in aircraft noise. However, a local environmental group said it still believes the additional terminal will unduly disrupt lives.

Reagan National Airport: Editorial Criticizes McCain Senate Bill; Supports House Effort. The Washington Post published an editorial criticizing Sen. John McCain's bill that would, in part, increase slots at Reagan National Airport. The editorial takes exception to leverage that can be taken by the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee in efforts to get certain bills passed, calling it "bad national policy."

New Noise Law in Daytona Beach, Florida, Relaxed During Spring Break. The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports Volusia County, Florida, leaders agreed that their new noise law was not intended to silence music during spring break at Daytona Beach.

March 14, 1999

Action Group wants Ban on Night Flights at Boca Raton Airport. The Palm Beach Post reports Boca Raton, Florida, resident Ellen Lohr who lives northeast of the airport, wants a nighttime ban on all planes and wants a complete ban on what the Federal Aviation Administration calls "Stage One" planes, the loudest and oldest of aircraft. The FAA recently allowed the Naples airport to ban Stage One planes at night. The number of jets taking off and landing at the Boca Raton airport has dramatically increased in the last ten years. In 1990, there were just eight jets based at the airport. Today there are 45. And takeoffs and landings have jumped 42 percent in that time, from 96,000 in 1990 to 136,700 last year - one every four minutes if spread over every hour of every day. The airport's noise hot line logged 318 complaints in January and February, more than triple the amount from the same period last year. About half were for nighttime flights, though most flights occur during the day. When Ellen Lohr moved to Boca Raton in 1990, she fell in love with a relatively quiet South Florida suburb. Now, she's afraid it's turning into a transportation hub. "The planes here, they zoom over the houses," she said. "You can't talk, you can't sleep. It's gotten horrible. Since I've been living here, the quality of my life has severely deteriorated as a result of the noise from the airport," said Lohr, who founded the Boca Raton Airport Action Group (BRAAG) in 1996.

Islip, NY, Residents Demand Night-Time Curfew at MacArthur Airport. Newsday reports residents of Islip, New York, are protesting late-night flights at MacArthur Airport and asking for a night-time flight curfew.

Noise Levels for Martin County, Florida, Ordinance May Be Too Low. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports the Martin County, Florida, noise ordinance is the most restrictive of its kind in the area and could make enforcement difficult.

Resident Sees FedEx Hub as Detrimental to Quality of Life in Greensboro, NC. The News & Record published a letter to the editor from resident Hildegard Kuehn who sees the proposed FedEx cargo hub along with subsequent noise, third airport runway, and other changes as severely detrimental to the quality of life in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ms. Kuehn writes:

To Wall or Not to Wall? That is the Question in Salt Lake Valley, Utah, as Noise Walls are Vehemently Opposed by Some, Praised by Others. The Salt Lake Tribune reports noise walls are a contentious issue in Salt Lake Valley, Utah. Some residents applaud their effectiveness against freeway noise while others decry their unsightliness.

March 15, 1999

Some Say Airports and Urban Sprawl on Collision Course in Arizona's Valley. The Arizona Republic reports Arizona's population is growing along with air traffic, spurring noise and safety concerns.

March 16, 1999

Airports Add Noise and Safety Issues to Expanding Urban Sprawl in Arizona. The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports safety and noise drive the airport encroachment debate in the Phoenix, Arizona, area as crowded airways rival congested freeways.

FAA Considers City of Burbank's Exemption Claim that Allows Mandatory Noise Curfew at Airport. The Los Angeles Times reports the FAA is considering the city of Burbank's claim that that Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport can impose a mandatory noise curfew under an exemption.

Illinois Waterway Agency Drafts Noise Ordinance that will Fine Noisy Boaters. The Chicago Tribune reports directors of a waterway in Illinois are planning to adopt an ordinance that will fine boaters for creating excessive noise.

Noise in New Orleans' French Quarter Neighborhood Equal to Industrial Zone Levels. The Times-Picayune published a letter written by Winnie Nichols, French Quarter resident, and Paulette R. Irons, State Senator from New Orleans. The writers urge New Orleans city officials to appreciate the toll of noise on residents and take action to protect residents of the historic French Quarter neighborhood:

Speedway Moratorium Overturned in Haywood, NC; Noise Opponents Say County Caved in to Pressure from Fans. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports an embattled speedway project may still happen in Haywood County, North Carolina, now that commissioners have lifted the racetrack moratorium.

March 17, 1999

City Council Panel Proposes Updated Noise Ordinance for Raleigh, NC. The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC) reports a Raleigh, North Carolina, City Council subcommittee has drafted a new version of a much-questioned noise ordinance.

Maryland County Judge Will Visit Gun Range Before Ruling on Noise Case. The Baltimore Sun reports a Maryland county judge will visit the site of a gun range before ruling on the noise case.

Mississippi Homeowners Renew Request for Berm to Muffle Airport Noise. The Commercial Appeal reports a Mississippi homeowners association has renewed its plea for trees and berms to mitigate noise from the Memphis International Airport.

Penn. Town Passes Stiff Noise Ordinance to Preserve Quality of Life. The Morning Call reports Bethlehem residents were heard Tuesday as the city council enacted one law to discourage noisy peace-breakers and started work on another to restrict BYOB clubs.

Proposed Ordinance in RI Town Would Create Decibel-Limit Zones. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the Richmond Town Council will resume a public hearing tonight on a proposal to strengthen the town noise ordinance.

March 18, 1999

Air Traffic Controllers Join Others in Opposing Expansion at Missouri's Lambert Field Airport. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a leader of a St. Charles, Missouri, group fighting the expansion of Lambert Field said more people are joining St. Charles in filing court papers opposing the expansion plan.

Arlington Heights Panel Says O'Hare is Ignoring "Fly Quiet" Noise Abatement Program. The Chicago Tribune reports the Arlington Heights Village Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise plans to meet with O'Hare officials in an effort to convince the airport to turn down the volume.

Citing Noise and Increased Use, Neighbors Wants Restrictions Placed on Britain's Oldest Working Airfield. The Western Daily Press reports a public meeting is being called over families' complaints that their weekends are being ruined by noise from light planes using Britain's oldest working airfield.

Editorial: City of Burbank's Noise Lawsuit Threatens Airport Safety. The Daily News of Los Angeles published an editorial by Joyce Streator, president of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. In her editorial, Streator calls for the city of Burbank to stop holding hostage the safety of airport users and return to the bargaining table.

Ontario Board Rejects New Residential Development Near Pearson Airport. Canada NewsWire Ltd., reports the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) celebrated victory with the Ontario Municipal Board's (OMB) decision to reject a residential development proposal in the City of Mississauga, which falls within the GTAA Operating Area.

Opinion: Too Much Noise about Navy Jet Flyover at Little League Park. The San Diego Union-Tribune published an opinion article charging that the negative reaction to the recent Navy flyover at Solana Beach, California, is creating much more noise than the criticized incident.

RI Town Designates "Noise-Sensitive Areas;" Amends Noise Ordinance. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the town of Richmond, Rhode Island, voted to approve amendments to its noise ordinance, creating a "noise-sensitive area" around certain public buildings.

March 19, 1999

Florida's Boca Raton Airport Begins Noise Study with FAA Grant. The Sun-Sentinel reports Florida's Boca Raton Airport Authority received a federal grant Thursday for a noise study.

Public Summit Held on Proposed New Terminal for California's Burbank Airport; No Agreements Reached on Long-Running Noise Issues. The Los Angeles Times reports participants at a recent forum on a new terminal at California's Burbank Airport could not agree on whether to seek local or federal solutions to long-standing noise, safety, and regulation issues.

March 20, 1999

Denver Councilman Calls for Greater Police Effort to Enforce City's Noise Laws. The Denver Post reports a Denver city councilman is pushing for stricter enforcement of the city's noise ordinances.

Test Flights at El Toro Still Waiting Approval from Orange County Supervisors. The Los Angeles Times reports Orange County, California, supervisors will decide March 30 whether to grant final approval for several commercial test flights at El Toro air base.

US Transportation Secretary Headed to Europe to Tackle Airplane Noise Dispute with EU. Agence France Presse reports the US Transportation Secretary will travel to Europe to tackle a US-European dispute over airplane noise.

March 21, 1999

Anti-Noise Group Hires Law Firm to Battle Expansion at Newark Airport. The Associated Press reports a New Jersey group has hired a law firm to battle all expansion at Newark International Airport until the issue of air noise is resolved.

Letter: Third Runway at Logan Airport Will Only Dump More Noise on Boston's Citizens. The Boston Globe published a letter from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, resident Moira Raftery. In her letter, Raftery protests a new runway at Boston's Logan Airport where the congested city's citizens are already adversely affected by airplane noise. Raftery writes:

Letters: Los Angeles Area Residents Speak Out About Airports. The Los Angeles Times published the following letters from Los Angeles area residents about voters' rights in the wake of new and expanded airports. The first letter is from Leonard Kranser of Dana Point. Kranser writes to clarify the Safe and Health Communities Initiative:

Residents Predict More Noise and Isolation with Florida I-4 Expansion. The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports while the effort to rebuild Florida's Interstate 4 focuses on alleviating rush-hour traffic, residents along the highway fear increased noise, and isolation created by sound barriers.

Road Surface Materials Can Reduce Traffic Noise. The Star Tribune published a column in which a question was asked about the specific causes of freeway noise.

March 22, 1999

Inglewood, California, Burdened with Jet Noise from Los Angeles International Airport. City News Service reports Inglewood, California, officials say their town in unfairly burdened with overflights from Los Angeles International Airport.

New Jersey Citizens' Group Sues to Stop Expansion at Newark until Noise Concerns Resolved. The Associated Press Wire Services reports a New Jersey citizens' group has decided to sue to stop all expansion at Newark International Airport until the noise issue is resolved.

Noise Study at Louisville International Airport Makes Neighbors Key Participants. The Courier-Journal reports a new noise study at Kentucky's Louisville International Airport is aimed at soothing eardrums as well as hard feelings that linger from expansion there a decade ago.

Some Neighbors of Nashville International Airport Wait a Decade for Noise Insulation. 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.

March 23, 1999

Bills in the Mass. State House Could Block Logan's Proposed New Runway. The Boston Herald reports supporters and opponents of a new runway at Logan Airport are expected to face each other this morning at a contentious Massachusetts' State House hearing on bills that would block the runway's construction.

Cell Phones are the Boom Boxes of the '90's. The Buffalo News published an essay pronouncing cell phones the boom boxes of the '90's, creating enough public noise to annoy and offend.

Classroom Noise Puts Primary Students at a Disadvantage. The Waikato Times reports an international acoustics expert says elementary students are adversely affected by classroom noise.

Floridians Complain of Increased Jet Noise from Jacksonville Naval Air Station. The Florida Times-Union reports more fighter jets have been flying training exercises from Jacksonville Naval Air Station -- a situation that has prompted complaints from Florida residents to the Navy and elected officials.

Opponents Call Proposed El Toro Test Flights a Waste of Money. The Orange County Register reports the proposed El Toro flight demonstration plan that will be considered by the California's Orange County Board of Supervisors is under criticism from opponents.

Virginia Beach Amphitheater Too Loud for Neighbors. The Virginian-Pilot reports for the second time in as many years, GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater officials have agreed to turn down the volume of summer concerts, but nearby residents say noise from the venue is still too loud.

March 24, 1999

Arlington Heights Officials Cite Low Compliance with O'Hare Noise Commission's Fly Quiet Program. The Chicago Tribune reports the board of trustees in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is closely watching the city-suburban O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission these days and voicing its concerns about noise.

Clinton, Connecticut, Drafts Noise Ordinance. The Hartford Courant reports the town of Clinton, Connecticut, is writing a noise ordinance in response to residents' complaints.

Letter: Scottsdale Resident Accepts Airplane Noise as Here to Stay. The Arizona Republic published a letter from Michael Straley of Scottsdale, Arizona. Straley accepts airplane noise as a given and believes related safety concerns in the Scottsdale area are exaggerated. Straley writes:

Minnesota Orchestra Gets OK for Amphitheater, but Opponents Vow to Fight Noise Variance. The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports while the Minnesota Orchestra won approval Wednesday for an outdoor concert amphitheater, it still faces a number of major hurdles, including obtaining a noise variance.

Oklahoma City Threatens Legal Action to Stop Night Noise from Dig Operation. The Daily Oklahoman reports Oklahoma City Council members said Wednesday they are willing to go to court if necessary to stop overnight dirt work near a northeast neighborhood.

Port of Seattle "Puts Kids First" and Funds Jet Noise Study at Highline Schools. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the Port of Seattle yesterday agreed to fund the noise study for Highline School District whose schools are seriously affected by noise from nearby Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Raleigh Committee Endorses Less Stringent Noise Law; Neighborhood Activists Discuss Strategy to Defeat Ordinance. The News and Observer reports a Raleigh City Council subcommittee Tuesday endorsed, on a split vote, a noise ordinance that would allow music-playing businesses in neighborhoods.

Toronto Airport Authority will Test Departures over Industrial Corridors to Reduce Noise from Pearson International Airport. Canada NewsWire Ltd. published a press release by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) detailing the planned departure trials for the new north/sough runway at Lester B. Pearson International Airport, (LBPIA). The press release reads as follows:

March 25, 1999

Indiana Residents Along 146th Seek Solutions to Noise from Four Lanes. The Indianapolis News reports Indiana residents who live along 146 Street are concerned with finding a way to minimize traffic noise when the new four-lane route is complete.

March 26, 1999

Chicago Official Insists Expanded O'Hare Terminal Won't Mean More Noise. The Chicago Tribune reports a Chicago official on Thursday defended Mayor Daley's planned terminal expansion at O'Hare International Airport as one that will not increase noise.

Illinois Boaters Object to Lake Noise Ordinance. The Chicago Tribune reports a number of Illinois residents are protesting a new ordinance that regulates noise from boats.

Neighbors of Seattle's Nightclubs want Peace. The Seattle Times reports as a result of increasing complaints, Seattle and Washington state regulators are considering new noise, alcohol and entertainment regulations that club owners fear could ruin their livelihood.

March 27, 1999

EU/US Continue to Disagree over Hushkit Regulations. According to the European Report, the US Transportation Secretary told the press in Brussels that the airplane-hushkit dispute between the US and the European Union risks a new trade dispute

Noise Levels Rise in Europe to Unhealthy Levels. The Los Angeles Times reports noise is a problem in all major cities in Europe, and environmentalists and social scientists believe the shrieks and roars of urban life may cause serious long-term health effects.

Raleigh, NC, Revises Noise Ordinance to Regulate Businesses that Feature Music; Many Homeowners Remain Dissatisfied. The News and Observer reports Raleigh, North Carolina, leaders said they tried to balance concern for neighbors' peace and quiet with the needs of a lively urban life when they drafted a revised noise ordinance.

Residents Seek Monetary Damages from Arizona Town, Claiming Lack of Airport Use Disclosure. The Arizona Republic reports a group of residents is seeking monetary damages from the town of Gilbert, Arizona, for failing to enforce its own rules about airport disclosure.

Seattle Nightclub Owners Face Stricter Noise Ordinances. The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports proposals to reinforce noise regulations for nightclubs in Seattle neighborhoods are not sitting well with a number of club owners.

March 28, 1999

LI Residents Complain about Noise, Fumes, Lights from New Rail Road Yard. Newsday reports neighbors of a new Long Island Rail Road yard in Port Jefferson Station, New York, are complaining of noise, fumes, and lights.

Opposition to Logan Expansion Builds in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports the Massachusetts Port Authority's momentum to get a new runway built at Logan Airport is slowly being matched by the opposition of residents, activists, leaders, and politicians.

March 29, 1999

Pearson Official Pleased with Noise Trials; Rockwood Residents Cry, "Scam!". The Toronto Star reports while a spokesman for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority called the recent trial flight routes at Pearson International Airport "encouraging," residents of Rockwood, Ontario, see little hope of noise relief.

March 30, 1999

Canadian Race Officials Offer Compensation to Residents Hit Hardest by Noise from 3-Day Event. The Vancouver Sun reports in response to a health board's noise findings on last year's race, the Molson Indy is offering a noise compensation package to residents of a housing complex in Vancouver, British Columbia, during this year's three-day event.

EU Delays Hushkit Ban for One Month, Will Consult with US. The New York Times reports the European Union today delayed for a month a law on aircraft noise that that has given rise to fears of a trade dispute with the United States.

EU Delays Vote to Ban Hushkitted Planes to Allow US to Propose Compromise. The Hartford Courant reports the European Union's transport ministers have postponed a vote on the ban of older aircraft, giving U.S. officials more time to work with European Union executives on a compromise.

March 31, 1999

FAA Accused of Having "No Decency;" Residents of Queens, NY, Say More Flights and Noise at LaGuardia and Kennedy Unacceptable. Newsday reports residents who live near New York's LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports met in Queens last night to tell FAA officials they are dead set against increased flights and the accompanying noise.

High School Prom Committee to Request Exception to Noise Ordinance in Newport Beach, California. The Los Angeles Times reports high school students in Newport Beach, California, have come up against a noise ordinance in planning the 2000 prom.

Highland Park, Texas, Works to Educate Public and Enforce New Leafblower Noise Ordinance. The Dallas Morning News reports officials are working to make sure residents of Texas town follow a new leafblower noise ordinance.

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Transportation Related Noise
Violence and Noise
Watercraft Noise
Workplace Noise

Geographical Index

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