Chronological Index for November 1999

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November 1999

Pilot Writes Humorous Column Emphasizing Safety's Priority Over Noise Reduction. Upside prints a humorous, irreverent column on why pilots emphasize safety over noise reduction.

November 1, 1999

After Seven Years of Planning and Replanning, and a Near Doubling of Cost to $5.8-Million, a Thoroughfare in West Arlington, Texas Will Be Widened; Subcontractor Who Lost Bid for Noise Wall Says Their Bid was Lowest. The Dallas Morning reports that after seven years of planning and a doubling of cost to $5.8-million, the widening of a West Arlington thoroughfare is finally underway. A subcontractor who lost the bid for the $1.1-million noise wall claims that he was promised the job. Residents had fought the widening project for years, but now hope for completion in under a year as city officials have asked.

Henderson County Commissioners Worry that Racetrack Proposed for Asheville, North Carolina Will Cause Noise and Traffic Problems. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Henderson County commissioners in North Carolina are worried that a proposed racetrack, which would be placed near Asheville Regional Airport, could cause noise and traffic problems for them. The city attorney has said that so far, no land deals had been initiated with the developers.

Proposed Long Island, Maine Salmon Farm Site Faces Opposition From Residents of Blue Hill Based On Potential Problems with Waters' Oxygen Levels, Disease, Genetics and Noise. The Bangor Daily News reports that a proposed salmon farm off the coast of Long Island in Maine, which would be capable of raising 400,000 Atlantic salmon at a 35-acre site, is being opposed for reasons involving water quality, potential disease outbreaks, and noise. The current proposal will be considered under certain conditions, including noise buffers for boat inboard engines, limitations of noise to only three hours on any day, and use of a drying method for cleaning nets which is quieter than pressure washing. Also, the National Park Service requested that they be consulted on noise and other issues.

Study Finds Hearing Loss Can Lead to Depression and Withdrawal from Relationships. The Deseret News reports that health problems related to hearing loss may include "depression, anxiety, paranoia and social isolation."

Virginia Beach Noise Wall Is First For a Non-Highway. The Virginian-Pilot reports that a $9.5-million road widening project in South Hampton, Virginia will be the first in the area to include a 9-foot noise wall on a non-highway.

November 2, 1999

Approval of Proposed Hotel and Housing Development In Aberdeen, U.K. Is In Question Due to Potential Rail and Airport Noise. The Aberdeen Evening Express reports that planners say a proposed hotel and housing development in Aberdeen, U.K. may be too near to a noisy railroad and airport, and worry that future complaints will be directed at airport noise, or noise from established area businesses.

Columbia, Pennsylvania Resident Says Abating Noise Should Be Prioritized Behind Other Work. The Intelligencer Journal prints a letter from a Columbia, Pennsylvania resident who says that a loud cooling system at a museum is the least of the problems of the city.

Federal Aviation Administration Head Commits to Helping Burbank, California Sell Idea of Restricted Operating Hours to Airlines, and Burbank Promises to Verify Legality of Several Proposed Operating and Financial Issues. The Los Angeles Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration promised to help encourage airlines to continue using Burbank airport, while Burbank promised to check out the legality of financial issues. Airlines dislike a "backdoor-curfew" which would close the terminal at night. The FAA worries that a proposed payment to Burbank to replace lost property taxes is not legal. Burbank will put the plan to a referendum in the spring.

North Connel, U.K. Residents Fear a Motorcross on Grazing Land Would Create Noise Complaints and Traffic Issues. The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that in North Connel, U.K. a community council and other residents believe that a proposed motorcross track would create noise complaints and traffic problems. Planning officials have recommended to the area committees that the proposal be rejected at a meeting tomorrow.

Police Unable to Monitor Toronto Rave -- Attended By 15,000 -- Effectively Due to Weak Bylaws. The Toronto Star reports that a noisy rave in Toronto, attended by about 15,000 people, was too much for police to effectively monitor under current local bylaws. Residents accused police of ignoring the problem, but they did what they could, asked for the volume to be turned down, and called noise abatement officers. Many people see the cities bylaws as putting profit before safety.

Residents in Lutterworth, U.K. Worry that Distribution Centers in Industrial Development Could Mean Noise from Trucks. The Leicester Mercury reports that a planned industrial site in Lutterworth, U.K. has nearby residents worried about noise and pollution. The local plan was for offices to go into the site, but the proposal asks for industrial uses.

Tavern in Louisville, Kentucky Threatened with Fines Or Closing If Noise Ordinance Is Not Followed. The Courier-Journal reports that Phoenix Hill Tavern in Louisville, Kentucky will pay a fine or face license suspension for violating local noise regulations. Eight noise citations this year and many other noise complaints resulted in the fines, which will be $2,400. If the tavern gets no noise violations for a year, additional fines will not be levied.

Wisconsin Governor Offends West Allis Officials By Vetoing Legislation that Would Have Tied Racetrack Funding to the Appearance of a Noise Report. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that West Allis, Wisconsin legislators are upset with the governor for vetoing legislation that would have tied funding for the Milwaukee Mile Racetrack on the State Fairgrounds to the production of a noise report. The governor said he didn't want to add "another layer of bureaucracy to State Fair Park decision-making." He had actually proposed night-racing: something that would draw even more complaints over noise.

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Committee Should Have Noise-Reduction Strategy Recommendations for Aldermen by Summer. The Morning Star reports that the Committee for a Better Beach, formed by the Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Aldermen, plans to have noise-reduction strategy recommendations by summer. The main problem was seen to be bar noise: loud music, and noisy patrons on their way home.

November 3, 1999

Eight Gang-Members Arrested In Connection with Beating Death of 18-Year-Old Whom They Suspected of Reporting Them for Noise. The Los Angeles Times reports that eight gang members have been arrested for allegedly murdering an 18-year-old man they suspected of reporting noise violations.

Farmington, Utah Voters Defeat Initiative to Build Noise Walls. The Deseret News reports that voters defeated a Farmington, Utah initiative to construct sound walls along Interstate 15. Supporters of the initiative said that misinformation, and voters living in quiet areas, skewed the vote.

Garforth, U.K. Campaigners Who Won a Fight to Resurface Noisy Road Near Their Homes Encourage Exeter Activists to Keep Pushing For Resurfacing of the Noisy A30. The Express and Echo reports that activists who campaigned for the resurfacing of a highway near Garforth, U.K. are encouraging those campaigning for the resurfacing of the A30 to push on. They say that the A30 activists now have evidence similar to what allowed their success earlier this year.

Lacey, New Jersey Resident Opposes New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise's Support of Ocean Routing at Newark Airport; He Says the Route Reduces Safety, Efficiency, and Only Benefits the Affluent. The Asbury Park Press prints a letter to the editor that criticizes the New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise for pushing for "ocean routing" at Newark Airport. The author says that the routing will increase delays, and will only help a few affluent communities with noise, while poorer communities still have it bad.

Peoria, Arizona Resident Supports Fun Concerts for Youth, But Insists Upon Nearby Sports Complex Restricting Concert Noise Levels for Area Residents. The Arizona Republic prints a letter to the editor which insists that the Peoria, Arizona Sports Complex should restrict noise levels at concerts.

Residents in Warwick, Pennsylvania Argue Against Potentially Noisy Go-Kart Track In Last Hearing Before Decision. The Intelligencer Journal reports that Warwick, Pennsylvania residents used the last public hearing for a proposed go-kart track to reiterate concerns about noise and pollution. The applicants have promised to erect five-foot-high earthen berms on two sides of the track, and will erect taller walls if needed. The decision is due November 15.

San Francisco International Airport Director Responds to Letter from Mayor that Minimized Noise-Reduction Efforts at the Airport. The San Francisco Chronicle prints a letter to the editor from the Director of San Francisco International Airport who responds to a previous letter from the Mayor. The writer says that the Airport Community Roundtable, which was criticized as ineffectual by the Mayor, has resulted in several noise reduction improvements.

Tulsa, Oklahoma Resident Hopes Noise Wall Will Help Reduce Highway Noise that Cracks His Foundation and Renders His Backyard Unusable. The Tulsa World reports that residents near Tulsa, Oklahoma's U.S. Route 169 hope a planned noise wall will reduce noise from the 90,000 vehicles that pass by each day. The noise is annoying and vibrations damage some foundations.

U.K. Roads Minister Will Examine Noise Report -- Which Shows A30 in Exeter is Too Loud -- Before He Meets with Activists Next Week. The Express and Echo reports that U.K. Roads Minister Whitty has requested a copy of a noise report to examine before a meeting with Resurface the A30 activists next week. The report shows that the A30 is louder than predicted, and could be quieted if resurfaced.

November 4, 1999

Charlton, Massachusetts Planning Board Approves Old-Age Center; Businesses Insist on Guarantees that Center's Noise Complaints Would Not Limit Their Operating Hours. The Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports that the Charlton, Massachusetts Planning Board approved an old-age center on a road that is home to businesses such as loud truck and gravel operations. Business owners were concerned that residents of the center would complain about noise and force the businesses to limit their operation hours, and convinced the Board to impose conditions on the development to be determined later.

Davis, California City Council Stops Short of Banning Leafblowers, Opting Instead for Programs to Reduce Their Noise. The Sacramento Bee reports that the Davis, California City Council stopped short of banning noisy leafblowers, but will establish a three-part program to reduce the noise they create.

Former Navy Pilot Dispels Myths About Jet Noise Around Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base. The Virginian-Pilot prints a letter to the editor from a former navy pilot who dispels some myths about jet noise from Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base.

Los Angeles Councilwoman Wins Support for Proposed Noise Walls From 10-Year-Old Waiting List, On Condition that the List Be Re-Evaluated for Any Priority Changes Since the List Was Written. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that Laura Chick, a councilwoman for Los Angeles, California won support from her colleagues for $3-million in freeway noise-wall projects from a ten-year-old list. She agreed to revisit the list to make sure that problem areas haven't shifted, but said that projects should begin soon, since they've been delayed at least a decade already.

Residents Near Escot, U.K. Worry that Second Phase of A30 Will Disrupt Their Lives and Businesses Just As First Phase Has Disturbed People In Exeter. The Express and Echo reports that residents near Escot, U.K are worried that the second phase of the A30 highway will be as noisy as the first phase, which has prompted substantial protests.

Seattle Council Members Criticized for Accepting "Inflammatory Hypothetical Examples" to Support Nuisance Ordinances. The Seattle Weekly prints an article that criticizes Seattle City Council members for voting to approve noise and nuisance ordinances on the basis of "inflammatory hypothetical examples."

Three San Diego, California Area Residents Voice Opinions Over Miramar Base Noise; One Says Safety Should Determine Flight Paths, Second Says Newer Helicopters Might Not Reduce Noise, Third Criticizes Letter that Blamed Military Pilot's Death in Kuwait on Noise Abatement Here. The San Diego Union-Tribune prints three letters relating to aircraft noise at Miramar Base. The first letter says only safety and cost should determine helicopter flight paths; the second says that newer helicopters may not mean quieter skies; the third criticizes a couple's letter that blamed their son's death in Kuwait on "worrying about noise abatement" while he was training here.

November 5, 1999

Brixham, U.K. Woman Is Fined -- and Her Stereo Equipment Is Confiscated -- for Repeated Noise Disturbances. The Herald Express reports that a Brixham, U.K. woman was fined for repeated late-night disturbances. Three stereo systems were also confiscated. She offered to electronically limit the volume on her stereo for 50 pounds, but officers said it was too late.

Chicago O'Hare Airport Officials Say Soundproofing Program Will Continue Throughout 2000, When Official FAA Noise Maps Are Released; Some Had Predicted that Program Would Stop As Stricter Federal Noise Laws Caused a Reduction of Noise Levels. The Chicago Tribune reports that officials at Chicago's O'Hare Airport have said that their home soundproofing program will not end this year. It is possible that some homes will no longer be affected with enough noise -- 70 decibels -- to qualify for noise insulation, but the Airport can't be sure until at least 2001 when the FAA releases it's official 2000 noise contour map.

Fort Kent Shooting Range Approved Against Residents' Opposition, But Conditions May Make the Venture Too Expensive. The Bangor Daily News reports that the Fort Kent Planning Board approved a proposed shooting range on a farm in the area. The range must meet National Rifle Association and National Skeet Shooting Association standards for shooting ranges, which could make the project too expensive. Residents oppose the range because they fear noise, safety, and pollution from lead pellets.

Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania Supervisors Tell Angry Residents that Nighttime Wal-Mart Construction Can't Be Stopped Because They Have No Nuisance Ordinance; Nuisance Ordinance Will Be Drafted Soon. The Morning Call reports that Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania's Board of Supervisors told angry residents that nighttime Wal-Mart construction can't be stopped, although it will try drafting a nuisance ordinance that could limit construction hours. Residents want construction to end at some compromised time between 6 p.m. and the current 11 p.m. Wal-Mart says it could work around the clock, so the 11 p.m. stop time is already a middle ground.

New Jersey, New York Legislators Argue Over Flight Paths from Newark Airport. The Gannett News Service reports that New Jersey and New York legislators are arguing over proposed changes in flight paths from Newark Airport that would take a 'straight-out' path that passes over Elizabeth, New Jersey instead of turning to fly over Staten Island.

Noise Consultants for Suffield, Connecticut's Bradley International Airport Recommend Dropping Turn From Flight-Path; Environmental Impact Study Must Be Done First. The Hartford Courant reports that noise consultants for Bradley International Airport in Connecticut have suggested that a fifteen-degree turn be dropped from a departing flight path. The new path would mean that by 2005, 249 people would be affected by an average of 65-decibel noise, while the older path would affect 359. A complete environmental impact study must be done first, because some areas will see an increase in noise despite the overall drop.

Politician Attempts to Mediate Dispute Between Mall and California's Transportation Department; The Goal Is to Build Freeway Connector that Eases Traffic While Staying Further from Mall Buildings Destined for Noise-Sensitive Animation Studio. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that officials are working quickly to resolve a dispute between California's Transportation Department and the Galleria Mall over a planned freeway connector. A compromise -- one that will ease traffic while keeping the road from increasing the noise level in the building -- must be found by next month to avoid a three-year delay on construction of the road.

Woodbridge, California Council Bans Nighttime Fishing After Residents Complain About Noise. The Los Angeles Times reports that Woodbridge, California's council has banned nighttime fishing.

November 6, 1999

Bensenville, Illinois Wins Choice of Which Homes Will Be Soundproofed by Chicago O'Hare Airport Funds; Bensenville Wants to Soundproof By Community, and Accused Chicago's Alternative Home Selections as Discriminatory to Hispanic Neighborhoods. The Chicago Tribune reports that Bensenville, Illinois has won the right to choose which homes will be soundproofed in its community by Chicago O'Hare Airport funds. This particular article differs by bringing up the issue of environmental justice in the choice of homes.

Right Whale Deaths Caused By Ship Collisions May Result From Acclamation to Noise in Heavily-Traveled Waters. The New Scientist reports that right whales -- among the most endangered species on the planet -- often die after collisions with ships. The whales may be so used to noise from increasingly busy shipping lanes that they don't connect it with danger.

Seven Chicago Schools Will Receive Soundproofing, Since School Soundproofing Budget Doubled From Last Year. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that seven schools in the Chicago area were chosen to receive soundproofing next year. The budget for school soundproofing was expanded to include three more schools this year than last year, and was raised from airline ticket fees.

Seven Chicago-Area Schools Will Receive Soundproofing Next Year. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that seven schools in the Chicago area were chosen to receive soundproofing next year.

November 7, 1999

UK Soundscape Community, the Intellectual Wing of the Anti-Noise National Society for Clean Air, Aims to Expose Muzak As Intrusive Noise. The Sunday Herald reports that the new UK Soundscape Community wants to create a society of more active listeners, saying that more active listeners will recognize Muzak and related sounds as intrusive noise.

Camas, Oregon Resident Criticizes Noise Complainants Who Knowingly Moved Near Portland International Airport. The Columbian prints several letters to the editor, one of which criticized residents near Portland International Airport for moving near to noise and then complaining about it.

Bensenville, Illinois Settles Airport Noise Dispute with Chicago; Bensenville List of Homes to Soundproof Will Be Used, Despite Chicago's Original Opposition. The Chicago Tribune reports that a U.S. District Court approved a settlement in an airport noise suit between Bensenville, Illinois and Chicago. Chicago originally rejected Bensenville's list of homes to be soundproofed, and replaced it with their own list. The settlement allows Bensenville to select the homes.

Residents Around Logan Airport and Hanscom Field Meet to Discuss Common Gripe With Massachusetts Port Authority Expansion Plans, Although the Two Neighborhoods Are Usually Enemies. The Boston Globe reports that residents surrounding Hanscom Field and those surrounding Logan Airport met to discuss possible common ground against a common enemy: Massachusetts' Port Authority (Massport). Massport is proposing an additional runway at Logan, and has added commercial flights at Hanscom without much of a public input process.

Alternative Flight Paths Tested Last Year at Newark International Airport Deemed Ineffective at Reducing Noise by the Federal Aviation Administration. The New York Times reports that alternative flight paths that were tested at Newark International Airport in New Jersey last year did not reduce noise.

Foam- and Concrete-Based Homes -- Which Insulate Homes Extremely Well From Temperature and Noise -- Gain Popularity. The Columbian reports that homes with walls made of styrofoam and concrete are gaining popularity. The R-value -- or temperature/noise insulation value -- can reach R-56, as opposed to the average wood wall's R-20. Costs that can be 5% to 10% higher up front, although utility bills can run as low as $100/month for a 6,000 square foot home.

Comparison of Indianapolis International Airport and Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport; Greensboro May Soon Have FedEx Hub Just As Indianapolis Does, But the Airport's Smaller Size Will Mean Noise Problems May Not Be As Severe. The News and Record notes that Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport will soon be home to a FedEx cargo hub -- just as Indianapolis International is -- but differences in size of the airport and use of the hub mean that noise problems may be different. The article compares many aspects of the two airports directly.

Comparisons Between Indianapolis International Airport (Which Has A FedEx Hub) and Greensboro (Which Will Soon Have One) Show Similarities In Flight Patterns, But Differing Types of Neighborhoods May Overshadow Similarities. The News and Record reports that the configuration of the impending FedEx hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport means that flight patterns will be similar to those at Indianapolis International Airport.

Open-Plan Schools Foster Cooperative and Stimulating Atmosphere, but Noise Makes It Hard for Children to Do Quiet Work. The Portland Press Herald reports that open-plan schools -- which have few walls -- foster cooperation among teachers, but most teachers and architects don't like them because noise becomes too disruptive.

Greensboro, North Carolina Residents Living Near Piedmont Triad International Airport May See their Neighborhoods Dismantled Due to Excessive Noise from a Proposed FedEx Hub, As Has Happened In Similar Neighborhoods Near Indianapolis' International Airport. The News and Record reports that neighborhoods south of Indianapolis International Airport are being slowly dismantled as the airport buys out houses impacted by jet noise. Greensboro, North Carolina residents fear that a FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport -- which would make Piedmont very similar to Indianapolis -- could cause similar problems to the south. Most flights would be routed south at Piedmont due to wind patterns, just as they are in Indianapolis, which would protect the most vocal opponents of the new hub: upscale suburban homeowners north of the airport.

Proposed FedEx Hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport May Cause Noise Well Beyond the Projected Three-Mile Estimate, If A Similar Hub at Indianapolis International Airport Is Any Indication. The News and Record reports that the proposed FedEx Hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport may cause noise problems that extend further than is currently estimated. Noise problems at a similar hub in Indianapolis -- which have been growing over the last twelve years -- extend as far as five and one-half miles, while Piedmont has only estimated noise problems up to three miles away.

Sun Valley, California Methodist Churches Annoy Residents With Amplified Services; Local Officials Say Churches Have Taken Some Measures, But Little More Can Be Done. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that two churches in a Sun Valley neighborhood has become an increasing irritant to residents. Over the last two years forty complaints have been made, and the churches have taken some measures to reduce the noise. Although the local noise ordinance was amended to include churches, little can be done without restricting times of services,:a move that would be construed as a limit on religious freedom.

November 8, 1999

A30 Neighbors May Receive Compensation for Lost Property Value Due to Noise, but Lost Views Will Not Be Considered. The Express and Echo reports that not all homeowners who live near the new A30 in Exeter, U.K. will be entitled to compensation for lost property value due to the road. Property value losses from noise and light will be compensated, but losses due to affected views will not.

US Airways Introduces A320 Airbus on Boston to New York Route; With 75-Decibel Footprint, Aircraft Affects Ten Times Less Area than the 727s It Replaces. PR Newswire reports that US Airways new Airbus A320s has a 75-decibel noise footprint, making it affect ten times less area with noise than the Boeing 727 it replaces.

Warwick, U.K. Shooting Range Appeals Noise Abatement Notice that Would Limit Them to Several Days a Week for Shooting Activities. The Coventry Evening Telegraph reports that a shooting range in Warwick, U.K. will finally get to appeal a noise abatement notice in court this coming February.

Federal Health and Safety Officials Plan to Reconsider a Tougher Workplace Noise Standard for Construction Workers. The Engineering News-Record reports that federal health officials are going to revisit the possibility of instituting a tougher workplace noise standard for construction work. The Associated General Contractors say although noise standards are tougher in Europe, OSHA should concentrate on injury regulations first.

Residences Around Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport May Go the Way of Neighborhoods Near Indianapolis' International Airport; Some Neighborhoods May Be Soundproofed, Others May Be Demolished. The News and Record reports that neighborhoods surrounding Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina may share a fate that has befallen neighborhoods around Indianapolis International Airport: soundproofing or demolition. The Airport owner pays all of the expenses associated with these projects to comply with federal law.

Light Rail System on the Wasatch Front Near Salt Lake City, Utah Shouldn't Add Much Noise to Area. The Deseret News reports that a light rail system planned for the Wasatch Front, near Salt Lake City, Utah, will be relatively quiet. The whistle will be much quieter than freight train whistles, and will be used sparingly.

Cities Near Proposed El Toro Airport in Orange County, California Rezone Land for Schools and Residences In Hopes that Those Properties Will Further Discourage Airport Plans. The Los Angeles Times reports that cities near the proposed El Toro Airport in Orange County, California are encouraging residential and school development near the site. Officials hope that by allowing noise-sensitive developments to move near the airport, the airport project will be more likely to be abandoned due to concerns over noise. Some disagree, saying that building schools is "a tacit acknowledgment that the noise won't be that bad."

Plainfield, Indiana's Strategy for Replacing Taxes Lost When Airport Bought Land By Increasing Incentives for Businesses May Be Model for Greensboro, North Carolina, Where Airport Growth Is Similar to Plainfield. The News and Record reports that when Plainfield, Indiana began losing property taxes because Indianapolis International Airport was buying land in the area, they began offering incentives to businesses. Greensboro, North Carolina is looking at Plainfield's model, since a proposed FedEx Hub at Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport is similar to Indianapolis' airport growth.

International Paper Will Meet with Farmington, Maine Planning Officials to Defend Its Noise Reduction Efforts, and Push For Approval of Their Expansion Proposal. The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports that International Paper officials will meet with the Farmington, Maine Planning Board on Monday to discuss a proposed log-yard expansion. The company must defend its noise reduction strategies to have any chance of getting the project approved.

Anti-Noise Groups in United Kingdom Question Validity of Aviation-Sponsored Study On Financial Benefits of Aviation. The Birmingham Post reports that anti-noise groups in the U.K. are questioning the validity of an aviation-sponsored report on the financial aspects of the aviation industry to the U.K. economy. An anti-noise group says that "The airline sector only accounts for 0.8 per cent of UK gross domestic output."

November 9, 1999

Ockbrook and Borrowash, United Kingdom Resident Gathers 500 Signature Petition and Support of Parish Council In Asking for Noise Control Along the A52. The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a resident near Ockbrook and Borrowash, U.K. has gathered 500 signatures and the support of the parish council in calling for noise control along the A52.

Nelson, New Zealand Arts Center Says It Is Singled Out Over Noise Problems. The Nelson Mail reports that "The Artery", a community arts center in Nelson, New Zealand claims that it is being singled out in disputes over noise pollution. Artery officials say that the complaints are prejudicial because the music in question is techno music. Officials have spent $145,000 to soundproof the building to be under 45 decibels, but the city is now lowering the noise limits to 40 decibels because the bass notes are still disturbing residents.

Residents Oppose Fairbanks, Maine Logyard's Proposed Expansion. The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports that residents are opposed to proposed expansion at a Fairbanks, Maine log yard, worrying about noise, pollution, and dust from an expanded site. The log yard owner has said he would quiet his equipment, limit operating hours, plant ten-foot trees as a buffer and cut down on dust. The planning board will decide on the request after a public hearing and a walk through of the site.

High Point, North Carolina Officials Support FedEx's Planned Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport; They Claim Economic Benefits Will Be Present As At Indianapolis' FedEx Hub, but Noise Will Be Less of a Problem. The News and Record reports that High Point, North Carolina officials support the planned FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. They say that comparisons of noise with a similar hub in Indianapolis is unfair, although they say that economic benefits will be present as they are in Indianapolis.

Visitor from U.K. Says Inverness, Florida Speedway Should Be Moved Away From Residential Areas. The St. Petersburg Times prints a letter to the editor from a U.K. man -- visiting Inverness, Florida -- who says that the loud speedway in the area should be moved away from residential areas.

Commissioners In Jefferson County, Colorado Will Soon Hold Last Public Hearing On Proposed Quarry Near Eldorado Canyon State Park. The Denver Rocky Mountain News reports that the last public hearing on a proposed quarry near Jefferson County, Colorado's Eldorado State Park will be held soon. The county staff's report sides with residents and state legislators in opposing the project based on possible noise problems.

Gravel Mine to Replace Shooting Range Near Salt Lake City, Utah; Planning Commission Tried to Shut Down Range Because of Noise Years Ago, But State Legislature Stopped It. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a shooting range near Salt Lake City, Utah will be closed down within a year or two. Noise complaints have been a problem, but the reasons behind the decision seem to be strictly financial. The planning commission had tried several years ago to close the noisy range, but the state legislature passed a bill preventing noisy establishments from being shut down by complainants who knew the noise was there when they moved.

Greensboro, North Carolina Residents Debate Potential Noise Problems from a Proposed FedEx Airport Hub; A Similar Hub In Indianapolis Broke Traditional Neighborhoods Apart, But Many Residents Aren't Worried. The News and Record reports that some residents around Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport are worried that a planned FedEx hub -- of the type that destroyed long-present neighborhoods in Indianapolis -- may threaten neighborhoods here. While some residents worry about noise, others worry a housing shortage could result from recent decisions that zone noisy land as incompatible with residences.

November 10, 1999

Rail Traffic Between Los Angeles and Long Beach, California Has Increased 56 Percent In Ten Years; Residents Suffer From Noise, Pollution and Safety Issues, and Yearn For Relief. The Los Angeles Times reports that rail traffic between Los Angeles and Long Beach, California has increased 56 percent in the last ten years. Residents of cities along the way are forced to deal with the noise, pollution, and safety issues that result. Rail officials say they are working on some of the problems, but also say that residents should expect some noise and pollution when living near a rail yard.

Jefferson County, Colorado Commissioners Reject Proposed Quarry. The Denver Post reports that Jefferson County, Colorado commissioners rejected a proposal for a quarry on Scar Top Mountain. According to the company, technology would have reduced water, air, and noise pollution, but commissioners sided with residents, open-space advocates, and water experts that worried about possible environmental repercussions.

Resident of Randleman, North Carolina Asks Aldermen to Build Wall Around Noisy Blowers At Wastewater Treatment Plan; Aldermen Will Temporarily Block Blowers Until They Are Replaced By Quieter Ones. The News and Record reports that the Randleman, North Carolina Aldermen have promised to rent a small trailer to block disturbing noise coming from a wastewater treatment plant until more permanent solutions -- quieter blowers -- are installed.

Three Los Angeles Area Congressmen Asked the FAA to Lift Ban on Eastern Takeoffs at Burbank Airport, Saying the Lift Would More Equitably Share Noise. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that three congressmen from the Los Angeles, California area asked the FAA to lift a twenty year ban on eastern takeoffs at Burbank Airport. Los Angeles officials say the ban is unfairly directing flights over Los Angeles, but Burbank officials say eastern takeoffs are more dangerous because of mountains and traffic from Los Angeles International Airport. Also, Burbank residents have come to expect quiet.

High Point, North Carolina Resident Praises Series of Articles on Planned FedEx Hub at Greensboro for Its Informative Nature. The News and Record prints a letter to the editor that praises a recent series of articles on the planned FedEx airport hub in Greensboro, North Carolina. The letter also asks for clarification of a noise contour, including how it is determined.

Highland, California Police May Now Charge Hosts of Loud Parties for Police Costs If Officers Must Visit the Same Location Twice in Twelve Hours. The Press-Enterprise reports that a new ordinance in Highland, California will allow police to bill hosts of loud parties if police must come to the same location within a twelve-hour period because of noise complaints.

Winter Haven, Florida Resident Praises Judge Who Punishes Car-Stereo-Noise Violators with Required Classical Music Listening. The Ledger prints two letters to the editor praising the recent move by a judge to require noise-offenders to listen to classical music as their sentence.

Plans for Fish Market in Peterhead, U.K. Delayed While Council Investigates Possible Noise Problems; Vendors Say They've Already Waited Too Long. The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that approval of a proposed deep-water fish market, proposed for Peterhead Harbour in the U.K., has been delayed by at least three weeks to allow for further investigation into potential noise disturbances there. Harbour trustees are upset, saying they've already waited long enough already, and that they won't know how to best mitigate noise until the market is built.

Anti-Noise Group Criticizes Appointment of Northwest Airlines Official to Minneapolis, Minnesota's Planning Commission. The Star Tribune reports that the anti-noise group Residents Opposed to Airport Racket (ROAR) have criticized a recent decision by Minneapolis' mayor to appoint a Northwest Airlines official to the city planning commission. The official, has background in "planning,... economic development and planning issues,", but noise activists say her "expertise [shouldn't] be turned against citizens affected by airport noise."

Rockland, Maine Council Rejects Proposed Changes to Noise Ordinance that Would Have Raised the Decibel Levels Allowed Downtown. The Bangor Daily News reports that the city council of Rockland, Maine has rejected a proposed change to the noise ordinance that would have increased the decibel level that was allowed downtown. The deciding vote came from a council member who changed her mind when she heard that noise was audible up to 1.5 miles away from a downtown nightclub.

Noise Case Against Cook County, Illinois Judge is Reassigned to Preserve Impartiality; Neighbors Claim Granite Floors Cause Too Much Noise. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a noise case against a Cook County, Illinois judge has been reassigned after the first judge said she was a friend of the defendant/judge. The judge plans to carpet his granite floors, though he claims that much of the noise his neighbor complains about is not produced by them.

Noise from Squawk Peak Freeway in Arizona Is Bothering Residents Despite State Transportation Department's Determination that Noise There Isn't Too Much; State Will Re-Evaluate Noise Levels, But Residents Don't Expect Much. The Arizona Republic reports that noise and dust from the Squawk Peak freeway in Arizona has been bothering residents for the five months it has been open. Noise was not originally measured above 65 decibels: the benchmark that requires sound walls. The state says it will reevaluate noise levels there, but residents aren't confident that anything will be done.

Lord Whitty Announces that Traffic Noise Will Be Reevaluated On the A30 with Residents' Involvement. The Express and Echo reports the Roads Minister in Exeter, U.K. has initiated the reevaluation of traffic noise along the A30. This article offers little information not covered in other summarized articles on this site, but it does differ in the reported depth of the brushed concrete ridges: an aspect of the surface that makes it noisy.

Coventry, England Parliament Member Backs Campaign to Allow More Local Regulation of Noise. The Coventry Evening Telegraph reports that a Labour MP of Rugby and Kenilworth, U.K. is backing a campaign to give local authorities more power to regulate airport noise.

November 11, 1999

California's Transportation Department Redesigns Highway Interchange to Be Further From a Mall Where Warner Brothers Plans to Move Part of Its Animation Team; Original Design Would Have Compromised the Mall's Agreement with WB Due to Noise. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the California Department of Transportation has redesigned a highway interchange project to keep the road further from a mall. The mall protested that noise from a road as close as the original plans called for would be too noisy; Warner Brothers plans to move hundreds of employees into a facility there.

San Francisco Resident Criticizes Airport Director for Using Euphemisms to Disguise Expansion Plans and Ignoring Noise Concerns. The San Francisco Chronicle prints several letters to the editor, one of which criticizes a recent letter that discounted noise problems from San Francisco International Airport.

Seattle Resident Questions Recent Letter that Criticized a Recently Rejected Noise Ordinance Proposal. The Seattle Weekly prints several letters to the editor, one of which questions a recent article that criticized a recently vetoed noise ordinance.

Denver County Commissioners Suspend Development Around Four Regional Airports Until Stricter Regulations Are Considered. The Denver Post reports that County Commissioners in Arapahoe County, Colorado -- which includes Denver -- have suspended development on a total of 30.7 square miles surrounding four airports in the region. New rules could include sound insulation, and a larger minimum distance between houses and the airport. By February, results should be available from a noise study being conducted at Centennial Airport that can help make decision-making easier.

People Against Intrusive Noise (PAIN) Issue Demands to East Midlands Airport and North West Leicestershire Council. The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that an anti-noise group in the U.K. called People Against Intrusive Noise (PAIN) has issued a list of demands to officials at East Midlands Airport and North West Leicestershire Council. Demands include installation of a noise monitoring system, restricted flying at night, and designated flight paths that disturb fewer residents. The airport plans to extend their runway soon, which has spurred the residents to action.

Resident of Greensboro, North Carolina Says Recent Article on Noise from FedEx's Planned Hub Ignored Imminent Federal Regulations Requiring Stage 3 Noise Levels. The News and Record prints a letter to the editor from a Greensboro, North Carolina resident who questions why the switch from Stage 2 to Stage 3 noise levels -- required by the federal government after December 31, 1999 -- was given such cursory consideration in a recent article about FedEx's proposed hub.

West Dundee, Illinois Considers Noise Ordinance to Address Garbage Collection, Construction, and Amplified Noise. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that West Dundee, Illinois is considering a noise ordinance that would restrict amplified noise, construction noise, and trash collection. Fines will range from $5 to $500, and maintenance of public property will be exempted.

Those Protesting Noise from A30 in East Devon, U.K. Gain Support of Transport Minister; Article Examines History of the Problem. The Western Morning News reports that those protesting noise from the new A30 in East Devon, U.K. gained the support of the Transport Minister this week; he called for investigation into the noise and cooperation between the noise consultants and residents. The article discusses the history of the problem including a similar successful campaign elsewhere in England, and details about the surface.

Florida's Route 441 Will Gain Soundwalls In Palm Beach County; Some Residents Welcome Them, While Others Say They Will Be Too Ugly and Affect Property Values. The Sun-Sentinel reports that Florida's Department of Transportation plans to install 16 soundwalls at certain places on route 441 in Palm Beach County. Some oppose the noise walls, saying they will attract graffiti and drive property values down. Many of them want an options not included on the survey: a berm with a shorter noise wall on top. Officials say the berm would be too costly and would shrink people's back yards.

Commuter Rail to Be Expanded in Richmond Heights near St. Louis, Missouri; Noise Consideration to Be Part of Plan. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a commuter rail system will be expanded through Richmond Heights, near St. Louis Missouri. Each station along the route, a neighborhood committee will be formed to discuss concerns with the developers in charge of the project. Additional noise studies may be performed along the route to determine any problem areas. Noise walls may be placed in some areas.

Roofing/Trucking Business Owner Says Noise Complaints that Threaten to Force His Businesses to Move Are Not Caused By His Businesses. The Bristol Evening Post reports that a Bishopsworth, U.K. businessman -- who runs a roofing business and a trucking business off of one site in the area -- is being told it will have to move within six months because of noise problems. The businessman asserts that the noise is coming from other businesses around the area, and not from his own. He may appeal the decision.

Los Angeles Officials Pressure Burbank Airport to Consider Alternative Flight Paths that Don't Overburden their City. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that Los Angeles officials are putting together a negotiating team that will pressure the Burbank Airport Authority to consider alternative flight paths. Burbank Airport says it will consider L.A.'s comments, but also say that several alternative flight paths have already been deemed ineffective at reducing noise.

Proposal to Increase Tax Exemption for Homeowners Impacted By Chicago Jet Noise Supported By Local Noise Activist Group; School and Municipal Officials Worry About Who Will Make Up the Difference. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a proposal to double the property tax exemption for homeowners affected by Chicago-area airports has gained support from the Alliance of Residents Concerning O'Hare. Officials worry that other tax districts would have to pick up the tab, but some say that "previous court decisions require airports to reimburse taxing districts for lost tax revenue."

Proposed 1.7 Mile Limestone Conveyor in Nazareth, Pennsylvania Shouldn't Increase Noise Much in the Area; Also, 250 Daily Truck Trips Could Be Eliminated By the Conveyor. The Morning Call reports that a 1.7-mile, $10- to $15-million conveyor proposed by a limestone company in Nazareth, Pennsylvania shouldn't add much noise to the area. The company claims the conveyor will not be louder than 50 decibels. In fact, it will eliminate the need for the 250 daily truck trips that the company now needs to transport limestone along an already congested road.

Judge Gives Railroad Another Month to Address Noise Complaints from Idling Engines at Franklin Lakes, New Jersey; Railroad Unsure If Adding Additional Tracks Elsewhere Is Feasible. The Record reports that New York's Susquehanna and Western Railway has been given another month by a municipal judge to address noise complaints. The railroad has been given seven summonses for train noise from engines that idle at night. The company is looking into adding additional track to form a spur in a more isolated section of town, but asked for more time to determine feasibility

Mutley Plain, U.K. Sports Bar Receives Karaoke Permit for Thursday Nights, As Long As Nearest Neighbors Can't Hear Noise. The Evening Herald reports that a Mutley Plain, U.K. sports bar has been granted a license to hold karaoke nights on Thursdays. The owner said that even though noise levels will be relatively low, neighbors might be able to hear sound. Neighbors were concerned about the noise, and the license rests on the promise that "noise could not be heard by the closest residents."

Two Residents of San Diego Address Noise from Miramar Military Base; One Suggests Alternate Flight Path, Another Criticizes Anti-Noise Activists for Having Skewed Priorities Away from Safety. The San Diego Union-Tribune prints several letters to the editor, two of which pertain to helicopter noise from Miramar military base. The first writer suggests consideration of an alternative flight path, while the second says there are bigger problems to complain about than noise.

November 12, 1999

Editorial Says Los Angeles City Council Has Ignored Airport-Noise Concerns of Regional Residents for Years, and Hopes that Recent Statement Against an Inequitable Flight Path at Burbank Airport Is a Sign that It Will Take a Stronger Stance on Noise Issues. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the Los Angeles City Council finally seems to be taking a strong stance on airport-noise reduction and fairness. It has finally said that it will sue if the Airport blocks takeoffs over Glendale and Pasadena, which would force flights over Los Angeles communities. In the past, the council has largely ignored noise concerns from residents near Van Nuys Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

Peace Group Protests Military Raid Rehearsals in Columbia, South Carolina, Citing Noise Complaints. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a peace organization in Columbia, South Carolina are saying that practice military operations in downtown areas creates too much noise. he operations are designed to train Marines in urban warfare situations such as those that could arise in places like Kosovo.

Resident in Brownsburg, Indiana Presents a Case Against the Proposed Conversion of a Trap Shooting Range Into a Police Firing Range. The Indianapolis Star reports that a resident living near a trap-shooting club in Brownsburg, Indiana urged the town not to convert the facility into a police firing range. She came with substantial evidence, including maps and guidelines for the creation of firing ranges. The town is currently conducting a study that will look at noise and safety issues.

Newcastle, U.K. Residents Oppose Proposed Stock Car Racing at Nearby Speedway. The Evening Chronicle reports that residents of Newcastle, U.K. are opposing a proposal to revive stock car racing at a community speedway. Stock car racing was first proposed in 1981, and was subsequently stopped by the council for being too noisy

Independence, Ohio Approves Noise Ordinance that Addresses Late-Night Construction and Excessive Stereo Volume. The Plain Dealer reports that a noise ordinance has been approved in Independence, Ohio that addresses excessive amplified noise and construction noise.

Long Island Railroad Agrees to Replace Shrill Horns with Smoother Ones to Address Noise Complaints. The Daily News reports that Long Island Railroad has agreed to replace the horns on a fleet of 46 new locomotives for a total cost of $125,000. The new horns will be just as loud, but will be less perceptible and annoying.

Connecticut Department of Transportation Tests Noise from Takeoffs at Bradley International Airport in Suffield; Realtors Should Also Notify Prospective Buyers About Noise Impacts. The Hartford Courant asserts that in addition to testing quieter alternative flight paths at Bradley International Airport in Suffield, realtors should be forced to tell home buyers about noise impacts.

November 13, 1999

San Diego Port Officials Will Offer Noise Reduction to Homeowners in Historic District; Debate Rages Over How to Reduce Noise While Preserving Historic Architecture. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that San Diego port officials are offering to soundproof historic homes in Loma Portal, but have yet to decide how best to reduce noise while preserving historic architecture. Some residents don't care much about the historic value, but some do, and the port is currently studying noise-reduction at Minneapolis and Boston airports, as well as consulting with window manufacturers to explore their options.

Idaho Transportation Department Reluctant to Approve Noise Mitigation Along a Lewiston Road; $11.2-Million Budget Has $960,000 Remaining, But State Wants to Know Costs of Noise Mitigation Before Approval. The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports that the Idaho Transportation Department is reluctant to approve a noise mitigation project that would use extra funds from a recent road construction in Lewiston. The city considers the noise mitigation a top priority, but the state wants to know how much it will cost before committing to it. Residents are upset, and some have even filed suit against the city.

China Makes Company Executives Liable for Noise Breaches Made By Their Companies. The South China Morning Post reports that an amendment to the Noise Control Ordinance will make company executives liable for any noise violations that their company creates. While companies say making one person liable is unfair, government officials say that someone has to be made responsible since the current system isn't working well. Fines will range up to $200,000 for each offense, about ten times the current fines.

Citizens Association for Responsible Development in Gulfport, Mississippi May Sue to Have Noisy Gravel Plant Moved. The State-Times/Morning Advocate reports that the Citizens Association for Responsible Development in Gulfport, Mississippi may sue to have a nearby gravel plant moved to another part of the county. The company has reduced it's noise, but vibrations are still bothersome. Engineers are studying the low frequency noise, and will report to county officials next month.

Six Waterfront Homes Near Florida's Tampa International Airport Will Be Only Homes in the County to Receive Soundproofing. The St. Petersburg Times reports that only six homes in Hillsborough County, Florida qualify for soundproofing that will reduce noise from Tampa International Airport. Last year 336 homes qualified, but now only the six appear to be in the 65 decibel impact area.

York County, South Carolina Official Wants $4000 Noise Study to Determine If Proposed Freeze on Residential Development Near Airport is Necessary. The Herald reports that a York County, South Carolina council member wants the council to fund a $4,000 noise study to determine if a ban on future residential development near the Rock Hill airport is necessary. The council member thinks rezoning decisions should not be based on data from a 1994 study, which could be outdated. Residents of Rock Hill were opposed to the idea of industrial zones near their neighborhoods, but were somewhat satisfied when the planning commission agreed to provide green space buffers between residents and any industrial zones.

November 14, 1999

Denver, Colorado Resident Begs to Differ After City Attorney Said Airport Noise Doesn't Harm Anyone. The Denver Rocky Mountain News prints several letters to the editor, one of which has to do with airport noise. A Denver, Colorado resident writes to disagree with the city attorney who said that Denver International Airport's noise doesn't harm anyone.

Elementary School Students in Elk Grove, Illinois will Relocate for Four Months in 2000-2001 School Year While Their Old School Is Soundproofed. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that students at Clearmont Elementary School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois will be relocated to a nearby school for four months in the 2000-2001 school year while their old school is soundproofed from noise at nearby O'Hare airport.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Resident Notes Her Involvement in Anti-Noise Issues. The Sun-Sentinel prints several personal statements from environmentalists in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. One statement is from a woman who works against noise pollution from Southern Florida airports.

Legislator's Half-Serious Proposition to Tear Down Hong Kong Stadium -- Which Has Flopped Because Noise Laws Prohibit Pop Concerts -- Re-Ignites Debate Between Noise Concerns and Economic Benefits. The South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong Stadium is used for international sports events, but promoters have been unwilling to book concerts there since they could be fined up to $300,000 for a noise violation that disturb nearby luxury apartment residents. Promoters were expected to take the chance of paying fines on occasion as a cost of doing business, but tests suggested that there would likely be consistent fines that would be more costly.

Noise Consultant for Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Illinois Warns that Noise Study Does Not Guarantee Federal Noise-Abatement Funds. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a noise consultant conducting a study for Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Illinois warned that the study didn't guarantee noise-abatement funds.

Noise Study at Florida's Tampa International Airport Says Noise Still Annoys Residents, But Airport Officials Say Noise Problems Are Decreasing. The St. Petersburg Times reports that noise is still a problem for residents in the area around Florida's Tampa International Airport, but airport officials say that noise has been decreasing and will decrease even further by 2003 thanks to noise-reduction policies.

Ohio Residents Are Split On Freeway Noise Walls; Some Say They Are Ugly but Effective, Others Say They'd Rather Have Their Views, And Some Say Walls Actually Worsen the Noise. The Plain Dealer reports that residents of Ohio don't hold the same opinions about the 92 miles of walls in the state. Despite many people's praise of the walls, some neighborhoods like Warrensville Heights say that they want their walls torn down. The walls not only reduce noise by up to ten decibels -- an audible halving of the noise -- but help to block dirt from the road.

Portland, Oregon Resident Questions PDX Airport's Claim that Airports Have "No Authority Over Aircraft In Flight". The Columbian prints several letters to the editor, one of which has to do with aircraft noise. The writer asks whether PDX really has "no authority over aircraft in flight" as it has claimed.

Realtor in Virginia Beach Says Realtors Must Inform Home Buyers of Noise and Crash Zones Around Airports. The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, including one from a realtor who says that home buyers must be informed about airport noise and crash zones before they buy.

South Zeal, U.K. Residents Say They Have Dealt with Highway Noise for Ten Years, and Urge Exeter Residents To Keep Up their "Resurface the A30" Campaign To Avoid a Similar Fate. The Express and Echo reports that residents of South Zeal, U.K are urging Exeter campaigners to keep up their fight to resurface the new A30 with a quieter pavement. They say if Exeter campaigners don't keep up their fight, they would be forced to listen to highway noise for the rest of their lives.

Voluntary Fly Friendly Program at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles Draws Mixed Reviews from Noise Activists and Airport Officials. The Los Angeles Times reports that the voluntary "fly-friendly" program -- which aims to reduce noise from Los Angeles' Van Nuys Airport -- causes a difference of opinion between anti-noise activists and airport officials. Airline officials and the airport worry about safety from low-noise take-offs, while noise activists say a handful of private jet owners with no consideration cause most of the problem.

November 15, 1999

Brisbane, Australia Group Tells Senate Inquiry that Proposed Parallel Runway at Brisbane Airport Would Make Learning Difficult for Children, Exacerbate Health Problems for All. The Australian General News reports that a statement from Ban Aircraft over Residential Brisbane (BARB) was presented to a senate inquiry in Brisbane, Australia on problems associated with the proposed parallel runway at Brisbane Airport; potential problems include increased learning difficulties in schoolchildren and health problems.

Chicago, Illinois Proposal to Double Property Tax Break for Homes in Airport Noise Zone Draws Varied Reactions. The Chicago Tribune reports that a proposal to double the property tax break given to those in 65-decibel-or-higher noise zones around Midway and O'Hare International Airports has drawn mixed reactions. Some say it's a good idea and will better protect residents, while others worry where the money would come from.

Former Resident Says Schaumburg, Illinois Airport Noise Complaints Are Motivated By Disgruntled Village Which Missed Its Chance to Buy the Airport. The Chicago Daily Herald prints several letters to the editor, one of which relates to aircraft noise. The writer says that noise complaints from Roselle residents about Schaumburg, Illinois' Airport are those who are upset that the village missed its chance in the 1970s to benefit economically from the airport by buying it.

Homeowners Near Chicago's Midway Airport Want Doubled Property Tax Relief for Noise Burden. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that homeowners near Chicago's Midway Airport launched a campaign to double the property tax relief given to residents state-wide who live near airports.

Jamaica, New York City Reverent Supports Congressional Bill to Force Concorde to Comply with Noise Regulations. Newsday reports that a reverend in Jamaica, New York City has asked an old friend -- now influential in the U.S. Congress -- to help reduce aircraft noise from Kennedy Airport by supporting a bill passed by the House and pending in the Senate. The bill would force the heretofore exempt Concorde supersonic jet to comply with noise regulations, and would also strengthen those regulations for all aircraft.

Proposed New FedEx Runway at Piedmont Triad International Airport Will Create Noise Corridor Directly Over Recently Approved Development; City Planners Admit They Should Have Never Approved the Development. The News and Record reports that High Point, North Carolina planners admit that their 1997 approval of a housing development located north of Piedmont Triad International Airport was a mistake. They knew the airport would expand but did not know that the noise corridor from a soon-to-be-proposed runway would pass directly over the development. The FAA is conducting an environmental study that should be done early next year which should more specifically explore potential noise problems at the development.

November 16, 1999

Activist Group in Washington, New Jersey Convinces Turnpike Authority to Study Possible Noise Walls for Schools and Hospitals. The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that members of the Washington, New Jersey Community Against Traffic Sound have convinced the Turnpike Authority to conduct several studies that may lead to noise walls for schools and hospitals near the turnpike.

Actor Fined $50 for Breaking Noise Ordinance During Naked Drumming Session in Austin, Texas. 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.

Charleston, South Carolina Residents Want Stricter Enforcement of Laws Designed to Provide Peace and Privacy from Tourists. The Post and Courier reports that residents of Charleston, South Carolina have a list of ways that the city could make existing tourism laws more effective. A broad, day-long forum on tourism laws is planned for next week. Major issues include stopping tours after 6 p.m., reducing noise, and regulating large busses.

Derby, U.K. City Council Considers Applications for Late-Night Parties on Millennium Eve. The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that in Derby, U.K. at least 23 clubs have asked to stay open later than usual on New Year's Eve. One hotel, located in a residential area, has drawn criticism from residents who say noise is bad enough already.

Editorial Says FedEx Has Not Answered Key Questions About Proposed Greensboro, North Carolinai Hub. The News and Record prints an editorial that says FedEx, who wants to build a new runway and hub at the local airport, have not answered some key questions in their public comments to date. Questions relate to property taxes, noise, and pollution.

Member of U.K. Parliament to Support More Powers for Local Councils for Regulating Aircraft Noise. The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a Member of Parliament (MP) from North West Leicestershire will be speaking on the need to give local councils the power to regulate aircraft noise; currently only the secretary of state has this power.

Stalled Federal Funding for FAA Will Jeopardize Many Airport Projects, Including Noise Mitigation at Tulsa Airport in Oklahoma. The Tulsa World reports that a federal funding bill, planned to give the FAA $50-billion in funds between 2001 and 2004 has been abandoned for this year, meaning that among other projects, a noise mitigation program at Tulsa Airport in Oklahoma will be jeopardized. The $20-million program will reduce noise levels at 1,000 homes surrounding the airport using either $15,000 sound insulation per home, monetary flyover easements, or assistance in making up noise-related losses from home sales.

Urabandale Bars Near Residences Can No Longer Host Live Bands, Says Recently Enforced Zoning Law. The Des Moines Register reports that at least three bars near residences in Urbandale, Iowa have lost their ability to legally host live entertainment after residents complained. Bars in "commercial neighborhood" zoning can't have live entertainment.

Utah's Department of Transportation Is Exploring Alternatives to Soundwalls that Some Residents Oppose Because of Unsightliness. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that alternatives to soundwalls in Farmington, Utah are being explored by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT is examining an alternative to a 17-foot soundwall -- a 10-foot earthen berm with three feet of stylized rock on top -- to satisfy those who want soundwalls but believe they are ugly. The soundwall debate has other sides too; some say soundwalls block views and reflect sound uphill, some say they're critical for quality of life, some demand them to keep up their property values, some say they work but they're too ugly and hurt property values.

York County, South Carolina Tourism Councils Plan to Spend $4,000 on New Noise Study of Airport. The Herald reports that York County, South Carolina's tourism councils want to merge, and spend up to $4,000 on a new noise study for the county airport.

November 17, 1999

Bar in Werrington, U.K. Granted License to Host Musical Events Up Until 11:30 P.M. on Weekends, Despite Residents' Noise Concerns. The Sentinel reports that a license to host musical events until 11:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday was granted to a bar in Werrington, U.K. despite residents' concerns about potential noise.

Burton, U.K. Man Fined for Loud Music and Voices In His Home. The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a Burton, U.K. man was fined 2,596 pounds for loud music and voices that came from his home.

Chicago Tax Lawyer Proposes Property Tax Break for Illinois Residents Impacted By 65 Decibels or More of Airport Noise. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a Chicago tax lawyer has proposed a property tax exemption for residents who deal with 65 decibels of noise from airports. Residents support the idea, which would be equal to the current general homestead exemption: about $300-$500.

Editorial Praises County for Freezing Development Around Airports Until Noise Study is Completed. The Denver Post prints an editorial that praises Arapahoe County, Colorado Commissioners for placing a moratorium on development near airports until a two-year, $400,000 noise study is completed.

Exminster, U.K. Mental Hospital Renovation Underway; Use of Noisy Trash Compactor On Site Limited. The Express and Echo reports that a window company in Exeter, U.K. will build a sound-wall around a loud trash compactor that has drawn numerous complaints from residents. The company agreed to use the compactor only between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

FAA E-mails Reveal Administration's Concerns About a Potential Airport at Orange County, California's El Toro. The Orange County Register reports that after FAA e-mails were released in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, it is clear that the FAA has serious concerns about safety and efficiency of any airport that was approved at Orange County's El Toro site. A largely ignored alternative plan, called the V-plan, was praised in the e-mails; the plan would use north and south runways to send planes over the least populated areas.

Hanson, Massachusetts Residents Say Train Rest Stop Leaves Engine Idling at Night, Disturbing their Sleep. The Patriot Ledger reports that Hanson, Massachusetts residents have complained that a commuter rail engine stops its loudly idling engine near their homes and disturbing their sleep.

Moorpark, California Tree Nursery Owner -- Who Uses City-Owned Dirt Road to Transport Plants and Equipment -- Will Now Only Be Permitted to Use the Road At Certain Times. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that a Moorpark, California botanical nursery operation will now be able to use a city-owned dirt road between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and will also pay $300 each month for use of the road. The owner of the business accepts that most of the stipulations are very fair, but had hoped for more extended hours.

New Product -- Produced Jointly by Two Building Companies -- Replaces Lengthy Process for Reducing Noise in Homes. PR Newswire reports that two building companies -- Owens Corning and Trus Joist MacMillan -- have formed an alliance to produce new technologies for noise-reduction in the home. The first product is an easily installed solution to the traditional multi-step process used to keep vibration form passing easily from one side of a wall to the other.

Oklahoma City Council Considers Buyout of Small Town Near Tinker Air Force Base to Remove Residents from Noise and Pollution Risks. The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that Oklahoma City Council is considering support of a buyout of a community near Tinker Air Force Base now that research has linked volatile organic compounds from years of aircraft refurbishing to average birth weights two-ounces lower than normal. At least one representative believes a buyout should occur on the basis of noise alone.

Palwaukee, Illinois Resident Proposes Noise Hot Line, But Officials Say One Exists and Isn't Very Useful. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that at a recent meeting on an airport noise study, a Palwaukee resident suggested instituting a noise hot line for Palwaukee Municipal Airport. Officials noted that the current answering machine does take noise complaints, but it has been seldom used and ineffective since complainers rarely leave their names. Also, an alderman made it clear that noise-abatement funds should not be counted on as a definite result of the study.

Residents Campaigning for 15 Years to Resurface the Long Eaton, U.K. M1 Highway Plan to Travel to London to Be Heard. The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a group of residents who have been campaigning to have the noisy M1 highway near Long Eaton, U.K. resurfaced for fifteen years are planning to go to London to be heard.

Residents of Ozello, Florida Ask for More Restrictions on Noisy Airboaters. The St. Petersburg Times prints a letter to the editor on the problem of airboat noise in Ozello, Florida.

Santa Fe, New Mexico Noise Ordinance Soon to Be Passed In an Attempt to Quiet Boom Boxes and Car Stereos. The Santa Fe New Mexica reports that Santa Fe, New Mexico is close to passing a proposed ordinance which would fine operators of loud stereos as much as $500 if they can be heard from 25 feet away. Car-stereo clubs say that their members will be restricted more than necessary, and even city officials from Albuquerque says that 25 feet will mean that even reasonable music volumes will be subject to fines.

University of Missouri: St. Louis Professor Says Proposed Campus Performing Arts Center Will Be Sub-Standard Due to Noise from Overhead Jet Flights. The Riverfront Times reports that a physics professor at the University of Missouri -- St. Louis is saying that a planned campus performing arts center will be plagued with noise from jets flying overhead. The professor says the site should be moved to south campus and should be built with a thicker roof and walls that would block 10 additional decibels of outside noise.

West Dundee, Illinois Passes Noise Ordinance. The Chicago Tribune reports that in response to residents' complaints about noise from leaf blowers and vacuum trucks at a nearby business, West Dundee, Illinois has passed a noise ordinance. Fines will range from $25 to $500.

November 18, 1999

Gloucester Pub Owner Promises to Cooperate with Environmental Health Officers Who Want to Test Noise from the Premises After Complaints. The Gloucester Citizen reports that the owner of a Gloucester pub which received numerous noise complaints recently has said he will cooperate with environmental health officers who want to test the venue.

Highways Agency Noise Tests In Exeter, U.K. Confirm that Traffic from A30 Is Louder than Predicted. The Express and Echo reports that after official noise tests by the Highways Agency, Exeter, U.K.'s A30 has been proven to be 1.5 decibels higher than officials had predicted the noise would be fifteen years from now. The tests were forced by 2,000 residents of East Devon who say the road has been unbearably loud since its opening in August. Activists plan to begin working more closely with the agency in deciding what can be done now.

Resident Warns Against Noise and Environmental Destruction In Wake of Missouri Department of Transportation Projects. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch prints an editorial which claims that Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) projects always result in destruction of communities. The writer asserts that MoDOT answers to no-one but a poorly defined independent council, and is not concerned with the noisy, environmentally-insensitive aftermath it leaves in a community because it doesn't have to be. The writer urges residents to sit down with their representatives to demand more accountability.

Seattle-Tacoma Airport Noise Consultant Proposes More Equitable Flight Paths that Would Share Noise More Evenly; FAA to Be Consulted on Use of Industrial Corridor. Business Wire reports that at a hearing, attended by at least 200 residents, the noise consultant for the Seattle-Tacoma Airport has proposed the use of split flight paths for north and south departures that would share noise more evenly between communities. CANE (full-name unspecified) was concerned that the proposal had fizzled out in 1990 when it was first proposed, but were optimistic that it would now be taken seriously by the Port Authority. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) seemed interested in examining the consultant's proposal more closely.

Trade Unions in Singapore Consolidate, Find Model in Cooperative Reduction of Occupational Noise Hazards. The Straits Times reports that the consolidation of 17 trade unions in the engineering and finance industries in Singapore has resulted in two, stronger union groups. Proponents of the consolidation point to reductions in occupational noise hazards through the strength of the new groups.

Virginia Beach Resident Says Jet Noise is Price of American Freedom: Treasure It. The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, one of which asserts that jet noise around Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base is simply the price we pay for freedom.

November 19, 1999

East Devon, U.K. Residents Are Dismayed to Learn that a New Law Banning Noisy Concrete Highways Don't Apply to the A30; Residents There Have Campaigned to Resurface the Road, but Traffic As Measured By the Number of Cars Don't Meet the Law's Required Minimum. The Express and Echo reports that a new law passed in the United Kingdom bans noisy concrete highways, but the law doesn't apply to the controversial A30 because of a traffic minimum. Residents say that the law should have taken into account bothersome noise that isn't arbitrarily defined by traffic volume.

Entertainment License Was Denied to Torquay, U.K. Pub After the Venue Failed to Lower Noise Outputs In the Eight Months Since Its First Warning. The Herald Express reports that a pub in Torquay, U.K. was denied the renewal of its entertainment license because it has not lowered its noise output since it was first warned in March. Pub operators said they had done all that needed to be done, but noise officials disagreed.

Gillette, Wyoming Mine Officials Say New Noise Regulations Are Unfair. The Denver Post reports that new regulations by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) are being called unfair by mine officials in the Gillette, Wyoming area. The regulations call for a three-tiered "engineering, administration, and hearing protection" strategy, which officials say they are already following. They do say that they will be working on quieter mufflers and exhaust systems.

Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania Supervisors Refuse Proposed Ordinance That Would Have Quieted Night-Construction from New Wal-Mart. The Morning Call reports that town supervisors in Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania have refused to move forward on an ordinance proposed to stop night-construction at a new Wal-Mart. A skeptical supervisor said he had gone to the site and said "I didn't really mind the noise that I heard."

November 20, 1999

Archdale, North Carolina Resident Campaigned For Business Rezoning of His Property Weeks After He Fought Expansion of an Industrial Operation Near Another Property He Owns. The News and Record reports that a resident who fought against the expansion of an adhesive company in an industrial zone near his home several weeks ago also wanted to rezone another of his properties for business. The resident said an industrial zone will usually lower property values, while a property values near a business zone will usually rise. A 400-foot buffer was built to ease noise and pollution from the adhesive company's proposed expansion due to the resident's campaigning, only a few small portions of his property were approved for commercial zoning.

Columnist Advises Plymouth, U.K. Resident Who Says Neighbors Make Too Much Noise to Keep Diary for Local Council. The Evening Herald prints a question about neighbors who create noise. The columnists suggests that the resident keep a month-long diary of the noisy incidents. Then, send the diary to the local council asking what can be done. Also, the Environmental Health Department may be able to investigate the noise.

Farmington, Maine Resident Had Very Large Sign -- Protesting Log Yard Expansion -- Stolen from Lawn; Resident Says Logging Equipment Could Have Been Used to Steal Sign. The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports that a Farmington, Maine resident believes that logging equipment may have been used to steal a very large sign -- protesting the expansion of a neighboring log yard -- from the lawn. Officials say they didn't know who could have done it. They say that "the 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. operating hours would be enforced, wood slashing would be delayed until 6:30 a.m., and quieter equipment would be installed" if the expansion were approved.

Kissimmee, Florida County Commissioners Approve Power Plant, But Jeopardize Project By Denying Special Noise Exemptions. The Orlando Sentinel reports that although the County Commissioners for Kissimmee, Florida approved a 460-megawatt power plant in theory, they denied a requested noise exemption that would have allowed 85 decibels at the plant's perimeter. Neighbors signed a petition about their concerns over water, noise, and pollution problems from the plant. Plant officials are trying to find alternatives to lower the noise at the plant.

New Homeowner in Surrey, U.K. Asks If Seller -- Who Didn't Disclose Traffic Noise -- Can Be Sued; Columnist Says Yes, If You Wouldn't Have Bought the Home If You'd Known. The Daily Telegraph prints a legal column, including a question from a new Surrey, U.K. homeowner wants to know if the people who sold the house -- who didn't tell him about a traffic noise problem -- can be sued. Although the columnist says decreased property value can't be claimed, damages can be sought if the homeowner would not have otherwise bought the home.

Quincy, Massachusetts License Board Mediates Dispute Between a Noisy, Magazine Distribution Operation and Its Neighbors. The Patriot Ledger reports that the chairman of the license board -- Mr. Shea -- in Quincy, Massachusetts is voluntarily mediating a long-time dispute between a noisy magazine distribution operation and its neighbors. Mr. Shea has suggested several noise-reduction measures.

Restaurant Owners in Ybor City, Florida Upset at City's New Ordinance Forbidding Excessive Noise from Outside Entertainment. The Tampa Tribune reports that against protests from local restaurant owners, Ybor City, Florida has passed an ordinance to forbid excessive noise in several districts.

Scottish Paper Notes Health Dangers of Noise. The Scotsman prints an article relating to the health risks of noise exposure. While it talks about stress, high blood pressure, and other problems noted in many articles, it does talk about a few local statistics and specific disorders worth mentioning here.

November 21, 1999

Editorial Supports Passage of Noise Ordinance at Los Angeles, California Van Nuys Airport; The Ordinance Takes Some Small Steps Towards Noise Reduction. The Los Angeles Times prints an editorial which says the Los Angeles City Council should approve the proposed Van Nuys Airport noise ordinance. It says that like the "Fly Friendly" program which is voluntary yet effective, the caps on Stage 2 planes based at the airport would be a step -- albeit it a small one -- towards noise reduction.

Environmental Organizations Lend Support to England Campaigners for the Resurfacing of the A30. The Express and Echo reports that two prominent environmental organizations are showing their support for campaigners who want the noisy A30 in Exeter, U.K. resurfaced. Noise levels are up to 10.4 decibels louder than promised, and the pits in the concrete surface -- which allows for the noisy expansion of air -- is double the prediction. Both groups voiced their concerns at public hearings back in 1992, but were ignored.

Los Angeles City Council Gets Pressure from Both Sides to Reject Proposed Noise Ordinance for Van Nuys Airport. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that Los Angeles City Council members are getting pressure from anti-noise activists and airport supporters to reject the Airport Commission's proposed noise ordinance that will cap the number of Stage 2 planes that can be based at the airport. Anti-noise activists say noisy planes will still be flying in and out of the airport, while airport supporters point to lost revenue. This article is slightly more detailed than others about certain aspects of the plan.

Orange County, California Grand Jury's Decision Last Year to Allow Local Bans of Leaf Blowers Has Resulted In Only One Half-Hearted Local Ban. The Los Angeles Times reports that although the Orange County, California Grand Jury proposed a ban on leaf blowers earlier this year, only one locality has followed suit; one other requires registration of the machines. The columnist believes that the real solution is pressuring manufacturers to make quieter machines, or using the old-fashioned rake.

Orange County Wants Carpooling Lanes As Part of State Widening of Interstate to Six Lanes; Eight Lanes May Be Required for Effective Carpooling Lanes, but Environmental Study Must Be Conducted To Find Out. The Chapel Hill Herald reports that County Commissioners in Hillsborough, North Carolina are asking the state to include high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) carpooling lanes in their widening of Interstate 40 to six lanes. Many are calling for an even larger expansion to eighth lanes to avoid "building a bottleneck," but commissioners worry about the increased cost. Preliminary noise testing makes it appear that noise walls will not be deemed necessary as part of the project.

Resident of Virginia Beach Questions Previous Letter that Says Oceana Noise Isn't That Bad. The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, one of which centers on airport noise at Oceana's Air Base. The writer questions several comments made in a recent letter by a retired military captain that suggested that noise from the base wasn't that bad.

November 22, 1999

Airports Council International Favors Phase-Out of All "Marginally-Compliant" Stage 2 Aircraft, While Airline Organizations Want Those Aircraft to Live Out their Useful Lives First. Traffic World reports that Airports Council International is pushing United States airlines to phase out hush-kitted Stage 2 aircraft within three years. Most prominent airline associations are saying that hush-kitted planes -- which meet Stage 3 standards only marginally -- must be allowed to live out their useful lives. The International Civic Airports Organization (ICAO) hopes to have Stage 4 standards defined by September of 2001. After December 31 no Stage 2 planes without hushkits will be allowed to fly.

Amherst, New York Resident Says Despite Low Turnout at a Recent Public Meeting, Many State and National Park Visitors Resent Noise and Exhaust from Snowmobiles. The Buffalo News prints a letter to the editor from a man in Amherst, New York who believes that despite the low turnout at a recent public meeting, many visitors to state and national parks resent the noise and pollution from snowmobiles.

Commissioners Will Vote In the Spring On a Proposed Two-Tiered Flight Path to Spread Noise More Evenly Over Communities North of Seattle-Tacoma Airport. The Seattle Times reports that port commissioners will vote in the spring on a proposed two-tiered flight path that would spread noise more evenly over communities to the North of the Seattle-Tacoma Airport. The plan should reduce total noise impact in the North by 30 percent, as planes turn sooner and at a lower altitude.

Construction Noise at Wal-Mart in Shepherd Hills, Pennsylvania Irritates Columnist, If Not Legislators. The Morning Call reports that a columnist said that noise from Wal-Mart construction in Shepherd Hills, Pennsylvania is extremely intrusive. The site produces rumbles and beeps from 8 pieces of heavy equipment, bright lighting, and airborne dust from the site during periods of its 18 hours of operation each day.

French Officials Say Pollution-Reduction to Comply with Kyoto Conference Global Warming Protocol Should Be Coupled with Noise Reduction. Aviation Week and Space Technology reports that French environmental officials believe that in working towards the carbon dioxide limits set by the U.N.'s global warming conference in Kyoto, researchers should also prioritize noise reduction. Turbines are 40% quieter than they were in the 1970s, and many further gains in noise reduction will result from work on non-engine components.

Law Lords in U.K. Rule that Landlords Aren't Responsible for Soundproofing Apartments to Protect Tenants from Sounds of Everyday Life from Neighbors. The Lawyer reports that the U.K.'s House of Lords ruled that landlords are not responsible for soundproofing their properties just because tenants can hear sounds of everyday life from their neighbors. The lords clarified the definition of "quiet enjoyment," saying that "in the eyes of the law "quiet enjoyment" had nothing to do with freedom from the noise of normal domestic activities." Quiet enjoyment could theoretically be affected by noise, but it would be noise more abnormal than that cited in the case.

Oadby, U.K. Resident is Dismayed that Noise from the Local Aerodrome Seems to Be Under No One's Jurisdiction. The Leicester Mercury prints a letter to the editor that expresses concern over noise from a local aerodrome. The writer is dismayed because no agency has any jurisdiction over the noise.

Okinawa Governor -- Wary of Residents' Noise Complaints and Upcoming Summit -- Proposes Less-Populated Site for U.S. Military Heliport. The AP Worldstream reports that the governor of Okinawa, Japan has proposed a new site for the heliport currently located on a local U.S. Marines Base. Residents around the base complain currently, but some officials in Naga, the new location for the heliport, are upset that the public there wasn't consulted.

Residents Suggest Better Solutions for Airport Noise Ordinance at Los Angeles' Van Nuys Airport. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that residents around Los Angeles, California's Van Nuys Airport oppose a proposed noise ordinance that they say would not effectively address noise concerns, and would in fact lock-in many current noise problems. They suggest better solutions for a modified ordinance.

Residents and Government Officials in Granada Hills Near Los Angeles, California Want Police Firing Range Soundproofed. The Los Angeles Times reports that residents and government officials in Granada Hills, California want a police firing range to lower its volume. A $100,000 sound-absorbing wall is being considered after a barrage of complaints. To further complicate matters, neighbors of another police firing range in the city want more police to go to the Granada Hills facility, especially if it becomes soundproofed.

Residents of Park Terrace, New Zealand Worried About Potential Noise from Pile-Driving Construction Project. The Press reports that a pile-driving construction project -- the second this year for the area -- is proposed in Park Terrace, New Zealand. Officials say that when possible, screw-type non-impact piles will be used in this four-month project to reduce noise and vibration impacts. Residents are still worried.

Slinger, Wisconsin Residents Oppose Proposed Concrete Plant. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that residents in Slinger, Wisconsin are opposed to a proposed concrete plant that they say will increase noise, dust, and traffic. The planning commission says all of those concerns will be included in the development plan. 155 property owners have already signed a petition opposing the plant, and plan to file a lawsuit against the village if the plant is approved.

Swansea, Wales Club Is Denied a 4 A.M. Weekend Extension By the Local Council. The South Wales Evening Post reports that the local council has rejected an application from a Swansea, Wales club for a two-hour extension of their operating hours. Police feared the time would cause a sudden exodus that would draw noise complaints. Club owners said that noise issues could be dealt with, and said the exodus would not be sudden.

Van Nuys Airport Business Association in Los Angeles, California Says Proposed Noise Ordinance Will Hurt Business and Actually Create More Noise. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the Van Nuys Airport Business Association in Los Angeles, California opposes the proposed noise ordinance which it says would actually increase noise. The ordinance would cost hundreds of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost, taxable revenue. Property values which residents say are hurt by the airport are actually rising. The city would also be open to lawsuits from airport operators.

Yokohama Tire Company Introduces Quieter Tire. The Rubber and Plastics News reports that the Yokohama Tire Company has introduced a new high-performance tire called the "AVS dB (for decibel)" that gives a quiet ride.

November 23, 1999

Derby, U.K. Resident Fined 500 Pounds for Having TV Too Loud. The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a man in Derby, U.K., who played his TV so loud that neighbors could mute the same program on their own set and still follow the program, was fined 500 pounds for failing to heed a noise abatement notice.

Four Were Arrested At Hartford, Connecticut High-Schooler's Party After Noise Complaints Brought Police. The Hartford Courant reports that when police responded to noise complaints at a Hartford, Connecticut home, they found numerous high-school students drinking underage and made several arrests.

Franklin, Wisconsin High School Tree Barrier -- to Control Noise and Exhaust Fumes for Neighbors -- Deemed Inadequate By Residents; School Says Barrier Is Inadequate Due to Resident's Input. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a natural barrier of evergreen trees -- which was supposed to protect neighbors of a Franklin, Wisconsin high school from noise and exhaust fumes -- has been deemed inadequate by the residents. School district officials claim that the evergreens are spaced as they are because some residents insisted on keeping black walnut trees on their property; when the leaves drop, the barrier is ineffective.

Hearings Over Airport Noise Rules In Palmerston North, New Zealand Result In New Guidelines for Airport Operation and Development Nearby. The Evening Standard reports that after a series of hearings regarding airport noise in Palmerston North, New Zealand, new guidelines have been established for noise abatement. Ground engine-testing rules, land uses, and noise limits were set.

Noise-Hearings Commissioner in Palmerston North, New Zealand Admits that Even After Noise Rules, Airport Noise May Still Exasperate Residents. The Evening Standard reports that the commissioner of recent airport-noise hearings in Palmerston North, New Zealand admits that "adverse effects" from airport noise may still be present even after the recent establishment of noise rules. The commissioner refused to totally ban nighttime engine testing, saying that occasional, unavoidable nighttime testing was essential to the airport's operation.

Recovering Indianapolis Conference Center Opposes Proposal for Go-Kart Track One Floor Above Meeting Rooms. The Indianapolis Star reports that operators of an Indianapolis Conference Center -- which is just attempting a comeback after closing several years ago -- oppose a proposal that would place a go-kart track one floor above them. Sound experts say no noise would come through, but operators are wary of the recent $8-million investment in the building.

Silent Roads Campaign Gathering Support in United Kingdom. The Western Morning News reports that a "silent roads" campaign has been started by the RAC Foundation and the Refined Bitumen Association. Residents calling campaign officials can learn of techniques to pressure government officials as well as other localities where a similar fight is occurring. Six petrochemical companies are funding the campaign.

Sussex, U.K. Road -- Who Have Protested Concrete Highway There for Years -- Joins Fight Against Exter's A30 Concrete Surface; Asphalt Organization Launches Quiet Roads Campaign. The Express and Echo reports that West Sussex, United Kingdom residents -- who have been fighting for resurfacing of a loud, concrete highway for 11 years -- have expressed their outrage that the government has used the same material to build the A30 in Exeter, U.K. The current campaign in Exeter, which has included a 2,000 signature petition, has finally prompted an investigation into the noise there. The Refined Bitumen Association has begun a silent road campaign to unify residents with similar highway-noise problems across the country.

Swindon, U.K. Plan to Transform Clocktower Building Into a Nightclub Worries Residents. The Western Daily Press reports that a proposal to turn a 131-year-old clocktower building in Swindon, U.K. into a nightclub is drawing protest from residents who think that noise will be too much of a problem. Residents fear screaming patrons and honking cars at the nightclub, which would operate from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

US Airways Introduces Earlier Shuttle Between Washington and New York After Acquiring Quieter Planes; Addition Expected to Attract Business Travelers. The Washington Post reports that US Airways is the first to introduce a 6 a.m. shuttle from Washington's Reagan National Airport to New York's LaGuardia Airport. New aircraft allow the airline to meet noise limits required of early takeoffs.

Vote on Los Angeles Van Nuys Airport Noise Proposal Delayed Due to Disagreement from Both Sides; Orange County Supervisors Pose Ballot Initiative that Could Require a Two-Thirds Majority Vote to Approve Airports, Which Would Affect the El Toro Airport Proposal. The City News Service reports that the Los Angeles City Council has delayed a vote on a proposal that would limit noisy Stage 2 jets at the airport. Residents say they were there first, but business representatives say the limitations could cause a loss of $750 million and 2,400 jobs. Also, the Orange County Board of Supervisors have agreed to place an initiative on the ballot that could require a two-thirds majority vote to approve public projects such as airports. Residents hope that the initiative will stop the proposed El Toro Airport.

November 24, 1999

Chicago's O'Hare Airport Will Give Oak Park Community Temporary Noise Monitor Next Year; Community Will Keep Monitor If Noise Levels Are Relatively High. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Chicago's O'Hare Airport will be giving several communities -- including Oak Park -- a temporary noise monitor to keep track of aircraft noise in the area to see if noise levels warrant a permanent one.

Illinois Municipalities with Ordinances that Exempt Ice Cream Truck Music From Noise Laws May Face Constitutionality Issues, Now that the State Has Thrown Out a Law that Does the Same. The Copley News Service reports that since the Illinois State Supreme Court has thrown out an unconstitutional state law that exempted ice cream trucks and other advertisers from vehicle noise laws, many municipal noise ordinances in Illinois may have to be changed as well. State legislators originally wanted to protect ice cream trucks which were just "playing a jingle", but the court and anti-noise activists say "noise abatement is noise abatement."

London's Heathrow Airport Extends Runway Alternation Policy Into Nighttime Hours. The M2 Presswire reports that London, England's Heathrow Airport will extend its policy of runway alternation into the night hours. Runway alternation -- which designates a particular runway each week to allow residents predictable periods of quiet -- has taken place at Heathrow since the 1970s, but night flights have not alternated to allow for night-maintenance on whichever runways were in need. The government is still trying to decide on details of the policy.

Providence, Rhode Island Hip-Hop Music Club Has Liquor License Threatened, Due to Problems with Parking, Noise, and Violence. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that a hip-hop music club operating in Providence, Rhode Island is having its liquor license threatened after continued noise, violence, and parking problems continue to draw complaints. A city councilman, together with a citizens association and other residents, is asking that the club's license not be renewed. The owner says that the club is being blamed for problems it hasn't caused, but has said that she may consider a change of format from hip-hop to top-40 to draw a quieter clientele.

Resident of China Says District Candidates Should Quiet their Amplified Campaign Rhetoric. The South China Morning Post prints a letter to the editor from a resident of Tuen Mun, China who says that district council candidates should not be allowed to use amplifiers to blare their campaign messages.

Resurface the A30 Campaign in Exeter, U.K. Raising Funds to Hire Noise Expert. The Express and Echo reports that members of "Resurface the A30" in Exeter, U.K. plan to employ an expert to help their campaign, and are raising funds that could be used to pay that expert.

Sarasota County, Florida Decides to Forego Noise Ordinance Change In Favor of Improving Enforcement. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Florida's Sarasota County commission decided to table proposed amendments to the noise ordinance. Noise is currently limited to 55 or 65 decibels, depending on the area.

Springfield, Illinois Plans to Strengthen Noise Law, Allowing Cars with Loud Stereos to Be Impounded. The Copley News Service reports that Springfield, Illinois is planning to strengthen their noise ordinance by allowing police to impound cars with stereos playing at an excessively loud volume. The ordinance, which is borrowing from similar ordinances in nearby communities Rock Island and Kankakee, should be drafted within three months.

Van Nuys Airport Postpones Proposal to Phase Out Noisy Stage 2 Jets; Residents Say Proposal Doesn't Go Far Enough, and Airport Workers Say It Goes Too Far. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that a Los Angeles City Council proposal to begin phasing out Stage 2 jets from Van Nuys Airport has been delayed for 90 days to get answers from the FAA about its legality. Residents near the airport say the proposal doesn't go far enough, while airport employees and operators say they will lose their livelihood.

November 25, 1999

Anaheim, California Says It Will Only Continue Support for El Toro Airport If County Promises to Mitigate Noise Impacts for Residents. The Orange County Register reports that Anaheim, California has noted that it will continue support for the El Toro Airport proposal only if the County promises to adequately mitigate noise impacts for residents. One of those mitigations would be a night-time noise curfew.

Letter to the Editor from a Tujunga, California Resident Says Noise Is Not Specially Protected Because It Comes From a Religious Service. The Daily News of Los Angeles prints several letters to the editor, one of which has to do with noise. The Tujunga, California resident says that noise is irritating and should be treated the same, even if it is from a religious organization.

Millennium Plan -- Irvine, California's Development Alternative to a New Airport -- Will Add Some Noise, though It's Unclear How the Noise Would Compare to Noise from an Airport. The Orange County Register reports that the Millennium Plan -- a city-proposed development -- is poised to replace a county-proposed airport. An environmental impact report on the plan says noise would increase by 1.5 decibels on nearby roadways.

Power Boat Races Want to Return to St. Petersburg, Florida Next Year; They Are Asking for Mayor's Help, Which Will Include Evaluation of Noise Impacts on Downtown. The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Power Boat World Championships wants to return to St. Petersburg, Florida next year, and they have already talked to the mayor about working together to improve the event. The mayor has said she appreciates the economic benefits of such an event, and wants to help event planners evaluate possible negative impacts -- such as excessive noise and damage to estuaries -- on downtown residents.

Seattle Activist Implores Seattle-Tacoma Airport to More Evenly Distribute Aircraft Noise, Claiming Support from Ten Communities. The Seattle Times prints a letter to the editor from the chair of Citizens for Airplane Noise Equity Seattle. She suggests several measures that will help minimize and equitably share noise impacts from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

U.K. Government Plans to Test Noise Levels -- In Response to Residents' Outcry --from Highway In Exeter Next Easter, When Traffic Is Back to Previous High Levels. The Express and Echo reports that the British government plans to conduct noise tests -- in response to resident complaints -- along the noisy A30 highway in Exeter next Easter. Independent noise tests last summer showed that the surface exceeded expected noise levels that were referred to in public hearings.

Urban Rail Line Through Costa Mesa, California Approved By County; Residents Are Concerned About Potential Noise, and One Possible Route Was Rejected Because It Was Too Close to Residents. The Orange County Register reports that the route for an urban rail line through Costa Mesa, California -- which will be part of the larger Orange County urban rail project -- was approved by the County. Residents have expressed concern over noise levels, and at least one potential route was rejected because of its proximity to residents.

November 26, 1999

Boat Construction At a Durham, New Hampshire Home Upsets Some Neighbors Who Think It's Too Noisy and Ugly; Unusual Procedures Make Boat Builders Believe They Are Being Singled Out. The Union Leader reports that a man who is building a boat on a friend's property has infuriated some residents of Durham, New Hampshire -- including a town council member who happens to live next to the property -- who say the project is a noisy, smelly eyesore. The council is trying to prove that the boat building is not a permissible use, even though boats have been built in the neighborhood for decades. The town zoning administrator ruled twice that the use was permissible, but a rehearing was called: the only time one of his decisions had been questioned in that way.

Gloucester, U.K. Officials Wrestling with Solutions to Reduce Noise from Trucks. The Western Daily Press reports that as residents call for a ban on heavy trucks in Gloucester, U.K., officials wrestle with possible solutions. They are looking into a weight-limit of 3.5, 77, or 17 tons.

Illinois General Assembly's Noise Law Struck Down Because It Bans Music But Not Advertisements From Being Heard At 75 Feet. The Chicago Tribune prints an editorial which explains that a noise law, passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 1990, has been overturned because it played favorites with forms of expression by exempting advertising noise.

Luton Airport Leads London Airport in Environmental Commitment. The Times reports that Luton Airport in London, England has prioritized protection of the environment. The noise policy is strict: the toughest in London. A new rail line is scheduled to open, and should reduce automobile traffic to the airport. Other areas considered are air quality, waste, energy, water protection, and ecology.

Martin County Airport in Stuart, Florida Begins Part 150 Study that Is Required for FAA-Sanctioned Curfews. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that the Martin County Airport in Stuart, Florida is beginning a Part 150 study. The first piece of the study will cost $35,000, and will monitor jet noise over the Thanksgiving holiday with twelve noise monitors

November 27, 1999

Mt. Cook, New Zealand Recreationists and Residents Complain Less About Aircraft Noise; Airline Industry Appears to Be Voluntarily Cooperating. The Timaru Herald reports that the Department of Conservation in Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand believes that airlines have been voluntarily cooperating to reduce noise, by trying to use alternative flight paths that keep planes "high and wide" of populated areas and recreational sites.

Nightclub in Nelson, New Zealand Cited for Loud, Repetitive Bass; Club Says It's Being Singled Out. The Nelson Mail reports that the Artery nightclub in Nelson, New Zealand has been served with a noise abatement notice after neighbors complained about a loud, repetitive bass thumping. The club believes it is being picked on, but the local environmental officer says that he is simply applying the local noise limits -- which is 50 decibels at the property line for bass -- to the club's noise.

Owner of Pizza Restaurant in Bishopston, U.K. Pays 200 Pound Fine for Noisy Exhaust System that Was Not Repaired In Allotted 90 Days. The Bristol Evening Post reports that the owner of a pizza restaurant in Bishopston, U.K. was fined 200 pounds for failing to repair a noisy exhaust system in accordance with a noise abatement order.

Protesters In Birmingham, U.K. Blast Birmingham Airport Manager's House With Noise To Express Concern Over Approved Doubling of Airport Capacity. The Birmingham Evening Mail reports that about a dozen activists in Birmingham, U.K. trucked a large sound system to the house of the Birmingham Airport Manager and blasted the house with noise. Protesters hoped that the manager would take better note of widespread resident concern over noise.

Research Suggests that a Sauna's Mild Heat Shock May Activate Genes that Protect Against Hearing Loss. The New Scientist reports that a study at Boston's Harvard Medical School suggests that a sauna -- which essentially subjects the body to mild heat shock -- may prepare the ears to better handle excessive noise. Heat-shock proteins normally serve to protect proteins from unfolding and to re-fold damaged ones; once activated by the sauna, these proteins may be protecting proteins that could normally be damaged by noise.

November 28, 1999

Jupiter Farms, Florida Residents Oppose Proposed Raceway; Track Officials Say Noise Should Be Slight. The Jupiter Courier reports that residents near Jupiter Farms, Florida are concerned that a proposed speedway in the community would create noise problems. Buffering and other techniques will be used to ease noise problems, but track officials said "I'm not sure we'll ever reach complete agreement with [the residents] on [noise]."

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Urges Residents to Support Council Endorsement of Funding for 10-Year-Old Noise Wall List; She Says Debate -- Even If Designed to Add More Walls to the List -- May Jeopardize Funding. The Los Angeles Times reports that a Los Angeles city councilwoman is urging residents to support a council endorsement of state funding for noise walls that have been stalled for ten years. Some want to debate the list, asking for even more walls. The councilwoman believes that this type of action -- which would likely delay the endorsement -- would hinder the momentum needed for approval of the state funding.

New Yorkers Complain Increasingly of Noise from News Helicopters, Now That Tourist Flights Are Fewer. The New York Times reports that local officials and residents are complaining more and more often about noise from news helicopters. Officials have proposed solutions such as news programs sharing air coverage, or putting "restrictions on altitude and limits of when and for how long news helicopters can hover over residential areas," but New York officials have limited power, since news helicopters usually originate in New Jersey.

Public Hearing in Cleveland, Ohio Scheduled Over FAA's Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The Plain Dealer reports that a public hearing is scheduled in Cleveland over the FAA's draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Officials from several neighboring communities don't want the expansion to take place. Communities are also upset that the city has reduced the number of homes it will pay to soundproof because planes are quieter; they want a commitment to soundproof homes that experience 60 decibels of noise instead of the current 65.

Residents Write to Oppose El Toro Airport, and a Dangerous Ploy By City Council to Build Schools Near the Site to Put the Potential Airport At Higher Risk for Noise Lawsuits. The Los Angeles Times reports that seven residents wrote to the Los Angeles Times' editorial staff to oppose the proposed El Toro Airport. Among the issues mentioned, there are claims that more 'economic development' from the airport will be hollow, questions as to whether taxpayers should have to approve the airport with a 2/3 majority, and criticism of a dangerous ploy by city council to discourage the airport by approving noise-sensitive schools and residences near the site.

Residents of Norfolk, Virginia Hold Opposite Views About Airport Noise; One Says Some Jets at Oceana Are Being Excessively Loud, and Another Says that Anti-Noise "Whiners" Around Fentress Should Move Away. The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, two of which are on the subject of aircraft noise. One writer says that while some fighter jets at Oceana Naval Base land and takeoff without too much noise, others seem to be purposely louder with high-performance takeoffs and low-altitude approaches. Another writer says those who complain about noise from military aircraft should move away if they don't like it.

Residents of St. Petersburg, Florida Write About Noise; One Says Use Existing Noise Laws Instead of Prohibiting Family Activities on Shell Key, Another Says Leaf Blowers Should Be Banned. The St. Petersburg Times prints two letters to the editor from St. Petersburg, Florida residents regarding noise. Two residents ask officials to abandon an effort to ban certain activities on environmentally-senstive Shell Key, and instead rely on existing noise laws to punish violators. Another residents says leaf blowers should be banned.

Sarcastic Column Says Don't Punish Motorists with Excessively Loud Car Stereos with Loud Classical Music -- As One Judge Has Done -- Make Them Listen to Crying Babies. The Ledger prints a sarcastic column that says motorists with loud car stereos should not listen to blaring classical music -- as one local judge has designated -- but to tapes of crying babies.

Sheriff's Office and County Commissioners in Bartow, Florida Disagree on Enforcement of Noise Laws on Businesses; Commission Wants to Criminalize Commercial Noise, While Sheriff Disagrees. The Ledger reports that County Commissioners and the Sheriff's Office in Bartow, Florida disagree on whether to criminalize commercial noise violations. County commissioners want to criminalize commercial noise, while the sheriff's office believes it should remain a code-enforcement and nuisance law issue. The commissioners have postponed a vote to eliminate the current noise exemption for businesses to search for a compromise.

November 29, 1999

Health Report from Scotland Notes 80 Percent of "Youngsters" Already Show First Signs of Hearing Loss. The Daily Mail reports that a new study, released from the Institute of Hearing Research in Scotland, has noted that the popularity of the personal stereo has increased the number of youths who will have hearing problems early. The researchers are advocating for decibel limits for personal stereos and clubs in Britain.

Resident Believes Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania Council is Ignoring Complaints About Noise From Wal-Mart Construction Site. The Morning Call prints a letter from a Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania man who believes that the local Commission is not listening to resident complaints about noise from a new Wal-Mart's construction site.

Residents Near Los Angeles International Airport Are Pushing for Proposed El Toro Airport. The Los Angeles Times reports that residents and officials near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are pushing for the proposed new airport at El Toro in Orange County. They say that it is only fair for Orange County residents, who send about 12 million passengers a year to LAX, to shoulder some of the aircraft noise burden. Opponents say that LAX and nearby John Wayne Airport should be used to their potential before any new airport is built.

Residents and Environmental Health Officer Worry that Granting a Late-Night Entertainment Licence to a Yeovil, U.K. Bar Would Cause Noise Problems. The Western Daily Press reports that a neighbor of a Yeovil, U.K. bar worries that a late-night entertainment licence -- which the establishment has applied for -- would worsen noise for her and other residents. The local environmental health officer agrees.

Richmond, Rhode Island Considers Regulating Noise from Motor Bikes with Amended Zoning Ordinance; Amendment Would Clarify Definition of "Motorized" and "Recreational Use". The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that after complaints over noisy motor bikes in Richmond, Rhode Island, officials are considering an amendment to the zoning ordinance to clarify the definition of a "motorized" bike and "recreational use." The town solicitor said that noise should be covered under the noise ordinance, and the dust -- a private nuisance -- should be covered by filing suit. Local dirt bike course owners say they erected a 12-foot wooden wall to help with noise, and water the track to help with dust.

Rock Company Works With Rail Company to Reduce Nighttime Noise from Unloading. The Plain Dealer reports that a rock company in Twinsburg Township, Ohio has worked out a schedule with the rail delivery company so loud deliveries will no longer happen at night. he company blamed the rail company -- Norfolk Southern -- for the original schedule problems, saying that the problems arose as it tried to consolidate services with the recently acquired Conrail.

Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport Plans to Use New, "Two-Tiered Flight Path" For Departures; Noise Will Be Balanced More Evenly, But Residents Who Will Get More Noise Are Upset. The Columbian reports that residents near Seattle, Washington's Sea-Tac Airport are split over a new plan to use a two-tiered flight path system for takeoffs that will increase noise for some residents.

Stockertown, Pennsylvania Drops Cease and Desist Order After Polymer Company Promises to Address Noise Concerns. The Morning Call reports that Stockertown, Pennsylvania officials decided to withdraw the cease and desist order they served to a local polymer company because of complaints about noise, vibrations, traffic and odor. The company said that it believes it could eliminate at least one of two major noise problems, and said they became aware of many of the perceived problems at a recent public hearing.

Stuart, Florida Resident Criticizes Officials Who Prioritize Reduction of Industrial Noise Over Airport Noise. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News prints a letter to the editor from a Stuart, Florida resident who says that reduction of airport noise should be given higher priority than reduction of noise from industrial sources.

Toshiba Introduces MRI Scanner that Reduces Noise for Patient By 90%. Business Wire reports that Toshiba has introduced an MRI scanner that is 90% quieter than previous models.

November 30, 1999

A Day In the Life of a London, England Environmental Health Officer. The Evening Standard prints a report on a day in the life of a Westminster, London, England Environmental Health Officer. Most of the article is anecdotal, but some statistics regarding noise complaints are revealed.

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines Recognizes Importance of Sticking to International Civil Aviation Organization Guidelines for Noise As it Continues to Grow. The New Straits Times reports that the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, which is made up of airline officials from Asia Pacific, agreed at a meeting in Malaysia that noise standards set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization must be adhered to as growth continues for aviation in the region.

Final Public Meeting Scheduled for Environmental Aspects of Flight Path Changes at Bradley International Airport in East Granby, Connecticut. The Hartford Courant reports that a final public meeting will be held in East Granby, Connecticut to discuss flight path changes at Bradley International Airport. Instead of being examined under the current study, certain changes -- which have been identified as likely to increase noise impacts -- will be considered only as part of a larger, more comprehensive Part 150 study already begun.

Messingham, U.K. Resident Says New Flying Club Won't Cause Noise Problems. The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph prints a letter to the editor that supports a new flying club in Messingham, U.K. The writer notes that grass strips of this type rarely cause noise problems.

U.K. Introduces Plan to Work "Towards a Balance with Nature" on Motorways. The Hermes Database/Highways Agency reports that the United Kingdom has introduced a plan called "Towards a Balance with Nature" that aims to protect and improve environmental quality along the nation's highways. "The strategy covers a wide range of issues including air pollution; waste management; noise reduction; water pollution; biodiversity and protecting [the U.K.'s] geological and historical heritage."

Wine Company in Glen Rock, New Jersey Draws Complaints Over Loud, Late-Night Truck Loading; Company Says It Will Continue to Try and Reduce Noise. The Record reports that a wine company in Glen Rock, New Jersey is continuing to bother residents with late-night noise even after preliminary attempts to reduce the disturbances. Although the company says it has already undertaken efforts to quiet the noise, it will undertake redesign of its loading dock so noise will be directed away from all neighbors.

Workshops on Aircraft Noise in Minneapolis, Minnesota Will Teach Residents About Possible Noise-Abatement Changes, Including a Possible Lowering of the Qualifying Noise-Threshold for Home Insulation. The Star Tribune reports that workshops in Minneapolis, Minnesota over the next three days will teach residents about possible changes to the insulation program that may allow more homes near Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to be insulated from noise.

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