Chronological Index for April 2000

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April 1, 2000

A Primer on Hushkit History and Worldwide Stage 3 and Stage 4 Air Emissions and Noise Standards. Air Transport World reports on the two-year continuing battle between the United States and the European Union over emissions and noise standards in the airline industry. In particular, the article covers the controversy over hushkits and their restricted useage in clear, chronological terms.

Causes of Hearing Loss and Deafness. The Financial Times in London reports on hearing problems and how they develop. In the United Kingdom, 8.5 million people have hearing difficulties, some of which can be treated. All people should be taught to avoid loud noises that do permanent damage to the ear.

Dutch Firm Receives Noise Abatement Contracts for British and Dutch Airports. Jane's Airport Review in England reports that HITT Special Products BV, a Dutch firm, has received a contract to supply a LogIT noise and track monitoring system to East Midlands Airport in the UK. The company has supplied similar systems to Leeds-Bradford Airport in the UK and to Valkenburg Military Airfield in the Netherlands. Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands has ordered a flight route monitoring system that will aid its noise mitigation efforts.

Humorous Solution to San Bernardino, California's Need for Local Airport and Airline. The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California published a tongue-in-cheek article about the need for an air carrier to fly out of the defunct Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California. The article writer recommends that residents start their own airline: Berdoo Air.

Jet Skis Banned From Assateague Island, Maryland. The Chicago Tribune reports that the U.S. National Park Service recently extended its jet ski and personal watercraft ban to include Assateague Island off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. The Park Service had earlier banned such watercraft at 358 of its 379 parks, recreation areas, and historic sites. Assateague was not included in the ban. The Park Service left it up to the exempted parks' superintendents to determine whether jet skis were harmful to wildlife in the park.

Mixed Opinions on New Gulfstream IV Business Jet. Business and Commercial Aviation reports that the Gulfstream IV business jet, which was announced by Gulfstream Aerospace in the early 1980s, has not lived up to expectations. One positive result, however, is "unmatched low noise levels" inside the jet's cabin. The rest of the article discusses other performance features of the Gulfstream IV.

Noise Pollution Expert Les Blomberg Comments on Hearing Loss. Prevention Magazine reports on how hearing loss can occur, and ways in which people can avoid hearing loss. Twenty-eight million Americans suffer from some type of hearing loss.

Reader Blasts Witham Field (Stuart, Florida) Airport Watch Committee. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News in Stuart, Florida published a letter to the editor about continuing controversies at Witham Airfield. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

San Jose International Airport Will Not Expand; San Francisco Airport Plans to Add More Runways Instead. The San Jose Mercury News in California reports that plans to possibly expand San Jose International Airport and/or to add commercial flights to Moffett Field have been cancelled. These plans had become possible alternatives to San Francisco International Airport's plan to fill in part of San Francisco bay for additional runway space.

Tampa International Airport in Florida Attempts to Crack Down on Pilots Who Insist on Creating More Jet Noise by Using Convenient Runway. The Tampa Tribune reports that residents in Beach Park, Florida have complained about noise from aircraft approaching Tampa International Airport. Pilots are not supposed to fly over Beach Park because of repeated noise complaints. But some pilots still take the route over Beach Park nonetheless, in order to save time.

Technical Solutions to Acoustic Needs for Theater and Concert Hall Spaces. Entertainment Design published an interview about theater and concert hall acoustics with expert Rick Talaske of the Talaske Group, Inc. (Tgi) in Oak Park, Illinois. David Napoleon of Entertainment Design was the interviewer.

UK Tests "Scimitar" Aircraft Propellers; Finds Substantial Noise Reduction. Business and Commercial Aviation reports that, in the United Kingdom, "scimitar" propellers have been installed and tested on a Britten-Norman BN2B Islander, reducing noise by up to 7 dBA. The propellers could have other important applications. Testing the new propellers is part of a United Kingdom Department of Trade and Industry effort to reduce noise from piston-powered light aircraft.

Wooden Flooring Can Be an Annoying Conductor of Sound in Apartment Buildings. The Financial Times in London reports that many city apartment dwellers are at loggerheads with their neighbors over noise. An environmental health officer explains that much of the problem can be fixed with the installation of the proper type of flooring and insulation.

Worldwide Cooperation Needed in Adopting More Stringent Air Noise Controls. Air Transport World published an article about the history during the past 23 years of the airline industry in adhering to Chapter 3/Stage 3 noise rules, both in North American and in Europe. The writer believes it is time to begin discussing more seriously defining and adopting Chapter 4/Stage 4 noise rules.

April 2, 2000

US National Park Service Hoping to Reduce Motor Vehicle Use in Parks. The Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah recently published an article that originally appeared in the Christian Science Monitor. The article reports that the National Park Service is considering reducing the use of snowmobiles, cars, and airplanes in some of the country's national parks, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. The Park Service hopes to be able to decrease noise and air pollution in the parks to keep them more pristine and to allow visitors to experience a more unspoiled environment.

Editorial Writer in Orange County, California Does Not Want El Toro to be Converted to Commercial Airport Because of Safety Issues. The Los Angeles Times printed an editorial about the future of the El Toro military air facility in California and possible plans to convert it to a modern, commercial airport. The writer, Donald Segner, a former FAA official, questions whether it can be done safely, and would rather see John Wayne Airport upgraded, with El Toro used as an overflow and small aircraft airport.

Reader Responds to Editorial About Noise at Burbank Airport in California. The Los Angeles Times printed a letter to the editor about noise at Burbank Airport. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Reader in North Carolina Dismayed That Airport Authority Did Not Adequately Inform Her About Noise. The News and Record in Greensboro, North Carolina printed a letter to the editor by a reader in the town of Colfax who feels that that the local Airport Authority did not inform her about the amount of noise to which she and her family would be subjected when they purchased their new home. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Reader in San Clemente, California Worried that Noise From New Toll Road Will Ruin San Clemente Backcountry Experience. The Orange County Register in California printed an editorial by Steve Netherby of San Clemente. He is extremely concerned about plans to build the Foothill South Toll Road. He is worried about the noise and other environmental assaults that the expressway, as well as other types of development, would produce in the area and the negative impact it will have on the San Clemente backcountry.

Kenner, Louisiana Residents Near Airport Urged to Accept Airport Offer to Soundproof Homes. The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana reports that 351 homeowners who live near the New Orleans International Airport in the town of Kenner have qualified for FAA funding to have their homes soundproofed. Only 107 have accepted the offer thus far.

Vero Beach, Florida Residents Want Noise Ordinance Amended Because of Loud Music From Café. The Press Journal in Vero Beach, Florida reports that residents Jim and Kathleen Norconk have had it with the loud music from the local Riverside Café. They have hired attorney James A. Taylor to help them with a petition that they hope will encourage the City Council to amend its noise ordinance. Other residents in the communities of Vero Isles, Vista Harbor, and McKee Point are supportive of the Norconks' efforts.

Residents in Bryden Canyon, Idaho Up in Arms Over New Road. The Lewiston Morning Tribune in Idaho reports that a new road in Bryden Canyon, which opened in 1999, has brought nothing but noise and problems to residents who lived there before the road opened. The new road, Bryden Canyon Road, is four lanes wide and connects Southway Bridge and Snake River Avenue to the Orchards. The residents are very displeased with the lack of concern by the city and the city's refusal to follow through on promised noise mitigation.

Hill Air Force Base in Utah to Redirect Flight Paths Away From Hospital, but Over Residential Areas. The Associated Press reports that Hill Air Force Base in Utah has agreed to change its flight paths so that jets are not flying over nearby Davis Hospital and Medical Center. Instead, the Air Force jets will be flying over the communities of Clearfield, Clinton, and Layton.

Missouri Bill Introduced to Ban "Jake Brakes". The Associated Press reports that Roger Albright of Stewartsville, Missouri recently met with the Missouri Senate Transportation Committee to complain about loud truck "Jake Brakes" and to ask for legislation outlawing them. Albright claims that eighteen wheelers routinely engage the brakes on the road near his home, making it extremely difficult to sleep.

City of Largo, Florida in Process of Amending Noise Ordinance. The St. Petersburg Times reports on a noise ordinance in Largo, Florida that is in the process of being amended because the current one is too vague.

Columbus, Ohio Elementary Schools Attempt to Cut Down on Lunchroom Noise. The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio reports that elementary schools in Columbus are debating whether to mandate "silent lunch" at school. Proponents believe that a child will eat more and digest his/her food more easily if allowed to eat in a quiet environment. Opponents believe it is impossible to enforce and not necessary. The article debates the issue.

Burbank Airport Hopes FAA Will Agree to Nighttime Curfews and Allow New Airport Terminal to be Built. The Los Angeles Times published an editorial reporting that the city of Burbank reached a framework agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last summer to build a new terminal at Burbank Airport. Since then, it has been waiting to hear from the FAA as to whether the agreement meets federal guidelines. The FAA informed the city last week that the agreement does not meet federal guidelines.

April 3, 2000

Camarillo, California Residents Say No to Noisy Daycare Facility. The Ventura County Star reports that some residents in Camarillo, California are opposed to a KinderCare Learning Center that wants to open in their neighborhood. They are concerned that the childcare facility will bring more traffic and noise to their community.

Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) Residents Protest Noise From "Rave" Concerts. The Vancouver Sun in Canada reports that "rave" concerts in Richmond, on the outskirts of Vancouver, have been annoying residents in Vancouver and preventing them from being able to sleep.

Reader in Plymouth, England Disagrees With Those Who Complain About Airport Noise. The Evening Herald in Plymouth, England printed a letter to the editor from a reader who does not feel that residents should complain about noise from nearby Plymouth Airport. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Legal Notice of Public Hearing in Warwick, Rhode Island Concerning Noise Abatement Programs at T. F. Green Airport. The Providence Journal-Bulletin published several legal notices, one of which is an announcement for a public hearing and workshop for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on proposed air traffic noise abatement actions at T. F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Ohio Towns Offered Noise Mitigation Funding by Railroads. The Associated Press reports that when CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway took over Conrail's routes in Northern Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and southeast Michigan, a deal was arranged whereby the railroads would compensate towns $10,000 for each home that was deemed to be adversely affected by train noise resulting from increased train traffic on the rails due to the merger. A controversy has ensued over which houses are eligible and how each affected town is spending this money originally earmarked for noise mitigation.

Clinton, Massachusetts Residents Continue to Protest Warehouse Opening Due to Excessive Truck Traffic and Noise. The Worcester, Massachusetts Telegram and Gazette reports that a giant 344,000 square foot warehouse has opened in Clinton, Massachusetts, and has generated complaints from residents about excessive truck traffic and noise.

Enfield, Connecticut Residents Complain About Jet Noise From Inbound Traffic to Bradley International Airport. The Hartford Courant reports that the town of Enfield, Connecticut is concerned by the noise from jets inbound to Bradley International Airport

Noise Exposure and Hearing Loss Education Needed. The Plain Dealer printed an article that first appeared in the Los Angeles Times. The article reports on how noise exposure can result in hearing loss.

Greensboro, North Carolina Reader Comments on Hearing Loss From Noise Exposure. The News and Record in Greensboro, North Carolina printed an editorial on hearing loss and noise exposure. The editorial is reprinted here in its entirety:

April 4, 2000

FAA Will Allow Miami International Airport in Florida to Redirect Nighttime Flights Away from Residential Areas. Florida's Miami Herald reports that Miami-Dade County's Aviation Department and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have reached an agreement that will allow nighttime flights out of Miami International Airport to use a different flight path that will lessen noise over residential areas such as Brickell and Key Biscayne. The agreement was announced in March at a meeting of the county's Noise Abatement Task Force, of which Brickell resident Tory Jacobs is a member.

Lakes Wales, Florida Arts Council Requests City and County Funding to Soundproof its Facility. The Ledger in Florida reports that the Lake Wales Arts Council has asked the city of Lakes Wales and the county for $9,000 each to pay for the costs to soundproof the Arts Center, which is located in the former Holy Spirit Catholic Church at the busy and noisy intersection of State Road 60 and 11th Street.

California State Senator Editorializes on Disputes between Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport and Local Communities. The Metropolitan News-Enterprise of Burbank, California printed an editorial by Adam Schiff, representative of California's 21st State Senate District, including Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and the surrounding communities. The editorial discusses continuing noise disputes between Burbank area communities and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport and is reprinted here in its entirety:

Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida Airport Requests FAA Approval to Expand Homeowner Noise Mitigation Program. The Bradenton Herald in Florida reports that the Airport Authority commissioners of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport have voted to ask the FAA to approve the airport's plan to enlarge its Noise Compatibility Plan to allow 600 more homes to be eligible. The airport's executive director, Fred Piccolo, expects that the FAA will approve the plan within six months. Adding the additional homes to the program will cost $7.5 million dollars, which will be funded by federal and state grants.

Researchers at University of Western Ontario, Canada Study Noise Reduction in Hospital MRI Machines. The London Free Press in Ontario, Canada reports that researchers at the University of Western Ontario are undertaking a study to reduce noise from Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines. MRI's are extremely effective in detecting many types of disease by using radio waves and magnetic fields. However, the machine contains a magnet whose gradient coil generates significant amounts of vibration and noise. The noise is bothersome, and possibly damaging, to both patients and technicians.

Amusement Arcade in Wales Will Likely Be Denied Permission to Relocate Because of Fears of Young People Making Noise. The South Wales Evening Post reports that businesses in Carmarthen, Wales are objecting to an amusement arcade that would like to relocate to an area that falls within the town's conservation area, and which would bring noise and undesirable clientele to the neighborhood.

Utah Department of Transportation to Construct Sound Wall Along U.S. Route 6 in Spanish Fork. The Deseret News in Utah reports that the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has agreed to install a sound wall along busy U.S. Route 6 in the town of Spanish Fork. The walls will be made of concret, 12 to 14-feet high. They will lower the sound from passing cars, trucks, and even trains in the vicinity to less than 65 decibels. The traffic noise has been concerning residents along the road for years.

April 5, 2000

Farm Family in Erewash Borough, England Wants to Build Road Embankment to Shield Farm from Traffic Noise. The Derby Evening Telegraph in England reports that a farm family in the Borough of Erewash wants to build their own sound berm to protect their farm from the noise created by the busy road along which the farm is located.

Dayton International Airport in Ohio Undertakes Noise Study to Placate Residents. The Dayton Daily News in Ohio reports that an informational meeting was held in Dayton so that opponents of a planned expansion of Dayton International Airport could hear the results of an airport noise study conducted by an independent consulting firm. The airport has formed the Community Advisory Committee so that residents can have some input during the airport's expansion process.

Reader in Gloucestershire, England Opposes Height of Construction Sound Barrier. The Gloucestershire Echo in England recently published a letter to the editor by a reader concerned about a government construction project near her residential neighborhood. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Yearly Car Race in Canberra, Australia Draws Criticism for Loud Noise. The Canberra Times in Australia reports a controversy over noise levels from a V8 Supercar race to be held in June.

Bennington, Nebraska Noise Ordinance Rewritten. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the city of Bennington, Nebraska is in the process of rewriting its twenty-year old noise ordinance. City officials believe that the old ordinance is not specific enough. The new ordinance would require that a noise meter be used to determine whether or not a noise is too loud, and American National Standards Institute specifications would be followed. Daytime noise levels would be allowed to be higher than nighttime noise levels. Police would be able to enforce the ordinance. Violators could be fined $100. The ordinance was given a first reading by the City Council last month, and could be adopted in May.

Residents Annoyed by Gun Noise at Shooting Range in Lenexa, Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports that the Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kansas has been the focus of numerous complaints about gunfire noise. The shooting range is open on Tuesdays and all weekend long. Resident Scott Elsom has recently moved to Lenexa, and he and his family were immediately bothered by the noise.

Restoration of Commuter Rail Line in Scituate, Massachusetts Raises Noise and Environmental Concerns. The Patriot Ledger in Massachusetts reports that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is considering reinstating a rail line through the Boston suburb of Scituate. Town officials recently met with MBTA officials to discuss possible noise and air pollution that a new line would bring, as well as other environmental impacts.

Virginia Beach Mayor and Citizens' Group Debate Best Way to Request Noise Mitigation from Oceana Naval Air Station. The Virginian-Pilot reports that Virginia Beach mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf has come under fire from the local Chamber of Commerce and from a citizens' group for failing to take a comprehensive approach to securing relief for the community from jet noise at the nearby Oceana Naval Air Station.

Dog Kennel in Exeter, Rhode Island Awaits License Renewal; Barking Dogs a Concern. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that a dog kennel in Exeter, Rhode Island would like the town to renew its kennel license. The Town Council has not yet granted the request because it wants to make sure the kennel is not violating the town's fire code or noise ordinance.

Controversial Wall in Czechoslovakia Used Against Gypsies is Purchased by Zoo as Noise Control Wall. AP Worldstream reports that a zoo in the Czech Republic is purchasing an infamous concrete wall that had been used to separate Gypsy families from the rest of the inhabitants in their town. The zoo intends to donate a portion of the wall to a museum, and to use the rest of it as a noise barrier between the zoo and the road that runs alongside it.

St.Louis, Missouri Ball Park Will Try to Contain Noise with New Sound System. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the city of St. Louis, Missouri is taking steps to ensure that noise from the T.R. Hughes Ballpark will be contained when the River City Rascals begin playing ball there this season.

State of Oklahoma on its Way to Final Passage of Boom Car Law. The Daily Oklahoman reports that the Oklahoma House of Representatives recently passed an anti-car stereo noise bill. Final language needs to be drafted on the bill, however, and it may not pass during this year's legislative session. The Senate passed the bill in March by a vote of 26-17.

Outdoor Festival in Port Glasgow, Scotland Cancelled Because of Noise Concerns. The Herald in Glasgow, Scotland reports that a summer festival that was to be held in Port Glasgow this summer will probably not take place. The organizers will likely not proceed with the event because they have been told that residents in Dunbartonshire will be bombarded with high levels of noise from the festival.

April 6, 2000

Bar in Ashby, England May Not Be Allowed to Continue Operating as a Nightclub Because of Excessive Noise. The Leicester Mercury in England reports that an entertainment locale in Ashby, England called "Desires" has been operating illegally as a nightclub. However, until the North West Leicestershire District Council makes a decision about its license, the establishment can stay open until 2 AM on weekend nights. The noise from the club has been extremely bothersome to one of its neighbors, who is elderly.

Washington, DC "Nightclub Neighborhood" Discusses Noise Problems and Possible Liquor License Moratorium. The Washington Post reports that the Washington, DC neighborhood of Adams-Morgan has evolved over the years from a commercial residential neighborhood to a neighborhood with mostly restaurants and bars. The article also discusses a controversy that has ensued over the granting of liquor licenses to the various establishments.

Reader in Spring Hill, Florida Asks About Legal Rights Concerning Neighborhood Noise. The St. Petersburg Times recently published a letter to the editor from a reader who has legally questions about residential noise in her Spring Hill, Florida neighborhood. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Kenner, Louisiana Aviation Board Representative Resigns. The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana reports that the New Orleans Aviation Board is losing one of its members of six years, former Kenner City Councilman Forrest "Bucky" Lanning. He waited to leave the board until its recent vote to approve a home-insulation program for residents near New Orleans International Airport.

Residents in Penn Township, Pennsylvania Oppose Construction of Power Plant. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in Pennsylvania reports that residents in Penn Township, Pennsylvania are going to court to appeal a decision made by the Township's zoning board to grant a permit for Allegheny Energy to build a "peaker" power plant in their town.

New Concrete Highway in Exeter, England Draws Ire from Residents. The Express and Echo in Exeter, England reports that the final stretch of the new A30 highway has been completed. The new "M5 junction" opens today. Next week the Highways Agency will begin noise testing on the new road.

Ridgefield Park, New Jersey Wins Supreme Court Case Against Railroad. The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey reports that the New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled that the village of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey can legally enforce local regulations against a railroad line in the town. The town is also allowed to inspect the railroad's maintenance facility. The railroad had alleged that federal regulations exempted it from obeying the town's ordinances and regulations.

Nightclub in Coventry, England Fined For Loud Music. The Coventry Evening Telegraph in Coventry, England reports that a nightclub that had been accused of producing too much noise was fined pounds 3,000.

Elkhart, Indiana Receives State Approval to Ban Train Whistles. The Southbend Tribune reports that the city of Elkhart, Indiana has received permission from the Indiana Department of Transportation (InDOT) to ban train whistles at 11 different railroad crossings throughout the city. Norfolk Southern Railway has 15 days to appeal InDOT's decision.

Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida Crack Down on Loud Car Stereos. The Palm Beach Post reports that police in Port St. Lucie, Florida recently engaged in "Operation Silent Night," an undercover plan to ticket drivers who play their car radios and stereos too loud. They gave out traffic tickets to eighteen drivers at $50 per ticket. They also issued one misdemeanor noise violation with a fine of $100 and a notice for the driver to appear in court.

Column Writer in Sarasota, Florida Compares Local Grievances Against Airport with European Court Case. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida published an editorial column from Waldo Proffitt concerning a recent court case involving Heathrow Airport in England. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is struggling with noise problems as well.

Homeowners Living Near Interstate in Deerfield, Illinois Want Sound Barrier Installed. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that some residents in Deerfield, Illinois who live near Interstate 294 are requesting that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority erect a sound wall to protect their neighborhood from noise after a new highway ramp is built.

Contract Awarded to Begin Second Phase of Residential Airport Noise-Mitigation Program at New Orleans International Airport. The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana reports that the Aviation Board at New Orleans International Airport recently awarded a contract to begin sound-insulation work on some homes in the city of Kenner. The insulation program is the second phase of an airport noise-mitigation program that was launched as a result of a 1982 class-action residential lawsuit against the airport.

Forums on Airport Noise to be Held in San Francisco Bay Area. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the San Francisco area Regional Airport Planning Committee is hosting a series of public forums on airport noise. For the first time, the committee will be dealing with public complaints about all three of the major airports in the Bay Area.

South Glastonbury, Connecticut Resident Seeks Permission to Build Home Heliport. The Hartford Courant reports that South Glastonbury resident Robert Maltempo would like to build a heliport behind his home. He recently presented his plan to the town's zoning and planning commission, from whom he would need to receive a special exception permit in order to build the heliport.

Expansion Plans at Hanscom Field in Concord, Massachusetts Anger Local Politicians and Historic Preservation Groups. The Boston Globe reports that Shuttle America, a low-cost airline, would like to expand at Hanscom Field in Concord, Massachusetts. The plan has met with strong opposition. The airline has requested approval from the FAA to schedule twelve flights a day between Hanscom and LaGuardia Airport in New York.

April 7, 2000

Tampa, Florida Contemplates Ordinance Limiting Construction on Saturdays. The St. Petersburg Times in Florida reports that last month the Tampa City Council gave an initial approval to a proposal to adopt a new ordinance that would have prohibited construction noise before 10:00 AM on Saturdays. Since then, however, the Council has heard arguments from contractors and others opposed to the measure, and the City Council has now decided not to adopt the ordinance.

Readers in Virginia Beach Voice Concern Over Oceana Naval Air Station Noise. The Virginian-Pilot in Virginia Beach printed a selection of letters to the editor from readers who are concerned over jet noise at the nearby Oceana Naval Air Station. The letters are reprinted here in their entirety:

Neighbors in Bristol, Connecticut Frustrated Because Dirt Bike Riders on Private Property Are Allowed to Keep Riding With Owner's Permission. The Hartford Courant in Connecticut reports that some residents in Bristol have complained to the city about motorcyclists, many of them teenagers, who ride on a dirt track near their homes. Nearly one hundred neighbors signed a petition asking the city to restrict the hours that the bikers can ride to before 6:00 PM, with a ban on riding on Sundays.

Resident in Moore Township, Pennsylvania Wants to Prevent Gun Club From Building Firing Range. The Morning Call in Pennsylvania reports that the zoning board in Moore Township, Pennsylvania have revoked an excavation permit that had recently been granted to a local gun club to build a rifle range. After the permit was challenged by neighbor Maynard Campbell, the zoners realized that the proposed firing range might lie within the floodplain of the Hokendauqua Creek.

New F-22 Raptor Jet May Be Brought to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia; Studies Show it is Quieter than the F-15. The Daily Press reports that the Air Force has announced that its newest jet fighter, the F-22 Raptor, tests quieter than the F-15, which is the jet currently flown by the First Fighter Wing stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Noise measurements were based on ground testing of a pre-production model of the F-22 Raptor, and as such, do not necessarily indicate the noise levels of a jet in flight.

Chicago Reader Questions City Aviation Commissioner's Contention That Noise From Midway Airport Does Not Affect Property Values. The Chicago Sun-Times printed a selection of letters to the editor. One of them was from a resident who lives near Midway Airport and is concerned about noise pollution. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Virginia City, Nevada Says No to Noisy Helicopter Tours. The Associated Press reports that residents of Virginia City, Nevada and other parts of Storey County are opposed to Sierra Gulf Helicopters and Virginia City Venture bringing helicopter tours to the area. The planning commission held a meeting last week, attended by 100 opponents. The planning commission decided to recommend that the County Commission turn down the request at its upcoming meeting next month.

Albany, New York Considers Adoption of New Noise Ordinance. The Times Union in Albany, New York reports that the city of Albany has proposed a noise ordinance that will be presented at a public meeting on April 25. The city decided it needed to instate a noise ordinance after having received ongoing complaints from residents who were continually annoyed by the sound of motorbike riders.

Local Café Works with Vero Beach, Florida Officials to Find Solution to Noise Problem. The Press Journal in Vero Beach, Florida reports that city police, attorneys, and planners are meeting this week with Hugh Raiten, owner of the Riverside Café, a bar with live music that has been the focus of noise complaints since it first opened in 1993.

Motorcyclists Who Patronize Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Florida Asked to Quiet Their Engines. The Fort Pierce News in Florida reports that residents who live near Archie's Seabreeze Restaurant in Fort Pierce have complained vehemently about motorcycle noise from the patrons at the restaurant, which has been a motorcycle hangout for over fifty years.

April 8, 2000

O'Hare International Airport in Chicago May Be First Airport to Use Computer Program to Keep Planes on Quiet Paths. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a new computerized system that will help keep planes on a quiet takeoff path may be implemented by the end of the summer at O'Hare International Airport.

Bar in New Plymouth, England Focus of Noise Complaints. The Daily News in New Plymouth, New Zealand reports that a bar owner in New Plymouth is upset about a noise abatement notice that he received from the New Plymouth District Council for having violated the 55-decibel noise limit. The owner of the Salvation Bar on Powderham Street, Cameron McKay, believes that a 55-decibel limit is too low, and he is worried about being able to continue his business.

Bar/Restaurant in Neptune Beach, Florida Offers Live Music That Keeps Neighbors Awake at Night. The Florida Times-Union reports that a bar/restaurant in Neptune Beach called Hurrican Hatties is bothering residents with loud outdoor music until late in the night.

Federal Aviation Administration Releases Environmental Study on Proposed Cargo Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina. The News and Record in Greensboro, North Carolina reports on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) recent study of the proposed Federal Express cargo hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA). The study contains twenty environmental and sociological issues concerning the project.

New Zealand Research Finds That Classrooms Are Too Noisy. The Dominion in New Zealand reports that the Speech-Language Therapists Association held a conference recently in Napier, New Zealand. One of the topics discussed was excessive noise in the classroom and its negative effects on the teaching and learning process.

Road Project in Aranda, Australia Will Bring More Traffic and Noise. The Canberra Times reports that residents in Aranda, Australia, led by John Kovacic, president of the Aranda Residents' Group, are concerned by the $20 million Gungahlin Drive parkway extension project. They fear it will bring increased traffic and noise to their community. Kovacic recently appeared before the Legislative Assembly's urban services committee to plead the residents' case.

Greensboro, North Carolina Residents and Officials Comment on FAA Draft Environmental Study of Piedmont Triad International Airport Cargo Hub Expansion. The News and Record in Greensboro, North Carolina reports (in more detail than a smaller article printed in this same newspaper on the same day) on the Federal Aviation's Administration draft environmental study of the proposed Federal Express cargo hub project at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA).

April 9, 2000

FAA Releases Draft Environmental Impact Study for Proposed FedEx Cargo Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina. The High Point Enterprise in North Carolina reports on the recently released Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) draft environmental impact study of the proposed Federal Express cargo hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The study is summarized on the following Web site: The study is also available at five locations in Guilford and Forsyth Counties, including the airport and the public library in High Point.

Manchester, New Hampshire Considers Allowing Cement Storage Towers to Be Built; Unloading of Cement Could Generate Noise. The New Hampshire Sunday News reports that the city of Manchester, New Hampshire is considering allowing Ciment Quebec, Inc. to build four storage towers for dry cement. The towers would be south of the Manchester Millyard and would be 68 feet high, with an elevator mechanism on top that would make the total height eighty-seven feet.

Readers Sound Off About Proposed Expansion at Burbank Airport in California. The Los Angeles Times printed letters to the editor from readers who responded to an editorial that the newspaper published about a proposed expansion at Burbank Airport in California. The letters are reprinted here in their entirety:

Virginia Beach, Virginia Residents Discuss Solutions to Jet Noise from Oceana Naval Air Station. The Associated Press reports that a meeting was held recently in Virginia Beach, Virginia to ask for help from the city and from Navy officials in reducing jet noise from the nearby Oceana Naval Air Station. The meeting was called by Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise (CCAJN), a group that was formed two years ago and has 1,500 members.

City of Lake Alfred, Florida to Decide Whether to Continue Allowing Noisy Boat Races on Lake. The Ledger in Florida reports that the controversy over boat racing on Lake Alfred continues. The city of Lake Alfred's Parks and Recreation Board will hold a meeting this week to hear people on both sides of the issue speak before the Board makes a recommendation to the City Commission as to whether the races will be allowed to continue.

Riverside County, California Wrestles With Rooster Ownership Ban Because of Noise Complaints. The Press-Enterprise reports that Cindy Scheirer, a resident of Pedley, California, is perpetually annoyed by the noise made by hundreds of roosters owned by her neighbors in this rural community. Scheirer estimates that there are at least eight nearby properties that each have more than fifty roosters.

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Readers Bothered by Boom Boxes. The Sunday News in Lancaster, Pennsylvania printed a letter to the editor from two readers in Elizabethtown who are concerned about car stereo noise. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Interview with Major General William G. Bowdon, Commander Marine Corps Air Bases Western Area Concerning Military Air Routes and Noise Mitigation. The San Diego Union-Tribune printed an interview with Major General William G. Bowdon, Commander of the Marine Corps Air Bases Western Area. Bowdon spoke about flight routes and the use of the Miramar air facility. He addressed military aircraft noise at the base. The interview is reprinted here in its entirety:

Common Household Noise Dangers. The Sunday Mercury in Birmingham, England reports that our hearing can be damaged by exposure to all types of seemingly harmless things in the home and in our everyday lives. Loud music is usually the first offender that comes to mind, but there are many others as well.

Hong Kong Tenants Consider Filing Lawsuit Against Landlord Over Construction Noise. The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong reports that most tenants in Kam Yuen mansions on Old Peak Road have decided to move from their apartments because of ongoing, intolerable construction noise in the buildings. During the construction, they have continued to pay $40,000 per month in rent, and some of them are now considering suing the landlord for $250,000 each for damages.

Woodworker Wonders Why His Bandsaw Makes Such a Racket. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a reader recently asked for help in determining the cause of extremely loud noise from his bandsaw. The newspaper's woodworking expert, Jack Warner, attempts to answer the question.

North High Point, North Carolina Residents Continue to Fight Proposed FedEx Cargo Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The High Point Enterprise in North Carolina reports that many residents in north High Point are concerned about a proposed Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) cargo hub that is set to be built at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently released its preliminary environmental impact study on the project, which is estimated to cost $300 million.

Proposed Noise Bylaw in Central Elgin County, England Difficult to Draft Because Some Residents Tolerate More Noise Than Others. The London Free Press in England reports that people have varying degrees of tolerance for noise, based partly on where they live, and also on their particular personalities. This makes noise issues difficult to regulate and enforce.

Bullhead City, Arizona Rolls Out Tough New Noise Ordinance Aimed at Curbing "Boom-Box" Noise. The Arizona Republic reports that the town of Bullhead City, Arizona is about to put into effect a new, strict noise ordinance that will hopefully solve the city's problems with car stereos. Resident Brian Stevens helped spearhead the effort to get the ordinance passed.

April 10, 2000

OSHA Plans to Design Hearing Rules for Construction Industry. The Engineering News-Record reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is finally extending their 1983 hearing loss rule to include the construction industry. Charles N. Jeffress, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, made this announcement at a recent conference in Washington, DC on jobsite noise and hearing loss. The conference was sponsored by the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America, OSHA, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

East Devon Dog Kennel's Construction Might Not be Approved. The Express and Echo in Exeter, England reports that a community in an East Devon parish has been wrestling with the issue of whether a dog boarding kennel that may be built will cause too much neighborhood noise.

Residents in Scottish Community Protest Later Closing Time for Outdoor Summer Festival. The Evening News in Edinburgh, Scotland reports that the Midlothian Council will soon make a decision about whether or not to extend the evening hours of this year's "Hunter and Lass" summer festival. The outdoor festival takes place in Penicuik public park, and residents who live nearby oppose the later closure because of noise.

Richfield Village Neighborhood Relieved that Sound Wall Will Finally be Built Along Interstate 15. The Las Vegas Review-Journal's City Desk column reports that residents near an interstate in Richfield, Nevada may finally get some relief from bothersome noise from the highway.

High School Student in St. Louis Wins Prize for Hearing Research on Teenage Noise Exposure. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on a scientific research project contest for high school students. Senior Shannon Goebel won a first-place prize for her research on the actual and perceived noise levels to which teen-agers are exposed.

Virginia Beach Residents Contemplate Lawsuit Against Government for Jet Noise at Navy Base. The Daily Press in Virginia Beach, Virginia reports that over 300 residents of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake attended a meeting recently to discuss the jet noise problem from the nearby Navy base. The meeting was organized by Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise (CCAJN), a local citizens' group whose members currently number more than 1,500. City and Navy officials also attended the meeting.

Clay Shooting Range in Jenkins County, Georgia Prohibited from Operating on Sundays. The Fulton County Daily Report reports that a clay shooting range at Hanging Rocks Plantation in Jenkins County, Georgia had a lawsuit filed against it last year by Leroy Clayton, who complained of noise from the firing range. He won the case, and in March the shooting range was told it must not conduct sport shooting on Sundays on property adjacent to Clayton's land. Clayton was not awarded monetary damages in the case.

Former Military Employee Sues Irish Government over Hearing Loss. The Irish Times reports on a recent court case. Mr. Seamus Kinlan sued Ireland's Minister for Defense and the Attorney General for noise-induced hearing loss that he incurred during his years working as a member of the Defense Forces. He wanted the government to pay for hearing aids. The court decided that his hearing is not currently bad enough for hearing aids, but he would be compensated for probable future hearing loss.

Possible Construction of Power Plant in Sidney, Illinois Brings Complaints from Residents. The News-Gazette in Sidney, Illinois reports that residents are concerned about a natural gas-fired "peaker" power plant slated to be built northeast of Sidney. They are concerned about noise, air pollution, and aesthetics. State Representative Timothy Johnson lives in the neighborhood most likely to be affected, and he has voiced strong opposition to the plant. He would like the zoning to be amended so that power plants would have to be located in industrial areas rather than rural areas.

April 11, 2000

Edinburgh, Scotland Residents Oppose Summer Fair in Local Park. The Evening News in Edinburgh, Scotland reports that residents in an Edinburgh, Scotland neighborhood near a park are protesting a fair that is slated to take place there in May. In previous years, the fair, they say, has produced too much noise, litter, vandalism, and other crimes. They have asked the City Council to refuse to give the promoters a license to hold the fair this year.

Reader Complains About Jet Noise in Virginia Beach. The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia published a letter to the editor from a reader who is complaining about jet noise in Virginia Beach. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Resident in Droitwich, England Fined for Violating Residential Noise Abatement Notice. The Birmingham Evening Mail in England reports that Darryl Knight of Droitwich, Worcestershire, England was found guilty of violating a noise abatement notice that had been issued to him by Wychavon District Council's environment protection department. He was fined pounds 300 for causing a noise nuisance in his neighborhood after playing music and operating his TV at excessively high noise levels.

Michigan State Fairgrounds Development May Include Noisy Racetrack. The Detroit News reports that the Nederlander Entertainment Group in Detroit, Michigan has received approval from the Michigan State Fair advisory board to develop the state fairgrounds to a tune of $80 million. The development plan includes a race track, convention space, equestrian center, theaters, a renovated Coliseum, and a few nearby hotels. Many nearby residents have opposed the development.

Albuquerque, New Mexico Noise Ordinance to be Rewritten. The Albuquerque Tribune reports that Albuquerque mayor Jim Baca wants the city's noise ordinance to be rewritten.

Homeowners in Exeter, England May Apply for Government Compensation Because of Exposure to Noise from Newly Opened Highway. The Express and Echo in Exeter, England reports that residents living near a newly opened highway, the A30, may apply for compensation from the government through the Highways Agency. The homeowners are eligible for compensation under the Land Compensation Act 1973, which states that "there is a right to compensation when property is devalued by more than GBP 50 as a result of physical factors such as noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke and artificial lighting."

Trains Annoy Reader in Malaysia. The New Straits Times in Malaysia published a letter to the editor from a reader who is bothered by noise from LRT trains. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Augusta, Maine Bar Granted Three-Month Permit to Offer Live Music. The Kennebec Journal reports that an Augusta, Maine bar will be able to offer live music three nights per week as a result of a recent City Council vote that granted the business a special amusement permit. Complaints from residents about loud music and patrons prompted city meetings to discuss the issue.

Surrey, British Columbia (Canada) Involved in Zoning Dispute with Wood Mill Following Noise Complaints from Adjacent Residential Neighborhood. The Vancouver Sun in British Columbia, Canada reports that Adler Forest Products Ltd. in Surrey has encountered difficulties as a result of noise and dust complaints by residents in a neighborhood adjoining one of its factories. Some people have questioned why the city of Surrey has allowed industrial zoning areas to be placed alongside residential areas. The president of Adler Forest Products is Rod Hoffmeister, the son of Bert Hoffmeister, a well-known British Columbia businessman and leader of local forestry organizations.

April 12, 2000

Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (Florida) Awaits FAA Approval of Proposed Takeoff Path Change. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has still not decided whether to approve a takeoff path at Sarasota-Bradenton Airport that it had previously approved. The agency has said it needs to continue to review neighborhood noise data, and could possibly demand a new environmental impact statement that could delay the path's approval for more than another year.

Barrington, Rhode Island Institutes Noise, Restraint, and Waste Ordinances Against Nuisance Dogs. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that the town of Barrington, Rhode Island has recently instituted pet ordinances, mostly focused on problems with dogs. A restraint ordinance requires that dogs will have to be kept on leashes; a waste removal ordinance requires that owners pick up after their dogs when off the owner's property; and a noise ordinance will require that owners ensure their pets are not disturbing neighbors with barking and other noise.

Scottish Research Team Studies Hospital Noise. The Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail reports that a group of researchers from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland are studying whether high noise levels in hospitals are adversely affecting patient recovery times and increasing nurses' stress levels. Part of the study will include installing special sound-absorbing ceilings to see if they make a difference.

Reader Complains About Noisy Faucets in Home. The San Francisco Examiner published a question and answer column to "Mr. HandyPerson." One reader poses a question about a hot-water tap that causes thumping sounds and vibrating noises, and wonders if it has to do with air in the pipes.

Hernando County, Florida Residents Want Noise Ordinance Tightened to Clamp Down on Undesirable Nightclub. The Hernando Times in Florida reports that Hernando County residents have lodged many complaints about Planet Bubba, a nightclub that allegedly makes too much noise, and is a location used for drug dealing and nude dancing. Some residents recently filed petitions with the Hernando County Government Center enumerating their complaints. In addition, they attended a recent County Commission meeting to voice their concerns in person. New ordinances will be drafted by the County Attorney's office as a result.

New National Anti-Noise Organization Launched in United Kingdom. The Press Association Newsfile reports that British individuals and groups against noise are supporting the formation of a new national organization called the United Kingdom Noise Assocation (UKNA.) Members of the new group have appeared before the House of Commons, asking that the British Government create a noise strategy and enforce anti-noise laws.

New Zealand Researcher Believes Noise May Reduce Infant Crib-Death Incidents. The Press in Christchurch, New Zealand reports that an Auckland, New Zealand clinical psychologist has released a controversial study that says that infants at risk of crib death have an easier time breathing if they are exposed to background noise while they are sleeping.

Alaska Airlines to Use Air Force Base for Employee Military Training. The News Tribune reports that Lakewood, Alaska officials are worried that Alaska Airlines' plan to use nearby McChord Air Force Base for employee military mission training might mean an increase in noise and air pollution, as well as a higher risk of accidents taking place. The Air Force is reviewing the plan, and does not believe that the operations would increase pollution levels or accident risk, even though there would be more flights into and out of McChord.

Homeowners Can Build Their Own Garden Sound Berms to Block Noise from Neighbors. The San Francisco Chronicle publishes a gardening column. The columnist, Michele Driscoll Alioto, suggests that if readers are bothered by noise from traffic or neighbors' equipment when they are seeking peace and quiet in their gardens, they can help solve the problem by using plants and soil as a noise barrier.

World's First Noise-Reducing Automobile Wheels Developed. The Jiji Press Ticker Service out of Tokyo reports that Bridgestone Corporation and Topy Industries, Ltd. have come together to create the first automobile wheels that substantially reduce noise. The wheels accomplish this because of shock-absorbing rubber installed between the rim and the disc.

State of Illinois to Build Sound Barrier Wall for Residents of Busy Road in Village of Lombard. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that some residents who live on busy North Avenue in Lombard, Illinois have complained about the traffic noise. The state plans to begin a $29.5 million project to widen three miles of the street, turning it into a six-lane highway, and has agreed to install two sound barrier walls on the south side of North Avenue to help reduce the traffic noise. The wall will either be made of wood or concrete.

April 13, 2000

Warwick, Rhode Island Airport to Redirect Flights to Reduce Neighborhood Noise. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island plans to change its flight paths in order to reduce noise in certain neighborhoods. Under the new plan, the FAA would need to soundproof 800 to 900 fewer homes than they would have needed to had the flight paths remained the same. Airport officials recently presented the plans to the public and, pending FAA approval, would like to start using the new paths in December.

Washington County, Arkansas Seeks Legal Advice Before Passing Noise Ordinance Against Barking Dogs. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that some residents in Washington County, Arkansas have complained about barking dogs at a local animal shelter. A noise ordinance was proposed, but was tabled by the Animal Concerns Advisory Board because it was too vague and would be difficult to enforce.

Hazelwood, Missouri City Council Discusses Joining National Noise Organization. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Lambert Field in Hazelwood, Missouri plans to expand. At a recent City Council meeting, members discussed noise levels in the neighborhoods they represent.

Reader Wants Stuart, Florida Community Airport Moved to Rural Area. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News recently published a letter to the editor from Stuart, Florida resident Betty Becker, who is concerned about aircraft noise at Witham Field. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Yermo, California Couple Sues Union Pacific Railroad Over Engine and Horn Noise and Fumes. The Associated Press reports that two residents in Yermo, California sued Union Pacific railroad for noise produced by trains in the rail yard located near their home. The San Bernardino County Superior Court had dismissed the suit on the grounds that complaints relating to railroad operations are governed by federal regulations, not state law. The couple appealed the case, and the Fourth District Court of Appeal has now ruled that the lawsuit can be reinstated because the couple are contending that the noise was due to harassment and not to normal railroad operations.

Residents Annoyed by Boat Racing on Lake Alfred, Florida. The Ledger in Lakeland, Florida reports on problems at Lake Alfred that were recently addressed at a meeting of Lake Alfred's Parks and Recreation Board. There was a complaint by a resident about high methanol alcohol levels in the lake, and many complaints were lodged about noise from boat racing on the lake and noise raised by the racers who camp in Lions Park on the shore of the lake.

Residents Near U.S. Naval Air Facility in Atsugi, Japan Complain About Military Jet Noise. The Asahi News Service in Japan reports that residents near the U.S. Naval Air Facility in Atsugi are asking the U.S. government to address the noise pollution problems at the base. The residents believe that Japan should not listen to the American government's demand that Japan deal with the dioxin problem in the area until the noise problems at the base are solved.

Residents in Wilmington, North Carolina Bothered by Loud Music from Bars; Noise Ordinance to be Amended. The Morning Star in Wilmington, North Carolina reports that a popular nightclub offering outdoor music reopened two weeks ago in a new location that is bothering residents in downtown Wilmington. The bar, called the Icehouse, had previously been located in a warehouse district of the city, but has reopened in a downtown area near condominiums. The Icehouse had violated the city noise ordinance in the past at its old location.

New Anti-Noise Organization Formed in United Kingdom. The Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail reports that a new anti-noise organization has formed in the United Kingdom. The group, called the United Kingdom Noise Association, plans to unite various organizations that oppose neighborhood noise, loud music, airplane, and traffic noise so that citizens fighting excessive noise can be assured of positive results.

Officials Must Complete Federal Noise Studies Before Airport Noise Can be Tackled at Witham Field in Stuart, Florida. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that the controversy about whether or not to allow large, noisy planes to use Witham Field in Stuart, Florida continues. The County Commission would like to institute a weight ban on planes; airport officials believe that noise levels should be the criterion for a ban instead.

Cheltenham, England Outdoor Festival to Proceed Despite Noise Complaints from Residents. The Gloucestershire Echo reports that residents near the Cheltenham racecourse in England are concerned about a four-day outdoor event to be held in August called the Greenbelt Festival, which brings in 8,000 festivalgoers. The borough council will decide tomorrow whether to grant the event an entertainment license for this year's festival. Most public officials have no opposition to the event. Many residents complained about the event at a recent public meeting.

Shrewsbury, New Jersey Supermarket to Open Despite Concerns Over Possible Noise Ordinance Violation. The Asbury Park Press reports that a resident in Shrewsbury, New Jersey had opposed the construction of an Edwards Super Food Store in his community because of concerns over noise, hours, and traffic. The resident, Frederick W. Robison, filed a lawsuit against the borough planning board and the supermarket chain in back in 1998 after the planning board first approved the store's plans. Robison claimed that the store's hours of operation and noise levels would violate ordinances in the borough.

Johnston, Rhode Island Nightclub's License Suspended for Violation of Town Ordinances. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that a nightclub in Johnston, Rhode Island has had its business license suspended for sixty days for violating the town's noise ordinance and a club operating hours ordinance. Club Starzz's owners plan to appeal the Town Council's decision in court.

Freehold, New Jersey Town Noise Ordinance Will Not Be Amended to Prohibit Barking Dogs During Daytime Hours. The Asbury Park Press reports that Helen Doane, a resident of Freehold, New Jersey, requested that the Freehold Borough Council amend its noise ordinance to read that barking dogs may not be left outside all day while their owners are gone. The Council refused to change the ordinance.

Stuart, Florida Attorney Wants to Land Private 737 at County Airport Despite Opposition. The Palm Beach Post reports that a wealthy attorney in Stuart, Florida who has been fighting to be able to land his private Boeing 737 at Witham Field has come up against resistance from residents and from the Martin County Commission. The Commission decided at a recent meeting to back plans that would block larger aircraft from using the airport. The businessman, Willie Gary, said that he might file suit against the county.

Buffalo, New York Engineering Students Win Design Contest for Quieter, Less Polluting Snowmobile. The New York Times reports that State University of New York Buffalo engineering students have designed a way to eliminate snowmobile noise and air pollution. They won first place in a contest sponsored recently by the Society for Automotive Engineers.

Jupiter Island, Florida Will Likely Include Summer Equipment Ban in its Noise Ordinance Amendment. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that Jupiter Island, Florida plans to amend its noise ordinance to prevent some construction equipment from operating on Saturdays in the summer months. The current noise ordinance bans the equipment from November 1 through April 15 only. Under the amendment, the equipment would be allowed to continue operating only with permission from the property owner's neighbors.

Austell, Georgia Railway Construction Site Produces Noise Complaints from Residents. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that construction work on the Norfolk Southern Railway train-to-truck transfer station in Austell, Georgia has angered residents in the small town because much of the work is done at night and prevents them from sleeping. County Commissioner Woody Thompson has come to the aid of the residents by issuing a formal complaint to the city of Austell, requesting enforcement of its noise ordinance, prohibition of nighttime work at the site, and watering of the site to prevent dust from filling the air around area homes.

April 14, 2000

US Files Complaint With ICAO Over EU Ban on Hushkitted Aircraft. The Associated Press reports that the United States government filed a complaint last month with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over a proposed European Union (EU) ban on aircraft outfitted with "hushkits," which are mufflers that reduce noise on older planes. The ban is to take effect May 4. The ICAO has given the European Commission a deadline of June 30 to respond to the complaint.

Has Newington, New Hampshire Golf Course Expansion Contributed to Airport Noise?. The Union Leader in Manchester, New Hampshire reports that some Newington, New Hampshire residents are concerned that the expansion of a local golf course has led to an increase in airport noise. When the Pease Golf Course expanded, twenty-six acres of trees were removed, and the residents claim that the lack of trees has increased the noise. A meeting was held recently with the Pease Development Authority (PDA) to allow the residents to air their grievances.

Residents Near Canberra, Australia Complain About Racetrack Noise. The Canberra Times in Australia reports that residents near the Fairbairn Park car racetrack have complained repeatedly about high noise levels to the ACT's Environment Management Authority, but have not received satisfactory action.

Residents of Southeast Seattle Upset by Airport Proposal To Divert Flight Paths. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that residents of southeast Seattle are at loggerheads with their neighbors in northern Seattle over a proposal by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to change the take-off flight path of some planes from a northerly path to an easterly path. The path change is commonly referred to as the "split east turn." Southeast Seattle residents will hold a public meeting on Tuesday to voice their complaints with city, county, and port officials.

New 2000 Subaru Legacy Loaded With Many Noise-Reduction Features. The London Free Press published an article by automotive writer Dan Proudfoot touting the virtues of the new 2000 model Subaru Legacy, including reduced engine and driving noise.

New Nissan Sentra Produces Less Interior Noise. The Washington Times published an auto review on the new Nissan Sentra. The reviewer reports very favorably on the vehicle, and is particularly impressed with its quieter interior.

Will Noisy Neighbors Hinder Condominium Sale?. Newsday published a question and answer column about real estate issues. A reader posed a question about condominium noise, and attorney Michael Cohen answered the question.

Virginia Beach Reader Concerned About Noise From Navy Jets. The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia published a batch of letters to the editor. One of them is from a reader in Virginia Beach who complains about the noise from navy jets. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Airport Board Agrees to Monitor for Noise Near Cincinnati Area Airport. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Kenton (Kentucky) County Airport, serving parts of Kentucky as well as the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area, hopes to build a new runway beginning in 2003. The airport board plans to use portable jet noise monitors to measure neighborhood noise levels to determine which areas near the airport will be eligible for the airport's noise abatement program. Areas in both Kentucky and Ohio will be monitored. The board will meet on Monday to decide whether to accept the proposed noise monitoring program.

Albuquerque, New Mexico Noise Ordinance Needs to be Consistent and Properly Enforced. The Albuquerque Journal published an editorial about a proposed Albuquerque noise ordinance. The writer believes that a noise ordinance is a good idea, but the city needs to make sure that the ordinance will be backed up with proper enforcement ability.

United Kingdom Noise Association Asks Government to Enact Stricter Aviation Noise Regulations. The Evening Standard in London, England reports that the United Kingdom Noise Association used International Noise Awareness Day to publicly ask the Government to make noise pollution a priority when drafting a new aviation strategy report that will be published next year. The Association based its request partially on a report by Friends of the Earth that states that hundreds of thousands of people living near airports are adversely affected by noise.

Johnston, Rhode Island Nightclub Loses License for Sixty Days for Noise Ordinance Violation. The Providence Journal-Bulletin in Rhode Island reports that a nightclub, Club Starzz, has hat its license suspended for 60 days for violating the noise ordinance in the town of Johnston. If convicted of the violation in court, the club could also be required to pay a fine of $50. The club's lawyers are also seeking to have another town ordinance of which the club has been found in violation, governing after-hours operations, overturned because of unconstitutionality.

Noise From Pump Station in Wanaka, New Zealand Annoys Neighbors. The Southland Times in New Zealand reports that two residents in Wanaka, New Zealand have appealed to the Environment Court about noise emitted from a pump station that adjoins their property. The court has decided not to close the station, but rather, to limit nighttime noise from the pump station to no more than 40 decibels.

London Property Owner Loses Lawsuit Over Surveyor's Failure to Advise About Aircraft Noise. The Times of London reports on a Court of Appeals case concerning a contract between a chartered surveyor and a prospective purchaser. The court's task was to determine whether the purchaser could receive damages for "non-physical distress and annoyance" resulting from the high level of aircraft noise that he was subjected to on the property. The contract stipulated that the surveyor was to advise "whether the property might be affected by aircraft noise." The court decided that the property owner was not entitled to a monetary award because the noise was an annoyance, rather than something that caused physical damage or distress. The judges explained that a surveyor's contract does not cover "non-physical stress and annoyance."

Loud Noises Causing Increasing Rates of Hearing Loss in New York City. The New York Times reports in an editorial that a citywide minute of quiet that was supposed to take place on Wednesday as part of International Noise Awareness Day was a failure in New York City. The minute of quiet is encouraged by the League for the Hard of Hearing. The writer discerned no reduction in the noise level during that time.

State of Illinois Awaits Governor's Signature on Bill Outlawing Boom Cars. The Copley News Service reports that the Illinois House of Representatives has passed a bill that will penalize drivers of vehicles playing stereos that can be heard at least 75 feet away from the vehicle. Police will be able to fine offenders $50 for violations. The bill will shortly be presented to Governor George Ryan for his signature.

Stuart, Florida Resident Concerned About Noisy Aircraft and Touch-and-Go Landings. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News in Stuart, Florida published a letter to the editor from a reader named Robert Gavin who is concerned about noisy aircraft at Witham Field. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Tulsa, Oklahoma Airport Officials Hire Local Firm to Manage Noise Mitigation Program. The Tulsa World reports that the Tulsa, Oklahoma firm of Cinnabar Service Co. has been chosen by the Tulsa Airport Authority to receive a one-year, $2 million contract to manage the noise mitigation program to be undertaken by Tulsa International Airport. Approximately 1,200 homes near the airport will qualify for the $33 million program.

Australian Combat Submarines Becoming Less Noisy. The AAP Newsfeed (Australia) reports that the Collins-Class submarine project is finally showing good results. The noise problems that have plagued the Australian submarines are now better under control, meaning that the submarine combat system is closer to being considered combat ready.

By Court Order: Noise Ordinance Violators Must Listen to Country Music. AP Online reports that cities are using innovative ways of punishing noise violators. Much of the article discusses how some college students in Connecticut were forced to attend an opera performance as punishment for breaking various campus rules. A small portion of the article deals with unique punishment for noise ordinance violations.

April 15, 2000

EU Must Respond to Ban on American Hush Kits. An article by the Associated Press reported that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has given the European Commission (EU) until the end of June respond to the United States' complaints over its ban on hush kits--noise reducing technology for noisy jets.

Canadian City Planner to Tear Down Noise Walls for Good. The Ottawa Citizen printed an article about a city planner in Nepean, Ottawa who is redesigning the city and building in more character. Included in the plans is the elimination of noise walls in neighborhoods.

New Hampshire Town Says No to New Subdivision Near Interstate 293. The Union Leader printed an article regarding the Manchester City Planning Board and controversy over Interstate 293. The article said that a landowner wants to build an 11-lot subdivision near the interstate, but the board already said no in 1999--because of noise. The article said that six homes would "actually have I-293 in their back yard."

New Noise Walls Planned But Who Picks Up the Tab?. According to the Arizona Republic, noise from Interstate 10 already interferes with the quality of life and peace of mind for residents who live nearby, but a construction project for a local loop has added to the din.

Florida Resident Likes Aircraft Noise: Disclosure a Must. The Press Journal printed a letter from an aircraft engineer regarding jet noise complaints. The letter is printed in its entirety.

Mobile Telephone Use in Spain Prompts Demand for Legislation to Curb Their Use. According to The Guardian, the noise levels from mobile telephones is such a nuisance that people are demanding legislative action. The growth rate of mobile telephone use is higher in Spain than anywhere else in Europe, according to the article--from one million to 18 million in just five years.

Noise Will Damage Our Hearing. The Washington Times printed a commentary regarding the dangerous impact of noise on hearing. The commentary is printed in its entirety.

Arizona Cities Challenge Zoning Changes and Developers Threaten to Sue. The Associated Press printed an article from the Arizona Republic about developers who have threatened to sue several cities around Luke Air Force Base. The developers want zoning changes in order to develop the land within a 1988 noise contour. The cities want to keep the noise contour zoning because of safety hazards and noise, and to do otherwise would leave them vulnerable to potential lawsuits they could not afford.

April 16, 2000

Chicago is a Noisy City and Residents Suffer. The Chicago-Times printed an editorial in the Sunday edition about the impact of noise from many different sources has on residents in the Chicago-area.

Compromises Help to Make Canadian Military Ships Quieter. A report in Jane's Defence Upgrades states that after a three-year analysis of noise abatement to Canada's Halifax-class ships, a compromise solution may be the only solution.

Coping With Noise Involves Action. The Chicago Sun-Times printed an article about resolving noise complaints. The article, while brief, listed steps to take to resolve the complaint. The article recommended first solving the problem by going to the source and conducting a reasonable discussion.

Florida Airport Relocation Debate Gets Noisy. an article in the Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reported that politics money and the proposed expansion of Witham Airport have accelerated greatly, and residents are calling for a vote on the issue in November and are organizing.

Modern Technology's Negative Impact: 50% Hearing Loss in Some People. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, today's modern society is hazardous to our hearing, and overexposure to loud noise can mean a permanent loss of hearing, affecting such known figures as Pete Townshend, Peter Frampton and President Clinton.

NYC Night Shift Employees Too Noisy for Neighborhood. The New York Times reported that Metropolitan Transit third shift employees (11pm to 5am) are too noisy, and neighbors have organized to bring the problem to the company's attention.

Noise Complaints Prompt North Carolinian to Write Letter. The Sunday Star-News printed a letter to the editor from one person who says noise complaints should not be called in to the police, adding that downtown noise is part of downtown life. The letter is printed in its entirety.

Ohio Town Writes New Noise Ordinance Because of Noisy Semi Trucks. According to the Columbus Dispatch, truck traffic in downtown Delaware, Ohio has sparked a debate on whether anyone can do anything about the jarring noise, which can shake the mortar loose from the bricks.

Sacramento Airport Construction Delay Because of Noise and Safety Issues. The Sacramento Bee reported that the increase of noise complaints and the crash of a cargo jet have resulted in an 18-month construction delay at Mather Airport. The article said county officials the opportunity to study the future of the up and coming air-freight hub.

April 17, 2000

Alaska Boom Cars Prompt Complaint. The Anchorage Daily News printed this letter to the editor about boom cars and neighborhood tranquility. The letter is printed in its entirety.

Boeing 727 to Get Performance Upgrade. Aviation Week & Space Technology printed an article about a modification kit for Boeing 727 aircraft that is compliant with Stage 3 "noise-attenuation system for increased and heavy-gross-weight 727s." The article is technical in nature, explaining that the kit allows shorter takeoffs and increased "payloads at 'hot and high' airports."

Chicago Area Residents Voice Opinions on Train Whistles. The Chicago Sun-Times printed an article about train whistles, noise, liability and personal responsibility.

Florida Flight School Too Noisy for Vero Beach Residents. The Press Journal printed this op ed regarding aircraft noise from FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. The editorial is written in its entirety.

France Close to Developing New Age Super Concorde: Noise Under Consideration. According to the Aviation Week & Space Technology, the French are examining whether a successor to the Concorde would be feasible and competitive in the near future. Besides considering the financial feasibility, a task force overseeing five groups will focus on noise and emissions.

India Says It Must Control Population to Save the Environment: Noise Among Major Issues. An article in Business Line printed an article regarding the primary cause of pollution in India--overpopulation. Noise was a major concern.

LaGuardia to Get 300 More Daily Flights. According to Newsday, a new federal law may lead to the most significant increase in air traffic at LaGuardia Airport in decades--as many as 300 more flights a day. Safety and noise problems are of concern.

Natural Sound Wall for City of Berkeley Needs State Approval. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city of Berkeley designed a natural sound wall of flora and fauna along Interstate 80, and asked the state's transportation department to approve the special design.

Newer Classrooms Noisy and Impede Learning in New Zealand. According to the Press in New Zealand, a study resulting from teacher complaints showed that newly constructed school buildings are noisier than older ones, and listening conditions in the older builders were unsatisfactory.

Some Residents in High Point, N.C. Like the FedEx Cargo Hub. An article in the High Point Enterprise reported on some residents who support the proposed FedEx cargo hub project at Piedmont Triad International Airport, saying that personal imposition of noise should be weighed against a positive economic impact and job creation.

Squeaky Floors and Foam Padding Relieve Harried Homeowner. The Associated Press printed this article about home repair on reducing noise in the floor from baseboard heat. The article is in question-and-answer form and is printed in its entirety.

UK City Officials Promote Tourism and Nightlife but Residents Say No. The Journal reported that residents and restaurant/pub owners have two different views of Newcastle, England. Residents want more peace and quiet but the business community says the positive economic impact the nightlife brings is critical to the town's finances.

April 18, 2000

Burbank Airport Officials Delay Airport Expansion for Two Years: Noise Study to Come First. According to the Los Angeles Times, Burbank Airport officials voted to conduct an in-depth noise study that may delay the construction of a $300 million airport complex for a minimum of three years. The article said extraordinary opposition to the expansion prompted the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority to give up on beginning construction.

California City Council Limits Older, Noisier Aircraft: Aviation Group Files Suit. City News Service reported that the Los Angeles City Council voted in one body to limit the number of the older, noisier Stage 2 aircraft at Van Nuys Airport, and will phase out the older planes (made before 1984) by 2010.

Colorado Neighbors Want Quieter Home Remodeling. The Denver Post printed an article about home remodeling and the neighbors who endure the subsequent noise, trash and portable toilets--according to a spokesman for the city planning department. Most people want to know what the working hours are so concerned neighbors call the city to inquire--about 2,500 per year.

Erroneous Planning Excludes Some Tennessee Homes From Noise Abatement Measures. The Knoxville News-Sentinel printed this letter to the editor about the impact of an interstate highway on homes. Of special interest is the article's explanation of an error planning that resulted in a loss of noise abatement measures for one neighborhood. The letter is printed in its entirety.

Local Officials in Canada Meet With Federal Minister to Discuss Train Noise. The Montreal Gazette printed an article about noise and pollution from trains that pass through Canadian cities. Town officials from Cote St. Luc and Hamstead are appealing to federal Transport Minister David Collenette for help.

New Jersey Town Council Approves Flight Path Shift. The Asbury Park Press printed a number of special interest articles about Middletown, including this article about the Middletown Township Committee's adoption of a resolution proposed by the anti-noise group New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise. According to the article, the group wants to shift air traffic at Newark International Airport over the Shore area rather than over the North Jersey metropolitan area.

Nightime Army Training in Ft. Lewis, Washington Means an Increase in Noise. According to the News Tribute, gunfire and demolition sounds will disturb nights for neighbors of Ft. Lewis as the army conducts nighttime combat training

North Carolina Man Asks for Clarity on Airport Contour Map. The News & Record printed this letter to the editor calling for clarification of the paper's reporting on the contour map of airport noise as printed in the April 7, 2000 edition. The letter is printed in its entirety.

April 19, 2000

Canadian Buses Too Noisy for Woman. The Vancouver Sun reported a complaint from a woman who says that diesel buses make more noise than the electric trolley buses from previous years.

Canadian Mayor Backs Skytrain Tunnel Option to Reduce Noise in Small Town of Port Moody. The Vancouver Sun reported on a proposed tunnel extension under Port Moody, a self-described backwater town. At issue is the noise and visual impact that the SkyTrin has on the small city. They town's mayor told a capacity audience at a public hearing (sponsored by the Rapid Transit Project Office-RPTO) that a tunnel extension would reduce the impact.

Detroit Area State Fairgrounds Redevelopment Not Supported by Everyone. The Detroit News printed these responses to a cyber survey regarding redevelopment of the state fairgrounds. The responses are printed in their entirety.

English Pioneer of Aeroacoustics and Noise Control in Aircraft Dies. The London Times printed a feature article about the death of a distinguished mathematician, Aeroacoustics specialist and expert in aircraft engine noise, Sir David Crighton.

Florida Nightclub Meets Noise Complaints with Louder Music. According to the St. Petersburg Times, the owners of Plant Bubba in Hernando County, vow to crank up the music more nights during the week when county commissioners strengthen existing noise ordinances.

Florida Residents Say Private Planes Not Commercial Are Too Noisy. The Press Journal reported on complaints against jet noise at Vero Beach Municipal airport, but this time the complaints are against private aircraft rather than commercial.

Floridians Say Trains Noisier Than Airplanes. The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News printed this letter to the editor responding to complaints from complaints about airport noise. The letters are printed in their entirety.

Jet Noise at NYC's LaGuardia Airport Approaching Unbearable and Borough Officials Say No to Additional Air Traffic. According to the Daily News, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman said that an increase in air traffic will make life unbearable for residents in boroughs near LaGuardia Airport if the projected flight increase in the hundreds is approved. LaGuardia air traffic is currently at 1,200 flights a day.

LA City Council Compromises on Jet Noise Restriction. The Los Angeles Times reported that the LA City Council's move to impose a stricter limit on new air traffic at Van Nuys Airport [the busiest airport in the country] is significantly short of the original proposed ban requested by the airport's neighbors.

Local Planner Dismisses Environmental Impact of Proposed California Race Track and Urges City Council to Approve. The Press-Enterprise reported that a Norco planner dismissed the environmental impact of a proposed 125-acre race track that will include a satellite betting operation and entertainment center.

Los Angeles Buys Homes Near LA International Airport. An article from Copley News Service reported that the LA City Council approved a $7 million voluntary buyout of 15 single-family houses and two duplexes Manchester Square, which neighbors the airport. The vote was unanimous.

Moving Florida Airport Topic of Debate. The Jupiter Courier reported that a real estate broker who lives under the flight path of 760-acre Witham Field airport has proposed moving the airport to a site in western Martin County and use the current site to build a major business complex. His plan is now the subject of an invigorating debate.

New Louisiana Noise Ordinance Passes Constitutional Litmus Test. The Advocate reported that a new noise ordinance in East Feliciana Parish is constitutionally sound, resulting in the Police Jury's support.

North Carolina Residents Suspicious of FedEx Hub Business at Triad Airport. The High Point Enterprise reported that a state representative visited the Indianapolis International Airport resulted in his having serious concerns regarding the impact of a FedEx cargo hub might have on the Piedmont Triad International airport and its neighbors.

Ohioans Ready to Take Legal Action Against Jet Noise from Cleveland International Airport. According to the Plain Dealer, noise complaints from residents near Cleveland Hopkins International airport are on the rise, and a local city councilwoman called for legal action.

Personal Watercraft Industry Rejects Report by Noise Pollution Clearinghouse. Business Wire printed the following press release about noise from personal watercraft and a report released by the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse. The press release is printed in its entirety.

Rhode Island Night Club Owners Appeal Noise Violation: Claim it is Unconstitutional. According to an article in the Providence Journal-Bulletin, the Town Council suspended a local business for violating an after-hours noise ordinance, but stayed the suspension when a Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order allowing the club to operate until a new court hearing.

Rhode Island Town's New Ordinance is Tougher but Will it Work?. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reported that the Town Council in Bristol asked residents to identify areas in their neighborhoods and throughout the town that are noise problems.

San Jose Activist Group Battles Major Construction Project by Caltrain. According to the San Jose Mercury News, a new activist group, Citizens against Caltrain Lenzen Maintenance Facility, is taking the lead in the continuing battle to prevent the company from building a 24-acre railroad maintenance facility in San Jose's historic district.

Seattle Area Neighbors Pitted Against Each Other Because of Seattle-Tacoma Airport Flight Paths. According to a report by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, over 300 angry residents attended a public hearing at a community center last night ordering city officials to kill the proposal that would put a flight path directly over their neighborhoods. The problem is, their neighbors in Beacon Hill, Madrona, Leschi and the Central Area already endure jet noise, and want support the proposal, which would channel some air traffic south.

Small St. Louis Airport Too Busy to Grow. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Spirit of St. Louis airport is the source of residents' complaints of noise and safety. The article said that the airport, once a small, recreational airport is now the third-busiest in the four-state area.

April 20, 2000

Calgary Night Club Owner Promises Little Late Night Noise. The Calgary Herald reported on that the owner of a new sports night club has promised neighbors that his night club will not disturb them with late-night noise problems like a previous nightclub did.

Chicago Area Communities To Receive Soundproofing. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that homes in communities near O'Hare Airport will receive soundproofing as part of a $30 million city-suburb program.

Chicago's O'Hare Airport Expansion Subject of Heated Controversy Because of Increase in Jet Noise. The Chicago Tribune printed an editorial about the expansion of O'Hare International Airport, its supporters and opponents. The editorial supports the expansion of the airport by adding a third runway.

Chicago's O'Hare Expansion Plans Fuel Debate Between Wealthy Corporations and Concerned Citizens. The Chicago Daily Herald reported that a proposed new runway at O'Hare International Airport received support from wealthy corporations known for supporting political campaigns, but not from residents who live nearby.

Construction Company in Tuen Mun, China Pays $400,000 for Repeatedly Ignoring Noise Complaints. South China Morning Post reported that the Chevalier Construction Company so often over the past two years that when it ignored four separate days of complaints because of jackhammering on Sundays and late at night, the Environmental Protection Department fined the company almost $400,000.

Expansion of Kroger's in Cincinnati Subject of Complaints. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the expansion of a Kroger store has drawn complaints from neighbors, businesses and city officials over noise and appearance.

Experts Disagree on Noise Levels from Peaker Power Plant in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The Chicago Daily Herald reported that a proposed peaker power plant in Libertyville was the subject of a noise controversy at the 12th public hearing in the town of Buffalo Grove.

Illinois Towns Neighboring O'Hare International Angry Over United Airlines Recommendation for O'Hare Expansion. According to the Chicago Tribune, United Airlines (the world's largest airlines) dropped a bombshell when it recently recommended construction of a new runway at O'Hare International Airport. According to the article, United has long stated that the airport could meet the demands of increased air traffic without expansion.

Increase in Flights at New York's LaGuardia Unauthorized and Neighbors are Angry. The New York Daily News reported that air and noise pollution in Queens are about to become worse unless officials act now. Within a year, an increase of 400 flights into and out of LaGuardia is expected, and residents are outraged.

Overexposure to Noise Damages Hearing. The Indianapolis Star reported that aging is not the only reason for hearing loss, and that overexposure to loud noise such as continual loud music and jet noise or sudden loud noises such as explosions and firecrackers can led to hearing loss as well.

Proposed Racetrack near Detroit Prompts Foes to Ask for Noise Study. The Detroit News reported that proposed racetrack for the State Fairgrounds has motivated 20 determined residents to challenge the plan and the county commissioner. They've called for a study on both noise and traffic.

Reno Military Watchdog Group Appeals Navy Warfare Sites on Public Land. An article by the Associated Press reported that an activist group in Reno plans to appeal a decision by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Fallon Naval Station to place three electronic warfare sites and 22 mobile truck-mounted sites on public land in central Nevada.

Residents in Washington State To Expect Loud and Late-Night Gun Fire. The News Tribune reported that residents near Fort Lewis, Washington will expect late-night mortar fire from 1am through midnight on April 17.

St. Bernard, Louisiana City Officials To Address Noise, Traffic and Parking Before Allowing Crawfish Festival To Take Place. According to the Times-Picayune, the St. Bernard Parish Council won't grant another three-year lease to the Louisiana Crawfish Festival until it reviews noise, traffic and parking problems that face its neighbors.

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