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Garden Grove, California, "Entertainment Center Approved in California, Despite Some Residents' Objections" (Jul. 16, 1998). The Orange County Register reports that the Planning Commission in Garden Grove, California on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposal to build Riverwalk, a $400 million entertainment center along Harbor Boulevard, despite some residents' concerns about noise, traffic, and parking. The article notes that the development includes a half-mile circular stream surrounding jazz clubs, restaurants and shops, a 16-to-24-screen movie-theater complex, a 500-room hotel, an entertainment center with a bowling alley, an ice-skating rink, and a virtual-reality arcade. The project now must gain approval from the City Council. Meanwhile, residents can comment on the draft environmental impact report for the project until August 14.
Garden Grove, California, "Garden Grove, California Planners Approve Mosque Expansion; Some Say Prayers Are Already Too Loud" (Dec. 3, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that a mosque in Garden Grove, California received preliminary approval to double the size of their current building. Residents say that the noise from 5 daily prayers is already too much to take. Officials say the expansion will help accommodate more people inside, reducing the need for outdoor speakers
Gardnerville, Nevada, "Nevada Airport Officials Face Vocal Residents Over Review of Aircraft Weight Limits" (Mar. 22, 2000). An article by the Associated Press reported that when the Minden-Tahoe Airport Advisory Board called for a review of the airport's weight limit for aircraft, the airport's neighbors became suspicious that the board planned to expand the airport and increase air traffic.
Garforth, United Kingdom, "Garforth, U.K. Campaigners Who Won a Fight to Resurface Noisy Road Near Their Homes Encourage Exeter Activists to Keep Pushing For Resurfacing of the Noisy A30" (Nov. 3, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that activists who campaigned for the resurfacing of a highway near Garforth, U.K. are encouraging those campaigning for the resurfacing of the A30 to push on. They say that the A30 activists now have evidence similar to what allowed their success earlier this year.
Geneva, Switzerland, "Quantum Hard Drive Manufacturer Introduces Quiet Drive Technology, Substantially Reducing Noise" (Dec. 8, 1999). M2 Presswire reports that Quantum, a computer company, is now shipping the world's quietest hard drive as measured by an independent consultant.
Gig Harbor, Washington, "Gig Harbor, Washington Residents Say Second Narrows Bridge Project Will Not Include Enough Noise Walls" (Dec. 2, 1999). The News Tribune reports that several Gig Harbor, Washington attended by 75, residents spoke angrily about increased noise at a public meeting over a second Narrows Bridge. Transportation officials say the bridge is necessary to help relieve congestion and improve safety, but residents say the six noise walls planned will not help enough people.
Gilbert, Arizona, "Neighbors Complain About New Grocery Store" (Dec. 10, 1997). The Arizona Republic reports that the morning sun no longer shines on some homes in the Islands. The patio homes are in the shadow of a grocery store giant under construction to the east, and two neighborhood leaders are worrying about future noise and traffic.
Gilbert, Arizona, "Arizona Resident Wants Early Morning Marching Band to Obey Law" (Nov. 18, 1997). The Arizona Republic reports that a resident in the Gilbert, Arizona area is trying to quiet the noise of early morning band practice from the Mountain Pointe High School Marching Band. Resident Julie Reiter Suchard, who lives at Ray Road and 44th Street across from the school's football field, has complained to city officials, and has discovered that the band is violating a city code that regulates noise from musical instruments between 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. However, Suchard's complaint is drawing anger from band students, who say they have no other time to practice.
Gilbert, Arizona, "Proposed Arizona Subdivision Would Place Homes Near Future Freeway, Raising Town Officials' Concern" (Nov. 12, 1997). The Arizona Republic reports that a proposed 300-house subdivision near Gilbert, Arizona is being opposed by town officials because the development would threaten town land use plans for development around the Williams Gateway Airport, and because it would place homes next to the future San Tan Freeway, exposing future residents to traffic noise and fumes. However, town officials lack jurisdiction over the 75-acre land parcel, because it is an un-incorporated county "island" surrounded by the town. The proposal for the Hudson Ranches housing subdivision is expected to come before the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission on November 20.
Gilbert, Arizona, "Residents in Arizona Town Oppose Potential Move of the State Fair to Their Neighborhood" (Oct. 21, 1997). The Arizona Republic reports that the Arizona State Fair, currently located in Phoenix, intends to relocate in a few years, and residents living near a possible new site in Gilbert are in an uproar over the possible relocation to their neighborhood. They oppose the move because they believe the fair would drive down property values, increase crime and vandalism, clog up streets, and cause too much noise, the article says. As a result of resident sentiment, the Gilbert Town Council unanimously passed a resolution last month opposing the fair's move to the area. Meanwhile, residents living near the fair's current location don't want it to leave, saying the fair has mostly been a good neighbor, and they are worried about what might locate on the land parcel if the fair isn't there.
Gilbert, Arizona, "Editorial Urges Gilbert, Arizona, Town Council and Citizens to do Homework on Proposed Expansion of Williams Gateway Airport" (Sep. 13, 1998). The Arizona Republic published the following editorial criticizing the Gilbert, Arizona, Town Council for blindly accepting the Williams Gateway Airport Authority's recommendations for zoning without considering its citizens and the common good.
Gilbert, Arizona, "Citizens in Gilbert, Arizona, Demand to be Heard about Noise from Williams Gateway Airport" (Sep. 10, 1998). The Arizona Republic published the following letter to the editor from Gilbert, Arizona, resident Nick Champion. In his letter, Champion challenges the town council's position on airport noise and its effects on residents' property values. Champion wrote:
Gilbert, Arizona, "Residents Seek Monetary Damages from Arizona Town, Claiming Lack of Airport Use Disclosure" (Mar. 27, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports a group of residents is seeking monetary damages from the town of Gilbert, Arizona, for failing to enforce its own rules about airport disclosure.
Gilbert, Arizona, "New Proposal in Gilbert, Arizona Requiring Disclosure of Williams Airport Flight Patterns to Home Buyers is Opposed by Many Who Weren't Told Themselves" (May 16, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports that a new proposition in Gilbert, Arizona's Town Council that requires home buyers to be notified of airport noise is being opposed by Williams airport and by present homeowners. The director of the airport claims that a new airport-disclosure law -- which takes effect in August -- will make the proposition redundant, but council members say there is a big gap in the RESALE of homes. Although buyers of new homes will find out about airport noise if it is over a 60 dB average per day, those selling their own homes need not disclose that information, and they are saying they shouldn't have to.
Gilbert, Arizona, "Gilbert, Arizona Officials and Williams Airport Pleased with State Legislation Requiring Disclosure of Airport Noise Levels to Prospective Home Buyers" (May 7, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports that officials at the city of Gilbert and Williams Airport in Mesa, Arizona are pleased with new state legislation requiring developers to disclose the airport's existence and noise patterns. The legislation requires disclosure when the average noise exceeds 60 decibels. The bill gained support from more than 200 homeowners with lawsuits against developers who misled them about Mesa's Williams Gateway Airport, saying it saw little flight activity.
Gillette, Wyoming, "Gillette, Wyoming Mine Officials Say New Noise Regulations Are Unfair" (Nov. 19, 1999). The Denver Post reports that new regulations by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) are being called unfair by mine officials in the Gillette, Wyoming area. The regulations call for a three-tiered "engineering, administration, and hearing protection" strategy, which officials say they are already following. They do say that they will be working on quieter mufflers and exhaust systems.
Glasgow, Scotland, "Noise Awareness Day Highlights Pervasive Noise Problems in Scotland" (Jul. 23, 1997). The Herald reports that today is Scotland's National Noise Awareness Day, with the aim of increasing understanding of noise issues and considering the effects our lifestyles, transport, and businesses have on noise pollution. The article outlines some of the ways noise pollution is on the increase, and what Scotland is doing about it.
Glasgow, Scotland, "European Commission Adopts New Measures To Reduce Noise" (Feb. 25, 1998). The Herald reports that the European Commission is currently creating new noise limits for outdoor equipment and other incentives for noise reduction in the European Union
Glasgow, Scotland, "Scottish Soldier's Claim that Army Damaged His Hearing Is Rejected" (Aug. 6, 1999). The Herald reports that a claim from a former soldier in Scotland, who says his 53% hearing loss is due to excessive noise he was subjected to in the army, has been rejected. Since his army discharge was in 1990, the judge decided he had waited too long beyond the usual three-year period.
Glasgow, Scotland, "Faulty Fire Alarm at the Hampdens in Glasgow, Scotland Woke Neighbors at 5 AM" (Jul. 27, 1999). The Daily Record reports that a faulty fire alarm at the Hampdens in Glasgow, Scotland went off at 5 AM yesterday, awakening neighbors of the stadium with the cry of "Evacuate". The stadium reopened last May after renovations that cost 60 million pounds. The new fire alarm was part of the renovations, but the intentionally sensitive triggers appear to be too sensitive, and stadium managers have promised to look into the problem.
Glasgow, Scotland, "Search for Loch Ness Monster Means No Royal Airforce Training" (Mar. 24, 2000). According to the Herald, a scientist studying Loch Ness in search of the lake's famous monster, Nessie, complained that jet noise was adversely affecting sensors beneath the water's surface and pilots were requested to avoid the lake while "the hunt is on."
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, "Illinois Town Adopts Ordinance to Limit Noisy Pets" (Aug. 7, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports owners of animals that make excessive and continuous noise will be fined in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in an effort to bring peace to neighborhoods.
Glen Rock, New Jersey, "Train Whistles Cause Disturbances in Glen Rock, New Jersey" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Record reports that several residences have gathered 60 signatures from those who are disturbed by excessive train whistles in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Passenger and Freight companies say they are just following state and federal rules, but the Federal Railroad Administration says that railroads submit their own whistle guidelines for approval. A pending request to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) would allow engineers to blow the whistles less often if special 'quad gates' are installed at intersections to deter motorists from crossing the tracks when a train is coming
Glen Rock, New Jersey, "Wine Company in Glen Rock, New Jersey Draws Complaints Over Loud, Late-Night Truck Loading; Company Says It Will Continue to Try and Reduce Noise" (Nov. 30, 1999). The Record reports that a wine company in Glen Rock, New Jersey is continuing to bother residents with late-night noise even after preliminary attempts to reduce the disturbances. Although the company says it has already undertaken efforts to quiet the noise, it will undertake redesign of its loading dock so noise will be directed away from all neighbors.
Glen Rock, New Jersey, "New Jersey Wine Plant Remains Open Despite Noise Complaints" (Jan. 12, 2000). The Bergen County Record reported on the decision by a Superior Court judge that gave permission to owners of a noisy wine distribution plant to stay open while they worked with Glen Rock borough officials to design an addition that "would quiet the complaints."
Glendale, Arizona, "Glendale Buys Land as Noise Buffer between Airport and Residences" (Mar. 18, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports that Glendale officials will purchase a large tract of land south of Glendale Municipal Airport to prevent developers from building too close to the airport.
Glendale, Arizona, "Glendale, Arizona, Considers Measures to Protect Residents from Freeway Noise" (Sep. 23, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports Glendale, Arizona's, City Council is considering a number of noise-reduction measures to protect residents from freeway noise.
Glendale, Arizona, "Encroaching Development, Along with Noise and Safety Issues, Could Close Additional Arizona Air Bases" (Apr. 17, 1999). The Associated Press reports as development and a growing number of people move to areas around Luke Air Force Base and Arizona's other military airports, the danger may be increasing for both residents and military bases alike.
Glendale, Arizona, "Counter-top Factory in Glendale, Arizona Irritating Residents with Noise" (Sep. 15, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports that residents living near a Glendale, Arizona counter-top company are being annoyed by the noise from a 40-foot dust-collecting tower. The company counters with a claim that they have already voluntarily built a wall around the tower. Residents, however, say that the wall simply makes the sound reverberate more strongly. The company's noise studies assert that noise levels from residents' cooling systems are louder than noise from the plant. The city is planning a separate two-month investigation into the noise.
Glendale, Arizona, "Arizona Cities Challenge Zoning Changes and Developers Threaten to Sue" (Apr. 15, 2000). 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.
Glendale, California, "Harley Enthusiasts Show Little Enthusiasm for Debut of First Electric Motorcycles in California" (Nov. 30, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that an electric motorcycle has been created by Electric Motorbike Inc. in Northern California, but patrons of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Glendale made fun of the "Lectra," saying it was too quiet.
Glendale, California, "Burbank Requests Glendale Take Active Role in Calif.'s Burbank Airport Curfew Issue" (Oct. 17, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports the Glendale City Council has scheduled an emergency, closed-door meeting today to discuss developments at California's Burbank Airport, where opposing factions have been discussing flight curfews.
Glendale, California, "Glendale, California's City Council Voted to Support a Proposed Curfew on Burbank Airport Night Flights" (May 26, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the Glendale, California city council voted to support a curfew on night flights at Burbank airport. For at least four years, Glendale's city council had been against the curfew, but with two new council members the council has come to side with the other members of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. The airport had already applied to the FAA for the curfew, and so the vote serves more to identify Glendale as a new ally in the city of Burbank's battle against unrestricted airport expansion and excessive noise.
Gloucester, Canada, "Gloucester Resident is Fed Up with Industry's Nighttime Noise and Absence of Nighttime Enforcement Officers in Canada" (Aug. 3, 1998). The Ottawa Citizen published an editorial from a resident of Sawmill Creek Housing Co-operative in Gloucester, Canada. The editorialist is fed up with the nighttime noise of 18-wheelers and forklifts loading and backing up at the nearby Dicom Express courier company. She claims hundreds of years of Common Law jurisprudence has established that although property owners have the right to enjoy their property to the fullest, they are not entitled to inconvenience others in the process. According to her letter, the City of Gloucester has the responsibility of enforcing the noise bylaw but the bylaw officers do not work at night. The letter reads as follows:
Gloucester, England, "City Councilors Angered at Limited Penalty Fees Required of Noise Nuisance Neighbor in Gloucester, England" (Jun. 16, 1998). The Gloucester Citizen reports that angry city councilors agreed to explore new measures for dealing with people who create a noise nuisance.
Gloucester, England, "Noise Action Day Celebrated in Smashing Ceremony" (Jul. 8, 1999). An article in the Bristol United Press reports that one noisy rock fan in Gloucester lost his confiscated stereo system when it was crushed by heavy equipment in a ceremony to mark Noise Action Day.
Gloucester, Ontario, Canada, "Residents in Ontario Start Picketing Courier Warehouse Over Noise, While City Takes Company to Court" (Jul. 19, 1998). The Ottawa Citizen reports that residents in the Blossom Park area of Gloucester, Ontario are planning a week-long protest against Dicom Express, a courier warehouse located near their homes, over noise that comes from the facility's trucks. Meanwhile, the city of Gloucester last week decided to take the courier company to court for violating the city's noise law. But officials with Dicom Express said the suit will be thrown out, as an earlier suit by the city was, because the company is located in an industrial zone.
Gloucester, United Kingdom, "Gloucester Pub Owner Promises to Cooperate with Environmental Health Officers Who Want to Test Noise from the Premises After Complaints" (Nov. 18, 1999). The Gloucester Citizen reports that the owner of a Gloucester pub which received numerous noise complaints recently has said he will cooperate with environmental health officers who want to test the venue.
Gloucester, United Kingdom, "Gloucester, U.K. Officials Wrestling with Solutions to Reduce Noise from Trucks" (Nov. 26, 1999). The Western Daily Press reports that as residents call for a ban on heavy trucks in Gloucester, U.K., officials wrestle with possible solutions. They are looking into a weight-limit of 3.5, 77, or 17 tons.
Gloucestershire, England, "Residents Concerned About Size of Earthen Noise Shield at Gloucestershire, England Construction Site" (Mar. 16, 2000). The Gloucestershire Echo in England reports that the "doughnut building" construction project at the GCHQ spy center is angering area residents. It is the largest construction site in Europe, costing GBP 300 million.
Gloucestershire, U.K., "Gloucestershire, U.K Resident Writes Letter to the Editor Noting that Noise from Gloucestershire Airport Is Increasing Not From Passenger Flights But Because of Training and Recreational Flights" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Gloucestershire Echo prints a letter to the editor from a Springbank, U.K resident. The author is responding to a prior letter, and says that although residents that live near airports must expects some noise, recent increases are in excess of what one should expect from an airport of its size. She believes that recreational and training flights -- not passenger flights -- are largely responsible for the increases, and thinks they should be taken elsewhere.
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, "Greenbelt Festival in Gloucestershire, U.K. Plans to Return Next Year; Locals Want Better Noise Control" (Dec. 4, 1999). The Gloucestershire Echo reports that the Greenbelt Festival plans to return to Gloucestershire, U.K. next year, and officials say noise will be better monitored.
Golden, Colorado, "Trial Over; Judge to Rule Later on Denver International Airport's Responsibility to Pay Damages for Exceeding Its Own Noise Standards" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that a four-day trial -- regarding the responsibility of Denver International Airport (DIA) to pay damages for exceeding its own noise standards in Adams County, Colorado -- is over. The lawsuit, brought by Adams County, is for $6.5-million and alleges that DIA broke its own noise standards 13 times. Denver says that "no one was harmed by the noise."
Goochland County, Virginia, "Virginia Quarry gets Expanded Hours, Promises Noise Abatement Plan" (Mar. 19, 1998). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that quarry operator Martin Marietta Aggregates promised to be a good neighbor in return for expanded hours of operation.
Gorbio, Monaco, "Monte Carlo Rally Held for Electric Vehicles" (Nov. 29, 1997). The Daily Telegraph printed a column reporting on the third Monte Carlo Rally for Electric Vehicles, the FIA Solar Cup, held near the village of Gorbio, Monaco.
Goshen, Indiana, "Public Meeting in Goshen, Indiana to Discuss Limiting Train Whistle Noise" (Sep. 9, 1999). The South Bend Tribune reports that a public meeting in Goshen, Indiana began a dialogue between city officials and residents on how to reduce noise from train whistles. Residents believe the whistles to have gotten shriller, louder, and less consistent in their number and pattern. Rail officials admitted that engineers sometimes use distinctive 'signatures', "personalizing them or using them to communicate with other engineers." While the Mayor noted that whistles can not be totally banned, new state legislation allows communities to regulate whistles at crossings with both lights and gates. Other communities have used measures such as curbing, vertical delineators, and nets. The council has rejected a resolution to regulate whistles on the local level, but has said it will consider an ordinance if a petition is presented. The Federal Rail Administration also intends to create new standards, which could trump any local ordinance.
Gosport, England, "Court of Appeal Will Hear Challenge of Noise Abatement Notice Served to English Pub" (Jul. 7, 1998). The Lawyer reports a Gosport, England, pub is at the center of a pending test case over procedures to be followed by courts dealing with complaints of noise nuisance.
Grafton, Massachusetts, "Neighbors Claim Noise Increase at Firing Range in Grafton, MA" (Jul. 8, 1998). The Telegram & Gazette reports the Grafton, Massachusetts, Board of Selectmen last night held a hearing last night to discuss complaints from neighbors of a firing range who claim noise have dramatically increased in recent years.
Granby, Connecticut, "Proposed Flight Path Change at Connecticut's Bradley International Airport Will Add a Sharper Turn; Residents in Granby, Connecticut Will Receive More Noise While Simsbury Will Be Spared Somewhat" (Dec. 6, 1999). The Hartford Courant reports that residents of Granby, Connecticut are upset over a proposed flight path change at Bradley International Airport that would increase flyover noise in their community. The state Department of Transportation proposed the change because the new flight path would affect only 20-30 homes, instead of the 600-1000 homes currently affected. A public meeting has been called, but anti-noise activists say that "They'll do what they want to do, but people should have a right to know specifically what's being proposed and how it affects them."
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "National Parks Prepare New Transportation Plans For Visitors" (Dec. 23, 1997). National Public Radio reports that Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt has announced a plan to reduce the use of cars in America's National Parks.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Grand Canyon Park Service To Unveil Quiet Technology Helicopter" (Jan. 2, 1998). U.S. Newswire issued the following press release concerning the dedication of quiet technology helicopters at the Grand Canyon National Park:
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Artists Speak About Air and Noise Pollution At The Grand Canyon" (Dec. 8, 1997). The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Curt Walters is locked in battle with the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. He charges forth with his brush to capture the quintessential essence of the canyon's beauty, even when the atmosphere is layered in leaden veils. It is a battle he sometimes wins, producing $50,000 works that hang in galleries from Tokyo to New York. They reveal the canyon as America's great natural cathedral, a place to breathe in the pleasure of its awesome silence, if not to pray. But the canyon's fine grace often eludes him these days.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Environmental Groups Challenge FAA Park Overflights Act" (Mar. 1997). The Sierra Club's activist resource, The Planet, reports a number of environmental groups are not happy with the Federal Aviation Administration's current restriction of airplane and helicopter overflights in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. These groups, including the Sierra Club, are challenging the FAA ruling, charging it to be inadequate.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Grand Canyon Air Tour Operators Refuse to Pay Park Service Fees, Landing Them in Court" (Jul. 28, 1997). The Arizona Republic printed an editorial about the refusal of some air tour operators in Grand Canyon National Park to pay Park Service fees. Now, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona has filed the first of what may be several lawsuits against air tour operators to collect the fees. The editorial compares the situation to a tenant not paying rent, and says the air tour operators should be "evicted" if they don't pay.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Arizona Senator Pushes To Reduce Airplane Noise Over Grand Canyon" (May 15, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that finally, after ten years of pressure by Congress and most recently by President Clinton, noise regulations have gone into effect to reduce noise from aircraft over the Grand Canyon. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Park Service had been dragging their feet for years, as the 95,000 air tours which fly 800,000 people over the park continued to increase: in some areas causing noise disturbance every two minutes.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Grand Canyon Raft Outfitters Agree to Quieter Boat Motors" (Nov. 19, 1997). The Orange County Register reports that commercial river-rafting outfitters in Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park have agreed to convert their fleets of rafts to low-noise, low-emission outboards by 2001. The outfitters' announcement came in response to a growing call to quiet the noisy boats by the Park Service in response to the federal government's directive to restore "natural quiet" to the park. Meanwhile, conservation group members said the outfitters recognized they have little choice but to abandon the noisier outboard motors.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Park Service To Fly Quieter Helicopters Over Grand Canyon" (Dec. 5, 1997). The Helicopter News reports that the U.S. National Park Service will lease a state of the art quiet-technology helicopter for use over the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Plans To Cut Air Pollution Over The Grand Canyon Behind Schedule" (Nov. 30, 1997). The Arizona Republic reports that new rules for air-tour flights over the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona will result in virtually no reduction in noise, according to a secret National Park Service memo obtained by The Arizona Republic.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Aircraft Noise Over Grand Canyon is Not Significant, Resident Believes" (Sep. 16, 1997). The Arizona Republic printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Edward Murphy, a Mesa, Arizona resident, regarding aircraft noise over Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Quieter Aircraft Planned for Grand Canyon" (Apr. 26, 1998). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the National Park Service is working to control noise from helicopter and plane flights in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. A ten-year phase-out of the noisiest aircraft that was enacted last year is the most recent noise regulation, the article says.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Air Tour Group Alleges the Park Service Overstated Noise Impact of Flights Over Grand Canyon" (May 25, 1998). The Weekly of Business Aviation reports that the United States Air Tour Association (USATA), an industry group of commercial air tour operators, charged last week that the National Park Service significantly overstated the noise impact of flights over Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "National Park Service Plans to Ban Cars from Grand Canyon National Park by 2003" (Aug. 20, 1999). USA Today reports that the National Park Service plans to ban personal vehicles from Grand Canyon National Park by 2003. Their plans also include restricting air-tour flights over the park, and strive to meet a goal of having at least 50% of the park dominated by natural sounds by 2008. As alternatives, they plan to develop a light-rail system and bus service that bring tourists from parking lots outside of the park. Also, they are planning an ecologically-conscious commercial development on the edge of the park that will recycle, conserve energy, and import water; currently, the high demand for the park's available groundwater is being taxed by more and more hotels and increasing suburban sprawl in nearby Tusayan.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Park Service Employs Panel of Acoustics Experts to Recommend Best Places to Collect Noise Data in Grand Canyon National Park" (Aug. 19, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that the Park Service and the FAA has asked a panel of eight acoustics experts to review plans for collecting noise data in Grand Canyon National Park, intending to head off potential critics concerning the accuracy of the $800,000 study. The data will help to determine changes to flight paths designed to reach the goal of making 50% of the park quiet 75% of the time.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "Flight Limits Placed on Grand Canyon National Park Tours Do Not Meet Goals of 1987 Law" (Mar. 30, 2000). The Arizona Republic printed an editorial that discusses the recent limits placed on the number of flights in Grand Canyon National Park. However, the goals of a 1987 law that established flight-free zones over the park and called for "substantial restoration of natural quiet" still have not been attained.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, "US Government Announces Limits on Flights Over Grand Canyon" (Mar. 29, 2000). The Arizona Republic in Phoenix reports that President Clinton announced on Tuesday that the number of flights that tour airplanes and helicopters may make over Grand Canyon National Park will be limited. The limits were established by the National Parks Service in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Flights will be limited to 90,000 per year.
Grand Canyon, Arizona, "Who Will Pay for Quieter but More Expensive Helicopters in Grand Canyon?" (Jan. 21, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Grand Canyon Park employees say it's noisier than ever at the top of rim in spite of aircraft and flight restrictions. Renewed hopes for natural quiet rest on a new helicopter.
Grand Canyon, Arizona, "Quieter Helicopters at the Grand Canyon May Help Meet Noise Restrictions" (Jan. 7, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports that National Park Service officials recently held a news conference to unveil what they hope will put an end to one of the most vexing environmental problems at the Grand Canyon in recent years. Officials are hopeful that the use of the Boeing MD-900 helicopter will enable them to maintain a viable air-tour industry while abiding by a federal law mandating the natural quiet of the Grand Canyon and other national parks. The Boeing MD-900 helicopter produces 73 decibels, compared with the average tour helicopter's 85.
Grand Lake, Colorado, "Environmentalists Want Snowmobiles Out of U.S. National Parks" (Feb. 7, 1999). The New York Times reports a coalition of environmental groups in the United States wants to ban snowmobiles from the 28 National Parks that allow them. Noise, air pollution and safety are environmentalists' chief concerns.
Grand Prairie, Texas, "Moving Drag Strip to Grand Prairie, Texas Would Give Community Huge Economic Boost; Noise Not Seen as Problem" (May 1, 1999). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Texas Motorplex, a 43,000 seat drag racing facility currently located in Ennis, would give a huge economic boost to Grand Prairie if it moved there. The move was proposed by the facility owner, and a city-initiated study indicates that the economic benefits would be great. Grand Prairie already has an airport, a railroad track, a major highway, and two drag-racing strips; officials claim that the new "facility will be consistent with the existing noise environment."
Grand Prairie, Texas, "Grand Prairie, Texas Resident Upset at City's Irresponsible Approval of New Motorplex Near a Residential Area" (Oct. 17, 1999). The Arlington Morning News prints several letters to the editor, including one which protests the construction of a new Texas Motorplex near a residential area. The author has tried to contact city officials but has only been ignored and lectured on the existing noise in his neighborhood. He holds that the current motorplex is not near any homes for a reason: excessive noise; he also says that it is irresponsible for the city of Grand Prairie to build the noisy new motorplex near residences.
Granity, New Zealand, "New Zealand Residents Object to Coal Terminal, Say Proposed Site Would Endanger Animals and Pollute Neighborhood" (Oct. 30, 1997). The Press of Christchurch, New Zealand, reports Granity residents are opposed to a proposed West Coast Coal Terminal site. Yesterday, these residents were given the opportunity to address the hearing for the proposal. Residents cited a number of concerns ranging from endangerment of wildlife to increased noise and air pollution.
Grantham, England, "English Resident Breaks Noise Laws; Town Destroys Stereo to Deter Future Violators" (Sep. 5, 1998). The Daily Telegraph reports a residents' music system was demolished in public in Grantham, England, as a warning to those who persistently defy noise laws.
Grapevine, Texas, "Texas Communities Work To Avoid Airport Noise At Public Library" (Dec. 20, 1997). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that expansion of the city library probably isn't a good option because of its proximity to a proposed eighth runway at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, city officials said this week.
Grapevine, Texas, "School May Relocate in Wake of New Runway at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport" (Jan. 19, 1998). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Grapevine Middle School officials are discussing relocation, saying that a new runway at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport will bring noisy planes over the building.
Grayling, Michigan, "Local Residents Annoyed by the Sounds of Soldiers at Camp Graying, Michigan" (Jun. 21, 1998). The Detroit News reports that the sounds of war games is annoying local residents living in the pristine area near Northern Michigan's Camp Grayling Site. The noise is coming from an almost 50% increase in summer training exercises at Camp Graying. Citizens and summer residents say the expanded training at the camp offends the solitude and drives away potential tourism. Military sources, however, say noise is a small price to pay for the opportunity to provide terrain that will prepare soldiers for war.
Great Neck Estates, New York, "Long Island Village Bans Leaf Blowers for the Summer; Two Other Towns Limit Leaf Blower Hours" (Jul. 2, 1997). Newsday reports that the village of Great Neck Estates, New York has banned the use of gasoline- or diesel-powered leaf blowers within 300 feet of residential property between June 15 and Sept. 15. After the ban expires in September, the village will decide whether to keep it, change it, or drop it. Meanwhile, two other Long Island towns, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, have restricted the use of leaf blowers to certain hours.
Great Yarmouth, England, "Jet Skiers Banned from Great Yarmouth in England" (May 4, 1997). The Sunday Mirror reports that jet skiers have been banned from using an area in Great Yarmouth, England on noise and safety grounds. Jet skiers have also recently been banned from Gorleston and a Norfolk seaside resort on the same grounds.
Green Cove Springs, Florida, "County Commissioners Reverse Their Decision to Limit Zoning for Churches in Green Cove Springs, Florida" (Aug. 1, 1998). The Florida Times-Union reports that the Clay County commissioners have reversed their May decision to restrict the location and size of church facilities. Their decision had banned church complexes of more than 3,500 square feet from local, neighborhood-type roads.
Green Cove Springs, Florida, "Florida Resident Upset with Noise from Neighboring Trucking Business and Blames Clay County for Poor Zoning Practices" (Aug. 1, 1998). The Florida Times-Union reports that spot zoning in Clay County, Florida has made life miserable for resident Walter Callaway but the county’s new comprehensive zoning plan reportedly addresses future spot zoning problems, and creates land-use categories and regulations to control growth.
Green Cove Springs, Florida, "Florida County Commission Passes Land Regulations that Restrict the Size of Some Community Facilities in Residential Areas" (May 30, 1998). The Florida Times-Union reports that the Clay County Commission in Green Cove Springs, Florida passed a package of land development regulations Tuesday that restricts larger churches, child-care centers, and other community facilities in residential areas. The regulations were passed to preserve established residential areas from development that could increase traffic and noise, the article says. The regulation changes stemmed partly from residents' opposition to proposed day-care centers adjacent to residential areas on U.S. 17 south of Orange Park.
Green Island, NY, "Business Challenges Village's Noise Ordinance in Court" (Oct. 1, 1998). The Times Union reports that a long-standing scrap metal business is challenging Green Island's newly amended noise ordinance.
Green Oaks, Illinois, "Illinois Town Gets State Funds to Build Noise-Abatement Wall along Highway" (Sep. 24, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports an Illinois town was presented Wednesday night with a state grant to fund a noise-abatement wall along an interstate highway.
Greene Valley, Illinois, "Green Valley, Illinois Gas-to-Energy Plant Still Trying to Lower the Noise it Produces to Reduce Neighbors' Irritation" (Aug. 20, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a gas-to-energy plant in Greene Valley, Illinois is still trying to reduce its noise levels. Complaints caused the owner to install a series of three mufflers, which have not substantially reduced the noise. Additional studies will be conducted to determine if noise levels could be reduced without additional mufflers or a wholesale redesign of the facility. Additional costs will not be the responsibility of the plant operator since local noise standards are already met.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "North Carolina City Considers Raising the Fines for Violators of Noise Ordinance" (May 6, 1997). The News & Record reports that the Greensboro (North Carolina) City Council tonight will consider a proposal that would increase penalties for violating the city's noise ordinance, and would make landlords of noisy tenants liable for penalties as well. The proposal is being considered to deal with the partying students in off-campus housing.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Process for Filing Noise Complaints Made Easier in North Carolina City" (May 8, 1997). The News & Record reports that police in Greensboro, North Carolina have made it easier for residents to file noise complaints by permitting them to phone with their name and address rather than show up at the magistrate's office. Noise from fraternity parties is an issue in Greensboro, and administrators from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have promised to keep closer tabs on fraternities to deal with noise problems.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Greensboro Residents Object to Airport's Third Runway for FedEx" (Apr. 15, 1998). The News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina reports noise -wary airport neighbors still vow to fight FedEx and the airport's planned third runway.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "North Carolina Residents Angry Over Proposed Runway for New Federal Express Hub" (Apr. 16, 1998). The Chattanooga Times reports that about 150 angry residents in Greensboro, North Carolina attended a community meeting Tuesday to complain about a planned third runway at the Piedmont Triad International Airport. The runway is part of an expansion that would accommodate a Federal Express hub.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "North Carolina Residents Vow to Fight FedEx at Piedmont Airport" (Apr. 14, 1998). The News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina, reports that residents living northeast of the Piedmont Triad International Airport say they want FedEx to choose a different site.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Residents Near North Carolina Airport Push Federal Express to Not Build a New Runway" (Apr. 17, 1998). The News & Record reports that residents living near the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina are opposing the construction of a new runway to accommodate a new $300 million hub and flights by Federal Express, set to begin in 2003. The article says that residents believe a new runway is not necessary and will bombard their neighborhoods with noise. Some residents are offering other alternatives in an attempt to keep the FedEx hub at their airport, but without building an additional runway. Federal Express officials, however, insist that a new runway is necessary. Meanwhile, the animosity over the issue accelerated at a community briefing Tuesday that quickly deteriorated into an ugly shouting match, the article says.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "North Carolina Residents Concerned about Night-Time Noise from Fedex Hub" (Apr. 29, 1998). The News & Record reports leaders in the Greensboro, North Carolina, area are asking for more details about noise from the proposed FedEx cargo hub at the Piedmont Triad Airport.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Homeowners' Sentiments Concerning the Proposed Federal Express Hub Aired at Public Meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina" (Aug. 18, 1998). News & Record in Greensboro, North Carolina reports that a public meeting brought out a torrent of public sentiments concerning the proposed Federal Express hub and third runway for Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Residents Near Greensboro, North Carolina Airport Concerned About Noise From Proposed FedEx Shipping Hub" (Jan. 14, 1998). The News & Record reports that neighbors have mixed feelings about the possibility of FedEx adding 20 flights a day to Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Neighbors Near NC Campus Ask City Council to Close Noisy Club" (Jan. 21, 1998). The News & Record (Greensboro, NC) reports that residents have complained to Greensboro City Council about the noise and disorderly patrons at a local nightclub and an all-night convenience store. The residents asked the council to close down Jokers 3 and force the Crown station to close at midnight.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Resident Accuses City Council of Ignoring Noise Ordinance" (Jan. 23, 1998). The News & Record of Greensboro, NC, printed the following letter to the editor from a resident disgruntled who says the city's noise ordinance is seldom enforced.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Environmental Impact Statement Process Begins on FedEx Hub in North Carolina; Meanwhile, Residents Angry at Airport for Not Considering an Alternate Expansion Plan" (Jul. 12, 1998). The News & Record reports that a consulting firm is expected to be hired in the next three weeks to begin compiling an environmental impact statement for a plan to build a FedEx package-handling hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The airport's plans include constructing a third runway parallel to the existing main runway. Meanwhile, residents who oppose the FedEx hub offered airport officials a compromise map which they believed would have reduced the impact of the hub, but officials rejected it, angering residents.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "North Carolina Residents Want to Know How Airport's Growth From FedEx Hub Will Affect the City" (Jul. 16, 1998). The News & Record reports that residents in Greensboro, North Carolina concerned about a proposed FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport called on the Airport Authority Wednesday to lay out how the hub and the airport's growth will affect the city. Residents are worried that the proposed growth to accommodate FedEx will result in unacceptable levels of noise, traffic congestion, and air pollution. Meanwhile, the state House gave final approval Wednesday to a series of economic incentives for FedEx, including $115 million in tax breaks over 20 years.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Third Runway to be Built to Accommodate FedEx’s New Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina" (Jul. 29, 1998). News & Record reports Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina will open a new runway parallel to the existing main runway to accommodate extra flights expected from Fedex’s new hub.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "FedEx and Airport Reject North Carolina Residents' Proposal for Alternate Hub Site" (Jul. 8, 1998). The News & Record reports FedEx and Piedmont Triad International Airport officials on Tuesday rejected an alternative site for the company's new hub and declined to change their plans to build a third runway. Officials still plan to meet with residents about noise and safety concerns.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Editorial Writer Says FedEx Hub in North Carolina Would Be a Disaster" (Jun. 11, 1998). The News & Record printed an editorial that argues a proposed FedEx cargo hub and new runway in Greensboro, North Carolina would be a disaster for the thousands of residents who live nearby and for the larger community. The writer goes on to give several arguments against a FedEx hub, and suggestions about better locations for the facility.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "1946 Landmark Ruling Could Help NC Residents Fight FedEx at Piedmont Airport" (Oct. 12, 1998). The Associated Press reports a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a chicken farmer could affect the outcome of the proposed FedEx hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's, Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "NC Resident Says No to FedEx Hub in Greensboro; Noise Tops Reasons" (Oct. 13, 1998). The News & Record published a letter from Greensboro, North Carolina resident, William J. Powers, who opposes a Federal Express hub at the local airport. Powers' primary objection is noise. He writes:
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Landmark Noise Case Could be Foundation for Homeowners' Action Against Airport FedEx Hub in Greensboro, NC" (Oct. 10, 1998). The News & Record reports a 52-year-old legal case may be ammunition for property owners near the Piedmont Triad International Airport who opposed a Federal Express hub and a third runway at the Greensboro, North Carolina, airport.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Letter Asks for Equal Coverage of North Carolina Residents' Concerns about FedEx Hub" (Sep. 8, 1998). The News & Record published the following letter to the editor from Jeff Johnson, a resident of Greensboro, North Carolina. In his letter Johnson contends recent articles published in the newspaper about the new FedEx hub unfairly deny equal space to citizens' concerns. Johnson writes:
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Neighbors Fight Proposed FedEx Hub at NC Airport, Fearing Noise and Loss of Property Values" (Apr. 15, 1999). Cox News Service reports a neighborhood coalition, objecting to noise and loss of property values, is threatening to block a proposed Federal Express hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina..
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Greensboro, North Carolina Residents to Hear Status of FAA's Environmental Impact Statement on Proposed FedEx Facility and Runway at Piedmont Triad International Airport" (Apr. 25, 1999). The High Point Enterprise reports that the Federal Aviation Administration will hold a public meeting for concerned citizens on the status of their environmental impact statement regarding the proposed Federal Express hub to be located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Residents in Greensboro, North Carolina -- Divided on New FedEx Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport -- Attend Update Meeting" (Apr. 29, 1999). High Point Enterprise reports that over 400 residents of Greensboro, North Carolina, who attended a recent meeting to update them on the new $300 million FedEx hub planned for Piedmont Triad International Airport, remain divided in their opinions. Proponents say that the 1,500 jobs that will be created, and the hub's attractiveness to other industries, make the hub a great idea. Opponents are worried that the pollution and other environmental concerns will be a problem, in addition to increased noise over surrounding neighborhoods.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "NC Resident Defends Arguments Made by Critics of FedEx Hub" (Apr. 9, 1999). The News & Record (Greensboro, NC) published a letter from Diane Warren of Greensboro, North Carolina. In her letter, Ms. Warren defends arguments made by critics of the FedEx hub at the Triad Airport.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Noise is the Thing in the Greensboro, North Carolina FedEx Debate" (Apr. 6, 1999). The News & Record published an editorial from resident Ray Rimmer of Greensboro, North Carolina, who says noise, not economics, is the issue of debate in considering FedEx development. Rimmer writes:
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Greensboro, North Carolina Creates Growth Plan, Taking Into Consideration the Effects of Noise from a Proposed Federal Express Runway" (Aug. 4, 1999). The News & Record reports that a group of residents, business leaders, and local planners have agreed on a development plan for Greensboro, North Carolina, influenced by potential noise from a proposed new airport runway. There will be a moratorium on providing city services such as water and sewer in potential high-noise areas to discourage development.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Editorial Authored by Greensboro, North Carolina Resident Proposes Erection of Berms Around the Airport to Reduce Noise Pollution from Engine Testing" (Jul. 17, 1999). The News & Record prints an editorial written by a resident of Greensboro, North Carolina. He says that berms -- with baffles installed on top -- would deflect much of the noise from engine tests that occur at 11 PM and 6 AM on a regular basis. He says that berms would reduce the impact of the imminent arrival of FedEx and their new runway, and says that the reluctant Airport Authority should have no problem gaining approval since the FAA has approved berm construction at so many other airports.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "North Carolina Resident Challenges Statistics On Jet Noise" (Jul. 5, 1999). This letter to the editor about airport noise and statistics appeared in the Greensboro North Carolina News & Record.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Debate Rages Over Potential Noise Impacts of Proposed Fedex Hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport" (Jun. 27, 1999). The News & Record reports that the debate is still raging in Greensboro, North Carolina over the potential impacts of a proposed $300-million FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. Already, parts of Greensboro are in the 'noise cone' of the airport, and neighbors say that the proposed hub could cause similar impacts elsewhere in the community. The hub is scheduled to open in six years, and the overwhelming majority of the opposition cite increased aircraft noise as the problem.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Resident Near Proposed Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport Notes Problems with Proposed FedEx Hub: Lowering of Already Low Water Table, Pollution, and Noise" (Jun. 6, 1999). The News & Record prints an editorial which discusses problems with the proposed FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. Beyond traditional problems with airports such as noise and air pollution, the proposed 9,000 foot runway and 300-acre FedEx building will prevent 84 million gallons of rainwater from permeating the ground; this comes after a summer when the community almost ran out of drinking water. In addition, water that did reach the ground would be more polluted with toxic de-icing chemicals and spilled fuel. Further, the author believes that the community, which will shoulder most of the burden of the airport while sharing its economic benefits with ten other counties, should have other financial priorities; growth should be encouraged by drawing tax-paying corporations, not by giving tax-breaks to wealthy FedEx and allowing it to decrease surrounding property values while local schools sit hopelessly overcrowded and lacking in funds.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Resident Sees FedEx Hub as Detrimental to Quality of Life in Greensboro, NC" (Mar. 14, 1999). The News & Record published a letter to the editor from resident Hildegard Kuehn who sees the proposed FedEx cargo hub along with subsequent noise, third airport runway, and other changes as severely detrimental to the quality of life in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ms. Kuehn writes:
Greensboro, North Carolina, "FAA Studies Impact that Jet Noise from a Proposed Federal Express Hub Would Have in Greensboro, North Carolina" (May 10, 1999). High Point Enterprise reports that the FAA is performing a year-long environmental impact study -- which will include data on where noise impacts will be worst -- for a proposed FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) in Greensboro, North Carolina. FedEx and PTIA claim noise mitigation measures, such as soundproofing airplane engines, will be taken to minimize morning and evening noise disruption. The hub would serve 20-25 planes a day on a third, parallel runway.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Editorial Says FedEx Has Not Answered Key Questions About Proposed Greensboro, North Carolinai Hub" (Nov. 16, 1999). The News and Record prints an editorial that says FedEx, who wants to build a new runway and hub at the local airport, have not answered some key questions in their public comments to date. Questions relate to property taxes, noise, and pollution.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Comparison of Indianapolis International Airport and Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport; Greensboro May Soon Have FedEx Hub Just As Indianapolis Does, But the Airport's Smaller Size Will Mean Noise Problems May Not Be As Severe" (Nov. 7, 1999). The News and Record notes that Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport will soon be home to a FedEx cargo hub -- just as Indianapolis International is -- but differences in size of the airport and use of the hub mean that noise problems may be different. The article compares many aspects of the two airports directly.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Comparisons Between Indianapolis International Airport (Which Has A FedEx Hub) and Greensboro (Which Will Soon Have One) Show Similarities In Flight Patterns, But Differing Types of Neighborhoods May Overshadow Similarities" (Nov. 7, 1999). The News and Record reports that the configuration of the impending FedEx hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport means that flight patterns will be similar to those at Indianapolis International Airport.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Proposed FedEx Hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport May Cause Noise Well Beyond the Projected Three-Mile Estimate, If A Similar Hub at Indianapolis International Airport Is Any Indication" (Nov. 7, 1999). The News and Record reports that the proposed FedEx Hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport may cause noise problems that extend further than is currently estimated. Noise problems at a similar hub in Indianapolis -- which have been growing over the last twelve years -- extend as far as five and one-half miles, while Piedmont has only estimated noise problems up to three miles away.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Resident of Greensboro, North Carolina Says Recent Article on Noise from FedEx's Planned Hub Ignored Imminent Federal Regulations Requiring Stage 3 Noise Levels" (Nov. 11, 1999). The News and Record prints a letter to the editor from a Greensboro, North Carolina resident who questions why the switch from Stage 2 to Stage 3 noise levels -- required by the federal government after December 31, 1999 -- was given such cursory consideration in a recent article about FedEx's proposed hub.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "North Carolina Man Asks for Clarity on Airport Contour Map" (Apr. 18, 2000). 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.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Federal Aviation Administration Releases Environmental Study on Proposed Cargo Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina" (Apr. 8, 2000). 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.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Greensboro, North Carolina Reader Comments on Hearing Loss From Noise Exposure" (Apr. 3, 2000). 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:
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Greensboro, North Carolina Residents and Officials Comment on FAA Draft Environmental Study of Piedmont Triad International Airport Cargo Hub Expansion" (Apr. 8, 2000). 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).
Greensboro, North Carolina, "North Carolina Legislator Proposes Law to Stop FedEx from Building Hub with Overnight Flights at Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport; Some Officials Say This Would Be Illegal" (Jan. 25, 2000). The News and Record reports that a state representative has drafted a law that would prohibit night flights, discouraging a proposed FedEx hub at Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport. Some say that such a law is illegal, and others say it's a bad idea anyway. Proponents of the airport say that noise problems would be overshadowed by benefits from new jobs.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "North Carolina FedEx Airport Plans Subject of Noise Debate" (Feb. 3, 2000). According to the Tribune Business News, FedEx officials may have to prove how noisy its aircraft will be by providing a sample landing and takeoff at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA). Airport officials are amenable to the idea if FedEx executives are open to the idea.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "North Carolina FedEx Supporters Spout Propaganda and Mislead the Public" (Jan. 12, 2000). The News & Record printed a scathing editorial that criticized pro-FedEx supporters for propagandizing about growth, noise and runways if FedEx comes to town. The editorial said that many of the supporters never been awakened a 3:00 am by a FedEx airplane, or never visited a visited a FedEx hub, of if they have, were given a VIP tour.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "FedEx Hub in Greensboro, North Carolina Could Be Noisier Than Environmental Impact Study May Indicate" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Greensboro, North Carolina News & Record published an editorial by John Licata of Greensboro, who is concerned about the noise impact from the planned Federal Express hub in Greensboro.
Greensboro, North Carolina, "Reader Protests Federal Express Hub in Greensboro, North Carolina" (Mar. 29, 2000). The News and Record in Greensboro, North Carolina printed a letter to the editor protesting the Federal Express air hub. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Greensnboro, North Carolina, "Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport Remains the Choice for Federal Express Hub" (May 26, 1999). High Point Enterprise reports that FedEx intends to go through with the $3 million hub project at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA). Five other Carolina airports were in the running, but most seem to have accepted that PTIA has won; Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, in the preliminary phases of constructing a cargo complex, says they would still be interested, if the deal fell through for any reason. FedEx picked PTIA thirteen months ago, and remains firm in its decision despite community opposition.
Greenwich Village, New York, "Resident Praises Police's Efforts to Keep Greenwich Village Quiet" (May 1, 1998). The New York Times published the following letter to the editor, from resident Carole Hale who praises the efforts of the police enforcing the noise ordinance. Hale wrote:
Greenwood Village, Colorado, "Voters in Colorado Community to Decide Development Fate of Land in Airport Noise Zone" (Aug. 27, 1997). The Denver Post reports that the City Council in Greenwood Village, Colorado has decided to ask voters whether the city should annex a piece of land from Arapahoe County for a new housing development. The housing development recently was turned down by the Arapahoe County Commission because the land is inside a high noise zone of the Centennial Airport.
Greenwood Village, Colorado, "Colorado City Councilor Challenges Proposed Annexation Plan Due to Jet Noise Under Parcel" (Oct. 21, 1997). The Rocky Mountain News reports that a City Councilor in Greenwood Village, Colorado challenged a proposed 80-acre annexation Monday, saying it makes no sense to build 499 homes beneath a flight path for Centennial Airport. The issue was raised during a public hearing on the proposed annexation, which would annex South Peoria Street, Cherry Creek Drive, and parts of Peoria Street and East Belleview Avenue. The developer, Cherry Creek Holdings Partnership, sought annexation to Greenwood Village after the Arapahoe County commissioners rejected the housing plan, based largely on concerns about aircraft noise. Meanwhile, the article reports, three studies have reached different conclusions about the impact of aircraft noise on the site.
Greenwood Village, Colorado, "Colorado Village Seeks Input for Residents at FAA Hearing with Centennial Airport" (Oct. 10, 1998). The Denver Post reports Greenwood Village officials want residents surrounding Colorado's Centennial Airport to have a voice in the battle between the airport authority and a commuter passenger service that has been banned from the airport.
Greenwood, Indiana, "Indiana Man Enraged at Noisy Teen-Agers Charged for Firing a Gun" (Jul. 29, 1997). The Indianapolis News reports that a man in Greenwood, Indiana has been arrested for firing a .45-caliber handgun into the ground after becoming enraged that teen-agers were using a hydraulic system to bounce a car through his neighborhood. The man told sheriff's deputies that he "just snapped."
Greenwood, Indiana, "Greenwood, Indiana City Council to Consider Raising the Fine for Noise Ordinance Violation from $15" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Indianapolis News reports on several local issues including tax abatement, property taxes, and noise. After complaints from an elderly resident about excessively loud car stereos, the city council is considering an increase in the current $15 fine for noise violations. Police receive frequent noise complaints but fines are too low to effectively deter violators.
Greenwood, La., "Louisiana Racetrack Loses Bid to Block Town From Enforcing Noise Ordinance" (May 29, 1999). An Associated Press article reports that on the eve of a special racing event, the Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, Louisiana lost its battle with the town's enforcement of a noise ordinance. Boothill Speedway owners were prepared for a fine because the special event would violate curfew and noise ordinances, but were not prepared for the ruling.
Greenwood, La., "Louisiana Racetrack Loses; Noise Ordinance Wins (May 29, 1999)." (May 29, 1999). An Associated Press article reports that on the eve of a special racing event, the Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, Louisiana lost its battle with the town's enforcement of a noise ordinance.
Grimsby, England, "Electronic Monitoring System Used in Grimsby, England, to Combat Noise Nuisances" (Jul. 14, 1998). The Grimsby Evening Telegraph reports an English town of Grimsby is using an electronic monitoring system to combat noise pollution.
Guadalupe, Arizona, "Noise From Celebratory Culture in Guadalupe, Arizona Irritates Tempe Residents" (Sep. 18, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports that noise from celebrations in the once-isolated Hispanic-Yaqui community of Guadalupe, Arizona has been bothering residents of an expanding Tempe. Noise and diminished property values are the concerns of Tempe residents, and even some residents of Guadalupe itself. Police acknowledge that the community is celebratory by nature, but enforce limits such as an 11:30 cut-off time for outdoor music.
Guangdong, China, "China Issues New Noise Pollution Regulations for Southern Province" (Aug. 21, 1997). The China Business Information Network reports that new noise regulations expected to be approved next month will take effect later this year in Guangdong, an economically-developed province in south China. The Guangdong Provincial Regulations on the Prevention of Noise Pollution, which are expected to be passed by the Provincial People's Congress next month, will punish firms and vehicle-owners who create too much noise in residential areas, the article says.
Guilford and Forsyth counties, North Carolina, "North Carolina Airport Attempt to Change Flight Path to Reduce Noise Fails" (Feb. 19, 2000). According to an editorial in the News & Record, an attempt by airport officials to redirect flight paths is a bad idea, bad politics and bad planning.
Guilford County, North Carolina, "North Carolina County Commissioners Reject School Site Partly Due to Airport's Proximity" (Oct. 24, 1997). The News & Record reports that Guilford County (North Carolina) Board of Commissioners Thursday narrowly rejected a purchase of land proposed by the school board for the Northwest Middle School. The Commissioners voted down the proposal because it the land parcel was too expensive, too large, and too close to the Piedmont Triad International Airport, the article says.
Guilford County, North Carolina, "FedEx Expansion at NC Piedmont Airport will Damage Quality of Life" (Apr. 14, 1999). News & Record (Greensboro, NC) published an editorial written in response to a defender of a proposed expansion of North Carolina's Piedmont Triad Airport to accommodate a Federal Express hub. The author, Joan Black, contends FedEx at the airport doesn't mean progress but rather a lower quality of life for residents of Guilford County.
Guilford, North Carolina, "North Carolina County and School Board Officials Fight Over Proposed Location of New School Near Airport" (Nov. 14, 1997). The News & Record reports that members of the Guilford County (North Carolina) school board told Guilford residents Thursday that some of the county commissioners have lied to them and virtually eliminated a property from consideration as a site for a new northwest middle school. County commissioners have twice in the past few weeks rejected the school board's request to approve money to purchase a site on Horsepen Creek Road, citing the high price of the site, and safety and noise concerns because of the site's proximity to the Piedmont Triad International Airport. In response, the school board is now considering the possibility of building elsewhere, including on land that is now part of county-owned Bur-Mil Park and a site owned by the Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Gulfport, Florida, "Florida City Clerk Arrested for Barking Dog" (Jun. 4, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that Gulfport, Florida resident and St. Petersburg Beach City Clerk Pamala Prell was cited, fined, fingerprinted, booked, bailed out, and brought to court over noise from her barking Doberman pinscher.
Gulfport, Mississippi, "Noise and Dust from Limestone Distribution Center in Gulfport, Mississippi Angers Residents" (Sep. 2, 1999). The Advocate reports that neighbors of a Gulfport, Mississippi are bothered by dust and noise from a nearby limestone distribution center. Vulcan Materials, owned by a Florida distribution company, receives bulk material by rail and sends almost 80 loaded dump trucks over local roads on their way to the Interstate each day. The Commission has said it will look into solutions, but insists that residences have "encroached on the plant", instead of the other way around, since the business predates many of the homes. Residents insist that the plant never should have been located there to begin with.
Gulfport, Mississippi, "Citizens Association for Responsible Development in Gulfport, Mississippi May Sue to Have Noisy Gravel Plant Moved" (Nov. 13, 1999). The State-Times/Morning Advocate reports that the Citizens Association for Responsible Development in Gulfport, Mississippi may sue to have a nearby gravel plant moved to another part of the county. The company has reduced it's noise, but vibrations are still bothersome. Engineers are studying the low frequency noise, and will report to county officials next month.
Gwinnett County, Georgia, "Georgia Residents Oppose Metal Recycler Fearing Noise" (May 20, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports that despite outraged neighbors, planning commissioners in Gwinnett County, Georgia, approved the building of a metal recycler.
Gwinnett, Georgia, "GA County Says Yes to Outdoor Music for Restaurants but Noise Ordinance Still in Effect" (Jun. 25, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports for the second time in recent months, county commissioners in Gwinnett, Georgia, changed the alcohol law to allow restaurants to play music outside their buildings.
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