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Naha, Japan, "Japanese Court Orders Noise Pollution Compensation for Residents Living Near U.S. Air Base" (May 23, 1998). The Mainichi Daily News reports that the Fukuoka High Court in Naha, Japan ordered the government Friday to compensate residents living near the U.S. Kadena Air Base for noise pollution caused by late-night flights. The court agreed with residents that the jet noise has inflicted psychological damage, but rejected a demand to have the flights banned.

Naha, Japan, "Japanese Residents Won't Appeal Jet Noise Compensation Ruling" (Jun. 5, 1998). The Japan Economic Newswire reports that residents who filed suit against the Japanese government for noise from the U.S. Kadena air base in Japan will not appeal a high court ruling that ordered the government to compensate the residents for noise pollution from military aircraft. The ruling was issued by the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court on May 22, and it ordered the government to compensate 867 people of the 906 who requested compensation, but rejected arguments to halt night flights at the base.

Naha, Japan, "Neighbors of US Air Base in Okinawa File Lawsuit Against Japanese Government Over Noise" (Mar. 28, 2000). The Daily Yomiuri reported that almost 6,000 neighbors of the U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa filed a lawsuit against the government because of jet noise from night and early morning flights, twenty-one of whom are demanding that the Japanese government order the U.S. to stop the flights. According to the article, the residents seek 6.2 million zen.

Nairobi, Kenya, "Kenyan Disco Noise Leads to Violence" (Jan. 16, 2000). According to an article from the Agence France Presse, the husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, and some of his friends beat the owner of disco and hotel, who is now in intensive care because of loud music.

Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China, "Chinese Villagers Are Prosecuted After Blocking A Runway in Aircraft Noise Protest" (Apr. 6, 1998). The British Broadcasting Corporation printed exerpts of an article published by 'Xinhua Ribao" in Nanjing China on March 20, 1998. The 'Zinhua Ribao' article reported that 26 residents from Zhuanghu Village in Jiangsu Province gathered and blocked the runway of Nanjing Lukou International Airport on February 24, 1998 to protest the adverse affect of the airplanes on their life and demanded compensation.

Naperville, IL, "Naperville, IL Seeks to Refine Its Noise Ordinances" (Jun. 17, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the city of Naperville, IL has moved from tackling noisy car stereos to completely remaking all its noise-related ordinances.

Naperville, Illinois, "Police in Naperville, Illinois Ask City Council for Noise Ordinance Amendment Allowing Impounding of Cars When Stereos Are Too Loud" (May 6, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that Naperville, Illinois police have asked city council to amend the noise ordinance to allow the impounding of cars when their stereos are too loud. The request comes in response to noise problems in a local parking lots in front of Walgreen's on the scenic Riverwalk. Teenagers often crank their stereos in the parking lot, fight, and "quite frankly make a point to intimidate other people." It would cost $250 to release an impounded car.

Naperville, Illinois, "Noise from Gas-to-Energy Plant at Naperville, Illinois' Landfill Annoys Residents; County Installs Newer Mufflers to No Avail" (Sep. 17, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that turbine mufflers -- designed to reduce noise from a gas-to-energy plant at Naperville, Illinois' landfill -- have created no noticeable reduction. According to residents, no noticeable reduction has occurred. After the county learned from the muffler manufacturers that noise is only reduced 1/3 of the reported amount, they decided to call in a sound engineer to decide if anything else can be done.

Naperville, Illinois, "Illinois City Council to Limit Construction Hours and Outdoor Speaker Decibel Levels" (Feb. 3, 2000). According to the Chicago Tribune, the Naperville City Council submitted two changes regarding noise to the Plan Commission. One change would limit work hours for construction crews and the other would limit the decibel levels on outdoor speakers at businesses.

Napier, New Zealand, "New Zealand Research Finds That Classrooms Are Too Noisy" (Apr. 8, 2000). 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.

Naples, Florida, "Leaders in Air Industry Disagree about Impact of New Noise Regulations" (Feb. 16, 1999). The Journal of Commerce reports tougher noise regulations possibly grounding a number of large aircraft was the topic of discussion at a transportation and aerospace conference in Naples, Florida, last week.

Naples, North Carolina, "Noise Ordinance Before Speedway, Say North Carolina County Officials" (Nov. 11, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports officials in Henderson County, Florida, are considering a moratorium on the construction of racetracks until a noise ordinance is in place.

Narragansett, Rhode Island, "All Three Candidates for Town Council in Narragansett, Rhode Island Support a Noise Ordinance Review" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that in a three-way race for a town council seat in Narragansett, Rhode Island, noise has arisen as an issue. All the candidates agree that the noise ordinance should be reviewed.

Narragansett, Rhode Island, "Narragansett, Rhode Island Introduces 10-Point Plan to Reduce Problems at Rowdy Parties; Many Points Are Out of Town Jurisdiction" (Dec. 8, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that the Narragansett, Rhode Island Town Council approved a 10-point plan designed to reduce problems associated with rowdy parties. The council plans to move towards amending the noise ordinance as one of the steps.

Nashville, Tennessee, "Resident Believes Super-Speedway Will be Noisy and Unhealthy for Nashville" (Nov. 24, 1997). The Nashville Banner printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Michael Lawrence, a Nashville resident, regarding a super-speedway proposed for Nashville, Tennessee:

Nashville, Tennessee, "Noise Decreases at Nashville Airport, But Some Tenn. Residents Still Wait for Home Soundproofing" (Sep. 8, 1998). The Tennessean reports the Federal Aviation Administration is reducing the size of the noise contour map at Tennessee's Nashville International Airport, saying the airport is quieter than it was in 1993 when the map was made.

Nashville, Tennessee, "Some Neighbors of Nashville International Airport Wait a Decade for Noise Insulation" (Mar. 22, 1999). The Tennessean reports while the majority of houses in the noise contour map for Kentucky's Nashville International Airport have been soundproofed, some residents are still waiting on a list began in 1992.

Nassau, Bahamas, "Bambardier Announces its New Personal Watercraft is Quieter" (Sep. 17, 1997). Business Wire released a press release from Bombadier, a manufacturer of personal watercraft, that says all models of their Sea Doo watercraft and jet boats will have the D-Sea-Bel Noise Reduction System by model-year 1999.

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, "Penn. Residents and Cement Company Negotiate Design of Conveyor to Address Noise and Dust" (Nov. 19, 1998). The Morning Call reports a residents' advisory committee to ESSROC Cement Corp discussed on Wednesday noise concerns about the Nazareth, Pennsylvania, manufacturer's proposed 1.7-mile conveyor.

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, "Proposed 1.7 Mile Limestone Conveyor in Nazareth, Pennsylvania Shouldn't Increase Noise Much in the Area; Also, 250 Daily Truck Trips Could Be Eliminated By the Conveyor" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Morning Call reports that a 1.7-mile, $10- to $15-million conveyor proposed by a limestone company in Nazareth, Pennsylvania shouldn't add much noise to the area. The company claims the conveyor will not be louder than 50 decibels. In fact, it will eliminate the need for the 250 daily truck trips that the company now needs to transport limestone along an already congested road.

Nelson, New Zealand, "Nelson Airport Upgrades Noise Committee" (May 18, 1998). The Nelson Mail reports the Nelson, New Zealand, airport authority will form a committee to deal with noise issues arising from the airport.

Nelson, New Zealand, "Nelson, New Zealand Residents, Already Campaigning for Ban on Nighttime Logging Truck Runs On One Street, Widen Proposed Ban to Include All Residential Streets At All Times" (Jul. 29, 1999). The Nelson Mail reports that Nelson, New Zealand residents, who were already campaigning against nighttime logging truck runs on Nile Street have widened the proposed ban to include all residential streets at all times. Complaints surrounding logging trucks have included noise and safety issues, made worse after a log fell from a truck recently. The logging company pledges increased safety but says they need to use residential streets. Residents plan to continue pushing the council, which is perceived in a cynical light.

Nelson, New Zealand, "Nightclub in Nelson, New Zealand Cited for Loud, Repetitive Bass; Club Says It's Being Singled Out" (Nov. 27, 1999). The Nelson Mail reports that the Artery nightclub in Nelson, New Zealand has been served with a noise abatement notice after neighbors complained about a loud, repetitive bass thumping. The club believes it is being picked on, but the local environmental officer says that he is simply applying the local noise limits -- which is 50 decibels at the property line for bass -- to the club's noise.

Nelson, New Zealand, "Nelson, New Zealand Arts Center Says It Is Singled Out Over Noise Problems" (Nov. 9, 1999). The Nelson Mail reports that "The Artery", a community arts center in Nelson, New Zealand claims that it is being singled out in disputes over noise pollution. Artery officials say that the complaints are prejudicial because the music in question is techno music. Officials have spent $145,000 to soundproof the building to be under 45 decibels, but the city is now lowering the noise limits to 40 decibels because the bass notes are still disturbing residents.

Nelson, New Zealand, "New Zealand Resident Says Noise Caused Health Problems and Sale of Home" (Feb. 17, 2000). The Nelson Mail (New Zealand) reports that John Dearden, who lives near the new coastal highway in Nelson, has been severely affected by traffic noise on the new road. Dearden, who first voiced his protests a year ago, complains of health problems and states that he now will be unable to sell his home. The stretch of road that he is concerned with runs south of Mapua, between Maisey Road and Bronte Road.

Nelson, New Zealand, "New Zealand Government Has No Plans to Monitor Noise Around Homes Near Bypass" (Mar. 23, 2000). The Nelson Mail reported that the New Zealand government says it won't monitor noise from the proposed widening of a bypass. It will, the article said, consider complaints on a case by case basis.

Nepean, Ottawa, Canada, "Canadian City Planner to Tear Down Noise Walls for Good" (Apr. 15, 2000). 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.

Neptune Beach, Florida, "Bar/Restaurant in Neptune Beach, Florida Offers Live Music That Keeps Neighbors Awake at Night" (Apr. 8, 2000). 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.

Neptune, New Jersey, "Police Officers Crack Down on Noise Violators at Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey" (Aug. 10, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that Point Pleasant Beach has issued a new noise ordinance that stipulates how much noise is acceptable. Persons who exceed the limits can be issued summonses.

New Boston, Illinois, "Living Under Detroit Airport's Flight Paths is "Hell on Earth"" (Sep. 17, 1998). The Detroit News reports one New Boston, Illinois, resident who lives in Detroit Metro Airport's southern flight path says the recent Northwest pilots strike gave her temporary reprieve from unbearable noise.

New Boston, Michigan, "Michigan Woman Wants Detroit Airport to Buy her Home, Claiming Health Effects from Noise" (May 4, 1998). The Detroit News reports a Michigan resident is battling with the Detroit Metropolitan Airport to buy her home, which lies beneath takeoff and landing flight path. The noise from the planes is slowly deafening her children, she claims.

New Delhi, India, "Political Party in India Fined for Political Noise Pollution" (Dec. 10, 1997). The Agence France Presse reports that a political party in India has been fined 10,000 rupees (256 dollars) for causing noise pollution, it was reported Wednesday.

New Delhi, India, "Indian Government to Enforce New Noise Rules Under Environment Protection Act" (Feb. 18, 2000). According to an article from the M2 Presswire, the Ministry of Environment and Forests is getting tough on noise pollution, a significant problem in India's cities and urban areas. The article said that the Noise Pollution Rules 2000 aim to regulate and reduce noise at the source.

New Hanover, New Jersey, "Environmental Report from McGuire Air Force Base in New Hanover, New Jersey Says Base is Busier, and Also Quieter" (Jan. 27, 2000). The Asbury Park Press reports that an environmental report on McGuire Air Force Base in New Hanover, New Jersey says that the base is busier but quieter.

New Haven, Connecticut, "Conn. Man Claims Hearing Loss after Concert, Sues for $15, 000" (Mar. 9, 1999). The Gazette (Montreal) reports a Connecticut man who attended a rock concert with his son in New Haven, Connecticut, is suing for damages, claming hearing loss.

New Kent County, Virginia, "Proposed County Noise Ordinance in Virginia Will be Reworked after Residents Complained it Unfairly Targeted Gun Owners" (Jul. 3, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that the New Kent County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors agreed to rework a proposed noise ordinance after members of the public convinced them that the ordinance unfairly targeted gun owners.

New Kent County, Virginia, "Virginia County Postpones Decision on Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 10, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that the New Kent County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors last night deferred a decision on a proposed noise ordinance, after the board heard from gun owners and others who said the ordinanc would take away personal rights.

New Lebanon, Ohio, "Police in Ohio Town Step Up Campaign to Eliminate Loud Car Stereos" (May 21, 1998). The Dayton Daily News reports that police in New Lebanon, Ohio have instituted a strict campaign to reduce loud car stereo noise, after receiving numerous resident complaints on the issue. The article notes that New Lebanon already has an ordinance that prohibits the use of car stereos that disrupt the comfort and peace of residents.

New Milford, New Jersey, "New Jersey Resident Believes Traffic Noise is Worse Than Aircraft Noise" (Nov. 26, 1997). The Record printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Paul Sveridovich, a New Milford, New Jersey resident, regarding aircraft noise from the Teterboro Airport and traffic noise:

New Milford, New Jersey, "Plan for Roller Hockey Rink Brings Concerns of Noise and Traffic in NJ Town" (Jun. 25, 1998). The Record reports more than 60 residents attended a planning board meeting this week in New Milford, New Jersey, to discuss proposed outdoor roller-hockey rink. While some tried to demonstrate the need for the facility, others talked of the noise and traffic the rink would bring to the neighborhood.

New Orleans and East Jefferson, Louisiana, "Noise Impact Study Delays Massive Highway Project in Louisiana" (May 3, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that a project to widen Interstate 10 around New Orleans and East Jefferson, Louisiana would require concrete walls as high as 30 feet to muffle traffic noise, according to a recent study. This news has sent state highway officials scrambling to revise their plans and has delayed the work on the project, the article says.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Airport Noise in New Orleans Louder than Average" (Apr. 27, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that only 52 percent of the jets flying into Kenner airport meet Federally mandated Stage 3 noise requirements. Members of the New Orleans International Airport's noise abatement committee are concerned about the numbers.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Louisisana City Council Plans For Local Airport Regulation" (Dec. 18, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that Kenner City Council is expected to vote to give itself veto power over any project at the New Orleans International Airport that would hurt the safety and property values of Kenner residents.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "New Orleans Residents Startled By Practice Flights Of B-1 Bomber" (Dec. 20, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that practice flights of a B-1 Bomber startled residents of the New Orleans Lakefront with unusually loud noise.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Resident And Businesses In New Orleans' French Quarter Fight Over Noise" (Jan. 2, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that noise levels in New Orleans' French Quarter are sparking a sharply divided debate that may end up the subject of a federal lawsuit.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Lousiana Airport Expansion Plans Continue" (Dec. 9, 1997). The Times Picayune reports that the Kenner and New Orleans Ciy Council's are working together on plans to improve the New Orleans International Airport.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Noise Keeps Louisiana Airport Talks On the Ground" (Dec. 13, 1997). According to a Times Picayune report, lease negotiations between a New Orleans airport and several major airlines have become so deadlocked that a city councilman has suggested that local business leaders mediate before the airline leases expire this month. Jim Singleton suggested the Chamber of Commerce step in to help bring the two sides together.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "New Orleans Resident Complains About Noise and Trash in Historic Quarter" (Nov. 18, 1997). The Times-Picayune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from William Gershuny, a New Orleans resident, regarding the noise and trash problems in the city's historic Quarter:

New Orleans, Louisiana, "New Orleans Residents Protest Airport Changes" (Dec. 3, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that Kenner, Louisiana officials spent two hours Tuesday telling a Federal Aviation Administration representative that they don't want a taxiway at New Orleans International Airport turned into a runway for private aircraft. Residents and Council members from communities surrounding the New Orleans International Airport fear the noise increased traffic would cause.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "New Orleans Residents Welcome Noise Barrier Walls along I-10" (Apr. 12, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports many residents who live along the Interstate 10 Service Road are supportive of building sound barriers along the highway.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Resident Alerts Public to Noise and Its Harmful Effects" (Apr. 29, 1998). The Times-Picayune published the following letter alerting readers to the pervasiveness of noise and its harmful effects. The letter is from Metairie, Louisiana, resident, John Guignard. Guignard wrote:

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Soundproofing Plan for New Orleans International Airport Comes to a Halt" (Aug. 3, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that the soundproofing program for residential areas near New Orleans International Airport in Louisiana has come to a halt while airport officials negotiate with project architects.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "New Orleans Enacts Noise Buffer Zone for Cathedral during Services" (Sep. 4, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans City Council on Thursday placed limits on noise levels around a city cathedral during religious services after a lengthy dispute between the church and street musicians.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Four French Quarter Citizen's Groups Seek State Help in Noise Battle in New Orleans, Louisiana" (Jan. 14, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that State Senator Paulette Irons has stepped into the battle over noise control in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the article, Senator Irons, D-New Orleans, said Tuesday she will ask the state to develop a tourism management plan for New Orleans that covers noise and other quality-of-life issues. Irons, spoke at a news conference called by four groups of Quarter residents who want tougher enforcement of noise controls in their neighborhood. The Quarter groups holding the news conference were the St. Peter Street Neighborhood Improvement Association, the French Quarter Citizens for Preservation of Residential Quality, the Friends of Jackson Square and the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Natural Quiet Still Lives in Louisiana Bayou" (Jan. 22, 1998). In a column called Tammany Talk, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans printed writer Carol Wolfram's peaceful canoeing experience through the Cane Bayou in Louisiana, part of the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. In the Bayou, Wolfram enjoys the beautiful sounds of silence.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Editorial Pushes for Compromise in New Orleans, Louisiana Noise Problem" (Jan. 8, 1998). The Times-Picayune printed the following editorial:

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Louisiana Residents Worry Over Highway Noise Barriers" (Jan. 4, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that officials in New Orleans Louisiana are preparing to widen highway I-10. Neighbors worry over the increased noise of the larger road.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Louisiana Noise Activist's Property is Firebombed for the Third Time" (Jul. 18, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that a servant's quarters building behind the home of Stuart Smith, an activist who has demanded a crackdown on noisy bars in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, was set fire to on Friday about 5 a.m. Smith said this is the third firebombing of his property in what he believes is a campaign of intimidation for his activism.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Sound Walls Needed on Louisiana's I-10 According to State Officials" (May 20, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports residents concerned about state plans to construct 10- to 24-foot-high noise -barriers along Interstate 10 will get a final chance to be heard in two public hearings this week.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Noise in Nearby Towns Tops Issues at Airport Expansion Forum in New Orleans" (Sep. 25, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports although the first forum didn't solve any problems, three Louisiana towns agreed Thursday to continue meeting about the expansion of New Orleans International Airport.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "New Orleans Noise Walls to Include Artistic Images of Local Plants" (Aug. 23, 1999). The Times-Picayune reports that a noise wall design committee in New Orleans, Louisiana chose a design for a 10- to 24-foot noise wall that will line parts of a ten mile stretch of Interstate 10. The design includes local plants, and its choice was part of a $100,000 wall design process. The walls will go up in an area where residents are exposed to 180,000 vehicles each day and noise averages as high as 75 decibels.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "New Orleans Resident Wants Noise Police" (Jul. 17, 1999). The Times-Picayune prints a letter to the editor from a New Orleans resident. He lists several instances throughout his week when he wishes there had been 'noise police', or at least noise laws put in place by local legislators.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Parishioner at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana Applauds New Law to Keep Street Performers Quiet During Church Services" (Jul. 12, 1999). The Times-Picayune prints a letter to the Editor from a parishioner at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana who approves of a new law to restrict street performers and musicians from interrupting church services with loud music. She lived near the cathedral until recently when she realized that the noise was causing stress-related illnesses in her family. She notes that street performers aren't always musicians, but are often jugglers or other entertainers with boom boxes.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Proposed Legislation to Restrict Sound in Traditionally Musical New Orleans Square Threatens the City's Culture" (Jun. 30, 1999). The Times-Picayune prints an editorial, in which the author points out problems with the currently pending Senate Bill 909 that would limit sound levels New Orleans' Jackson Square. The law would mean that "sound producing devices" could not be used in a public place "in a manner likely to disturb, inconvenience, or annoy a person of ordinary sensibilities." Further, the sound can't be more than 55 decibels within ten feet of an entrance to a hospital or place of worship. The author notes that the ambient noise in Jackson Square is already above that number, and that someone who coughs could be tagged as a violator if the mouth was considered a 'sound producing device." Violators could get up to 30 days in jail.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Noise in New Orleans' French Quarter Neighborhood Equal to Industrial Zone Levels" (Mar. 16, 1999). The Times-Picayune published a letter written by Winnie Nichols, French Quarter resident, and Paulette R. Irons, State Senator from New Orleans. The writers urge New Orleans city officials to appreciate the toll of noise on residents and take action to protect residents of the historic French Quarter neighborhood:

New Orleans, Louisiana, "French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana is Site of Disagreement for Street Musicians and Parishioners Desiring Quiet" (May 17, 1999). The Times-Picayune reports that a Cathedral in New Orleans' French Quarter has become a place of conflict between street musicians and parishioners. Parishioners claim their right to worship is being compromised by street musician's noise, and had threatened to sue the city; in response, no-noise signs have been erected and a pledge has been made by local police to enforce noise limits there.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Police Post Signs Barring Noise at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Street Musicians Are Upset and Think It's Just the Beginning" (May 14, 1999). The Times-Picayune reports that police in New Orleans' French Quarter posted signs in front of St. Louis Cathedral suggesting musicians were not welcome. Musicians are upset, and some signs have disappeared. An attorney who has represented street performers in the past say the signs, intended to bar noise above 78 decibels 50 feet from its source during services, seem to suggest that no noise is acceptable at any time. Parishioners planned to sue for their right to worship without disruptive sound, but they are holding off since the city has posted the signs and promised to enforce the noise limits. The noise limits in the quarter are already above the 70 decibels in other residential areas of New Orleans.

New Orleans, Louisiana, "Louisiana Leaf Blowers Worse Than Rockets and Drag Races" (Jan. 12, 2000). The Times-Picayune printed a tongue-in-cheek but none-the-less serious editorial that condemned leaf blowers, worse than car alarms, boom cars or garbage trucks at 5:00 am.

New Plymouth, New Zealand, "New Zealand District Council Rejects Appeal for Expanded Co-Generation Plant with Weaker Noise Standards" (Nov. 26, 1997). The Daily News reports that the South Taranaki District Council in the New Plymouth, New Zealand area has rejected an appeal from Kiwi Co-operative Dairies to expand its co-generation plant. The council's judicial committee earlier approved the expansion, subject to special noise conditions, which then were appealed by the company.

New Plymouth, New Zealand, "Bar in New Plymouth, England Focus of Noise Complaints" (Apr. 8, 2000). 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.

New Port Richey, Florida, "Florida County Commission to Vote on New Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 29, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that Florida's Pasco County Commission is expected to make a decision today on a new noise ordinance that would allow sheriff's deputies to ticket noise violators without using a sound meter.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida, "Florida Beachside Residents Are Unhappy with Jet Ski Zones" (May 10, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that many residents in the New Smyrna Beach, Florida area are unhappy with the "personal watercraft zones" established by Volusia County, because jet skis in the zones are noisy and prevent others from swimming in the area. In response to the complaints, county officials are planning public meetings to talk about creating some new personal watercraft zones that would be rotated with the current zones.

New West County, Colorado, "New Development Brings Loss of Peace and Quiet Once Enjoyed in New West County, Colorado" (May 27, 1998). The Idaho Statesman published an editorial from Don Olsen contemplating the noise of crowing roosters, prairie dogs and the aspirations of subdivision developers in New West County, Colorado.

New Westminster, British Columbia, CANADA, "City in British Columbia Proposes "Anti-Nuisance Zones;" Includes Noise as Uncivil and Illegal Behavior" (May 7, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports the New Westminster, British Columbia, city council has given a first reading to a new bylaw that would create "anti-nuisance zones" where civility would be required. Making noise that disturbs residents is one of the uncivil behaviors addressed in the new bylaw.

New York City (Queens), New York, "New York Rally Protests Airport Noise and Its Health Effects on Children" (Oct. 12, 1998). Newsday reports children and adults gathered in Queens, New York, yesterday to protest noise, pollution, and ill health effects from nearby airports.

New York City, New York, "New Yorkers Number 1 Quality Of Life Complaint Is Noise" (Dec. 29, 1997). The Daily News reports that New York City is doing little to reduce noise pollution even though noise is New Yorkers' No.1 quality of life issue.

New York City, New York, "No-Noise Advocates No Longer Quiet in New York City" (Oct. 28, 1997). The Christian Science Monitor recently printed the following editorial whose subject was noise and the resulting "quiet crisis."

New York City, New York, "NYC Steps Up Anti-Noise Effort with Restrictions for Cabbies" (Apr. 30, 1998). The Daily News reports New York City is increasing its efforts to limit noise by restricting cab drivers from honking their horns unnecessarily.

New York City, New York, "New York City Street Screamers Wreak Havoc In Soho" (Feb. 8, 1998). The New York Times reports about growing noise complaints in Soho, New York City.

New York City, New York, "Noise Monitors available to Residents who Live Near NY & NJ Airports" (Jan. 22, 1998). Newsday reports that residents who live around a major airport in the New York City area can request a mobile noise monitor from Port Authority. These monitors measure decibel levels of aircraft noise to determine if airlines are violating noise limits.

New York City, New York, "Feds Fund Three Sound Barrier Projects in NYC" (Jun. 28, 1998). The Daily News reports Congress and the White House have approved a multi-million-dollar spending for transportation projects aimed at easing New York's traffic flow along Queens streets, and reducing noise pollution for neighbors of the borough's highways.

New York City, New York, "Motorcycle Fans and Foes Meet about Noise in NYC" (Jun. 28, 1998). The New York Times reports a large group gathered Tuesday in Greenwich Village, New York, to talk about noise from motorcycles with altered mufflers.

New York City, New York, "NY Resident Says Noise Makers Should Pay" (May 17, 1998). The New York Times published the following letter to the editor from Marcia H. Lemmon of New York City's Lower East Side. Ms. Lemmon's letter addresses who should take responsibility for noise and the ensuing costs of soundproofing. She is the chairwoman of the Ludlow Block Association.

New York City, New York, "House Votes Down Call for Increased Flights at NY's Busiest Airports" (Oct. 19, 1998). The Daily News (New York) reports New York City residents in the borough of Queens, subjected for years to abnormally high levels of noise and air pollution, got a break last week when JFK and LaGuardia were denied flight increases.

New York City, New York, "NYC Resident Proposes Ban on Truck Traffic Through Neighborhood, Citing Noise, Health and Safety Issues" (Sep. 20, 1998). The New York Times reports a resident's concern about noise, pollution, health, and safety issues caused by heavy truck traffic in her New York City neighborhood has led to a resolution to ban commercial traffic through that area. To go into effect, the ban now needs approval from the Department of Transportation.

New York City, New York, "Court Case: NYC Nightclub Loses in Challenge to Charges of Excessive Noise Violations" (Sep. 10, 1998). The New York Law Journal reports a case in which a nightclub failed in its challenge to charges of excessive noise violations. The summary, text, and discussion of the case follows:

New York City, New York, "Increased Air Traffic and Noise Over Upper Manhattan Neighborhoods Due to Runway Work at La Guardia" (Sep. 6, 1998). The New York Times reports New York City residents are annoyed by the increased flights over their neighborhoods in the last several months. The sharp rise in air traffic and its attendant noise are due to runway work at La Guardia Airport.

New York City, NY, "New York City Helicoptors Increase In Noise Level" (Apr. 27, 1997). The New York Daily News reports community residents are disturbed daily by the increase of tourist, weather, commuter, television news, and law enforcement helicopter flight. The Helicopter Noise Coalition of New York hopes to create a helicopter "no fly" zone across the five boroughs, excepting emergency flights. The coalition aims to eliminate heliports from residential areas and to enforce regulation on the industry. Meanwhile there is a helicopter repair and storage operation at The Brooklyn Navy Yard proposed to be built and the Giuliani administration is supporting plans for a super heliport on Pier 76.

New York City, NY, "Schools Near Airports May Debilitate Learning" (May 20, 1997). The Washington Post reports that two environmental psychologists at Cornell University, Gary W. Evans and Lorraine Maxwell, have discovered that schoolchildren who are exposed to frequent airport noise do not learn to read well as schoolchildren who study in a quieter environment. Children exposed to excessive and repeated noise learn how to tune out noise, including speech. Impaired speech perception in turn hampers their ability to learn how to read.

New York, New York, "United Airlines Will Reduce Noise Emissions of its Fleet Ahead of Schedule" (Sep. 5, 1997). The Xinhua News Agency reports that United Airlines officials announced today that they will reduce noise emissions from the company's fleet by 25% more than federal aircraft noise standards require by the end of this year, according to a company press release. Company officials intend to replace many of the fleet's jets with new aircraft to achieve the goal.

New York, New York, "New York City Sues U.S. Department of Transportation Over New Flights At La Guardia Airport" (Dec. 18, 1997). The New York Times reports that the City's Corporation Counsel sued the Federal Government to stop it from adding 21 new flights a day at La Guardia Airport, arguing that the extra traffic at the already congested airport would compromise the safety of air travelers and Queens residents.

New York, New York, "Noise Expert Cries Out For Stronger Noise Pollution Control In New York City" (Dec. 30, 1997). The Daily News reports that a top environmental expert yesterday called for appointment of a city czar to coordinate a crackdown on the noise explosion tormenting New Yorkers.

New York, New York, "Resident Take City To Task On Noise Violations" (Dec. 31, 1997). The Daily News reports that New York residents of Queens Blvd. are suing the city for violations of local noise pollution control laws.

New York, New York, "Community Fights New York City Night Club" (Dec. 7, 1997). The New York Times reports that New York City's economic development committee of Community Board 12 is pushing for rejection of licensing for a night club. The Board's essential concerns are that the club would cause excessive noise and parking congestion.

New York, New York, "Residents and Officials Decry the Noisy Skies Over New York's Kennedy Airport" (Jun. 19, 1997). Newsday reports that air traffic noise from New York City's Kennedy Airport is again becoming a public policy issue. Residents in Queens and Rockaway are once again pressuring the Federal Aviation Administration to do something about the noise.

New York, New York, "Queens Residents in an Uproar Over Proposal to Add 30 Daily Flights to LaGuardia Airport" (Jun. 22, 1997). The Daily News reports that residents and public officials in New York City's Queens borough are alarmed and angry at requests by three low-fare airlines to add 30 daily flights in and out of the busy LaGuardia Airport. Opponents of the proposal have been writing letters to U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, asking him to reject the requests from ValuJet, AirTran, and Frontier Airlines.

New York, New York, "Citizens Group Goes to Court to Shut Down Manhatten Heliport" (Jun. 13, 1997). The Daily News reports that the Helicopter Noise Coalition of New York City filed papers in the Manhatten Supreme Court yesterday seeking to shut down Manhatten's E. 34th St. heliport, run by National Helicopter Corp., charging that the city has allowed it to operate illegally for years.

New York, New York, "New York Isn't the Place to Live if You're Searching for Peace and Quiet" (May 30, 1997). The New York Times printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Louis Kibler, a New York resident, about how noisy it is to live in New York:

New York, New York, "Night on the Town in New York Assaults the Ears" (May 27, 1997). The New York Times printed an editorial that outlined the noise assaults the writer experienced in one evening in New York.

New York, New York, "Community Board Members in Greenwich Village, New York, Propose Selected Motorcycle Ban Due to Noise" (Nov. 2, 1997). The New York Times reports that in an effort to improve the quality of life in New York City, the Greenwich Village community board is pressuring the police to strengthen noise laws with reference to loud motorcycles. Their quality-of-life campaign may even try to ban motorcycles from local streets, the article says.

New York, New York, "New York City Councilors Propose Stopping Expansion of Trash Transfer Stations" (Nov. 26, 1997). Newsday reports that two city councilors in New York City introduced legislation yesterday that would stop the expansion of trash transfer stations in the city due to increasing problems with odor, noise, and heavy traffic associated with the stations.

New York, New York, "Local New York City Official Considers Challenging Decision Allowing Additional Jet Flights" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Daily News reports that Claire Shulman, the Queens Borough President in New York City, is considering challenging a recent federal decision allowing additional takeoffs and landings at LaGuardia Airport, saying the skies already are noisy and congested enough. Last month, the article notes, the U.S. Department of Transportation granted Frontier Airlines, ValuJet Airlines, and AirTran Airways exemptions to the High Density Rule for new services where slots are limited. The rule limits the number of hourly takeoffs and landings allowed at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports in New York, O'Hare Airport in Chicago, and Washington National Airport.

New York, New York, "New York City Neighborhood Escapes Most Urban Bustle Except JFK Airport" (Oct. 19, 1997). Newsday reports that the Queens neighborhood of West Hamilton Beach in New York City is a veritable paradise to those who live there, except for a major drawback: its proximity to JFK Airport. The neighborhood is considered part of Howard Beach, and residents have been able to retain their independence and anonymity, the article says. But the nearby airport is considered by many of the residents to be an environmental and safety hazard, subjecting them to unhealthy levels of noise, air, and water pollution.

New York, New York, "New York City Resident Argues That the City's New Noise Ordinance is Meaningless" (Oct. 20, 1997). The New York Times printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Adrienne Leban, a New York City resident, who says that the city's recently passed ordinance that raises the fines for noise violators will not work for several reasons:

New York, New York, "New York City Resident Wants New Noise Ordinance to Include Fines for Helicopters" (Oct. 22, 1997). The New York Times printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Arun Malhotra, a New York City resident, asking the City Council to add fines for noisy helicopters to the city's recently passed noise ordinance:

New York, New York, "Columnist Pokes Fun at New York City's New Noise Violation Fines, Saying Enforcement is Impossible" (Oct. 26, 1997). The Denver Post printed an editorial which ridicules the new law that triples the fines for repeat offenders of noise violations in New York City. The columnist says that the goal of reducing noise pollution is laudable, but it will prove impossible to catch offenders and prove that they're violating the law.

New York, New York, "Columnist Worries That New York's New Noise Violation Fines Will be Hard to Enforce" (Oct. 28, 1997). The Village Voice printed an editorial in which the writer discusses New York City's proposed new noise ordinance, which would set expensive fines on noise violations. The writer describes the ordinance and goes on to worry that it will be difficult to enforce.

New York, New York, "Noisy Ice Cream Trucks in New York are a Nuisance, Columnist Argues" (Sep. 7, 1997). The New York Times printed an editorial in which the writer complains about the noise from ice cream trucks in New York City. The editorial discusses how it is virtually impossible to enforce the current rules regarding noise from the trucks

New York, New York, "New York's LaGuardia Airport Will Get More Air Traffic Despite Pending Lawsuit Challenging Increasing Flights" (Apr. 22, 1998). Newsday reports that the U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday approved nine additional daily flights at New York City's LaGuardia Airport. The decision came in spite of a pending lawsuit in federal appeals court filed four months ago by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, seeking to reverse an earlier Department of Transportation decision to allow 21 flights at the airport.

New York, New York, "Crackdown on Smaller Crimes in Greenwich Village Works, but Leaves Some Residents Annoyed" (Apr. 27, 1998). The New York Times reports that New York City police have been undertaking a crackdown on minor crimes every weekend in Greenwich Village as part of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's increased focus on quality-of-life crimes. The crackdown, called Operation Civil Village, involves radar traps, sound traps, drunken-driving checkpoints, stolen-vehicle checkpoints, motorcycle checkpoints, and license, registration, and insurance-card checkpoints. The article notes that while police and some residents say the project has been a huge success, other residents complain about being stopped by police when they've done nothing wrong, about police officers harassing people, and about long waits in traffic when police are checking IDs.

New York, New York, "New York City Shuts Down Four East Side Bars in a Noise Crackdown" (Apr. 7, 1998). The New York Times reports that neighbors' complaints about noise prompted the city to shut four Upper East Side bars over the weekend. City officials say the crackdown on rowdy Manhattan bars and clubs will last through the summer.

New York, New York, "New York City Works To Decrease Noise Pollution" (Feb. 19, 1998). The Boston Globe reports that noise pollution continues to grow in New York City. The City is trying stronger measures to lower noise levels.

New York, New York, "Columnist Asks if New York Mayor Giuliani's "Quality-of-Life" Campaign is Really Addressing City Problems" (Feb. 26, 1998). Newsday printed an editorial commenting on New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's speech yesterday on quality-of-life issues. While Giuliani called his plan a "comprehensive new strategy" to foster a more civil city, the editorial says the plan actually echoed the major themes of the mayor's first term. The writer says the speech left some wondering if the mayor was simply trying to position himself for higher office as the "man who tamed New York," while others wondered if the mayor was to some extent trying to catch up in areas in which the city had fallen behind.

New York, New York, "New York City Mayor's Noise Pollution Prevention Program is Working" (Feb. 28, 1998). The New York Post printed an editorial regarding the noise problem in New York City and progress on Mayor Giuliani's effort to target noise pollution as part of his quality-of-life initiative. The editorial argues that the mayor is right to target noise pollution, that the program has made considerable strides, and that a new initiative is giving car-alarm owners a way to quiet their car alarms before their car is towed.

New York, New York, "Rerouting of Flights at New York's LaGuardia Airport Seen as Answer to Noise by Some, as Public Relations Ploy by Others" (Jan. 7, 1998). Newsday reports that two New York, New York city councilmen have called on the Federal Aviation Administration to reduce ear-numbing airplane noise by rerouting flights at LaGuardia Airport. However, some residents are doubtful that this will have a real effect on noise in the communities surrounding the airport.

New York, New York, "Two NYC Councilmen Join Noise Protest at New York's LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports" (Jan. 7, 1998). The Daily News reports that Two New York City Councilmen joined anti- noise activists at LaGuardia Airport yesterday to demand that the city and federal governments act to reduce air traffic noise in the areas around LaGuardia and Kennedy airports.

New York, New York, "NYC Loses Appeal to Prevent More Flights at La Guardia" (Jul. 9, 1998). Newsday reports a federal appeals court has upheld the U.S. Department of Transportation's plan to add 21 daily flights into New York's LaGuardia Airport.

New York, New York, "NYC Loses Suit to Stop More Flights at La Guardia; Appeal Probable" (Jul. 8, 1998). The New York Times reports a Federal appeals court ruled yesterday in favor of allowing increased flights into and out of New York City's La Guardia Airport.

New York, New York, "NYC Can't Preempt Federal Government's Control of Airspace, Appeals Courts Rules" (Mar. 2, 1998). The Weekly of Business Aviation reports an appeals court ruled that the city of New York may not restrict routes of sightseeing flights.

New York, New York, "Noise Sufferers near La Guardia Airport Complain of Disproportionate Burden of Noise in Early Morning Hours" (Oct. 4, 1998). The New York Times published the following letter to the editor regarding the unfair dispersal of early morning noise from La Guardia Airport.

New York, New York, "Noise, the Not-So-Silent Danger, Causes Irreversible Hearing Loss for Millions in U.S." (Feb. 9, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports before Americans turn up the volume, they may want to consider how excessive sound can damage hearing.

New York, New York, "NY Community Groups Oppose Unlimited Flights at Airports; Say Current Noise Pollution a Health Threat" (Feb. 8, 1999). Newsday reports, civic leaders and politicians from Queens, New York are protesting the Clinton administration's plan to end limits on the number of daily flights at LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports, saying the measure will only bring more noise, pollution and congestion.

New York, New York, "Loud Noises Causing Increasing Rates of Hearing Loss in New York City" (Apr. 14, 2000). 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.

New York, New York, "Will Noisy Neighbors Hinder Condominium Sale?" (Apr. 14, 2000). 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.

New York, New York, "Noisy New York Neighbor Source of Complaints but No Action" (Feb. 18, 2000). Newsday printed a noise complaint letter in the Real Estate section. The letter and the response are printed in their entirety.

New York, New York area, "New York City Borough Creates Part-Time Position for Noise Control Officer" (May 21, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Eatontown (New York) Borough Council voted last week to hire a part-time noise control officer to serve as a liaison between businesses and residents. The officer's work will stress the importance of being a good neighbor to businesses and residents.

New York, NY, "Bronz Community Discusses The Quiet" (Apr. 29, 1997). The New York Daily News reports the second International Noise Awareness Day will be honored at a town hall meeting. Bronx residents will have the chance to state their opinion about local noise pollution. The Bronx Campaign for Peace and Quiet, a non-profit borough group that campaigns against noise pollution, will be attending the meeting. The group promotes public awareness and supports enforcing noise ordinances. Also involved in the meeting are psychiatrists and city officials.

New York, NY, "Noisy New York Car Alarms May Become Illegal To Sell Or Buy" (Apr. 28, 1997). Newsday reports that City Councilmen Anthony Weiner (Brooklyn) and A. Gifford Miller (Manhattan) have proposed a bill that would declare the sale or installation of noisy car alarms in the city to be illegal. Under the new legislation, cars that are built with alarms in the factory would still be permitted however. Miller states he wishes he could ban all audible alarms, but that would prove an unconstitutional action against interstate commerce. If the law is passed, first violations by installers or sellers will cost them $500 to $1,000, second violations will cost $1,000 to $2,500, and subsequent violations up to $5,000.

New York, NY, "NYC's Heliport and Helicopter Master Plan Criticized by Activists" (Jul. 9, 1998). The New York Times reports a study of New York City's heliports and helicopter flights supported a current ban on tours from one heliport in the city, but failed to endorse new regulations for helicopter flights. The results of the study produced mixed reactions from activists, politicians, and industry representatives.

New York, NY, "New York City Enacts New, Stricter Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 16, 1999). The Associated Press (through the Dessert News, Salt Lake City, UT) reports some New Yorkers are unhappy with a new, strict noise ordinance recently passed by the city council.

Newark, New Jersey, "Jet Flights Rerouted in Newark to Reduce Noise" (Apr. 12, 1997). The Record reports that flight paths of airplanes leaving the Newark (New Jersey) International Airport are being altered to reduce noise over parts of New Jersey. This is the second time since last year that flight paths have been altered in an attempt to reduce noise. Some local officials remain skeptical that the new flight paths will make a difference.

Newark, New Jersey, "Officials Prepare New Flight Plan For New Jersey's Newark Airport" (Dec. 29, 1997). The New York Times reports that Federal and local officials plan to meet today to discuss the latest flight plan for the Newark International Airport.

Newark, New Jersey, "Rerouted Flight Plans Postponed At New Jersey Airport" (Dec. 31, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Federal Aviation Administration announced it is indefinitely postponing implementation of its controversial rerouting plan for flights out of Newark International Airport.

Newark, New Jersey, "The Federal Aviation Administration Rethinks Plan To Reroute New Jersey Flights" (Dec. 31, 1997). The New York Times reports that New Jersey noise pollution activists won a minor skirmish today in a 10-year-long battle with the Federal Aviation Administration over airplane noise when the agency agreed to suspend an experiment to reroute some planes leaving Newark International Airport.

Newark, New Jersey, "New Jersey's Newark International Airport Changes Flight Paths To Reduce Noise" (Dec. 7, 1997). The New York Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized a shift in flight patterns of planes heading west out of Newark (New Jersey) International Airport, to begin Jan. 1. The shift is an attempt to respond to complaints from nearby residents about noise from jetliners.

Newark, New Jersey, "Jury Still Out on New Flight Pattern at Newark" (Mar. 16, 1998). The New York Times reports an accurate assessment of the new flight pattern at Newark International Airport was thwarted by a northwest wind today.

Newark, New Jersey, "NY Congressman Introduces Bill to Reduce Noise from Newark Airport" (Feb. 24, 1999). The Record (Bergen County, NJ) reports a New York lawmaker has introduced a bill to reduce aircraft noise from Newark International Airport.

Newark, New Jersey, "Ocean-Front Municipalities Near Newark, New Jersey's Airport Oppose "Ocean Routing" Designed to Reduce Noise for Other Communities" (Jul. 17, 1999). The Asbury Park Press reports that residents and politicians from ocean-front municipalities near Newark, New Jersey's Airport are opposing the airport's proposed 'ocean routing'. Several ocean-front community councils have opposed the proposal which would take planes over the ocean until they gain altitude, thus reducing noise on the ground; they believe that because they are near the ocean, noise will impact them if the proposal goes through. The routing was proposed in order to avoid new flight paths that would have taken planes over communities; supposedly ocean-routed planes will be far enough out to sea that ocean-front communities won't hear anything.

Newark, New Jersey, "Alternative Flight Paths Tested Last Year at Newark International Airport Deemed Ineffective at Reducing Noise by the Federal Aviation Administration" (Nov. 7, 1999). The New York Times reports that alternative flight paths that were tested at Newark International Airport in New Jersey last year did not reduce noise.

Newark, New Jersey, "After Years of Shifting Flight Paths From One Disturbed Community to Another, New York City Area Airports May Computer-Test Ocean Routes that Could Keep Noise Away From Residents" (Sep. 19, 1999). The Asbury Park Press reports that after years of shifting flight paths from one disturbed community to another, the New York/New Jersey Port Authority may computer-test ocean routes. Parties involved are now considering the computer-modeling of ocean routes that would largely limit noise from climbing aircraft to areas over the ocean. Since the 1978 deregulation of the airline industry, increasing traffic and noise have caused the FAA to try -- unsuccessfully -- to mitigate noise by shifting flight paths. New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise's ocean route proposal may offer a better solution.

Newark, New Jersey, "Congressmen Challenge NY Port Authority's Neglect to Fund Noise Abatement Measures" (Feb. 15, 2000). According to the New York Times, two congressmen blasted Port Authority in a report on its lack of effort over the past five years to commit federal monies and airport revenue available for reducing airport noise. Instead, the article said, the authority has directed most of its passenger surcharges toward light rail. Kennedy International, Newark and La Guardia are under the Authority's jurisdiction.

Newark, New Jersey area, "FAA Should Propose Serious Flight Plan to Reduce Noise at New Jersey Airport, Activist Says" (May 31, 1998). The New York Times printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Ellen Traegar, a Rockaway, New Jersey resident and president of the New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise, regarding noise from the Newark Airport:

Newcasle, England, "UK Residents Oppose New Nightclub Because of Noise and Rowdiness" (Feb. 5, 2000). The Newcastle Chronicle and Journal reported that residents in the English town complained to the Newcastle City council about plans for a new nightclub near their homes. They don't want to listen to noise or disturbances and promise to fight the plan.

Newcastle, England, "British Residents Oppose Day Nursery in their Neighborhood" (May 26, 1998). The Sentinel reports that residents living near the site a proposed new 40-child day nursery in Newcastle, England are opposing the development. Residents say that traffic will increase and the peace and quiet they have in their backyards will disappear. The article notes that the Newcastle Borough Council will consider the application at an undetermined date.

Newcastle, England, "UK City Officials Promote Tourism and Nightlife but Residents Say No" (Apr. 17, 2000). 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.

Newcastle, England, "Soundproofing Households in UK Can Reduce Noise" (Feb. 19, 2000). The Lifestyle section of the Evening Chronicle printed an article about household noise and how one can reduce it.

Newcastle, England, "Newcastle, England Stadium Considering Adding Stock-Car Racing; Residents Protest Over Noise" (Mar. 14, 2000). The Evening Chronicle of Newcastle, England reports that residents near Brough Park are vehemently protesting plans to add stock-car racing there. North East Stockcar Promotions is seeking a lawful development certificate, which would allow them to legally add stock-car races to the park

Newcastle, United Kingdom, "Newcastle, U.K. Residents Oppose Proposed Stock Car Racing at Nearby Speedway" (Nov. 12, 1999). The Evening Chronicle reports that residents of Newcastle, U.K. are opposing a proposal to revive stock car racing at a community speedway. Stock car racing was first proposed in 1981, and was subsequently stopped by the council for being too noisy

Newcastle, United Kingdom, "Soundproofing Your Home" (Feb. 19, 2000). The Evening Chronicle of Newcastle, England reports on ways that homeowners can soundproof their houses in order to reduce noise levels around the home.

Newcastle, United Kingdom, "Newcastle, U.K. Residents and Council Members Worry that Noise Will Worsen If More Pubs Gain Approval In the Quayside District" (Jan. 27, 2000). The Evening Chronicle reports that residents and council members are worried that noise problems and other nuisances could worsen in the Quayside area of Newcastle, U.K. if more pubs are approved there.

Newington, New Hampshire, "Newington, New Hampshire Residents Have Nothing to Fear From Local Airport" (Apr. 26, 1999). The Associate Press reports that at Pease International Tradeport, residents have had fewer opportunities to complain about air traffic or noise problems due to less use of the airport, a condition that is likely to stay the same for some time.

Newington, New Hampshire, "Has Newington, New Hampshire Golf Course Expansion Contributed to Airport Noise?" (Apr. 14, 2000). 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.

Newport Beach, California, "California Residents Fight Over Who Gets Airport Noise" (Oct. 6, 1996). As reported in the Los Angeles Times recently, two citizens groups are taking opposite sides in the debate over whether to reuse the El Toro Marines Base as a commercial airport. Many residents of Newport Beach -- whose community rallied for the El Toro airport to ease pressure at John Wayne Airport in the first place -- are pushing for approval of the El Toro plan. The other group doesn't want the airport plan to be approved.

Newport Beach, California, "Area Residents Offer Suggestions About El Toro Airport Proposal" (Dec. 21, 1997). The Los Angeles Times published the following letters to the editor regarding the El Toro Airport proposal:

Newport Beach, California, "California Community Debates Little League Fields" (Feb. 19, 1998). The Orange County Register reports that little league baseball fields are the center of controversy in Newport Beach, California. Area residents say fields will bring greater traffic and noise.

Newport Beach, California, "Committee Created in Newport Beach to Deal with Noise Issues from Bayfront Restaurants" (Feb. 26, 1998). The Orange County Register reports the Newport Beach, California, City Council voted to create an ad hoc committee of council members, residents, and business representatives to take a closer look at how sound from bayfront restaurants affects residents. The new committee was created in the wake of the Council's handling of a recent noise controversy.

Newport Beach, California, "Newport Beach, Calif. Seeks to Restrict Noise from Bars and Restaurants" (Jun. 11, 1998). The Orange County Register reports California's Newport Beach City Council on Monday voted to strengthen code enforcement to monitor noise coming from bayfront eateries, and require acoustical studies for all future bayfront restaurants.

Newport Beach, California, "Court-Ordered Release Reveals El Toro Plans" (Mar. 6, 1998). According to OC Weekly, a report written last year but only now released under court order contradicts statements from Newport Beach, California, county officials that runways at the proposed El Toro International Airport will go unchanged.

Newport Beach, California, "Calif. Residents Hope for Renewal of Settlement Agreement at John Wayne Airport" (Oct. 8, 1998). The Orange County Register reports California's El Toro Airport issue and how it's resolved could have enormous implications for John Wayne Airport and nearby residents.

Newport Beach, California, "High School Prom Committee to Request Exception to Noise Ordinance in Newport Beach, California" (Mar. 31, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports high school students in Newport Beach, California, have come up against a noise ordinance in planning the 2000 prom.

Newport Beach, California, "Luxurious California Hotel in Dispute With Trendy Restaurant Over Noise" (Jan. 11, 2000). The Los Angeles Times reported on the permanent closing of Twin Palms restaurant, which has been involved in a noise dispute with a local hotel.

Newport Beach, California., "Calif. Restaurant Served Restrictions after Noise Complaints from Residents" (Mar. 26, 1998). The Orange County Register reports a new restaurant which practices "concept dining" has brought complaints from Lido Isle residents and others across the bay for its exuberant celebrations.

Newport News, Virginia, "Newport News, Virginia Residents Demand Peace and Quiet in Their Community" (Apr. 21, 1999). The Newport News Daily Press reports that citizens of Newport News, Virginia want to put a stop to noise that is affecting their lives. Although the City Council is trying to find a solution to the noise problems that are plaguing residents, deciding which establishments will be liable for excess noise is causing some disagreement.

Newport, Maine, "Newport, Maine Adopts a Prohibition on Amplified Entertainment" (Aug. 13, 1998). Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that Newport's City Council has adopted an amendment to its existing noise ordinance to prohibit amplified entertainment after 8 p.m.

Newport, Rhode Island, "Newport, Rhode Island, Waives Noise Ordinance for High School Football Games" (Oct. 15, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports officials in Newport, Rhode Island, waived the noise ordinance for the season's remaining high school football games after neighbors complained of noise at a local field.

Newport, Rhode Island, "Hospitality Industry in Newport, Rhode Island Works with Police and Local Government to Lessen Noise and Other Nuisance Problems" (Aug. 2, 1999). The Nation's Restaurant News reports that the hospitality industry in Newport, Rhode Island is working with local officials and police to reduce noise and nuisance problems. A consultant was hired by the Rhode Island Hospitality and Tourism Association (RIHTA), and has proposed changes including later closing times -- to allow intoxicated patrons to order food and use the bathroom before hitting the streets -- and the informal training and certification of doormen. Tourism promotions will also include information on penalties for nuisance behavior in an attempt to curb inappropriate actions by visitors.

Newport, Washington, "Newport, Washington Police Chief Proposes Ban on Booming Car Stereos" (Apr. 25, 1999). The Spokesman-Review reports the local police chief in Newport, Washington wants to ban excessively-loud bass-heavy car stereos that disrupt local residents and businesses. An employee of a local chiropractic clinic said "We don't let [economically important] loggers use jake brakes, so why do we let young people boom us out?" The police chief lives 100-200 feet from U.S. 2, but can still hear the loudest stereos. Other members of the City Council haven't heard complaints and don't believe it's a problem; they'd prefer to rely on the existing ordinance.

Newton County, Georgia, "Georgia County Commission Considers Broad Noise Ordinance" (Sep. 11, 1997). The Atlanta Journal reports that County Commissioners in Newton County, Georgia are considering adopting a noise ordinance that would limit a wide range of noises, including excessive noise from car horns, loud music, noisy animals, and ice cream truck music.

Niagara Falls, New York, "Residents Complain About Traffic Noise in New York Town, But Get No Help From State Officials" (Nov. 23, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that residents in Niagara Falls, New York are complaining about noise from the LaSalle Expressway, which runs from Williams Road in Wheatfield west to the I-190, through the heart of a Niagara Falls residential area. Despite residents' complaints, state officials say they cannot perform a noise study and don't have the funds to build a sound wall or plant trees as a buffer.

Niceville, Florida, "Navy Moves Live Bombing Test Site from Puerto Rico to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida" (Mar. 19, 2000). AP Worldstream reports that many residents who live near Eglin Air Force Base are not opposed to the Navy's recent decision to move its live bombing test site from Puerto Rico to Eglin. Most are used to the noise and realize that the military is important to the Florida Panhandle area.

Noblesville, Indiana, "Indiana Residents Question Highway Officials About Road Widening Project" (Jun. 13, 1998). The Indianapolis Star reports that residents in Noblesville, Indiana who will be affected by the proposed widening of 146th Street, questioned Hamilton County highway officials this week about the noise, safety, and necessity of the project. The article notes that the county will hold four more public meetings next week to discuss the proposed project.

Noblesville, Indiana, "Indiana Residents Along 146th Seek Solutions to Noise from Four Lanes" (Mar. 25, 1999). The Indianapolis News reports Indiana residents who live along 146 Street are concerned with finding a way to minimize traffic noise when the new four-lane route is complete.

Norco, California, "Planning Commission in California Town Decides Noise Ordinance Isn't Needed" (Jul. 12, 1997). The Press-Enterprise reports that the Planning Commission in Norco, California has recommended that the city not pursue an anti-noise ordinance after two attempts to draw up an ordinance by the city staff met with problems. City Councillor Chris Sorensen had asked the city staff to draw up a draft ordinance for consideration by the council at the request of a resident who was being harassed by a neighbor playing loud music. The City Council has the final say on the ordinance, and will discuss it at its Aug. 6 meeting.

Norco, California, "California Residents Complain About Development Project They Say is an Illegal Rock Quarry" (May 22, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that residents in Norco, California told the City Council Wednesday that they want relief from the noise, dust, and traffic problems caused by an earth-moving and removal operation at the western base of Beacon Hill. The operation is ostensibly attended to be a prelude to a large development, but some residents and city officials believe it has become a mining operation.

Norco, California, "California City Attorney Says Grading and Excavation Project is Legal; Residents Disagree" (May 30, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that John Harper, the city attorney in Norco, California delivered a written opinion to city officials and residents Friday that says the city permit for grading and excavation work on Beacon Hill off Norconian Drive is legal. At Friday's meeting, residents said they didn't agree with Harper's opinion and would consult their own lawyer. The article notes that residents have complained about the truck traffic, noise, and dust associated with the project that has been going on for almost three years. The city council will take up the topic of residents' complaints at Wednesday's city council meeting, the article says.

Norco, California, "California Town Seeks to Set New Noise Standards" (Oct. 1, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports the town of Norco, California, is considering adopting operating standards that would restrict noise from a nightclub and an amusement center to a specific level of decibels.

Norco, California, "Local Planner Dismisses Environmental Impact of Proposed California Race Track and Urges City Council to Approve" (Apr. 19, 2000). 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.

Norco, Louisiana, "Jurors Tour Louisiana Neighborhood in Lawsuit Over Noise and Odors From Shell Plant" (Aug. 26, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that a Louisiana jury from toured a neighborhood in Norco Monday in connection with a lawsuit brought by residents against Shell Oil Company. The approximately 250 residents in the suit say the plant is an unbearable nuisance due to its odors, noise, and flare problems, and are seeking enough money to move.

Norco, Louisiana, "Louisiana Jury Rules Against Residents' in Shell Lawsuit Over Noise and Other Problems" (Sep. 3, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that a jury in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana ruled against residents Tuesday in a lawsuit that alleged that Shell's Norco chemical plant poses a nuisance to the nearby Diamond community. The suit was brought by about 250 Diamond residents who claimed that noise, odors, soot, and bright lights from the plant's flare have caused continuous problems.

Norfolk, Virginia, "U.S. Naval Jet Team To Relocate To Chesapeake Bay" (Feb. 22, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that the U.S. Navy is planning to relocate their jet team, The Hornets, to the Chesapeake Bay area from Jacksonville, Florida. Bay residents are concerned about the noise from the jets.

Norfolk, Virginia, "For Peace and Safety's Sake, Virginia Needs to Regulate Personal Watercraft, Says Editorial" (Jun. 28, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, VA, published the following commentary advocating for stronger rules for personal watercraft.

Norfolk, Virginia, "Navy Denies Flawed Impact Study; Citizens' Group Files Suit to Stop Jet Relocation to Oceana, VA" (Sep. 22, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports the Navy has formally denied allegations made in a federal lawsuit challenging its decision to transfer 156 F/A-18 Hornets to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia.

Norfolk, Virginia, "Lawsuit Filed by Anti-noise Group in Norfolk, Virginia to Stop Navy Relocation of Jets Dismissed; Group Plans to Appeal" (May 21, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot reports that a lawsuit, filed by Norfolk, Virginia's group Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise, that challenged the navy's relocation of jets to Virginia Beach's Oceana naval base was dismissed. The suit alleged that Virginia Beach was chosen as the relocation site arbitrarily, and that the navy's environmental impact statement was not sufficient. The group wanted a supplemental study of how the louder jets would affect communities in the area. The group plans to appeal the decision.

Norfolk, Virginia, "Residents of Norfolk, Virginia Hold Opposite Views About Airport Noise; One Says Some Jets at Oceana Are Being Excessively Loud, and Another Says that Anti-Noise "Whiners" Around Fentress Should Move Away" (Nov. 28, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, two of which are on the subject of aircraft noise. One writer says that while some fighter jets at Oceana Naval Base land and takeoff without too much noise, others seem to be purposely louder with high-performance takeoffs and low-altitude approaches. Another writer says those who complain about noise from military aircraft should move away if they don't like it.

Norfolk, Virginia, "Virginia Beach Reader Concerned About Noise From Navy Jets" (Apr. 14, 2000). 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:

Norfolk, Virginia area, "Virginia Citizens Group Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Navy Over Plan to Bring Military Jets to Town" (Jul. 16, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that a citizens group filed a lawsuit against the secretary of the U.S. Navy on Wednesday, seeking to postpone the transfer of 10 military jet squadrons to Oceana Naval Air Station near Norfolk, Virginia until a study is done on the impacts of the jets on the region.

Norman, Oklahoma, "Oklahoma Planning Commission Rejects Dairy Parking Lot Project After Residents Object" (Feb. 16, 1998). The Daily Oklahoman reports that the Planning Commission in Norman, Oklahoma voted 4-3 to recommend that a proposed parking lot at the Hiland Dairy be rejected. The vote came after residents near the dairy objected that the plan would increase the traffic, noise, and air pollution around the facility. The Norman City Council has the final say on the proposed project.

Norman, Oklahoma, "Retailers in Oklahoma Town Worry That Proposed Wal-Mart Will Increase Rent and Noise" (Jun. 10, 1998). The Daily Oklahoman reports that the City Council in Norman, Oklahoma will decide later this month whether to grant requests to Wal-Mart to build super-centers in east and west Norman. Meanwhile, some retailers near the proposed stores are complaining that the super-centers would increase rents at their locations and would increase noise.

Norman, Oklahoma, "Excessively Loud Car Stereo's Should Be Challenged With Product Liability Lawsuits Similar to Recent Attacks on Cigarette and Firearm Manufacturers" (Jun. 25, 1999). The Oklahoma Observer prints an opinion piece by a resident who is consistently irritated by excessively loud stereos in so-called 'boom cars.' He cites scientific evidence of human health and safety problems caused by noise, including hearing impairment, decreased response time while driving, stress contributing to heart disease, and sleep deprivation. The author also suggests that 'Gangsta Rap', which some say contribute to increasing violence in schools, is often used to show-off loud car stereo systems; he suggests that the music's market could be somewhat undermined by attacking excessively loud car stereos, circumventing sticky constitutional issues. Finally, he suggests that product liability lawsuits should be brought against loud stereo manufacturers, similar to those recently levied against cigarette manufacturers.

Norman, Oklahoma, "Norman, Oklahoma City Council Strengthens Noise Ordinance" (Mar. 17, 2000). The Daily Oklahoman reports that the Norman City Council has agreed to change the city noise ordinance so that it will be enforceable twenty-four hours a day.

North America, Europe, Africa, "Airline Companies Place More Orders for Hushkits to Meet Noise Regulations" (Jul. 22, 1998). Flight International reports that AvAero Aircraft Noise Reduction and the Nordam Group, two companies that specialize in installing Boeing 737 hushkits, have collected orders and options for more than 500 hushkits, used to quiet jet engines. The article notes that both companies have reported a new flurry of activity in the hushkit market as deadlines for meeting the Stage 3 noise regulations approach.

North Attleboro, Rhode Island, "Noise From YMCA's Skateboard Park in North Attleboro, Rhode Island Bothers Neighbors" (May 21, 1999). Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that neighbors of North Attleboro, Rhode Island's YMCA are upset with noise from a new skateboard park ramp there. Not only is the ramp noisy, but it was also built without proper permits. Coupled with the repeated dumping of drained chlorinated pool water on property wetlands, noise issues have had YMCA representatives meeting with the Conservation Commission for nearly a year. The Y has agreed to make changes, such as holding environmental workshops on their wetlands and dechlorinating and testing their pool water before dumping it. The facility has already voluntarily insulated the skateboard ramp to reduce noise.

North Bay, Ontario, Canada, "Canadian Judge Orders Federal Express Courier Depot to Stop Overnight Loading" (Sep. 8, 1997). The Toronto Star reports that Federal Express Canada Inc. has been ordered by a judge to stop overnight loading operations at its courier depot in North Bay, Ontario, because the noise is keeping neighbors awake. Residents living near the depot took Federal Express to court for nighttime disturbance. Justice Michael Bolan of the Ontario Court, general division, last week gave Federal Express until November 1 to relocate its operations or stop loading and unloading trucks between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., the article says.

North Charleston, South Carolina, "Loud Machinery Regulated by N. Charleston's Noise Ordinance" (Mar. 13, 1998). The Post and Courier reports a new North Charleston, South Carolina, noise ordinance passed without comment from the public Thursday night.

North Connel, United Kingdom, "North Connel, U.K. Residents Fear a Motorcross on Grazing Land Would Create Noise Complaints and Traffic Issues" (Nov. 2, 1999). The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that in North Connel, U.K. a community council and other residents believe that a proposed motorcross track would create noise complaints and traffic problems. Planning officials have recommended to the area committees that the proposal be rejected at a meeting tomorrow.

North Hempstead, New York, "Long Island Town Rejects Expansion Plan for Shopping Center Due to Citizen Protests" (Sep. 18, 1997). Newsday reports that the North Hempstead (New York) Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday to reject plans for expanding a shopping center on Port Washington Boulevard, near a residential area. The board voted after a public hearing that attracted more than 100 residents who opposed the expansion. Residents believed the project would increase traffic, congestion, and noise.

North Hempstead, New York, "New York Town Official Begins Fourth Term Promising a Limit on Leaf Blowers" (Feb. 7, 2000). According to an article in Newsday, a local city official began her fourth term in North Hempstead, promising to limit the use of leaf blowers.

North Hills, California, "Resident in Van Nuys Airport Flightpath Proposes Noise Relief Plan" (Feb. 21, 1999). The Los Angeles Times published a letter from Charles Mark-Walker, a resident of North Hills, California. Mr. Walker suggests a noise relief plan for nearby residents of the Van Nuys Airport. Walker writes:

North Hollywood, California, "Reader Responds to Editorial About Noise at Burbank Airport in California" (Apr. 2, 2000). The Los Angeles Times printed a letter to the editor about noise at Burbank Airport. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

North Lauderdale, Florida, "Yesterday's Seldom-Used Highway Has Become Today's Noisy Expressway; Rural Neighbors Are Upset" (Aug. 2, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Sawgrass Expressway, in North Lauderdale, Florida has gone from a seldom-used highway dubbed "the road to nowhere" in 1986 to a noisy expressway that is increasingly disturbing to rural residents. Some residents are particularly upset by noise from a two month resurfacing project, while others moved here for a country life that they feel is now disrupted.

North Laurel, Maryland, "North Laurel, Maryland Gas Station Owner Asks County Board of Appeals to Allow 24-Hour Operation; Some Citizens Object" (Aug. 23, 1999). The Baltimore Sun Company reports that a gas station operator in North Laurel, Maryland wants to keep his business open 24 hours each day. A petition showed local support, but the local civic association claims that residents would be adversely affected by the new hours. The business owner says "None of the four people who testified [against the new hours] can say they have the official capacity to represent the people who live next to the gas station," who have complained less since the owner planted fifteen-foot trees to block light and noise.

North Lincolnshire, England, "Few Noise Complaints in North Lincolnshire Require Formal Action" (Apr. 15, 1998). The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph of England reports more than 900 complaints about excessive noise were made to North Lincolnshire council last year, but few resulted in formal action.

North Lincolnshire, England, "Sounds of Silence Rare in North Lincolnshire, England; Noise Complaints Increase" (Jul. 1, 1998). The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph reports complaints about noise pollution are on the rise in the English towns of North Lincolnshire. But the Health and Public Protection Committee can help residents bothered by noise.

North Lincolnshire, England, "North Lincolnshire, England Council Must Pay Compensation to Resident for Failing to Take Timely Action Against Noisy Club" (Mar. 30, 2000). The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph in England reports that the North Lincolnshire Council has been required to apologize and to pay GBP 750 to a local woman after failing to take action on a noise complaint against a working men's club located next door to her home.

North Providence, Rhode Island, "Taco Bell in North Providence, Rhode Island Agrees to Try Closing Earlier for One Month to Address Neighbors' Noise Complaints" (Dec. 8, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that a Taco Bell in North Providence, Rhode Island has agreed to try closing one hour earlier for one month to address noise complaints from neighbors. During the new trial period, suggested by the town council and adopted by the restaurant, the restaurant may or may not dispense with a security guard they previously hired to keep the noise down.

North Salt Lake, Utah, "N.Salt Lake Gravel Pit Cooperates with Neighbors, Gets Noise Variance Extension" (Jul. 8, 1998). The Deseret News reports a North Salt Lake gravel pit operator has been granted an extension on a noise variance. City officials say the extension is the gravel company's reward for its cooperation in response to residents' noise complaints.

North Smithfield, Rhode Island, "Residents of North Smithfield, Rhode Island Oppose Proposed Power Plant, Citing Potential Noise, Traffic, and Pollution Problems" (Aug. 23, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that residents of North Smithfield, Rhode Island are opposing a 350-Megawatt power plant based on their fears of increased noise, traffic, and pollution. Residents have been very involved: more than ever in the community's history. The power plant, which has held one informational meeting and plans to hold more, believes that once they hear the facts, residents won't fear the plant anymore.

North Smithfield, Rhode Island, "North Smithfield, Rhode Island Resident Criticizes Noise Impact of Water Trucks Serving a Power Plant, As Well As Potential Noise from Operation of a Newly-Proposed Plant" (Jan. 3, 2000). The Providence Journal-Bulletin prints a letter to the editor from a North Smithfield, Rhode Island resident who believes noise and pollution from water trucks -- serving a nearby power plant -- and a newly-proposed power plant will degrade her community's quality of life.

North Tyneside, UK, "North Tynsdale, UK Developers Told To Limit Construction Hours or Pay Fines" (Jun. 14, 1999). The Evening Chronicle reports three housing developers at a Tynesdale, UK development have been formally warned that failure to limit their work hours will result in fines.

North Tyneside, UK, "North Tyneside, UK's Lawsuit Against Noisy American Electronics Plant Adjourned Until Next Year" (Sep. 7, 1999). The Evening Chronicle reports that in North Tyneside, UK a lawsuit levied against an American electronics company has been adjourned until next year. A 500-signature petition from residents complaining of 24-hour noise coming from the factory caused the local council to present a noise-abatement notice, which was not heeded. The factory won the adjournment by claiming that it was currently making changes at the factory.

North Warwickshire, England, "Noise Barrier at Rifle Range in N. Warwickshire, England, Welcomed by Environmentalists" (Apr. 10, 1999). The Birmingham Post reports the Defense Estates Organization has requested approval to build a sound wall at a rifle range near a nature conservation area in North Warwickshire, England.

North West Leicestershire, United Kingdom, "People Against Intrusive Noise (PAIN) Issue Demands to East Midlands Airport and North West Leicestershire Council" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that an anti-noise group in the U.K. called People Against Intrusive Noise (PAIN) has issued a list of demands to officials at East Midlands Airport and North West Leicestershire Council. Demands include installation of a noise monitoring system, restricted flying at night, and designated flight paths that disturb fewer residents. The airport plans to extend their runway soon, which has spurred the residents to action.

North Yorkshire, U.K., "Politicians in North Yorkshire, U.K. Push for Resurfacing of Highway Bypass that Could Reduce Noise for Residents" (Sep. 16, 1999). The Northern Echo reports that the government in North Yorkshire, U.K. has agreed to study the possibility of resurfacing a particularly noisy concrete bypass. Normally resurfacing would be considered only after seven years, but the bypass may be eligible earlier if it is deemed to be in a "particularly sensitive location."

North-East, England, "British Residents Campaign for Quiet Roads" (Jul. 29, 1997). The Northern Echo of England reports that thousands of North-East families are faced with a summer noise nightmare due to road maintenance neglect. But financially strapped officials say they are battling just to keep the region's roads patched up, and they don't have any money over for "extras" like quiet materials, according to an AA report.

Northallerton, England, "British Haulage Facility Worries Neighbors Over Noise" (Dec. 9, 1997). The Northern Echo reports that neighbors claim they could suffer from noise and pollution if a company wins permission to use agricultural land behind their homes in Leases Lane, at Leeming Bar, near Northallerton, England.

Northampton County, Pennsylvania, "Pennsylvania Resident Advises His Neighbors to Accept the Airplane Noise" (Nov. 13, 1997). The Morning Call printed the following letter-to-the-editor from George Werkheiser, a resident of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, regarding noise from the Lehigh Valley International Airport:

Northampton, Pennsylvania, "Airport Critic Pushes Pennsylvania's Lehigh Airport to Evaluate Five-Year-Old Noise Reduction Measures" (Oct. 31, 1997). The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, reports that the Lehigh Valley International Airport agreed to re-examine its efforts to reduce aircraft noise after complaints from longtime critic, Walter Lysaght. At issue is what can be done to steer jets away from residential developments.

Northampton, Pennsylvania, "Residents Complain about a Low-frequency Noise at Paper Recycling Plant in Northampton, Pennsylvania" (Aug. 21, 1998). The Morning Call reports that residents of Northampton, Pennsylvania are turning to local government to eliminate the low-frequency noise that rattles their windows, vibrates their homes and wakes them up at night.

Northampton, Pennsylvania, "Couple in Northampton, Pennsylvania Complain About Noise from Business and Are Accused of Trying to Drive Business Out of the Community" (Sep. 3, 1999). The Morning Call reports that a local couple asked the Northampton borough for help in fighting noise from Northampton Generating Company. They pointed to a noise study done last year, and the council agreed to look into the study to see whether the borough's noise ordinance is indeed being violated. Residents and council members present remembered the couple's opposition last year to smells and noise from another local business that has since been shut down; the council questioned whether they are trying to drive business from the area.

Northampton, Pennsylvania, "Resident Letter Asks Northampton Residents to Stop Complaining About Industry Nuisances, Since Those Complaints Jeopardize Jobs" (Sep. 19, 1999). The Morning Call prints a letter to the editor which asks Northampton, Pennsylvania residents to stop complaining about noise and other nuisances from local industry. She asserts that such complaints recently put a factory out of business, costing many community jobs.

Northglenn, Colorado, "Colorado City Bans Jake Brakes on Large Trucks" (Jul. 17, 1998). The Denver Post reports that the City Council in Northglenn, Colorado voted last week to ban the use of "jake brakes" on large trucks, which emit a series of loud popping noises, within the city limits. The article notes that residents have complained about the noise from the jake brakes from semis on Interstate 25 between 120th and 104th Avenues.

Northridge, California, "California Community Resists Plan For Football Stadium" (Dec. 5, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that homeowners in Northridge, California expressed concern Thursday about potential increases in noise and traffic if a proposed football stadium is built in the North Campus area of California State University.

Nottingham, England, "Resident is Heavily Fined in England for Noise Disturbances" (Sep. 8, 1998). The Nottingham Evening Post reports Richard Ramsey of Nottingham, England, has been fined for two breaches of a noise abatement notice.

Nottingham, England, "Musician Fined For Playing Loud Drums Late at Night" (Mar. 17, 2000). The Nottingham Evening Post in Nottingham, England reports that the Broxtowe, England Borough Council has fined Daniel Bachelard GBP 100 after receiving complaints from neighbors about loud music late at night.

Nottingham, United Kingdom, "Construction at Nottingham, U.K. Market Avoids Shopping Hours But Ruins Residents' Mornings and Evenings" (Aug. 3, 1999). The Nottingham Evening Post reports that an indoor market in Nottingham, United Kingdom is undergoing a 100,000-GBP construction project that stops during the day to avoid bothering shoppers, but assaults residents with noise in the early morning, in the evening, and on weekends. City council wants an investigation into noise levels, but says "all we can do is ask residents to be patient...."

Nuneaton, England, "UK Residents Complain Until Excavation Noise is Reduced: Company Makes Offer" (Feb. 22, 2000). The Coventry Evening Telegraph reported on an excavation company's plans to reduce noise at its Nuneaton site as a result of residents' complaints.

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