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Ohio, "Ohio Residents Are Split On Freeway Noise Walls; Some Say They Are Ugly but Effective, Others Say They'd Rather Have Their Views, And Some Say Walls Actually Worsen the Noise" (Nov. 14, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that residents of Ohio don't hold the same opinions about the 92 miles of walls in the state. Despite many people's praise of the walls, some neighborhoods like Warrensville Heights say that they want their walls torn down. The walls not only reduce noise by up to ten decibels -- an audible halving of the noise -- but help to block dirt from the road.

Ohio, "Classroom Acoustics Study in Ohio Suggests Many Ohio Classrooms Are Noisier than They Should Be For Optimal Learning" (Jan. 9, 2000). The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio schools' noise levels are too high for optimal learning. Reverberation times and noise levels exceeded standards in 94 percent of classrooms studied.

Ohio area, Cincinnati, "Ohio County Auditor Seeks Results of Airport Noise Monitoring" (May 29, 1997). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Hamilton County (Ohio) Auditor Dusty Rhodes, concerned about loud airplane noise over western Hamilton County on Memorial Day weekend from the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport, has informally asked Delhi Township Administrator Joseph Morency for the results of independent aircraft noise monitoring. Morency said he is working to compare the data from the independent system with data from the airport's monitoring system to make sure the former is accurate, and he hopes to provide the data to Rhodes within a few weeks.

Ohio area, Cleveland, "Cleveland Airport Soundproofs Homes for Homeowners Who Agree Not to Sue" (Jul. 21, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in has soundproofed about 150 homes in Cleveland, Brook Park, Olmsted Falls, and Olmsted Township (Ohio), and is planning to make another 1,200 homes available for the soundproofing program. However, the article reports, some residents are not happy about the terms under which their homes can be soundproofed. The program requires that homeowners give up their right to sue the airport over aircraft noise.

Ohio area, Dayton, "Ohio Airport Noise Task Force's Recommendations Sent to the FAA" (Sep. 3, 1997). The Dayton Daily News reports that the Aircraft Noise Task Force, commissioned last January to recommend ways to alleviate early morning aircraft noise over Centerville and Washington Township, Ohio (outside Dayton), recently produced a list of 16 long-term and short-term recommendations. On Aug. 18, Washington Township trustees and Centerville City Councillors approved those recommendations, and sent them to Rep. Tony Hall (D-Dayton), who forwarded them last week to the Federal Aviation Administration. Hall has asked the FAA to respond to the task force's recommendations and help lessen the noise, the article says.

Ohio, Akron, "Northfield Center, Ohio Approves Noise Regulation" (Feb. 15, 2000). The Plain Dealer reports on community events in the northeast Ohio metropolitan area. In Northfield Center, a noise regulation has been approved.

Ohio, Avon, "Avon, Ohio, to Get Noise Barriers Along Widened Section of Interstate 90" (Nov. 10, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports Avon, Ohio, will get noise walls built along Interstate 90 next year.

Ohio, Avon Lake, "Ohio Residents Oppose Railroad Expansion That Would Triple the Number of Trains" (Sep. 15, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that the Norfolk Southern Railroad and its competitor, CSX, have submitted a joint application to the federal Surface Transportation Board to purchase rail tracks from Conrail in the Lorain County, Ohio. If the purchase is approved, the article says, Norfolk Southern will increase the number of freight trains it runs through Lorain County en route between New York and Chicago from 13 per day to 24. Residents who live near the tracks in Avon Lake and local government officials are opposed to the idea of increasing train traffic for a variety of reasons, including increased noise and safety issues.

Ohio, Barberton, "Barberton, Ohio, Passes Noise Law Targeting Boomcars; Equipment and Vehicles May be Confiscated" (Nov. 23, 1998). The Plain Dealer published an editorial urging readers to move to Barberton, Ohio, to get some peace and quiet now that the town has passed a law authorizing the confiscation of car stereo equipment and vehicles from repeated noise offenders.

Ohio, Brunswick, "Ohio Residents Oppose Firing Range; Noise and Loss of Property Value Among Objections" (Nov. 24, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports a proposed police shooting range in Brunswick Hills, Ohio, brought our dozens of residents yesterday who voiced their objections to noise and loss of property value.

Ohio, Butler Township, "Residents Near Ohio's Dayton International Airport Organize to Fight Noise" (Oct. 8, 1998). The Dayton Daily News reports residents of Butler Township, Ohio, asked for help with noise from Dayton International Airport.

Ohio, Centerville-Washington Townships, "Ohio Citizens Want Solutions to Cargo Plane Noise" (Mar. 5, 1999). The Dayton Daily News reports residents of Centerville-Washington Townships, Ohio, told FAA officials they want relief from night-time cargo plane noise.

Ohio, Cincinatti, "A Range of Noise from Slight to Loud Can Damage Hearing" (Feb. 16, 2000). According to the Cincinatti Enquirer, damage to the ear that can eventually result in a hearing loss is not always caused by a prolonged, loud noise.

Ohio, Cincinnati, "Ohio Residents Battle Truck Noise and Dust From Noisy Warehouse" (Jun. 6, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that residents in Cincinnati, Ohio are complaining about the noise, dust, and other problems at the Carthage Mills warehouse complex near their homes. In response to the problem, Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls has introduced a motion that would change the zoning in the area to residential uses only, which would force Carthage Mills to move.

Ohio, Cincinnati, "Expansion of Kroger's in Cincinnati Subject of Complaints" (Apr. 20, 2000). The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the expansion of a Kroger store has drawn complaints from neighbors, businesses and city officials over noise and appearance.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Soundproofing In Cleveland Area Homes Goes Sour" (Dec. 27, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that efforts by the city of Cleveland to soundproof homes in the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport area have gone sour.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Cleveland Officials Express Frustration Over Airport Expansion Project at Conference in Philadelphia" (Dec. 7, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland (Ohio) City Councilmen Edward W. Rybka and Michael Dolan came to the 1997 National League of Cities conference to pick up new governing ideas that would energize them for the year ahead and expressed frustration over delays in expanding the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Ohio, Cleveland, "New Cleveland Freeway to Get Noise Barriers" (May 31, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that the Jennings Freeway, which is being built in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, will be accompanied by noise barriers to protect residential neighborhoods from traffic noise. The 2.7-mile, six-land freeway will link Interstates 71 and 480. Some residents are happy about the noise barriers, while other worry that the barriers will be ugly and that grafitti artists will make them uglier. The Ohio Department of Transportation gathered public input about the type of noise barriers residents want Thursday, and will forward the comments to the Cleveland City Council, which has the final decision on the type of noise barriers the city gets.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Letters-to-the-Editor Debate Benefits and Costs of Rail Acquisition in Ohio" (Nov. 13, 1997). The Plain Dealer printed the following letters-to-the-editor regarding the proposed sale of Conrail to Norfolk-Southern and CSX railroads in the Cleveland, Ohio area:

Ohio, Cleveland, "Cleveland Police Say Noise Ordinance Will be Enforced at Freeway Construction Site" (Sep. 27, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland (Ohio) police say they will begin to crack down on nighttime construction workers at the new Jennings Freeway site because of noise complaints from nearby residents. Police were to begin monitoring the site last night and issuing citations for violating the city noise ordinance if necessary. Police had previously told residents there was nothing they could do about the nighttime noise because the construction company had a 24-hour work permit.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Cleveland City Police Fine Road Crew Workers for Noisy Nighttime Work" (Sep. 28, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland (Ohio) police fined two employees of the construction company building the Jennings Freeway for making too much noise late Friday night. The police's action came after residents living near the construction project complained about the late-night noise.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Cleveland Railroad Will Use Noise-Reduction Plan if Merger Approved" (Jan. 23, 1998). The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, reports that CSX Transportation's efforts to convince federal officials to approve a railroad merger, includes promises to enhance neighborhoods in Cleveland and East Cleveland, including re-routing some trains and implementing a noise-reduction plan.

Ohio, Cleveland, "CSXT Unveils Noise Mitigation Plans for Cleveland" (Jan. 22, 1998). PR Newswire reports CSX Transportation Inc. (CSXT) announced its plan today for noise berms and attractive landscaping adjacent to the sections of Conrail track it plans to obtain in the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Plans for Expansion at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Ohio Creates Tensions with Neighboring Communities and Residents" (Jun. 18, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be looking into the noise complaints of residents and public officials in neighboring communities as a part of an environmental study to be completed before the expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport begins. The expansion is intended to give it the ability to handle more flights. Neighbors are already worried about the loud rumbling of airplanes and are wondering if that noise problem will only get worse, the article said.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Cleveland's City Council Asks FAA to Follow Through on Home Insulation Despite New Noise Exposure Map" (Jul. 1, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports Cleveland City Council members are working to make sure residents near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport who have waited years to get their homes insulated from jet noise actually receive the government-financed improvements. The council is also urging the Federal Aviation Administration to block the sale of land north of the airport unless a consultant conclusively determines the land is not needed for the airport.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Ohio Politicians Win Concessions from Railroad Companies Seeking Changes to Freight Traffic" (Jun. 5, 1998). The Plain Dealer printed an editorial that argues the mayors in the Cleveland, Ohio area, along with congressional representatives, should feel they've served their constituents well in their successful campaigns to win concessions from two major railroads seeking to alter the pattern of freight traffic through Northeast Ohio. The editorial says that Representative Dennis Kucinich and Cleveland Mayor Michael White were especially successful in getting CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern to commit tens of millions of dollars to mitigate the impact on residents living near the tracks.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Railroad Agrees to Spend $13.1 Million to Mitigate Noise on Ohio Tracks" (Jun. 5, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland (Ohio) Mayor Michael White and officials from CSX Transportation agreed yesterday in a last-minute deal to a plan that would help mitigate noise if a proposed railroad merger goes forward. CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railroads have proposed purchasing and dividing the Conrail lines through Cleveland, and the federal Surface Transportation Board currently is considering the deal. But many local officials initially opposed the plans, and Mayor White was set to register his objections to the merger yesterday before he reached an agreement with railroad officials. CSX officials agreed to pay $13.1 million to help offset the noise and potential environmental and safety hazards anticipated in Cleveland due to the increased train traffic, and to divert some trains away from East Side neighborhoods. The federal agency is expected to rule on the merger on Monday.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Cleveland Says Airport Expansion Doesn't Mean Noise Increase; Mayor Announces Plans for Further Expansion while Airport Neighbors Continue to Wait for Home Soundproofing" (Oct. 16, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports the expansion of runways at Ohio's Cleveland Hopkins International Airport can happen while keeping any noise increase to a minimum, city officials said yesterday.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Editorial Points out Problems with Expansion for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport" (Oct. 2, 1998). The Plain Dealer published the following editorial, which raises concerns about the affect of noise in the face of the assumed expansion at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Plans to Expand Cleveland's Airport Alarms Residents" (Oct. 1, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports that a newly released report to expand Cleveland's airport has alarmed area residents who feel the airport noise is already problematic.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Residents Say Quality of Life Ignored in Expansion Plans at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport" (Oct. 1, 1998). The Associated Press reports Ohio residents of suburbs near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport fear more airport expansion will mean more noise.

Ohio, Cleveland, "New Ohio Law Will Impose Fines on Loud Boats" (Aug. 6, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that as of January 1st, boat motorists with motors louder than 90 decibels will be given with a $100-$1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Boaters with loud motors will be ordered to put on mufflers that cost from $400-$800.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Cleveland Homes Near Hopkins Airport Grandfathered to Get Noise Insulation Despite New Eligibility Rules" (Mar. 4, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports Cleveland homes on perimeter of a new airport noise zone will receive sound insulation through grandfathering.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Waits on FAA to Approve and Fund New Runway While Negotiating to Acquire Necessary Land" (May 2, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is waiting for an FAA decision, due in March of 2000, on the fate of their proposed new 6,500 foot runway which would cost well over $300 million. A long-term plan for a new runway has been held up by a battle between the airport and the nearby Brook Park community over a key piece of real-estate; while airport officials still claim they will need that runway within 15 years, the currently proposed runway would help reduce congestion at the airport over the short-term. The currently proposed runway would be 1,200 feet from an existing runway, which would allow simultaneous use of two runways only in good weather; the runway needed in the long-term would be 4,500 feet from any other runway, allowing simultaneous use in any weather.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Attempt by Cleveland, Ohio's Hopkins Airport to Preserve Homes' Eligibility for Noiseproofing Results in Expansion of Eligible Area" (Jun. 2, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that as Cleveland, Ohio's Hopkins Airport phases in quieter aircraft and reduces its noise impact area, some homes that were eligible for soundproofing in the past would no longer be eligible. The proposed solution is to lower the decibel limit from 65 decibels to 60 decibels, which would assure that those who have already applied for soundproofing would not be removed from the list. As a result, hundreds of homes that were never eligible for soundproofing will now be able to apply. City council supports the idea, with the stipulation that those who have been on the list the longest be given priority.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Cleveland's Revitalized Warehouse District Gets Louder, Residents Complain" (Jun. 3, 1999). The Cleveland Scene reports that while Cleveland's previously decaying Warehouse District is now jumping with nightclubs, an equally expanding residential population -- currently 1,533 residents and expected to grow by another 500 this year -- is concerned about the noise from bands, noisy patrons, and traffic that continue past 2 AM. The Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation will be funding a survey to determine if residents in the District feel noise is a problem. The mayor claims he is concerned with noise in neighborhoods, and will be looking into the issue.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Public Hearing in Cleveland, Ohio Scheduled Over FAA's Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport" (Nov. 28, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that a public hearing is scheduled in Cleveland over the FAA's draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Officials from several neighboring communities don't want the expansion to take place. Communities are also upset that the city has reduced the number of homes it will pay to soundproof because planes are quieter; they want a commitment to soundproof homes that experience 60 decibels of noise instead of the current 65.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Resident Says Cleveland Should Take a Lesson From the French and Make Noise Walls More Attractive" (Dec. 1, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that a resident of Cleveland, Ohio believes -- after traveling to France and observing their noise walls -- that the Ohio Department of Transportation could make their noise walls more effective and just as attractive.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Cleveland, Ohio Boat Show to Include Courtesy Boat-Motor Noise Tests" (Sep. 17, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports reports on several of Cleveland's upcoming sporting events, including a large boat show on the lake. The show will include courtesy engine-noise tests.

Ohio, Cleveland, "Continental Replaces All Older Jets with Newer, Quieter Ones at Cleveland, Ohio's Hopkins International Airport" (Sep. 17, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that Continental Airlines has replaced all of its older, noisier jets at Cleveland, Ohio's Hopkins International Airport with newer, quieter ones. The article notes that the airline decided to replace its older jets because of new noise regulations, but also because they expect to save $100 million each year in maintenance costs on the 103 aircraft they expect to replace nationwide. Local politicians are pleased with the step, although they worry that increased traffic after the 2002 completion of a new runway will keep the noise problem from getting better

Ohio, Clevleland, "Shorter Runways Mean Less Noise from Cleveland Hopkins Airport" (May 14, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports the length of the proposed new runways at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will be significantly reduced to appease residents who have objected to increases in the noise of aircraft taking off and landing.

Ohio, Columbus, "Ohio City and County Set to Discuss Noise Problems at Outdoor Amphitheatre" (Jul. 24, 1997). The Dayton Daily News reports that Columbus (Ohio) City Council President Michael Coleman will meet with Delaware County commissioners to discuss complaints about noise and violence at the Polaris Amphitheatre. The amphitheatre, about five miles north of Columbus, is under the jurisdiction of the city, and county commissioners recently have said Columbus officials have been lax about controlling concert-related noise. Residents living near the amphitheatre have complained about its noise since it opened in 1994. Meanwhile, the city attorney's office is drafting a new noise ordinance, the article reports.

Ohio, Columbus, "Noise Expert Says Wall Won't Block Noise from Ohio Amphitheater" (Apr. 10, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch reports Westerville, Ohio's noise consultant said yesterday the higher wall planned for the Polaris Amphitheater this summer won't solve the noise problem in the neighborhood. Instead, he advocates for stricter enforcement of existing noise standards and stronger penalties for violators.

Ohio, Columbus, "Meeting Will Hear Out Neighbors' Grievances About Noise From Ohio’s Port Columbus Airport" (Aug. 3, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch reports that a workshop will take place to allow neighbors to air their grievances about sound noise from nearby Port Columbus Airport. According to the article these workshops are periodically scheduled as a part of the noise compatibility program and are necessary if airports are to receive Federal Aviation Administration funds for noise abatement.

Ohio, Columbus, "Columbus Resident Advocates for Preservation of Quiet Streets and Neighborhoods" (Jun. 26, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch published the following editorial by Columbus resident, Joe Motil. He opposes the building of a major thoroughfare through an historic section of the city, which he says will bring noise, traffic, and the destruction of urban green space and a neighborhood. Motil writes:

Ohio, Columbus, "New Monitoring System at Port Columbus Will Identify Noisy Flights" (Jun. 24, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch reports a state-of-the-art monitoring system planned for Port Columbus should help airport officials better identify the source of noisy flights that give residents sleepless nights.

Ohio, Columbus, "Publication of the New Noise Zone at Rickenbacker Airport, in Columbus, Ohio Will Trigger Ban on All Aid to Future Housing" (Apr. 2, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch warns developers, land speculators and house hunters to be wary. Homes built after April 1998 that are within the noise impact zone for Rickenbacker Airport in Columbus, Ohio won't qualify for federal money to buy their property or pay for soundproofing if the roar of airplanes becomes a nuisance. The disqualification for payment is based on a new law that covers all airports in the United States.

Ohio, Columbus, "Polaris Amphitheater to Erect Noise Wall in Response to Complaints" (Mar. 13, 1998). The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reports Polaris Amphitheater managers will erect a new wall to block concert noise from nearby neighborhoods.

Ohio, Columbus, "Ohio Residents Offered Barriers to Soften Noise Impact of Highway Expansion" (Sep. 21, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Department of Transportation doubles the number of lanes on I-270, and neighborhoods along Ohio's north Outerbelt will decide whether they want sound walls built between their homes and the highway.

Ohio, Columbus, "Westerville, Ohio to Fine Columbus Amphitheater for Violating its Noise Ordinance Across Community Borders" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Columbus Dispatch reports that Westerville, Ohio plans to enforce its soon-to-be-revised noise ordinance across community borders in an attempt to quiet a Columbus amphitheater. Columbus has agreed to allow Westerville to enforce its ordinance across community lines because it will be easier to prove a violation of Westerville's noise ordinance. The penalty of $5,000 per violation would probably not cause the amphitheater to alter its noise output, but repeated violations would allow a judge to shut the venue down.

Ohio, Columbus, "Polaris Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio Backs Down on Promise to Build Noise Wall" (Jul. 22, 1999). The Columbus Dispatch reports that Columbus, Ohio's Polaris Amphitheater, whose management promised to build a sound wall to reduce noise that disturbs neighbors, will not build the wall. The amphitheaters parent company says the wall is too expensive and may not be effective, and is hiring a noise consultant to determine alternative strategies; City Council has asked the company for a timeline. Residents are upset that the city council is not enforcing its own noise ordinance, and say that enforcement should happen before soundproofing.

Ohio, Columbus, "Columbus, Ohio Editorial Says Local Amphitheater Should Abide By Local Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 25, 1999). The Columbus Dispatch prints an editorial asserting that Columbus, Ohio's Polaris Amphitheater, which has drawn noise complaints since its opening in 1994, is still violating the local noise ordinance and should start complying. While many bands adhere to the 100 decibel limit as measured 100 feet from the stage, the amphitheater has refused to take responsibility for those who do not. Polaris had promised to build a 16-foot sound wall to block some noise, but has since rejected the idea as too costly and possibly ineffective. The author says this is irrelevant, claiming the real solution is consistent enforcement of existing amphitheater policies and the city's noise ordinance.

Ohio, Columbus, "Columbus, Ohio Elementary Schools Attempt to Cut Down on Lunchroom Noise" (Apr. 2, 2000). The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio reports that elementary schools in Columbus are debating whether to mandate "silent lunch" at school. Proponents believe that a child will eat more and digest his/her food more easily if allowed to eat in a quiet environment. Opponents believe it is impossible to enforce and not necessary. The article debates the issue.

Ohio, Dayton, "Dayton, Ohio Passes Legislation on Car Stereo Noise" (Apr. 22, 1997). Legislation proposed by Dayton Representative Tom Roberts would make it a misdemeanor to play a car stereo too loudly, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Ohio, Dayton, "United Airlines Offers Quieter Flights In First and Business Class" (Oct. 29, 1997). The Dayton Daily News of Dayton, Ohio, reports that United Airlines is installing an electronic noise signal to the headset at each seat in the first- and business-class sections of its 747, 767 and 777 widebodied jets. This new electronic feature should cancel out the noise from the airplane.

Ohio, Dayton, "Ohio Resident Scorns Airport Neighbors' Noise Problems" (Oct. 9, 1997). The Dayton Daily News printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Peter Severino, a Dayton, Ohio resident, regarding noise from aircraft over Centerville:

Ohio, Dayton, "Air Force and Auto Exhaust Systems Supplier Undertake Joint Project to Evaluate Sound Qualities" (Sep. 14, 1997). The Dayton Daily News reports that the Armstrong Lab at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Arvin Industries, a major supplier of auto exhaust systems, recently signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) to undertake a two-year research project to develop a computer program that can evaluate sound qualities. The article says that Arvin Industries wants better ways to evaluate sound quality in and around automobiles, while the Air Force is interested in evaluating the impact of air-base noises on surrounding communities. A CRDA is a way that federal labs make government technology for commercial uses, the article notes.

Ohio, Dayton, "Board of Zoning Appeals in Dayton, Ohio Grant Variance Allowing Developers to Insulate Homes Less Effectively Against Noise from Nearby Air Force Base" (Jul. 13, 1999). The Dayton Daily News reports that the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) decided to grant variances to two housing developers allowing them to forego more expensive noise-proofing treatments for cheaper, less effective ones. Most County Commissioners from the four counties surrounding the base agreed, saying that it was important to encourage the base to remain open near their communities. The BZA itself is made up of three commissioners from each of the four surrounding counties. Two BZA members opposed the variance.

Ohio, Dayton, "Dayton International Airport in Ohio Undertakes Noise Study to Placate Residents" (Apr. 5, 2000). The Dayton Daily News in Ohio reports that an informational meeting was held in Dayton so that opponents of a planned expansion of Dayton International Airport could hear the results of an airport noise study conducted by an independent consulting firm. The airport has formed the Community Advisory Committee so that residents can have some input during the airport's expansion process.

Ohio, Dayton, "Dayton International Airport (Ohio) Expansion Plans Cause Controversy in Surrounding Communities" (Mar. 19, 2000). The Dayton Daily News reports that Dayton International Airport's new expansion plan has caused much controversy in surrounding communities such as Tipp City, Butler Township, Monroe Township, Vandalia, and others. Officials maintain that community growth was planned based on previous plans presented to them by the airport, and now the airport has changed those plans. Many homes will now be affected by the noise from new runways that will be built close by.

Ohio, Deer Park, "Mayor of Ohio Town Wants a New Noise Ordinance; Some Residents Oppose the Idea" (Jul. 23, 1997). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a new noise ordinance is being considered by the city council in Deer Park, Ohio to deal mostly with loud car stereos. The proposed ordinance has the support of the city's mayor, but is being opposed by at least two outspoken residents.

Ohio, Delaware, "Ohio Official Tries to Get Action on Amphitheater Noise Complaints, But Gets Nowhere" (Jun. 19, 1997). The Columbus Dispatch reports that Don Wuertz, president of the Delaware County (Ohio) Commission, tried to respond to residents' complaints about noise from the Polaris Amphitheater Tuesday night, but could get no action from Columbus police. Wuertz says that the amphitheater has not been a good neighbor, and the city of Columbus is ignoring complaints of the residents who live near it.

Ohio, Delaware, "Neighbors of Ohio Amphitheater Have Little Legal Recourse to Quiet the Music" (Jul. 1, 1997). The Columbus Dispatch reports that neighbors of the Polaris Amphitheater, in Columbus, Ohio in southern Delaware County, have brought their noise complaints to Delaware County officials after saying they get no help from Columbus officials. Columbus has jurisdiction over the amphitheater. At a meeting between officials from Delaware County, Westerville, and Columbus yesterday to discuss noise problems from Polaris, Delaware County officials learned that a violation of Columbus's noise ordinance requires decibel levels to be over 65 decibels for an average of an hour and complaints cannot be registered over the telephone. In addition, only residents of Columbus can file a complaint, the article says. Neighbors who live in Westerville or unincorporated Delaware County have no legal recourse.

Ohio, Delaware, "Ohio Town Writes New Noise Ordinance Because of Noisy Semi Trucks" (Apr. 16, 2000). According to the Columbus Dispatch, truck traffic in downtown Delaware, Ohio has sparked a debate on whether anyone can do anything about the jarring noise, which can shake the mortar loose from the bricks.

Ohio, Hamilton Township, "Growth Brings Noise to Ohio Township, Including Din from Church Gatherings" (Nov. 14, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports officials and residents of Hamilton Township, Ohio, are considering the merits of a noise ordinance in the wake of complaints about late-night noise from teen gatherings at a local church.

Ohio, Hamilton Township and Columbus, "Ohio Neighbors Upset About Quarry Noise; No Relief is in Sight" (Jun. 11, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch reports that Yvette and Leon Blauvelt, residents of Hamilton Township, Ohio, have complained about noise from a sand and gravel operation near their home. But after investigating the complaints, Columbus officials have said the quarry doesn't violate any city zoning regulations.

Ohio, Hebron, "Cincinnati Airport Gets New Aircraft Tracking System to Deal With Noise Complaints" (Jul. 18, 1997). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport recently has installed a new $609,000 computer aircraft tracking system to deal with noise complaints. The system, called the Aircraft Operation Monitoring System (AOMS), has the ability to record the flight paths and flight numbers of every departure and landing, along with accompanying information

Ohio, Hebron, "Houses Still Sell in Noise Zones Around Ohio Airport" (Nov. 11, 1997). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that jet noise around the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Ohio hasn't dissuaded people from purchasing homes in noise corridors around the airport. The article says that since April 1996, when the Kenton County Airport Board began a purchase assurance program as part of a federally mandated noise mitigation effort, 105 houses have been sold and an additional six sales are pending. According to figures released by the board's noise mitigation committee, the properties sold for an average of 94 percent of their appraised value and 95 percent of their list price.

Ohio, Hebron, "County Commissioners To Work to Keep Airport Noise Levels in Check near Northern Kentucky International Airport" (Aug. 18, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports monitors show that Northern Kentucky International Airport has slightly exceeded noise limits set out in an agreement between the airport and the Sisters of Charity.

Ohio, Hebron, "Neighbors and School Districts near Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport Need Answers; FAA Sources Say They'll Have to Wait" (Aug. 20, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that about 400 residents and school officials from Boone County filled a public meeting room to express concerns about how improvements to the runways at the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport would affect their homes and classrooms.

Ohio, Hebron, "Airport Board Agrees to Monitor for Noise Near Cincinnati Area Airport" (Apr. 14, 2000). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Kenton (Kentucky) County Airport, serving parts of Kentucky as well as the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area, hopes to build a new runway beginning in 2003. The airport board plans to use portable jet noise monitors to measure neighborhood noise levels to determine which areas near the airport will be eligible for the airport's noise abatement program. Areas in both Kentucky and Ohio will be monitored. The board will meet on Monday to decide whether to accept the proposed noise monitoring program.

Ohio, Huber Heights, "Ohio City Passes Ordinance to Target Loud Car Stereos" (Jul. 2, 1997). The Dayton Daily News reports that the Huber Heights (Ohio) City Council passed an amendment to the city's noise ordinance last week that restricts noise from car stereos, effective immediately.

Ohio, Independence, "Independence, Ohio Approves Noise Ordinance that Addresses Late-Night Construction and Excessive Stereo Volume" (Nov. 12, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that a noise ordinance has been approved in Independence, Ohio that addresses excessive amplified noise and construction noise.

Ohio, Lebanon, "Ohio Town Protests Airport Expansion, Citing Noise and Decreased Property Values" (Apr. 14, 1999). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports neighbors opposed to the expansion of the Warren County Airport in Lebanon, Ohio, presented town officials with a petition Monday asking for several restrictions.

Ohio, Lorain County, "Lorain County Residents and Officials Express Concerns Over Increased Rail Traffic; Top Concerns Were Safety, Noise and Blocked Roads, and Officials Noted that Continued Complaints to Federal Government Was the Best Road to Change" (Aug. 7, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that residents and officials from several communities in Lorain County, Ohio gathered at a forum to discuss the problem of increased rail traffic. Residents were upset about noise from trains, but officials said that whistles shouldn't be quieted until safety can be improved: in part by building overpasses. Ohio Rail Development Commission officials suggested continued pressure on the transportation department to fight for the overpasses: an approach that worked in the Cleveland area.

Ohio, Mason, "Mason, Ohio Strengthens Noise Ordinance to Cover Loud Car-Stereos in Daytime" (Sep. 16, 1999). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Mason, Ohio recently revised their noise ordinance to include noise that occurs during the day. After residents complained about the daytime noise, a new amendment includes daytime noise from car stereos. Fines could exceed $100. Noise "plainly audible" fifty feet from a car is considered a violation. Some council members were concerned that the law over-regulated noise.

Ohio, Medina, "Ohio Town Police Chief Wants Noise Ordinance for Car Stereos" (Jun. 5, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that Medina, Ohio Police Chief Dennis Hanwell has asked the city council to amend the existing noise ordinance to allow police to use their own discretion in issuing citations for noise generated by car stereos in parking lots. City Councillor Pam Miller said she expects council to approve the amendment, the article says.

Ohio, Medina, "Ohio City Limits Noise from Ice Cream Trucks" (May 14, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports there's a new law in Medina, Ohio, that restricts ice cream trucks from playing loud music.

Ohio, Medina, "Medina, Ohio, Seeks to Enact Construction Noise Restrictions" (Sep. 29, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports the city of Medina, Ohio, will adopt construction noise restrictions in response to complaints from residents who are losing sleep to a current building boom.

Ohio, New Lebanon, "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.

Ohio, Olmsted Falls, "Ohio Airport Neighbors Oppose Runway Extension on Noise Grounds" (Nov. 25, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that residents and officials in Olmsted Falls, Ohio are opposed to the proposed extension of runways at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, saying that the plans will increase noise over a village already plagued by too many low-flying jets. More than 300 residents, as well as officials from Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, gathered last night to discuss the airport's expansion plans.

Ohio, Olmsted Falls, "Olmstead Falls, Ohio, Fights Noise and Expansion at Cleveland Hopkins Airport" (Jul. 6, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports residents and public officials in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, have been working together to prevent more aircraft noise from the planned expansion at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Ohio, Olmsted Falls, "Letter Says the FAA Fails to Protect Citizens' Interests in Expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport" (Jul. 1, 1998). The Plain Dealer published the following letter from Matthew Englehart of Olmsted Falls, Ohio. In his letter, Englehart questions the employment of the firm hired to study the impact of expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Englehart also criticizes the FAA for failing to provide checks and balances for airport planners. Mr. Englehart writes:

Ohio, Olmsted Falls, "Residents Question Environmental Impact Report for Cleveland, Ohio's Hopkins International Airport" (Dec. 1, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that Olmsted Falls, Ohio residents and officials say that an FAA environmental impact report is faulty and needs revision, and say that the noise consulting firm for the airport has a conflict of interest because it already works for the airport. The airport "wants to build a 9,000-foot northeast-southwest runway at the northern end of the airport and lengthen an existing parallel runway." Olmsted Falls residents say they already get enough noise and pollution from jets, and don't want the expansion to make worse.

Ohio, Parma, "Residents Angry About Aircraft Noise Over Ohio City" (Jun. 13, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that residents in northern Parma, Ohio are increasingly angry about noise from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Last night, about 70 residents brought their complaints before Cleveland officials and Federal Aviation Administration officials.

Ohio, Parma, "Ohioans Ready to Take Legal Action Against Jet Noise from Cleveland International Airport" (Apr. 19, 2000). According to the Plain Dealer, noise complaints from residents near Cleveland Hopkins International airport are on the rise, and a local city councilwoman called for legal action.

Ohio, Put-In-Bay, "Put-In-Bay, Ohio Create Noise Ordinance to Reduce Volume Competition Between Bars Meant to Attract Customers" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that Put-In-Bay, Ohio has created a noise ordinance to crack down on bars which compete with each other by turning up their music. Police will now fine those who exceed 95 decibels on weekends and holidays $100.

Ohio, Springfield, "Ohio City Council Considers Increasing Fines for Violators of Noise Law" (Nov. 17, 1998). The State Journal Register reports the Springfield, Ohio, City Council is considering increasing fines for violators of noise law.

Ohio, Tipp City, "SANE Organization in Tipp City, Ohio Holds First Public Meeting; the Group Opposes Runway Expansion at Dayton International Airport" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Dayton Daily News reports that Tipp City, Ohio's Stop Airport Noise and Expansion (SANE) group held its first public meeting this week. The group was formed in June to oppose Dayton International Airport's expansion plan, which the group thinks will worsen noise and fuel-dumping problems. The group, which includes people with aviation and environmental engineering expertise, has proposed efficiency measures that would make the expansion plan unnecessary.

Ohio, Tipp City, "Tipp City, Ohio Letter to the Editor Opposing Expansion at Emery Worldwide Airport" (Sep. 9, 1999). The Dayton Daily News prints several letters to the editor, including one on noise pollution from Tipp City, Ohio. The author says that expansion at Emery Worldwide Airport will increase a mild annoyance to an unbearable burden. He says that passenger volume had actually decreased in recent years, so the claim that residents should have 'expected' this expansion is wrong.

Ohio, Toledo, "New Product -- Produced Jointly by Two Building Companies -- Replaces Lengthy Process for Reducing Noise in Homes" (Nov. 17, 1999). PR Newswire reports that two building companies -- Owens Corning and Trus Joist MacMillan -- have formed an alliance to produce new technologies for noise-reduction in the home. The first product is an easily installed solution to the traditional multi-step process used to keep vibration form passing easily from one side of a wall to the other.

Ohio, Troy, "Troy, Ohio Council to Vote on Noise Walls Today; Though Originally Leaning Towards Rejecting the Walls, A Study on Noise-Related Health Risks May Shift Their Vote" (Aug. 16, 1999). The Dayton Daily News reports that the Troy, Ohio council will vote tonight on whether to approve 10-14-foot noise walls along Interstate 75. Consideration of noise-related health risks, coupled with a visit to one residence near the highway, may result in an approval for the walls. A "no" vote -- which was the original stance of the council -- would be referred to the top state transportation official because local sentiment favors the walls by over 90%

Ohio, Troy, "Troy, Ohio's Council Approves Noise Walls Along Interstate 75" (Aug. 17, 1999). The Dayton Daily News reports that Troy, Ohio's City council voted its support for proposed noise walls along Interstate 75, pleasing most of the 100 people in attendance. Opposition to the walls was based mainly on the fact that unmaintained walls can become an eyesore. A presentation which showed that "sustained exposure to loud noise often causes hearing loss, stress and other adverse health conditions" turned several council representatives from a 'no' to a 'yes' vote.

Ohio, Twinsburg, "Ohio Residents Along I-480 Seek New Noise Tests and Sound Barriers" (Mar. 9, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports in the wake of increased noise complaints from residents, the Ohio Department of Transportation will conduct a new noise study to determine if a section of Interstate 480 warrants sound barriers.

Ohio, Twinsburg Township, "Rock Company Works With Rail Company to Reduce Nighttime Noise from Unloading" (Nov. 29, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that a rock company in Twinsburg Township, Ohio has worked out a schedule with the rail delivery company so loud deliveries will no longer happen at night. he company blamed the rail company -- Norfolk Southern -- for the original schedule problems, saying that the problems arose as it tried to consolidate services with the recently acquired Conrail.

Ohio, Union Township, "More Traffic Causes Ohio Town to Consider Noise Barriers Along Interstate 75" (Mar. 4, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Union Township leaders are considering erecting noise barriers in anticipation of increased traffic along Interstate 75 near West Chester.

Ohio, Warren County, "Population Growth Results in Increased Noise in Warren County, Ohio" (Aug. 2, 1998). The Dayton Daily News reports that recent population growth in rural Warren County has evolved into increased noise pollution.

Ohio, Westerville, "Residents Living Near Ohio Amphitheater Complain About Noise, While County Official Launches Effort to Help" (Jul. 2, 1997). The Columbus Dispatch reports that residents living near the Polaris Amphitheater in Westerville, Ohio have been complaining about noise from concerts for several years, with little tangible result. Now, Delaware County Commissioner Donald Wuertz has launched an effort to get the city of Columbus to enforce its noise ordinance, and visited residents near the amphitheater last night during an Ozzy Osbourne concert. The article goes on to focus on the impact of the concert noise on the life of one family who lives near the amphitheater.

Ohio, Westerville, "Westerville Ohio, Near Columbus' Polaris Amphitheater to Enforce Its Noise Ordinance On the Venue" (Sep. 8, 1999). The Columbus Dispatch reports that the City Council of Westerville, Ohio is considering changes to its noise ordinance which include the enforcement of noise limits on Polaris amphitheater in neighboring Columbus, Ohio. State law permits a city -- in this case Westerville -- to enforce its noise ordinances on noisy locations from an adjacent city if both cities agree. Westerville is also making changes to its ordinance to make it more enforceable. Westerville feels that Polaris has ignored their concerns up until now.

Ohio, Weston, "Ohio Towns Offered Noise Mitigation Funding by Railroads" (Apr. 3, 2000). The Associated Press reports that when CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway took over Conrail's routes in Northern Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and southeast Michigan, a deal was arranged whereby the railroads would compensate towns $10,000 for each home that was deemed to be adversely affected by train noise resulting from increased train traffic on the rails due to the merger. A controversy has ensued over which houses are eligible and how each affected town is spending this money originally earmarked for noise mitigation.

Ohio, Youngstown and Toledo, "Ohio Turnpike Commission Refuses to Hear Neighbors' Noise Complaints" (Dec. 13, 1999). According to the Plain Dealer, the Ohio Turnpike Commission is spending $1.3 billion to enhance rest stops and add lanes, but it refuses to listen to residents who want sound barriers to block traffic noise.

Ohio, Youngstown and Toledo, "Ohio Turnpike Trustees To Develop Noise Policy" (Dec. 14, 1999). An editorial in the Plain Dealer discusses the obligation of the Ohio Turnpike Trustees to develop a noise policy because of the dramatic increase in traffic over the years and its subsequent impact on homes that have been built during that time.

Oklahoma City, "Oklahoma City Council Considers Buyout of Small Town Near Tinker Air Force Base to Remove Residents from Noise and Pollution Risks" (Nov. 17, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that Oklahoma City Council is considering support of a buyout of a community near Tinker Air Force Base now that research has linked volatile organic compounds from years of aircraft refurbishing to average birth weights two-ounces lower than normal. At least one representative believes a buyout should occur on the basis of noise alone.

Oklahoma, Lyons Park, "Residents of Lyons Park, Oklahoma Want Wall Between Highway and Elementary School; Purpose Would Be to Quiet Noise and Also Increase Safety of Students" (Aug. 23, 1999). The Daily Oklahoman reports that residents of Lyons Park, Oklahoma want a wall on Interstate 44. They want noise to be abated, but many are more concerned with the proximity of an elementary school playground to a dangerous section of the highway. At least three accidents have occurred in the last year during school hours. A wall was promised to residents in 1970 when the highway was first built.

Oklahoma, Norman, "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.

Oklahoma, Norman, "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.

Oklahoma, Norman, "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.

Oklahoma, Norman, "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.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, "Oklahoma City Transportation Department Approves Noise Wall Where It Was Previously Said to Be Unfeasible; Change Of Heart Reflects New Uses for Road and New Noise-Dampening Materials" (Aug. 3, 1999). The Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved a 1,300-foot, $250,000 noise wall along a section of Interstate 44. The commission originally considered the wall as part of a 1990 highway contract. "Changes in the operation" of the road, as well as new noise-dampening materials have now made a noise wall possible.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, "Oklahoma City Threatens Legal Action to Stop Night Noise from Dig Operation" (Mar. 24, 1999). The Daily Oklahoman reports Oklahoma City Council members said Wednesday they are willing to go to court if necessary to stop overnight dirt work near a northeast neighborhood.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, "State of Oklahoma on its Way to Final Passage of Boom Car Law" (Apr. 5, 2000). The Daily Oklahoman reports that the Oklahoma House of Representatives recently passed an anti-car stereo noise bill. Final language needs to be drafted on the bill, however, and it may not pass during this year's legislative session. The Senate passed the bill in March by a vote of 26-17.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, "Oklahoma School Children at Risk from Noise and Traffic from Interstate" (Feb. 2, 2000). In a column of the Daily Oklahoman, a letter to the editor stresses the need for state or local officials to put up a wall against noise and possible safety hazards posed by traffic on Interstate 44, which runs 100 feet from the playground. The letter is printed in its entirety.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, "Oklahoma City Councilwoman's Fight Against Noise Said to Interfere with Development" (Mar. 22, 2000). According to the Daily Oklahoman, an Oklahoma City councilwoman's fight against noise prompted other council members to delay any change in the city's noise ordinance because they are worried that inner-city development may suffer because of it.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, "Proposed Amendment to Oklahoma City Ordinance, Designed to Reduce Nightclub Noise, Causes Concern Among Business Owners and Some Residents" (Mar. 19, 2000). The Sunday Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma City Councilwoman Amy Brooks has drafted a proposed amendment to a city ordinance as a result of complaints from many of her Ward 2 constituents about late-night bar, nightclub, and restaurant noise in the Crown Heights neighborhood. Some other residents, and many business owners and concert promoters, strongly oppose the measure.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "Construction Noise from Road Widening Project Bothers Some Residents in Tulsa" (Apr. 9, 1997). The Tulsa World reports that the construction project to widen the 71st Street corridor in Tulsa, Oklahoma is causing noise and traffic problems for many residents.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "Oklahoma Residents Suffer From Airport Noise Pollution" (Dec. 16, 1997). The Tulsa World reports that more than 300 people living near Tulsa International Airport recently heard bad news from airport noise consultants.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "Airport May Compensate Tulsa Residents For Diminished Property Values Due to Airport" (Dec. 12, 1997). The Tulsa World reports that airport consultants are proposing a publicly-funded program that would assist 800 homeowners affected by excessive aircraft noise near Tulsa (Oklahoma) International Airport to sell their properties, airport officials said Thursday.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "Tulsa International Airport Proposes 2.5 Million Noise Abatement Budget" (Aug. 14, 1998). The Tulsa World reports that the Tulsa International Airport has proposed a budget for 1999, which includes $2.5 million for noise abatement. If the trustees adopt the budget it will mark the first year airport trustees have directed local funding to a five-year $20 million aircraft noise abatement program.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "Costly Noise Abatement Program Recommended by Consultants for Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma" (Jun. 19, 1998). Tulsa World reports that the noise consultant for Tulsa International Airport - Barnard Dunkelberg & Co.,- has recommended a five-year $20 million noise abatement program that includes purchases of easement rights, sound insulation and property buyouts for about 1,000 residents of neighborhoods. The consultant also advised Tulsa Airport Authority trustees to alter takeoff and landing procedures so that low-level aircraft flights over residential areas are minimized.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "Exploring Methods to Quiet Fighter Noise at Tulsa International Airport" (Sep. 11, 1998). Tulsa World reports military jets are the loudest aircraft at Oklahoma's Tulsa International Airport and cause the most complaints among airport-area residents. But a recent study found certain departure procedures can reduce noise from the military aircraft.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "Stalled Federal Funding for FAA Will Jeopardize Many Airport Projects, Including Noise Mitigation at Tulsa Airport in Oklahoma" (Nov. 16, 1999). The Tulsa World reports that a federal funding bill, planned to give the FAA $50-billion in funds between 2001 and 2004 has been abandoned for this year, meaning that among other projects, a noise mitigation program at Tulsa Airport in Oklahoma will be jeopardized. The $20-million program will reduce noise levels at 1,000 homes surrounding the airport using either $15,000 sound insulation per home, monetary flyover easements, or assistance in making up noise-related losses from home sales.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "United States Asks European Union for Another Delay --This Time Indefinite -- of Anti-Hushkit Legislation; EU Says Delay -- If Any -- Will Have a Time Limit" (Dec. 1, 1999). The Tulsa World reports that the United States is demanding another delay -- this time indefinite -- of anti-hushkit legislation that would require American airlines to use aircraft that comply with Stage-3 noise standards without the assistance of hushkits when in Europe. Officials here say the EU's real motivation is increased revenue for European airlines and manufacturers, not the protection of residents from noise pollution. Postponing the legislation until after newer international standards are due may keep pressure on the U.S. to continue cooperation, although the EU has said that any delay will not be indefinite.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "Tulsa, Oklahoma Resident Hopes Noise Wall Will Help Reduce Highway Noise that Cracks His Foundation and Renders His Backyard Unusable" (Nov. 3, 1999). The Tulsa World reports that residents near Tulsa, Oklahoma's U.S. Route 169 hope a planned noise wall will reduce noise from the 90,000 vehicles that pass by each day. The noise is annoying and vibrations damage some foundations.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "Tulsa, Oklahoma Airport Officials Hire Local Firm to Manage Noise Mitigation Program" (Apr. 14, 2000). The Tulsa World reports that the Tulsa, Oklahoma firm of Cinnabar Service Co. has been chosen by the Tulsa Airport Authority to receive a one-year, $2 million contract to manage the noise mitigation program to be undertaken by Tulsa International Airport. Approximately 1,200 homes near the airport will qualify for the $33 million program.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "European Hushkit Ban Will Affect Tulsa-based Nordam and Other U.S. Hushkit Manufacturers" (Mar. 15, 2000). The Tulsa World reports that recent disagreements between the United States and the European Union (EU) over the EU's proposed ban on hushkitted aircraft will severely impact the Nordam Group, a Tulsa-based hushkit manufacturer. Hushkits are engine mufflers installed on older airplanes to reduce noise and air pollution. Other U.S. hushkit manufacturers include United Technologies, Federal Express, and Northwest Airlines. The EU ban is scheduled to go into effect on May 4.

Oklahoma, Tulsa, "Noise Mitigation Program at Tulsa International Airport to Begin As Soon As Federal Aviation Plan is Passed" (Mar. 16, 2000). The Tulsa World reports that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $40 billion aviation bill that will include $2 million to be allocated to a noise mitigation program at Tulsa International Airport. The program can begin as soon as President Clinton signs the bill.

Ontario CANADA, Oakville, "Canadian Transport Agency Agrees with Citizens, Orders CN Rail to Reduce Noise in Toronto Rail Yard" (Mar. 11, 1999). The Toronto Star reports after listening to residents' noise complaints, the Canadian Transportation Agency has ordered CN Rail to reduce noise levels at a rail yard in Oakville, Ontario.

Ontario CANADA, Rockwood, "Pearson Official Pleased with Noise Trials; Rockwood Residents Cry, "Scam!"" (Mar. 29, 1999). The Toronto Star reports while a spokesman for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority called the recent trial flight routes at Pearson International Airport "encouraging," residents of Rockwood, Ontario, see little hope of noise relief.

Ontario CANADA, Toronto, "Ontario Board Rejects New Residential Development Near Pearson Airport" (Mar. 18, 1999). Canada NewsWire Ltd., reports the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) celebrated victory with the Ontario Municipal Board's (OMB) decision to reject a residential development proposal in the City of Mississauga, which falls within the GTAA Operating Area.

Ontario CANADA, Toronto, "Toronto Airport Authority will Test Departures over Industrial Corridors to Reduce Noise from Pearson International Airport" (Mar. 24, 1999). Canada NewsWire Ltd. published a press release by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) detailing the planned departure trials for the new north/sough runway at Lester B. Pearson International Airport, (LBPIA). The press release reads as follows:

Ontario, Hamilton, "Solutions to Reducing Effects of Neighbor's Loud Stereo" (Feb. 17, 2000). The Toronto Star reports that a reader of Ian G. Masters "Sight 'n' Sound" column wrote about a problem he has with his neighbor's noisy stereo.

Ontario, London, "Citizens Protest Noisy Outdoor Opera by Mowing their Lawns During Performance" (Jul. 23, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen reports that citizens in London, Ontario protested outdoor performances of the Garsington Opera by synchronizing their lawnmoving, hedge trimming, and other yard work during the opening night of the opera festival, June 9. In response to the long feud between the villagers and opera officials, the South Oxfordshire District Council has decided to prosecute the opera company.

Ontario, Mississauga, "Canadian City's Proposed Plan Faces Appeal from Airports Authority Because of Planned Land Uses" (Jul. 24, 1997). The Toronto Star reports that the proposed new Official Plan in Mississauga, Ontario is being appealed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority because it will allow development in high-noise areas near Pearson International Airport. The authority is afraid that such development will result in residents opposing future operations and expansion of the airport. The authority's appeal also is supported by the Air Transport Association of Canada, an umbrella group representing airlines and helicopter operators. The appeal will be heard by the Ontario Municipal Board, the article reports.

Ontario, Mississauga, "Ontario's Mississauga East Election Issues Include Increased Noise from a New Runway at Pearson International" (May 27, 1999). The Toronto Star reports that the candidates in the provincial riding in Mississauga East, Ontario are going head to head on the issues, including airport noise; noise-related complaints have doubled since 1997 when a new runway was introduced at Pearson International Airport.

Ontario, Oshawa, "Community in Canada Angered by Barking Dogs" (Mar. 11, 1998). The Toronto Star reports that Oshawa residents are angered by the recent City Council decision not to prosecute barking dog complaints

Ontario, St. Catharines, "Grape Farmers in Ontario Use Many Noise-Based Technologies to Keep Bird from Eating their Crops; Loud "Bird-Bangers" Can Annoy Human Neighbors as Well" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Ottawa Citizen reports that grape farmers in Ontario use many noise-based technologies to scare birds away from their grapes. Gas-powered cannons called 'bird bangers' are the loudest, and many complaints about them come from nearby residents. If the cannons go off too often or are too close to neighbors, officials may suggest changes, but "farmers are allowed to use all methods 'within reason' to protect their crop."

Ontario, Toronto, "Toronto's Pearson Airport Plans Major Expansion" (Dec. 14, 1997). The Toronto Sun reports that the Greater Toronto Airport Authority has recently taken over the Pearson International Airport and is currently planning a major expansion of the facility.

Orange County California, "Public Support May Be Waning For California's El Toro Airport" (Jan. 15, 1998). The Orange County Register reports that public support may be waning for the El Toro International Airport.

Orange County California, "California Airport Noise Deal Under Suspicion" (Dec. 15, 1999). According to the Los Angeles times, Orange County officials may have permitted John Wayne Airport to have aircraft traffic exceed required levels over a period of six years--all without approval.

Oregon, Bend, "Oregon Resident Tells Others to Move Away if They Can't Take the Noise" (Sep. 19, 1997). The Bulletin printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Eva Conover, a Bend, Oregon resident, regarding residents who complained about noise at Mountain View High School:

Oregon, Bend, "Oregon Resident Complains About Traffic Noise" (Jul. 9, 1998). The Bulletin printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Frances Collins, a Bend, Oregon resident, regarding traffic noise on Eighth Street:

Oregon, Camas, "Camas, Oregon Resident Criticizes Noise Complainants Who Knowingly Moved Near Portland International Airport" (Nov. 7, 1999). The Columbian prints several letters to the editor, one of which criticized residents near Portland International Airport for moving near to noise and then complaining about it.

Oregon, Portland, "Oregon Airport Experiments With Flying Jets Over New Area in Washington State" (Apr. 21, 1998). The Columbian reports that jets leaving the Portland (Oregon) International Airport will be flying over Clark County in Washington for two or three months starting Monday as part of an experiment to consider permanent flight path changes. The article notes that jets have not flown above this area before. Airport officials are trying the experimental flight path to find out if noise can be reduced over areas with growing populations, and to learn whether residents in Clark County will notice the jet traffic and will complain about the noise.

Oregon, Portland, "Runway Work at Portland Airport to Shift Flight Patterns and Noise" (Jul. 9, 1998). The Columbian reports work on Portland International Airport's south runway will shift aircraft flight patterns and bring more noise to areas north of the airport.

Oregon, Portland, "Portland, Oregon Resident Questions PDX Airport's Claim that Airports Have "No Authority Over Aircraft In Flight"" (Nov. 14, 1999). The Columbian prints several letters to the editor, one of which has to do with aircraft noise. The writer asks whether PDX really has "no authority over aircraft in flight" as it has claimed.

Oregon, Springfield, "Springfield, Oregon Residents Question Wal-Mart Site Location, Noise and Traffic Implications" (Mar. 20, 2000). The Register Guard reports that residents of neighborhoods surrounding a proposed Wal-Mart site are concerned about the traffic and noise that will be generated by the retailer's operations. Some options have included requiring Wal-Mart to adequately address traffic congestion by possibly building additional interchanges along Highway 126. Springfield has no planned commercial center that would allow for development without adversely impacting residential neighborhoods.

Oregon, Sunriver, "Sunriver, Oregon Airport Plans to Add New Staff and Automatic Weather Advisory to Help Pilots Keep Quiet" (Jan. 27, 2000). The Bulletin reports that Sunriver Airport in Sunriver, Oregon plans to add extra staff and an automatic weather system which could advise pilots of the quietest possible approach.

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