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U.K., Birmingham, "Birmingham, UK Reporter Explains When an Annoyance Is an Official Nuisance, and How to Act Against It" (Sep. 7, 1999). The Birmingham Evening Mail prints some questions and answers regarding when an annoyance is an official nuisance in the UK, and what action can be taken. Anything that injures land or enjoyment of land is a nuisance, including smells and noise. The same noise is also more or less likely to be a nuisance depending on the time of day and the type of zone it is in. An official nuisance may result in a noise-abatement notice, and court action of the notice isn't heeded.
U.K., Birmingham, "Police in Birmingham, U.K. Institute Rapid Response Team to Answer Late-Night Noise Complaints" (Sep. 9, 1999). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports that police in Birmingham, U.K. have instituted a rapid response team to respond to late-night noise complaints. The team, which will respond to calls up until 1 AM, will have the authority to "initiate prosecutions" and seize sound amplification equipment. A pilot-program saw 167 noise complaints answered over 25 weeks, resulting in five prosecutions and the seizure of equipment.
U.K., Cheltenham, "Gloucestershire, U.K. Woman Irritate by Noise from Airport Says Noise Is A Form of Pollution" (Sep. 18, 1999). The Gloucestershire Echo prints a letter to the editor from a Cheltenham, U.K. resident which criticizes the tendency of many to ignore noise as a real form of pollution. She says that noise pollution is just as bad as any other kind of pollution. She responds to a recent letter to the editor which said that noise from Staverton Airport is not annoying.
U.K., Darlington, "Residents of Darlington, U.K. Complain of Neighbors Demolition Noise and Dirt Clouds" (Jul. 29, 1999). The Northern Echo reports that residents of Darlington, U.K. are frustrated with a neighbor who is cutting up vehicles and renovating garages, causing noise and dust in the neighborhood. The owner of the property, who leases it, has said he will check into the tenant's activities.
U.K., Darlington, "Darlington, U.K Residents Upset at Noise from Racetrack Even Though the Track is Complying" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Northern Echo reports that Darlington, U.K. residents near Croft Circuit racetrack are still upset at noise levels even after the track implemented noise-reduction measures. 600 complaints over the last three years prompted a 1997 abatement notice, but the notice was withdrawn after the track agreed to noise-reduction measures. The district council has determined that a nuisance still exists even with the measures in place, and plans to pursue another abatement notice.
U.K., Devon, "Devon, U.K. Resident Told to Quiet His Rooster After Complaint; 100 Neighbors Sign Petition Saying He Shouldn't Have To" (Sep. 3, 1999). The Press Association Newsfile reports that after a man in East Budleigh, Devon was issued a noise abatement order to quiet his rooster, over 100 of his neighbors signed a petition in support of the bird. The bird's father provoked similar complaints and was gotten rid of, but neighbors didn't want to see any further "erosion of country life." The man has darkened the rooster's cage in the early morning in response to the order, and the crowing has lessened, but he says that he will fight any further actions in court.
U.K., East Devon, "Protesters In the United Kingdom Who Want A Noisy Concrete Highway Resurfaced Say Money Spent On Roadside Plantings Designed To Encourage Wildlife Could Be Better Spent On Resurfacing the Road" (Dec. 7, 1999). The Western Morning News reports that residents in East Devon, U.K. are upset that the government is spending 8 million pounds on roadside plantings designed to encourage wildlife rather than on reducing noise. A spokesperson for the government said that the money will go to roads nationwide, and that the resurfacing question is under consideration.
U.K., Gloucestershire, "Gloucestershire, U.K Resident Writes Letter to the Editor Noting that Noise from Gloucestershire Airport Is Increasing Not From Passenger Flights But Because of Training and Recreational Flights" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Gloucestershire Echo prints a letter to the editor from a Springbank, U.K resident. The author is responding to a prior letter, and says that although residents that live near airports must expects some noise, recent increases are in excess of what one should expect from an airport of its size. She believes that recreational and training flights -- not passenger flights -- are largely responsible for the increases, and thinks they should be taken elsewhere.
U.K., Leicester, "MP in U.K.s Parliament Sponsored a Motion to Require Local Governments to Examine and Control Airport Noise" (May 13, 1999). The Leicester Mail reports that a county MP from the U.K.s Leicester community is co-sponsoring a parliamentary motion to require local governments to take noise considerations seriously at their regional airports. Other parliamentary members said the legislation would make local governments more responsible and take some pressure off of airports and developers who have traditionally had to fend for themselves regarding noise issues.
U.K., North Yorkshire, "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."
U.K., South Gloucestershire, "South Gloucestershire, U.K. Council Institutes a Noise Response Team During Peak Noise-Complaint Hours" (Sep. 9, 1999). The Bristol Evening Post reports that the South Gloucestershire, U.K. Council will create a noise response team to deal with noise complaints during peak times. Council officers will operate in pairs, and will be available to respond to noise complaints during peak times. Violations will include "noisy parties, loud music, and barking dogs".
U.K., Stonehaven, "Stonehaven, U.K. Bar Is Granted Later Operating Hours, Despite Resident's Objections" (Jan. 6, 2000). The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that the Aberdeenshire Council granted permission for later operating hours at a Stonehaven bar. A neighbor had said the hours would cause noise problems, but police officials said there had never been any problems.
U.K., Torbay, "Torbay, U.K. Railway Agrees to Limit Tree-cutting -- Necessary Every Year Along the Tracks -- to Daytimes on Monday through Saturday" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Herald Express reports that tree-cutting along railroad tracks in Torbay, U.K. must now be performed between 7:30 AM and 10 PM on non-Sunday mornings. It normally takes up to four days of work with flailing machines along the seven-mile section of track to finish the job. Work at night, necessitated by train schedules, has prompted resident complaints. The railway was originally slapped with a noise abatement order, but the last minute deal avoided the need for an appeal.
U.K., Worcestershire, "Residents in Worcestershire, U.K. Oppose Opening Local Police's Firing Range to Outsiders, Thus Allowing More Noise" (Sep. 14, 1999). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports that residents in Worcestershire, U.K. oppose the proposed lifting of a rule at the local police's firing range that would allow outsiders to train there. Officials say that training with other area officers is important for public safetey, but critics don't want noise to increase.
U.S., "FAA Notices in the Federal Register" (Apr. 29, 1997). The publication Airports printed the following Federal Aviation Administration notices in the Federal Register regarding noise issues:
U.S., "Writer Reviews New Noise-Reduction Headphones on Airplane" (Apr. 11, 1997). The Buffalo News printed a review of the new noise-canceling stereo headphones (QZ/2000), manufactured by Koss Corporation. The stereophones were tested on an airplane, and the writer reported good results from the equipment.
U.S., "Cordless Lawn Mowers Cut the Noise and Offer Other Benefits" (Aug. 16, 1997). The Sacramento Bee printed a question-and-answer column regarding cordless lawn mowers. In response to a reader's question about the feasibility of buying and using a cordless mower, the columnist writes that for anyone with up to a half-acre lot, a cordless rechargeable lawn mower is the best option available for many reasons.
U.S., "United Airlines Will Install Passenger Noise Cancellation Devices in its Fleet" (Aug. 15, 1997). Airline Industry Information reports that United Airlines has announced it will install passenger integrated noise cancelling electronics and active-ready headsets in its First and Connoisseur Class seats. Installation of the devices will begin in the Fall of 1997 on the airline's 767-300 and 747-400 fleets, and is expected to be completed on all three of the airline's fleets by early 1999, the article says.
U.S., "Hearing Problems Are Increasing From Noise Pollution" (Aug. 25, 1997). Newsweek reports that research has shown that excessive exposure to noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss and ear damage, contrary to the popular belief that hearing loss is a natural process of aging. The article goes on to discuss the risks to hearing of noise pollution, the ways in which noise damages the ear, the levels at which noise is dangerous, and practical steps people can take to protect their ears.
U.S., "Bibliographic Report Available on Psychological and Physiological Effects of Noise Pollution" (Sep. 1, 1997). The publication Life Sciences & Biotechnology Update printed information about a bibliographic report available from the NTIS Bibliographic Database about the psychological and physiological effects of noise pollution. The report is a collection of up to 250 abstracts of available reports, studies, papers, and other documentation on a range of noise pollution issues, including: human reactions and tolerance to noise from aircraft, vehicular traffic, processing industries, and military operations; noise abatement and control; noise management systems; dose-response relationships; attitude surveys; public opinion case studies; noise effects on animal ecology; and more. The report also contains information about ordering the various studies, and extensive indexing.
U.S., "Are Corporate Helicopters Coming of Age?" (Feb. 1997). Business & Commercial Aviation reports that the corporate helicopter market experienced a fair-sized expansion in 1996, and industry leaders are positive about the future of the market. The article mentions that noise problems continue to be the largest problem for heliport expansions.
U.S., "Product Preview for Noise-Canceling Pilot Headset" (Feb. 1997). Business & Commercial Aviation reports that the latest active noise-canceling headset for fixed-wing and helicopter pilots is available from the David Clark Company.
U.S., "Experts Say Noisy Classrooms May Hinder Learning" (Jul. 24, 1997). The Toronto Star reports that at a recent conference of the Acoustical Society of America, experts told conference attendees that classroom noise levels are often so loud they impair childrens' speech perception, reading and spelling ability, behavior, attention, and academic performance.
U.S., "FAA Issues Policy on Noise Funding Eligibility" (Jun. 3, 1997). The publication Airports reports that the Federal Aviation Administration last week issued a "proposed final policy" on Part 150 approval and funding of noise mitigation measures. The policy says the FAA will not approve or fund noise mitigation measures for new noncompatible development after Jan. 1, 1998.
U.S., "FAA Lists Notices in the Federal Register" (Jun. 3, 1997). The publication Airports printed the following notices from the Federal Aviation Administration listed in the Federal Register:
U.S., "Ford Tests its New Cars for Squeaks and Rattles" (Jun. 22, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that in its most recent pre-production review of the 1996 Taurus, Ford tested every car that came off the line for squeaks, rattles, and other noises. Ford's "squeak-and-rattle team" was made up of two engineers, two Ford College Graduate Program trainees, and two assembly plant workers, and their goal was to make every car completely silent.
U.S., "Hearing Organizations Criticize Federal Mining Regulatory Agency's Proposed New Occupational Noise Standards" (Jun. 9, 1997). The Occupational Health & Safety Letter reports that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has proposed new standards for occupational noise exposure in mines, but a coalition of prominent hearing-conservation organizations have said that the standards do not go far enough to protect miners' hearing.
U.S., "Hearing Loss Is Growing as the World Gets Noisier" (May 13, 1997). NBC News reports that twenty-eight million Americans suffer from hearing loss, and that noise levels are growing in the U.S.
U.S., "Airplane Noise Interferes With Children's Learning, Study Finds" (May 20, 1997). The Washington Post reports that two environmental psychologists at Cornell University (New York) have completed a study which finds that children who attend schools that experience frequent airport noise do not learn to read as well as children who attend quiet schools, because they tune out speech along with airplane noise. As a result, these children have trouble learning to recognize and differentiate between speech sounds, a prerequisite to learning to read, the article reports.
U.S., "How to Quiet Your Barking Dog" (May 24, 1997). The Sacramento Bee printed an article about ways to quiet your barking dog. The writer makes recommendations about working with your dog on behavior modification and trying an anti-bark collar when all else fails.
U.S., "Noise Pollution Can Permanently Damage Hearing" (May 20, 1997). CNBC News Transcripts reports that springtime brings fresh air, but also the sounds of leaf blowers, mowers, boom boxes, and loud mufflers. The report says noise has become a byproduct of living in our crowded, mechanized world, and can make you not only irritable and stressed out, but can cause serious harm to your hearing.
U.S., "Leaf Blower Manufacturer Attempts to Make Gas-Powered Model Quieter" (Jun. 1997). The publication Appliance Manufacturer reports that Echo, Inc., a leaf blower manufacturer, has produced a new gas-powered leaf blower designed to reduce noise. The article notes that noise from leaf blowers is under attack across the country, and that hundreds of municipalities have enacted bylaws restricting or banning the blowers. The article goes on to describe the technology used in the new Echo blower.
U.S., "Controversy Surrounds Air Tour Flight Restrictions in National Parks" (May 4, 1997). The New York Times reports that national parks recently have been at the center of controversy over efforts to preserve or restore the parks to "natural quiet" by restricting air tour flights. Legal and legislative fights have resulted over restrictions in the Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Parks.
U.S., "Report Available on Health Effects of Noise Exposure and Relation Noise Information" (Dec. 1, 1997). The Industrial Health & Hazards Update reports that a report is available containing up to 250 abstracts of available studies, reports, papers, and other documentation related to the health impacts of noise pollution and other noise-related information.
U.S., "Congress Approves $1.7 Billion for Airport Improvements and Modifies Wright Amendment" (Oct. 14, 1997). The publication Airports reports that the U.S. House and Senate sent President Clinton a fiscal 1998 Department of Transportation funding bill (H.R.2169) last week. The bill includes $1.7 billion for the Airport Improvement Program, which is $240 million over the fiscal 1997 level and $700 million over the administration request. A provision in the bill limited funds for both noise planning and mitigation and the Military Airport Program (MAP). In addition, House and Senate negotiators agreed last week to modify the Wright Amendment, which placed statutory restrictions on commercial service at Dallas Love Field. The House and Senate conferees allowed three additional states to be served without restriction from Love Field.
U.S., "Car Companies Develop Electric Cars that Use Gasoline" (Oct. 25, 1997). CNN reports that car companies are developing a technology in which electric cars can run on gasoline. The technology would allow vehicle owners to gas up at gas stations, but their cars would emit less pollution, no noise, and would get better mileage. In related news, Honda announced this week that it has developed a new, ultra-clean gas engine that will make electric cars unnecessary.
U.S., "Our Noisy World is Resulting in Increased Hearing Problems" (Oct. 23, 1997). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that millions of Americans knowingly or unknowingly expose themselves to sounds loud enough to damage hearing. The article goes on to describe hearing hazards and hearing loss, discuss the latest technologies in hearing aids, and outline President Clinton's recently confirmed hearing loss.
U.S., "United Airlines Installs Headsets That Decrease Flight Noise" (Oct. 26, 1997). The Houston Chronicle reports that starting this month, first-class and business-class passengers on United Airlines' international flights will be able to reduce flight noise with special anti-noise headsets. The airline is the first to purchase and install headsets with the technology, which creates sound waves that cancel out sound waves from the engine.
U.S., "Columnist Notices that Life in the City is Too Loud" (Sep. 7, 1997). The Buffalo News printed an editorial in which the columnist concludes after his vacation in the country that everything is too loud in the city. The writer goes on to say that we shun silence, which partly explains our need to have noise everywhere.
U.S., "Columnist Lists Ways to Insulate Home Against a Noisy Neighborhood" (Apr. 19, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News printed a column in which the writer responds to a question by a reader about how to dampen noise from traffic, barking dogs, kids playing, late-night parties, etc. -- the general noise from a growing neighborhood. The columnist responds by discussing types of insulation, windows, walls, and other materials that can help deaden noise.
U.S., ""Dear Abby" Column Says Communities Have Banned Ice Cream Truck Noise, But Insists Trucks are Still a Great Old Tradition" (Jul. 18, 1998). The Charleston Daily Mail printed a "Dear Abby" column in which a reader wrote in describing the offensive nature of the music coming from new ice-cream trucks. Abby responded that many communities have banded together to restrict noise from ice-cream trucks, but she also printed letters from other readers who said ice-cream trucks bring back great memories.
U.S., "National Park Service's Proposal to Ban Jet Skis Intensifies Debate on Issue" (Jul. 16, 1998). Greenwire reports that according to USA Today, the National Park Service's proposal to ban personal watercraft in several national parks and recreation areas is "intensifying [the] aquatic culture clash between Jet Skiers, traditional boaters, and shoreside spectators" (Greenwire, 7/8). The article lists several areas around the country that have recently restricted Jet Skis, and gives several editorial quotes from U.S. newspapers on the topic of Jet Ski restrictions.
U.S., "Loud Movie Noise Levels is Becoming a Problem for Theater Owners" (Jul. 24, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that movies have been getting louder in recent years, and the issue is getting attention from theater owners, stereo industry representatives, and audiologists. The National Association of Theater Owners, for example, has formed a task force of theater executives and sound engineers to determine how loud is too loud for movies.
U.S., "Columnist Says Ice Cream Trucks Shouldn't be Banned" (Jul. 27, 1998). The Detroit News printed an editorial in which the columnist says ice cream trucks should not be banned. He goes on to list the objections to ice cream trucks brought by many baby boomer parents, including the trucks' potential for accidents, the possibility that the trucks may be driven by pedophiles, and the trucks' noise. The columnist argues against all of these objections.
U.S., "Macho Men Buy Increasingly Larger Power Lawn Tools, Causing Noise and Air Pollution" (Jun. 7, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that this year, Americans will purchase more than 22 million gas-powered lawn and garden tools -- a record number, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The article says large lawn tools, purchased and used by men, has become a social phenomenon of the 1990s suburbs. But, the article says, the large lawn tools produce excessive noise and air pollution.
U.S., "Study Available on Noise Control and Abatement in Transportation and Heavy Industrial Environments" (Mar. 1, 1998). The Industrial Health & Hazards Update says that a report is available about noise control and abatement in the transportation industry and heavy industrial environments. The publication goes on to list what the report covers and how it can be obtained.
U.S., "Scientists Find that Oceans are Deafeningly Noisy" (Mar. 24, 1998). AAP Newsfeed reports that scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University have found that oceans are extremely noisy. In some places, researchers found, the level of noise is the same as that found in New York's Times Square at midday. Although natural causes create some loud ocean noises, most are the result of human activities. The scientists performed their research using data collected over more than a decade by the US Navy searching for enemy submarines with highly sensitive underwater microphones. The Navy data has recently been made public.
U.S., "Off-Road Vehicles Should Be Banned From National Forests, Columnist Believes" (Mar. 30, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printed an editorial in which the writer argues that dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and all-terrain vehicles should be banned at national forests.
U.S., "Noise Pollution is Many Americans' Biggest Pollution Problem" (Mar. 13, 1998). E Magazine reports that our world is becoming dangerously noisy, with noise pollution and health problems from noise on the rise. The two largest sources of noise pollution, airport and vehicle traffic, are growing at a rate of three to five percent annually, and the most frequent complaint Americans make about their neighborhoods is noise. The article says activists working on noise pollution issues compare the movement today to the campaign against secondhand smoke a decade ago. Like secondhand smoke, they say, noise is both an annoying nuisance and the cause of serious health problems. The article goes on to give an overview of health problems related to noise and to interview several activists involved in the fight against noise.
U.S., "Dear Abby Column Advises Adults to Enjoy the Noise of Ice Cream Trucks" (Jun. 1, 1998). The Dallas Morning News printed a "Dear Abby" column, in which Abby advises a reader to not fight the noise of ice cream trucks, because the trucks are an American institution.
U.S., "Noise at National Parks Creates High-Level Debate" (Jun. 3, 1998). The Gannett News Service reports that noise in U.S. national parks has created an intense debate between hikers, conservationists, personal watercraft manufacturers, tour plane operators, and the federal government. This summer, the article says, Congress and the Clinton administration are considering actions to lower human-made noise in national parks. In addition, the National Park Service intends to adopt strict rules regulating the use of personal watercraft, or Jet Skis. And, the Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote this summer on a bill by its chair, John McCain (R-Arizona), to restrict tour planes and helicopters above national parks. At the same time, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Park Service are working on a new regulation that would require each national park to adopt a management plan to detail how many sightseeing flights should be allowed and what routes they should take.
U.S. and Germany, "New Study Finds Aircraft Noise Harms Psychological Well-Being of Children" (Feb. 23, 1998). The Des Moines Register reports that a team of international researchers has found that chronic exposure to airplane noise can affect the health and psychological well-being of children. The researchers studied children living in the flight path of a new international airport near Munich, Germany.
UK, Bath, "Official Celebration of Millenium in Bath, UK Must Not be Disruptive After 2 AM, Says Council" (Aug. 18, 1999). The Bath Chronicle reports that the Bath, UK Council has demanded that the Millennium Ball not be the source of disruptive noise after 2 am. A noise consultant has said that to comply with the 2 am disruption limit, "patrons will be likely to express some dissatisfaction with both the level and character of the dance music."
UK, Bath, "Noise and Light from Bus Depot in Bath, UK is Disturbing Residents; Local Planning Officer Says Mutual Compromise is Only Solution" (Sep. 16, 1999). The Bath Chronicle reports that a bus depot in Bath, UK is upsetting residents with nighttime noise and light. The company did not consider the potential disturbance that could be caused by the lights before they put them in, as they were required to do. Planning officials say the site is not the best for the depot -- which includes an all-night maintenance building -- but claim that the depot is a benefit to the whole community. They admit that the lights are bothersome, but that some noise is inevitable due to the necessary maintenance building.
UK, Carmarthenshire, Wales, "Noise Limits Placed on Dairy Herd by Town Planners in the UK" (Mar. 5, 1999). Farming News reports a local planning authority in Wales has placed noise restrictions on a herd of cows as a condition of a permit for a new diary building.
UK, Exeter, "Neighbors of New Exeter Highway Want Road Resurfaced Because of Noise" (Aug. 18, 1999). The Western Morning News reports that neighbors of a brand-new Exeter, UK highway have already formed a pressure group to push for the resurfacing of the noisy road. The construction manager of the Highways Agency said he was there to listen to the public, as he had throughout the planning process, but he had no solutions. The pressure group is hopeful that it can get the road resurfaced since it has happened on new roads elsewhere in the country.
UK, North Tyneside, "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.
UK, North Tyneside, "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.
UK, South Gloucestershire, "Environment Department of South Gloucestershire, UK's Council Will Hire New Staff for Responding to Noise Complaints" (Sep. 20, 1999). The Bristol Evening Post reports that the Environment Department of South Gloucestershire, UK's Council plans to hire more staff to handle noise complaints during peak hours. Noise causes half of all complaints for the department. Complaints peak between 11 pm and midnight during the week, and from 10 am to midday and 8 pm to 2 am on the weekend. The staff will cost 106,000 pounds, and should be active by next year.
UK, Stoke-on-Trent, "Residents of Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom are Petitioning to Have Loud Thrill Ride Closed" (Aug. 19, 1999). The Sentinel reports that a thrill ride at a park in Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom is too loud for most neighbors, who are starting a petition to have it closed. The local council is requiring the systematic quieting of the noise, and the park is only allowed to run the ride for ten minutes out of every hour and only before 7 PM.
United Kingdom, "New Device Invented by British Company Could Help Stifle Aircraft Noise" (Jul. 20, 1997). The Sunday Times reports that a new device invented by a British firm may help reduce aircraft noise experienced by people on the ground. The announcement comes in the midst of a fight to add another terminal to the Heathrow Airport in London, and opponents of the expansion believe the announcement is a red herring being used to divert attention from the issue.
United Kingdom, "New Noise Act in U.K. Gives Authorities More Power to Quiet Nighttime Noise Offenders" (Jul. 23, 1997). M2 Presswire reports that the provisions of the United Kingdom's Noise Act 1996 come into effect today, National Noise Awareness Day, for those local authorities which adopt the provisions of the Act. The Act sets a permitted noise level for nighttime noise on domestic premises.
United Kingdom, "Noisy Stereos in Britain Seized by Local Authorities as a Result of Campaign" (Jul. 20, 1997). The publication Mail on Sunday reports that more than a third of the local councils in Britain have seized noisy stereos from residents after a Mail on Sunday campaign. The article says that most local authorities have services to deal with nighttime noise, and nearly one-half plan to use the new confiscation powers they have been given by the government, according to a survey released today. However, the article goes on to say, less than a tenth of local authorities are likely to impose $100 on-the-spot fines, because they lack resources or believe existing measures are adequate.
United Kingdom, "What's the Quietest Lawn Mower?" (Jul. 26, 1997). The Times printed an editorial that outlines which lawn mowers that can be purchased in Britain are the noisiest and the quietest. It also discusses the noise restrictions on lawn mower use in Germany, and talks about the fact that the European Community is considering new noise regulations for mowers. The writer concludes by giving a ranking of the types of mowers from noisiest to quietest.
United Kingdom, "New Invention in Britain Could Silence Outdoor Noise" (Jul. 29, 1997). The London Times reports that a British inventor, Selwyn Wright of Huddersfield University, said he has produced a device capable of blocking outdoor noise.
United Kingdom, "British Government Announces Funding of New Research into the Health Effects of Noise" (Sep. 17, 1997). M2 Presswire reports that Great Britain's Environment Minister Angela Eagle announced today that the government will invest about 600,000 Pounds into research of the links between health and environmental noise. The research will take three years, and will be run jointly by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Department of Health. The former department also will conduct separate studies regarding the incidences of noise disturbances and attitudes towards noise, so that changes in the country's "noise climate" can be traced. These Noise Attitude and Incidence surveys are expected to be completed by the end of 1998, building upon two surveys that took place in the early 1990s.
United Kingdom, "Residents Near UK's Teesside Airport Object to Proposed Freight Terminal" (Apr. 30, 1998). The Northern Echo of the United Kingdom reports complaints about noise from light aircraft using Teesside International Airport have risen since plans were announced to build one of the UK's biggest freight terminals.
United Kingdom, "Review Period for Noise Limits at British Airports is Extended and Supplementary Paper is Published" (Feb. 27, 1998). M2 Presswire released a press release saying that the consultation, or review period, has been extended on noise limits for jets departing from Britain's Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted airports. According to the press release, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions has decided to publish a supplementary consultation paper, and has therefore extended the consultation period to eight weeks after the supplementary paper is issued. As a result of this action, the International Air Transport Association has withdrawn its application for leave to apply for judicial review of the paper.
United Kingdom, "English Protestors Battle Opera Noise" (Jan. 16, 1998). The Daily Telegraph reports that neighbors of an annual open air opera festival in England are fed up with the noise of the festival.
United Kingdom, "Kennel Approved Despite Protest" (Jan. 16, 1998). The Northern Echo reports that Darlington officials recently approved a controversial kennel operation. While area residents protested that noise and other nuisances from the dogs were unacceptable, the Darlington Councillors decided that a kennel was a permissible use of the rural landscape.
United Kingdom, "UK Government's Aware of Misery Noise Can Cause; Promotes National Noise Awareness Day" (Jul. 2, 1998). M2 Presswire published the following press release stating that the United Kingdom's minister responsible for environmental noise declared the government's support for National Noise Awareness Day. The press release read as follows:
United Kingdom, ""Best Practice" Flying Trials by British Airways Verifies Noise Reduction" (Mar. 6, 1998). M2 Presswire issued a press release that reports trials held with British Airways 747-400 aircraft leaving Heathrow confirm that "best-practice" flying procedures during take-off produce the least possible disturbance to local communities.
United Kingdom, "Motorsport Noise Issue Goes to Court" (Mar. 7, 1998). The United Kingdom's Northern Echo reports a court hearing has been scheduled for June to address noise levels at a popular motorsport center in Sunderland.
United Kingdom, "Paper on Nighttime Aircraft Restrictions Released in Britain" (Mar. 2, 1998). M2 Presswire released a press release that reports a new consultation paper was issued today by Glenda Jackson, Britain's Minister for Shipping and Aviation, regarding night restrictions on aircraft movements at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted Airports. Jackson also announced that a research trial will take place on sleep disturbance patterns by aircraft. The press release goes on to quote Jackson's answer to a Parliamentary Question from a Member of Parliament on the issue.
United Kingdom, "British Residents Say Cargo Airport Development Will Create Unacceptable Noise, Air Pollution, and Traffic" (Jun. 2, 1998). The Northern Echo reports that residents in Britain's Northeast are fighting an airport development that would establish the country's second largest cargo handling center after Heathrow airport. A report created for the Darlington council has found that residents near the development will suffer more noise, pollution, and traffic congestion if the project goes forward. The report will be presented as evidence when a public inquiry into the project proposed by Moorfield Estates begins at the airport today, the article says.
United Kingdom, "Noise Complaints in the United Kingdom Decreasing" (Sep. 16, 1998). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports environmental health officers in the United Kingdom announced the public may be becoming more tolerant of noisy neighbors.
United Kingdom, "Use of Mediation in Neighbour Disputes Growing in United Kingdom" (Aug. 28, 1999). The Independent reports an article that discusses disputes between neighbours in the United Kingdom. In the U.K., approximately 90 percent of neighbor conflicts result form personality differences; one owner's enemy could be the next owner's friend.
United Kingdom, "Noise Pollution -- Including Unwanted Muzak -- Is Growing in the U.K." (Dec. 1, 1999). The Guardian reports that noise pollution seems to be growing in the United Kingdom, in forms including unwanted muzak. Noise complaints have increased by over 25 times from 1971 to 1996. Noise may intensify many health problems. Some politicians want to ban piped-in music in public places where people can't escape the noise, such as in hospitals.
United Kingdom, "U.K. Introduces Plan to Work "Towards a Balance with Nature" on Motorways" (Nov. 30, 1999). The Hermes Database/Highways Agency reports that the United Kingdom has introduced a plan called "Towards a Balance with Nature" that aims to protect and improve environmental quality along the nation's highways. "The strategy covers a wide range of issues including air pollution; waste management; noise reduction; water pollution; biodiversity and protecting [the U.K.'s] geological and historical heritage."
United Kingdom, "Anti-Noise Groups in United Kingdom Question Validity of Aviation-Sponsored Study On Financial Benefits of Aviation" (Nov. 8, 1999). The Birmingham Post reports that anti-noise groups in the U.K. are questioning the validity of an aviation-sponsored report on the financial aspects of the aviation industry to the U.K. economy. An anti-noise group says that "The airline sector only accounts for 0.8 per cent of UK gross domestic output."
United Kingdom, "New Anti-Noise Organization Formed in United Kingdom" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail reports that a new anti-noise organization has formed in the United Kingdom. The group, called the United Kingdom Noise Association, plans to unite various organizations that oppose neighborhood noise, loud music, airplane, and traffic noise so that citizens fighting excessive noise can be assured of positive results.
United Kingdom, "UK Tests "Scimitar" Aircraft Propellers; Finds Substantial Noise Reduction" (Apr. 1, 2000). Business and Commercial Aviation reports that, in the United Kingdom, "scimitar" propellers have been installed and tested on a Britten-Norman BN2B Islander, reducing noise by up to 7 dBA. The propellers could have other important applications. Testing the new propellers is part of a United Kingdom Department of Trade and Industry effort to reduce noise from piston-powered light aircraft.
United Kingdom, Aberdeen, "Construction at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Causes Too Much Noise; Cardiac Patients Were Given Only Earplugs, and Staff Were Subjected to the Noise Unprotected" (Aug. 25, 1999). The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that construction at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has been stopped until a way can be found that reduces the noise that cardiac patients and staff have to endure. The only option proposed is moving the cardiac patients away from the noise but they must somehow remain close to cardiac equipment that is difficult to move.
United Kingdom, Aberdeen, "Housing Development Proposal that Would Place Residences Near Noisy Granite Firm Was Rejected in Aberdeen, U.K." (Dec. 3, 1999). The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that the Aberdeen city council rejected a housing development proposal that would have placed residences near a noisy granite firm in an industrial area.
United Kingdom, Aberdeen, "Approval of Proposed Hotel and Housing Development In Aberdeen, U.K. Is In Question Due to Potential Rail and Airport Noise" (Nov. 2, 1999). The Aberdeen Evening Express reports that planners say a proposed hotel and housing development in Aberdeen, U.K. may be too near to a noisy railroad and airport, and worry that future complaints will be directed at airport noise, or noise from established area businesses.
United Kingdom, Bath, "Bus Terminal in Bath, U.K. -- Which Already Has Neighbors Upset About Noise -- Will Expand" (Dec. 3, 1999). The Bath Chronicle reports that a bus terminal in Bath, U.K. will expand its 134-bus facility by 16 spots. Neighbors have been complaining about noise from constantly-idling buses and maintenance since the terminal opened in July. Local officials say noise shouldn't get worse.
United Kingdom, Bath, "Several Pubs in Bath, U.K. Apply For Live Music License; Letters of Opposition and Support Have Been Received By the Local Council" (Dec. 1, 1999). The Bath Chronicle reports that several pubs in Bath, U.K. have applied for a live music license, amid differing neighbors' opinions.
United Kingdom, Birmingham, "Protesters In Birmingham, U.K. Blast Birmingham Airport Manager's House With Noise To Express Concern Over Approved Doubling of Airport Capacity" (Nov. 27, 1999). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports that about a dozen activists in Birmingham, U.K. trucked a large sound system to the house of the Birmingham Airport Manager and blasted the house with noise. Protesters hoped that the manager would take better note of widespread resident concern over noise.
United Kingdom, Birmingham, "After One Noise Warning, Birmingham, U.K. Police Seize Stereo and CDs From 17-Year-Old Noise Offender" (Dec. 3, 1999). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports that after giving a warning to a 17-year-old noise offender back in July, police seized stereo equipment and CDs from the noise-offenders house after continued complaints.
United Kingdom, Bishopston, "Owner of Pizza Restaurant in Bishopston, U.K. Pays 200 Pound Fine for Noisy Exhaust System that Was Not Repaired In Allotted 90 Days" (Nov. 27, 1999). The Bristol Evening Post reports that the owner of a pizza restaurant in Bishopston, U.K. was fined 200 pounds for failing to repair a noisy exhaust system in accordance with a noise abatement order.
United Kingdom, Bishopsworth, "Roofing/Trucking Business Owner Says Noise Complaints that Threaten to Force His Businesses to Move Are Not Caused By His Businesses" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Bristol Evening Post reports that a Bishopsworth, U.K. businessman -- who runs a roofing business and a trucking business off of one site in the area -- is being told it will have to move within six months because of noise problems. The businessman asserts that the noise is coming from other businesses around the area, and not from his own. He may appeal the decision.
United Kingdom, Bitton, "Bitton, United Kingdom Residents Say Despite Courteous Discussions, Factory Continues to Make Noise" (Jan. 29, 2000). The Bath Chronicle reports that Bitton, U.K. residents are getting fed up with noise from a factory. Planners say that it's just a matter of enforcing delivery hours and parking rules. Factory officials say that they are doing everything they can.
United Kingdom, Bream, "Noise and Smell from Chicken Farm in Bream, United Kingdom Is So Bad that District Councillors Are Recommending that a Proposed Development of Forty Houses Be Built Elsewhere" (Aug. 3, 1999). The Gloucester Citizen reports that a proposal to build forty houses near a noisy, smelly chicken farm in Bream, U.K. has met with resistance from the District Council.
United Kingdom, Bristol, "Roofing Firm in Bristol, U.K. Has Six Months to Move Out After Noise Complaints from Residents; Business Argues They Are Not Too Loud, and Their Replacement Could Be Louder" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Bristol Evening Post reports that a roofing company in south Bristol, United Kingdom has generated enough noise complaints that the local council has given them six months to leave their premises. Owners of the business deny that they are too loud, cite 10 years of harmony with neighbors before this, and say that their replacement could be even louder.
United Kingdom, Brixham, "Brixham, U.K. Woman Is Fined -- and Her Stereo Equipment Is Confiscated -- for Repeated Noise Disturbances" (Nov. 5, 1999). The Herald Express reports that a Brixham, U.K. woman was fined for repeated late-night disturbances. Three stereo systems were also confiscated. She offered to electronically limit the volume on her stereo for 50 pounds, but officers said it was too late.
United Kingdom, Burton, "Burton, U.K. Man Fined for Loud Music and Voices In His Home" (Nov. 17, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a Burton, U.K. man was fined 2,596 pounds for loud music and voices that came from his home.
United Kingdom, Darlington, "Public Meeting Over Proposed Stadium in Darlington, United Kingdom, Draws Hundreds of Protesters with a 2,000-Name Petition Opposing the Project; Residents Worry About Noise, Traffic, and Violence" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Northern Echo reports that Darlington, U.K. residents turned out at a public meeting in force to protest a proposed 25,000-seat football stadium. Residents presented a 2,000 name petition against the stadium, and challenged developers to explain how they would avoid potential noise, traffic, and violence problems "from rival fans."
United Kingdom, Derby, "Derby, U.K. City Council Considers Applications for Late-Night Parties on Millennium Eve" (Nov. 16, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that in Derby, U.K. at least 23 clubs have asked to stay open later than usual on New Year's Eve. One hotel, located in a residential area, has drawn criticism from residents who say noise is bad enough already.
United Kingdom, Derby, "Derby, U.K. Resident Fined 500 Pounds for Having TV Too Loud" (Nov. 23, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a man in Derby, U.K., who played his TV so loud that neighbors could mute the same program on their own set and still follow the program, was fined 500 pounds for failing to heed a noise abatement notice.
United Kingdom, East Devon, "East Devon, U.K. Residents Are Dismayed to Learn that a New Law Banning Noisy Concrete Highways Don't Apply to the A30; Residents There Have Campaigned to Resurface the Road, but Traffic As Measured By the Number of Cars Don't Meet the Law's Required Minimum" (Nov. 19, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that a new law passed in the United Kingdom bans noisy concrete highways, but the law doesn't apply to the controversial A30 because of a traffic minimum. Residents say that the law should have taken into account bothersome noise that isn't arbitrarily defined by traffic volume.
United Kingdom, East Devon, "Those Protesting Noise from A30 in East Devon, U.K. Gain Support of Transport Minister; Article Examines History of the Problem" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Western Morning News reports that those protesting noise from the new A30 in East Devon, U.K. gained the support of the Transport Minister this week; he called for investigation into the noise and cooperation between the noise consultants and residents. The article discusses the history of the problem including a similar successful campaign elsewhere in England, and details about the surface.
United Kingdom, Escot, "Residents Near Escot, U.K. Worry that Second Phase of A30 Will Disrupt Their Lives and Businesses Just As First Phase Has Disturbed People In Exeter" (Nov. 4, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that residents near Escot, U.K are worried that the second phase of the A30 highway will be as noisy as the first phase, which has prompted substantial protests.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "Noise From New Concrete Highway in Exeter, U.K. Bothers Residents; Officially, Noise Monitoring Won't Happen for One Year and Resurfacing Won't Happen for Twenty Years" (Aug. 17, 1999). The Express & Echo reports that over 100 people attended a public meeting in Exeter, U.K. to protest excessive noise levels from a new concrete highway. Residents want a thin, tarmac coating to quiet the road; pressure from residents resulted in road resurfacing elsewhere in the U.K. despite official policy.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "250 Residents Attend First In Series of Protests to Resurface a Concrete Exeter, U.K. Highway with Quieter Asphalt" (Aug. 29, 1999). The Express & Echo reports that 250 residents attended the first in a series of planned protests over a noisy Exeter, U.K. highway. Concrete was selected because it lasts long but, it is much noisier than asphalt. Residents want the road resurfaced now, and say that if officials do nothing, they will step up their campaign.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "Exeter, U.K. Woman Charged With Assault After Striking Two Women Who Came To Her Door and Complained About Noise From a Party She Was Hosting" (Dec. 7, 1999). The Western Morning News reports that a woman from Exeter, U.K. was charged with two counts of assault after slapping two women who complained to her about noise from a party she was throwing. The hostess was "given a 12 month conditional discharge."
United Kingdom, Exeter, "Exminster, U.K. Mental Hospital Renovation Underway; Use of Noisy Trash Compactor On Site Limited" (Nov. 17, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that a window company in Exeter, U.K. will build a sound-wall around a loud trash compactor that has drawn numerous complaints from residents. The company agreed to use the compactor only between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "Highways Agency Noise Tests In Exeter, U.K. Confirm that Traffic from A30 Is Louder than Predicted" (Nov. 18, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that after official noise tests by the Highways Agency, Exeter, U.K.'s A30 has been proven to be 1.5 decibels higher than officials had predicted the noise would be fifteen years from now. The tests were forced by 2,000 residents of East Devon who say the road has been unbearably loud since its opening in August. Activists plan to begin working more closely with the agency in deciding what can be done now.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "Environmental Organizations Lend Support to England Campaigners for the Resurfacing of the A30" (Nov. 21, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that two prominent environmental organizations are showing their support for campaigners who want the noisy A30 in Exeter, U.K. resurfaced. Noise levels are up to 10.4 decibels louder than promised, and the pits in the concrete surface -- which allows for the noisy expansion of air -- is double the prediction. Both groups voiced their concerns at public hearings back in 1992, but were ignored.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "Resurface the A30 Campaign in Exeter, U.K. Raising Funds to Hire Noise Expert" (Nov. 24, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that members of "Resurface the A30" in Exeter, U.K. plan to employ an expert to help their campaign, and are raising funds that could be used to pay that expert.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "Sussex, U.K. Road -- Who Have Protested Concrete Highway There for Years -- Joins Fight Against Exter's A30 Concrete Surface; Asphalt Organization Launches Quiet Roads Campaign" (Nov. 23, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that West Sussex, United Kingdom residents -- who have been fighting for resurfacing of a loud, concrete highway for 11 years -- have expressed their outrage that the government has used the same material to build the A30 in Exeter, U.K. The current campaign in Exeter, which has included a 2,000 signature petition, has finally prompted an investigation into the noise there. The Refined Bitumen Association has begun a silent road campaign to unify residents with similar highway-noise problems across the country.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "U.K. Government Plans to Test Noise Levels -- In Response to Residents' Outcry --from Highway In Exeter Next Easter, When Traffic Is Back to Previous High Levels" (Nov. 25, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that the British government plans to conduct noise tests -- in response to resident complaints -- along the noisy A30 highway in Exeter next Easter. Independent noise tests last summer showed that the surface exceeded expected noise levels that were referred to in public hearings.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "Drivers on Exeter, U.K.'s A30 Complain About Noise From Concrete Surface, Joining Residents in Battle for Asphalt Resurfacing" (Dec. 4, 1999). The Western Morning News reports that a motoring organization has officially complained that the A30 in Exeter, U.K. is too noisy. Residents along the road have already been campaigning for a resurfacing of the road.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "A30 Neighbors May Receive Compensation for Lost Property Value Due to Noise, but Lost Views Will Not Be Considered" (Nov. 8, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that not all homeowners who live near the new A30 in Exeter, U.K. will be entitled to compensation for lost property value due to the road. Property value losses from noise and light will be compensated, but losses due to affected views will not.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "Lord Whitty Announces that Traffic Noise Will Be Reevaluated On the A30 with Residents' Involvement" (Nov. 10, 1999). The Express and Echo reports the Roads Minister in Exeter, U.K. has initiated the reevaluation of traffic noise along the A30. This article offers little information not covered in other summarized articles on this site, but it does differ in the reported depth of the brushed concrete ridges: an aspect of the surface that makes it noisy.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "U.K. Roads Minister Will Examine Noise Report -- Which Shows A30 in Exeter is Too Loud -- Before He Meets with Activists Next Week" (Nov. 3, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that U.K. Roads Minister Whitty has requested a copy of a noise report to examine before a meeting with Resurface the A30 activists next week. The report shows that the A30 is louder than predicted, and could be quieted if resurfaced.
United Kingdom, Exeter, "Resurface the A30 Activists Perform Noise Tests to Supplement Highways Agency's Planned Tests in April" (Jan. 5, 2000). The Western Morning News reports that activists from the Resurface the A30 group in Exeter, U.K. have hired a noise expert to measure noise levels along the A30 -- in addition to official measurements planned for April -- to "substantiate... claims that the noise levels are unacceptable at all times of the year."
United Kingdom, Exeter, "Exeter, U.K. Recording Studio Owner Threatened With Eviction Because of Noise Complaints, Although Noise Officials Say the Noise Is Legally Acceptable" (Jan. 31, 2000). The Express and Echo reports that the owner of a recording studio in Exeter, U.K. is being threatened with eviction because of noise complaints. Local noise officials visited the studio and said that the noise was in legal limits, but the landlord still insists on eviction.
United Kingdom, Garforth, "Garforth, U.K. Campaigners Who Won a Fight to Resurface Noisy Road Near Their Homes Encourage Exeter Activists to Keep Pushing For Resurfacing of the Noisy A30" (Nov. 3, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that activists who campaigned for the resurfacing of a highway near Garforth, U.K. are encouraging those campaigning for the resurfacing of the A30 to push on. They say that the A30 activists now have evidence similar to what allowed their success earlier this year.
United Kingdom, Gloucester, "Gloucester Pub Owner Promises to Cooperate with Environmental Health Officers Who Want to Test Noise from the Premises After Complaints" (Nov. 18, 1999). The Gloucester Citizen reports that the owner of a Gloucester pub which received numerous noise complaints recently has said he will cooperate with environmental health officers who want to test the venue.
United Kingdom, Gloucester, "Gloucester, U.K. Officials Wrestling with Solutions to Reduce Noise from Trucks" (Nov. 26, 1999). The Western Daily Press reports that as residents call for a ban on heavy trucks in Gloucester, U.K., officials wrestle with possible solutions. They are looking into a weight-limit of 3.5, 77, or 17 tons.
United Kingdom, Gloucestershire, "Greenbelt Festival in Gloucestershire, U.K. Plans to Return Next Year; Locals Want Better Noise Control" (Dec. 4, 1999). The Gloucestershire Echo reports that the Greenbelt Festival plans to return to Gloucestershire, U.K. next year, and officials say noise will be better monitored.
United Kingdom, Hull, "City Council Approves Construction at Hull, U.K. Chemical Plant, Despite Previous Noise Concerns" (Dec. 3, 1999). The Hull Daily Mail reports that the city council of Hull, U.K. has approved the construction of a new chimney at and increased production at a local chemical plant. The council approved the plant's plans after the plant has said noise will not increase. The plant has pinpointed six cooling towers that are responsible for most of the current noise, and promise to keep working towards a reduction in noise levels.
United Kingdom, Ilkeston, "Ilkeston, United Kingdom Historic Police Station to Become a Pub, Despite Residents' Concern Over Noise" (Jan. 28, 2000). The Nottingham Evening Post reports that a century-old building in Ilkeston, U.K. that formerly housed a police station will become a pub despite residents' concerns over potential noise.
United Kingdom, Keith, "Keith, U.K. Dairy Granted Temporary Consent to Continue Operation After Councillors Say Noise is Still Questionable; No Official Complaints Have Been Received" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that a dairy in Keith, United Kingdom has been granted only temporary consent to continue its operation on grounds of noise pollution, although no official complaints have been filed. Disruptions to residents have included the unloading of big trucks as late as 2:30 a.m. and fowl language.
United Kingdom, Keith, "Milk Depot In Keith, U.K. Will Be Granted Permanent Consent For Their Building, Now That Noise Levels Have Been Reduced As Requested in 1997" (Aug. 23, 1999). The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that a milk depot in Keith, United Kingdom will be issued permanent consent for their development after two years of conflicts with the city council about noise levels. The depot has impressed council members with their noise mitigation efforts, and no further noise complaints have been issued.
United Kingdom, Killingworth, "Local Council in Killingworth, U.K. Takes U.S. Electronics Manufacturer to Court Over Constant Noise From Its Manufacturing Plant" (Aug. 31, 1999). The Evening Chronicle reports that a U.S. electronics manufacturer -- Viasystems -- is being taken to court by the local council in Killingworth, U.K. over constant noise from its plant. Plant officials did install mufflers on the noisiest outdoor equipment, but the noise continues to be a problem.
United Kingdom, Leicestershire, "Commons Representative From Leicestershire, U.K. Pushes For Regulation of Aircraft Activity Beyond Current Proposals, Including A Cap On Numbers of Flights" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Leicester Mercury reports that a Commons representative from North West Leicestershire in the United Kingdom is calling for even more airport noise-control measures, especially at night, including restrictions on "the number of air traffic movements and the types of aircraft being operated, along with a control on the times of operation."
United Kingdom, Leicestershire, "Member of U.K. Parliament to Support More Powers for Local Councils for Regulating Aircraft Noise" (Nov. 16, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a Member of Parliament (MP) from North West Leicestershire will be speaking on the need to give local councils the power to regulate aircraft noise; currently only the secretary of state has this power.
United Kingdom, Lutterworth, "Residents in Lutterworth, U.K. Worry that Distribution Centers in Industrial Development Could Mean Noise from Trucks" (Nov. 2, 1999). The Leicester Mercury reports that a planned industrial site in Lutterworth, U.K. has nearby residents worried about noise and pollution. The local plan was for offices to go into the site, but the proposal asks for industrial uses.
United Kingdom, Messingham, "Messingham, U.K. Resident Says New Flying Club Won't Cause Noise Problems" (Nov. 30, 1999). The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph prints a letter to the editor that supports a new flying club in Messingham, U.K. The writer notes that grass strips of this type rarely cause noise problems.
United Kingdom, Middlesbrough, "British Neighbors Angry Over Construction Noise at Former Dairy" (Mar. 31, 1998). The Northern Echo reports that residents in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom have complained to the Middlesbrough council that construction noise, dust, and vibration from the internal renovation of a nearby dairy are making their lives miserable. Councilor Ken Walker, the leader of the Middlesbrough council, is joining residents in their attack on the property owner, Shmshad Qurban. The council has told Qurban that he must restrict the hours of work to control noise.
United Kingdom, Midland, "Midland, U.K. Man Fined 600 Pounds for Six Violations Following a Noise Abatement Notice" (Jan. 26, 2000). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports that a Midland, U.K. man who violated a noise abatement notice six times was fined 600 pounds.
United Kingdom, Mutley Plain, "Mutley Plain, U.K. Sports Bar Receives Karaoke Permit for Thursday Nights, As Long As Nearest Neighbors Can't Hear Noise" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Evening Herald reports that a Mutley Plain, U.K. sports bar has been granted a license to hold karaoke nights on Thursdays. The owner said that even though noise levels will be relatively low, neighbors might be able to hear sound. Neighbors were concerned about the noise, and the license rests on the promise that "noise could not be heard by the closest residents."
United Kingdom, Newcastle, "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
United Kingdom, Newcastle, "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.
United Kingdom, Newcastle, "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.
United Kingdom, North Connel, "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.
United Kingdom, North West Leicestershire, "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.
United Kingdom, Nottingham, "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...."
United Kingdom, Oadby, "Oadby, U.K. Resident is Dismayed that Noise from the Local Aerodrome Seems to Be Under No One's Jurisdiction" (Nov. 22, 1999). The Leicester Mercury prints a letter to the editor that expresses concern over noise from a local aerodrome. The writer is dismayed because no agency has any jurisdiction over the noise.
United Kingdom, Ockbrook and Borrowash, "Ockbrook and Borrowash, United Kingdom Resident Gathers 500 Signature Petition and Support of Parish Council In Asking for Noise Control Along the A52" (Nov. 9, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a resident near Ockbrook and Borrowash, U.K. has gathered 500 signatures and the support of the parish council in calling for noise control along the A52.
United Kingdom, Oxon, "Head of the Virgin Empire Holds Annual Party For Employees, Draws Numerous Noise Complaints" (Aug. 31, 1999). The Press Association Newsfile reports that a party in Oxon, U.K. held for all Virgin employees around the country drew many noise complaints. A spokesman for Virgin said that when one environmental health officer showed up to note the excessive noise, the volume from music was turned down immediately. The spokesman apologized for any nuisance that was caused to residents.
United Kingdom, Peterhead, "Plans for Fish Market in Peterhead, U.K. Delayed While Council Investigates Possible Noise Problems; Vendors Say They've Already Waited Too Long" (Nov. 10, 1999). The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that approval of a proposed deep-water fish market, proposed for Peterhead Harbour in the U.K., has been delayed by at least three weeks to allow for further investigation into potential noise disturbances there. Harbour trustees are upset, saying they've already waited long enough already, and that they won't know how to best mitigate noise until the market is built.
United Kingdom, Pill, "Pill, U.K Residents Oppose New Freight Railway Line, Saying Highway Noise is Bad Enough Already" (May 5, 1999). The Bristol Evening Post reports that residents in Pill, U.K. are upset at the proposed new railway branch to two existing railway lines. Residents have endured noise from the M5 Avonmout Bridge for years, and its proposed widening already promises to increase noise. The heavy freight that would use the new railway would be add to the noise, making it unbearable for many residents. The Bristol Port Company wants to build the line across a wildlife area, moving thousands of heavy shipping vehicles off the roads.
United Kingdom, Plymouth, "Plymouth, United Kingdom Physician Says Loud Movies Should Include Health Warnings" (Aug. 16, 1999). The Evening Herald reports that according to a doctor in Plymouth, U.K., loud movies should include a health warning. Movies, trailers, and advertisements are getting louder, according to the British Standards Institution. In the U.K., employees must be warned of noise levels above 85 decibels, and hearing protection must be provided if the levels breach 90; three popular movies were mentioned that exceeded 100 decibels.
United Kingdom, Plymouth, "Columnist Advises Plymouth, U.K. Resident Who Says Neighbors Make Too Much Noise to Keep Diary for Local Council" (Nov. 20, 1999). The Evening Herald prints a question about neighbors who create noise. The columnists suggests that the resident keep a month-long diary of the noisy incidents. Then, send the diary to the local council asking what can be done. Also, the Environmental Health Department may be able to investigate the noise.
United Kingdom, Plymouth, "Silent Roads Campaign Gathering Support in United Kingdom" (Nov. 23, 1999). The Western Morning News reports that a "silent roads" campaign has been started by the RAC Foundation and the Refined Bitumen Association. Residents calling campaign officials can learn of techniques to pressure government officials as well as other localities where a similar fight is occurring. Six petrochemical companies are funding the campaign.
United Kingdom, Plymouth, "Residents in Plymouth, U.K. Want Annual Festival -- Involving Gunfire and Fireworks -- To End Earlier" (Dec. 3, 1999). The Evening Herald reports that residents in Plymouth, U.K. want the cut-off time for the annual Music of the Night spectacular to be moved back to 10:30 p.m. After a meeting between residents, event organizers, and local officials no agreement was reached. As it stands, the event will end by 11:30 p.m.
United Kingdom, Plympton St. Maurice, "Plympton St. Maurice, U.K. Pub Fined for Noise Violations" (Aug. 7, 1999). The Evening Herald reports that a pub manager in Plympton St. Maurice was fined 250 pounds for each of four noise violations after a noise abatement notice was served. The man admitted to the violations, but said the brewery was supposed to soundproof the walls.
United Kingdom, Sheffield, "Britain Regulates Offshore Noise" (Feb. 23, 1998). M2 Presswire issued the following press release concerning new regulations for offshore noise:
United Kingdom, Somerset, "Residents in Somerset, U.K. Fear Slaughterhouse Extension Will Create Noise and Odor Problems" (Jan. 25, 2000). The Western Daily Press reports that residents in Somerset, U.K. are worried that a slaughterhouse extension that was recently approved will cost noise, traffic and odor problems. Local officials say that strict rules will deal with those problems.
United Kingdom, South Zeal, "South Zeal, U.K. Residents Say They Have Dealt with Highway Noise for Ten Years, and Urge Exeter Residents To Keep Up their "Resurface the A30" Campaign To Avoid a Similar Fate" (Nov. 14, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that residents of South Zeal, U.K are urging Exeter campaigners to keep up their fight to resurface the new A30 with a quieter pavement. They say if Exeter campaigners don't keep up their fight, they would be forced to listen to highway noise for the rest of their lives.
United Kingdom, Southampton, "Rolls Royce Sets Up New Technology Center at University of South Hampton in the U.K." (Dec. 1, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that Rolls Royce will invest 1.6 million pounds in a new technology center at the University of Southampton in the U.K. to reduce noise from aircraft engines.
United Kingdom, Stoke, "Noise Pollution is a Growing Problem in United Kingdom" (Jul. 2, 1998). The Sentinel reports that noise pollution is a growing problem in the Newcastle area in the United Kingdom, and residents are becoming more aware of their rights to have a peaceful life. The article goes on to detail the noise problems of two residents in the Stoke area, and to detail how officials at the Newcastle Borough Council advise people to deal with noise problems.
United Kingdom, Surrey, "New Homeowner in Surrey, U.K. Asks If Seller -- Who Didn't Disclose Traffic Noise -- Can Be Sued; Columnist Says Yes, If You Wouldn't Have Bought the Home If You'd Known" (Nov. 20, 1999). The Daily Telegraph prints a legal column, including a question from a new Surrey, U.K. homeowner wants to know if the people who sold the house -- who didn't tell him about a traffic noise problem -- can be sued. Although the columnist says decreased property value can't be claimed, damages can be sought if the homeowner would not have otherwise bought the home.
United Kingdom, Swindon, "Swindon, U.K. Plan to Transform Clocktower Building Into a Nightclub Worries Residents" (Nov. 23, 1999). The Western Daily Press reports that a proposal to turn a 131-year-old clocktower building in Swindon, U.K. into a nightclub is drawing protest from residents who think that noise will be too much of a problem. Residents fear screaming patrons and honking cars at the nightclub, which would operate from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
United Kingdom, Torbay, "Torbay, U.K. Pub's New Night License Has Caused Patrons to Talk Outside At All Hours, Leading to Noise Complaints" (Aug. 3, 1999). The Herald Express reports that a pub in Torbay, United Kingdom is causing numerous noise complaints after it received a license to operate late at night. The owner says the complaints are made mainly by elderly people, and that he has never had any problems inside the bar.
United Kingdom, Torquay, "Entertainment License Was Denied to Torquay, U.K. Pub After the Venue Failed to Lower Noise Outputs In the Eight Months Since Its First Warning" (Nov. 19, 1999). The Herald Express reports that a pub in Torquay, U.K. was denied the renewal of its entertainment license because it has not lowered its noise output since it was first warned in March. Pub operators said they had done all that needed to be done, but noise officials disagreed.
United Kingdom, Warwick, "Warwick, U.K. Shooting Range Appeals Noise Abatement Notice that Would Limit Them to Several Days a Week for Shooting Activities" (Nov. 8, 1999). The Coventry Evening Telegraph reports that a shooting range in Warwick, U.K. will finally get to appeal a noise abatement notice in court this coming February.
United Kingdom, Werrington, "Bar in Werrington, U.K. Granted License to Host Musical Events Up Until 11:30 P.M. on Weekends, Despite Residents' Noise Concerns" (Nov. 17, 1999). The Sentinel reports that a license to host musical events until 11:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday was granted to a bar in Werrington, U.K. despite residents' concerns about potential noise.
United Kingdom, Westminster, "A Day In the Life of a London, England Environmental Health Officer" (Nov. 30, 1999). The Evening Standard prints a report on a day in the life of a Westminster, London, England Environmental Health Officer. Most of the article is anecdotal, but some statistics regarding noise complaints are revealed.
United Kingdom, Yeovil, "Residents and Environmental Health Officer Worry that Granting a Late-Night Entertainment Licence to a Yeovil, U.K. Bar Would Cause Noise Problems" (Nov. 29, 1999). The Western Daily Press reports that a neighbor of a Yeovil, U.K. bar worries that a late-night entertainment licence -- which the establishment has applied for -- would worsen noise for her and other residents. The local environmental health officer agrees.
United States, "The Elimination of Government Agencies to Regulate Noise Pollution Leaves Citizens Unprotected" (Sep. 1990). "Proper functioning of the ear is vital to our well-being," according to an article in Utne Reader by Mary Morse. This article questions the wisdom of the elimination of noise regulations in a time of increasing health and environmental consciousness. After reaching its peak in the 1970s, the "hot new topic of noise pollution" fell to the Reagan administration's funding cuts for watchdog programs deemed "over-regulatory and anti-business." Citing statistics about the large group of Americans bombarded by dangerous noise levels at work and at home, this article promotes self-protection and makes a call for the resurrection of funding for watchdog agencies to regulate safe noise levels.
United States, "Noise Pollution is a Hazard for Home Owners" (Dec. 1996). Redbook Magazine reports that as America's suburbs expand, so do the number of problems for homeowners. In this article, Art Levine tells "why more and more home owners are stuck in houses they can't sell—and how not to be one of them." Levine's article deals with a host of homeowner problems from environmental dangers to unforeseen development that results in noise problems. Highlighted in the extensive article is one family's problems with airport noise in Denver, Colorado, as well as two cases of homeowners in New Jersey and in Texas who are faced with noise from new highways.
United States, "The Harmful Effects of Noise Pollution on Marine Animals" (Jul. 1997). According to an article in Utne Reader by Rebecca Scheib, an underwater sonar defense system being developed by the U.S. Navy could harm the hearing of whales and other marine mammals. The Navy's Surveillance Towed Array Sonar System, Low Frequency Active (LFA), is designed to detect certain submarines with a intense, low-frequency tone. This tone, however, can reach 235 decibels, high enough to damage a whale's hearing.
United States, "Senator McCain Sponsors Bill to Further Competition in Aviation" (Oct. 28, 1997). The following press release was published in Washington, DC, by Senator John McCain who is sponsoring a bill to enhance aviation competition.
United States, "Not all Agree 'the Louder the Better' as Decibel Levels Rise in U.S. Films" (Aug. 5, 1998). USA Today reports movies in the United States sound louder these days because they are being recorded louder, say industry insiders. Movie goers' responses to the pumped up volume vary.
United States, "The United States Federal Aviation Proposes Civil Penalty" (Jan. 12, 1998). The Record reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed that the Venezuelan air carrier, Servivensa, pay a civil penalty of $144,000 for conducting flights that violated FAA's aircraft noise regulations.
United States, "U.S. National Park Service Announces Plans to Ban Jet Skis in Certain Areas" (Jul. 8, 1998). Greenwire published the following press release saying the National Park Service has proposed banning jet- propulsion personal watercraft (PWCs) from many of the waterways it oversees because of pollution, noise and safety concerns:
United States, "Leafblowers May Cause Hearing Damage" (Oct. 20, 1998). The Washington Post reports in the United States, pleasant strolls in the autumn are often marred these days by the roaring noise from leaf blowers.
United States, "Political and Social Issues Accompany Leaf Blower Controversies in U.S." (Sep. 14, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports with autumn comes falling the leaves, and for some residents and workers in states including Texas, Illinois and California, the re-emergence of the heated leaf-blower controversy is likely.
United States, "Editorial Objects to Unsightly Highway Noise Barriers in U.S." (Sep. 21, 1998). USA Today published an editorial charging that while highway noise barriers block traffic noise for nearby residents, they also block scenic views for motorists and take the joy out of traveling in the U.S.
United States, "New Report on Noise Research and Noise Health Effects" (Oct. 1, 1998). Industrial Health & Hazards Update announces a new report by Armstrong Laboratory on the complexity of noise research.
United States, "Data Shows Americans Are Suffering Hearing Loss at Younger Ages; Loss is Due to Recreational As Well As Workplace Noise" (Apr. 26, 1999). U.S. News & World Report reports that Americans are losing their hearing at younger ages -- sometimes even as teenagers -- than previous generations. While OSHA has worked to limit noise exposure in the workplace, little has been done to regulate recreational noise exposure. The article is laden with statistics and decibel values for common noise sources, as well as stories of individuals who have been affected by noise from sources such as the following: concerts, gunfire, the military, rallies, fire engines, and even music at health clubs. One startling statistic is that the Veterans' Administration has spent $4 billion dealing because of hearing loss from 1977-1998.
United States, "Lightplane Operators Experience Substantial Noise, and Often Use Active Noise Reduction Earphones" (Aug. 15, 1999). Chief Executive reports that many lightplane pilots -- who are subjected to noise from a 250-horsepower engine -- use Active Noise Reduction (ANR) technology to give their ears a break.
United States, "Motorcyclists Riding Over 50 MPH May Experience Hearing Damage After Two Hours, Even With a Helmet" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that motorcyclists can damage their hearing, if they ride over 50 MPH on a regular basis, simply from wind noise. At 65 MPH, two hours of riding can cause permanent damage; at 80 MPH, one hour can cause damage. A study conducted in the early 1990s in Britain showed hearing loss in 250 motorcyclists who rode regularly for at least five years with helmets but without earplugs.
United States, "Americans Losing Their Hearing at Younger Ages Due to Noise" (Jul. 25, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that our noisy society and behavior is causing Americans to lose their hearing at younger ages than ever before; 26% more incidences of hearing loss in those aged 45-65 have occurred in the last nineteen years. High tones are lost first, making it harder to hear consonants which carry all the information in speech. Regular exposure to sounds of louder than 90 decibels can slowly damage auditory cells, and sounds like firecrackers of up to 140 decibels can damage hearing immediately and painfully. To avoid hearing loss, you can wear ear plugs while at loud concerts or operating loud appliances or machines, and keep stereos lower. The article also mentions digital hearing aids, which can be two to three times more expensive but can also effectively screen out certain frequencies of undesirable sound.
United States, "Citing Hearing Loss at Younger Ages, Wise Ears Campaign Wants You to Protect Your Hearing" (Jul. 27, 1999). The Washington Post reports on the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, which is part of an ongoing campaign to educate the public about noise-induced hearing loss and how to prevent it. It discusses the hair cells in your ear responsible for hearing, as well as types of noise that can damage those cells.
United States, "Cell Phones are the Boom Boxes of the '90's" (Mar. 23, 1999). The Buffalo News published an essay pronouncing cell phones the boom boxes of the '90's, creating enough public noise to annoy and offend.
United States, "Solid Doors Make Better Noise Barriers" (Mar. 12, 1999). The Chicago Tribune published a question, in a column called "The Rehabber," asking advice about noise control for an office located in a residence.
United States, "Businesses in United States Say Airport Delays Curbs Growth; Residents Say Growth Hurts Quality of Life" (May 19, 1999). Financial Times reports that longer and more numerous flight delays at crowded U.S. airports are limiting business' rate of growth, and many businesses are supporting airport expansion. Passenger flights have increased 42 percent over the last seven years, and the next ten years could see even faster increases in demand. Residents continue to be upset by airport growth, citing the resulting noise as an enemy of quality of life, and claiming that business executives who don't live near airports have no right to dictate what noise is tolerable.
United States, "Report Released by Izaak Walton League of America Details Environmental Damage and Safety Risks Caused by Personal Watercraft in America" (Jun. 3, 1999). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a report released by the Izaak Walton League of America details the environmental and safety concerns raised by increasing use of personal watercraft. While many consider the noise from personal watercraft a nuisance, the report asserts that problems go far beyond that. Ordinances around the country are restricting their use. Their two-cycle engines are terrible polluters, they cause a disproportionately large percentages of water-based accidents, and their noise and spray disrupt wildlife, plant life, and others who use the waterways.
United States, "Airports Council International Favors Phase-Out of All "Marginally-Compliant" Stage 2 Aircraft, While Airline Organizations Want Those Aircraft to Live Out their Useful Lives First" (Nov. 22, 1999). Traffic World reports that Airports Council International is pushing United States airlines to phase out hush-kitted Stage 2 aircraft within three years. Most prominent airline associations are saying that hush-kitted planes -- which meet Stage 3 standards only marginally -- must be allowed to live out their useful lives. The International Civic Airports Organization (ICAO) hopes to have Stage 4 standards defined by September of 2001. After December 31 no Stage 2 planes without hushkits will be allowed to fly.
United States, "Letter from Noise Expert Says Municipalities Are Not Alone When Trying to Write Enforceable Noise Ordinances; They Can Call Rutgers University in New Jersey" (Dec. 1, 1999). Governing Magazine prints a letter from a noise expert at Rutgers University in New Jersey who says that Rutgers University has a 35-year-old Noise Technical Assistance Center that help "municipalities draft ordinances that are clear, precise, enforceable and tailored to the specific needs of the jurisdiction," as well as offering training for noise enforcement officers.
United States, "Federal Health and Safety Officials Plan to Reconsider a Tougher Workplace Noise Standard for Construction Workers" (Nov. 8, 1999). The Engineering News-Record reports that federal health officials are going to revisit the possibility of instituting a tougher workplace noise standard for construction work. The Associated General Contractors say although noise standards are tougher in Europe, OSHA should concentrate on injury regulations first.
United States, "Open-Plan Schools Foster Cooperative and Stimulating Atmosphere, but Noise Makes It Hard for Children to Do Quiet Work" (Nov. 7, 1999). The Portland Press Herald reports that open-plan schools -- which have few walls -- foster cooperation among teachers, but most teachers and architects don't like them because noise becomes too disruptive.
United States, "Pilot Writes Humorous Column Emphasizing Safety's Priority Over Noise Reduction" (Nov. 1999). Upside prints a humorous, irreverent column on why pilots emphasize safety over noise reduction.
United States, "Study Finds Hearing Loss Can Lead to Depression and Withdrawal from Relationships" (Nov. 1, 1999). The Deseret News reports that health problems related to hearing loss may include "depression, anxiety, paranoia and social isolation."
University of Southampton, "University of Southampton Researchers Fight Noise With Soundwaves" (Apr. 21, 1997). 'Noise?', an exhibition being held at the Science Museum in London, will feature sound cancellation technologies from the University of Southampton's Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the M2 Presswire reports.
Upper Hutt, "Noise from Engineering Workshop is the Source of a Bitter Neighborhood Dispute Before City Council in Upper Hutt, New Zealand" (Mar. 30, 1998). The Evening Post of Upper Hutt, New Zealand reports that a neighborhood dispute regarding noise from an engineering workshop came before the City Council. According to the article, Sean Clancy, of Western Hutt Engineering, wants retrospective consent for a heavy industrial engineering workshop on his property at 229 Whitemans Valley Rd. But neighbor Tim O'Brien has complained to the council about the noise from industrial work being done at Clancy's workshop in their rural area.
Upper Saucon Township, "Vote On Noise Ordinance Delayed at Pennsylvania Township Meeting; More than 50 Protest Proposal" (May 27, 1999). The Morning Call reports that over 50 residents attended an Upper Saucon Township Board of Supervisors meeting to stop a proposed noise ordinance that defines and enforces noise levels and restricts the location of shooting ranges.
USA, "Acoustic Ecology: Hearing Care and Preserving the Rare Sounds of Silence" (Apr. 1999). Cooking Light Magazine reports natural quiet in the United States is difficult to find in these modern times of more cars, more planes, more appliances, and more people. What we hear and how well we hear it is a major concern of both audiologists and a movement called acoustic ecology.
Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park, "Restrictions on Air Tours at National Parks Receives Attention in Utah" (Aug. 15, 1997). The Washington Post reports that one of the hottest controveries at Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park and other national parks is the pending federal regulations of air tours over the parks. Past and current attempts to limit air tours over the Grand Canyon will play a part in determining what regulations are formed for all national parks, the article says. The controversy has pitted backpackers, environmentalists, and some park superintendents against the air tour industry.
Utah, Farmington, "Farmington, Utah Sound Walls Under Contention; Council Doesn't Want to Build Ugly Concrete Walls, While Residents Who Do Have Forced a Public Vote" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that noise walls -- proposed along Farmington Utah's Interstate 15 -- are as source of local disagreement. Council members want more time to study more aesthetic alternatives, but residents have forced a public initiative vote that could overrule a 'no' vote by the council. Utah's Department of Transportation (UDOT) has offered to build the walls along Interstate 15, but the council is studying alternatives such as earthen berms and trees.
Utah, Farmington, "Utah City Council Puts Noise Barrier On Voting Ballot" (Jul. 7, 1999). According to the Deseret News, residents in Farmington want the town to build noise barriers around Interstate 15, which is soon to be expanded. They were successful in getting over 1,000 signatures to have the issue on the city's Nov. 2 ballot.
Utah, Farmington, "Farmington, Utah's City Council Stance Against Unattractive Noise Walls on I-15 Less Certain After Residents Push for the Structures" (May 23, 1999). The Desert News reports that Farmington, Utah's city council is now wavering in their stance against noise walls on Interstate 15 that they say would be aesthetically unattractive. 175 residents signed a petition saying the freeway noise is 'overwhelming' and that they want noise walls -- attractive or not -- swaying two council members to their side, while the rest of the council voted to postpone a decision until after further study and public input. The council had been opposed to the walls, which would require amendment of the city's master plan, at a public hearing two weeks ago.
Utah, Farmington, "Utah's Department of Transportation Is Exploring Alternatives to Soundwalls that Some Residents Oppose Because of Unsightliness" (Nov. 16, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that alternatives to soundwalls in Farmington, Utah are being explored by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT is examining an alternative to a 17-foot soundwall -- a 10-foot earthen berm with three feet of stylized rock on top -- to satisfy those who want soundwalls but believe they are ugly. The soundwall debate has other sides too; some say soundwalls block views and reflect sound uphill, some say they're critical for quality of life, some demand them to keep up their property values, some say they work but they're too ugly and hurt property values.
Utah, Farmington, "Farmington, Utah Voters Defeat Initiative to Build Noise Walls" (Nov. 3, 1999). The Deseret News reports that voters defeated a Farmington, Utah initiative to construct sound walls along Interstate 15. Supporters of the initiative said that misinformation, and voters living in quiet areas, skewed the vote.
Utah, Farmington, "Farmington, Utah Decides to Keep its Public Pool Closed on Sundays" (Mar. 16, 2000). The Deseret News reports that the Farmington, Utah city council recently voted not to open the city pool on Sundays, despite some residents' opposition to the closure. Most proponents of the closure cited religious reasons, but some residents were also concerned about increased noise and traffic if the pool were allowed to open on Sundays.
Utah, Farmington, "Farmington Utah Residents Say No Sunday Pool and a Ban on Snowmobiles in Yellowtone" (Mar. 24, 2000). Should swimming pools be closed on Sunday? An article from the Associated Press reported on such a dilemma in one town in Utah.
Utah, Fruit Heights, "Fruit Heights, Utah Business Owners Protest Installation of Highway Sound Barrier" (Mar. 29, 2000). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that two businesses in Fruit Heights, Utah are angry that the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has installed a sound wall along U.S. Route 89 in front of their businesses, blocking drivers' view of the businesses from the highway, possibly causing them to lose business, and devaluing their real estate.
Utah, Hill Air Force Base, "New Flight Path Used By Jets at Utah's Hill Air Force Base Stays Out of Commercial Airspace but Draws Complaints" (Apr. 30, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that a new flight path used by military jets traveling from Utah's Hill Air Force Base to the Utah Test and Training Range is drawing increased noise complaints from area residents. The route was changed to quell fears from Salt Lake International Airport Officials that military jets were flying to close to commercial jets. In addition to the flight path change, the fighters must fly 500 feet lower at 6,500 feet, increasing noise even further. While many residents are upset about the increase in noise, some say that they enjoy watching the fighters fly overhead.
Utah, Hill Air Force Base, "Hill Air Force Base in Utah to Redirect Flight Paths Away From Hospital, but Over Residential Areas" (Apr. 2, 2000). The Associated Press reports that Hill Air Force Base in Utah has agreed to change its flight paths so that jets are not flying over nearby Davis Hospital and Medical Center. Instead, the Air Force jets will be flying over the communities of Clearfield, Clinton, and Layton.
Utah, Lake Powell, "Park Service Prepares Regulations For Jet Skis on Lake Powell" (Jan. 4, 1998). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that federal managers of Lake Powell, one of the West's premier watersports playgrounds, are considering making portions of the Utah-Arizona lake "Jet Ski free."
Utah, Moab, "National Parks Try to Preserve Natural Quiet" (May 4, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that Walt Dabney, superintendent of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Natural Bridges National Monument, is worried that noise could compromise the natural quiet people seek in national parks and preserves. The article explores how things have changed in Utah since Edward Abbey wrote about the area in the late 1950s, and about how the noise from airflights are a controversial issue in many national parks.
Utah, North Salt Lake, "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.
Utah, Salt Lake City, "National Basketball Association Orders Utah Stadium to Turn Down the Volume" (Jun. 9, 1997). The Des Moines Register reports that the National Basketball Association has ordered Utah to turn down the volume on the PA system at the Delta Center, but the basketball team the Utah Jazz are arguing against the restrictions, saying the players can't hear their introductions and the dancers can't hear their music.
Utah, Salt Lake City, ""Pink" Noise Will Be Piped In At American Stores Tower In Salt Lake City" (Nov. 2, 1997). An extensive article appears in The Salt Lake Tribune about the impact 1,900 executive employees will make on downtown when they move into the American Stores high-rise tower in Salt Lake City, Utah, in January. Some downtown merchants see this major consolidation of company operations as having a positive impact on the downtown with increased shopping and spending. Business experts see this new conglomerate headquarters designed with its employees in mind as the wave of the future. The Salt Lake Tribune describes in detail the architectural design of the tower that accommodates such a large number of executives. One issue taken into consideration is blocking noise made by employees who work side-by-side in cubicles. "We've tried very hard to design a pleasant place where people want to come to work," American Stores engineer, Pete Bratsos explains.
Utah, Salt Lake City, "Utah Lawmakers Consider Mass Transit" (Jan. 18, 1998). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Utah lawmakers are beginning to consider mass transit systems for the state, but road work still dominates transportation policies.
Utah, Salt Lake City, "Local Noise Ordinance Enforced After Much Delay in Salt Lake City, Utah" (Jul. 30, 1998). The Deseret News published the following letter to the editor regarding the much-delayed enforcement of a local noise ordinance in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Utah, Salt Lake City, "Noise and Safety Considerations for Ice Cream Trucks Are Issues for Some in Salt Lake City" (May 29, 1998). The Deseret News reports that summer and ice cream season are approaching, but some in Salt Lake City, Utah are worried about noise and safety considerations. The article interviews two owners of ice cream truck companies about the issues.
Utah, Salt Lake City, "Residents Along Highways in Utah's Salt Lake Valley Have Varying Opinions About Noise Walls" (May 1, 1999). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that Utah's Transportation Commission is caught between residents who like noise-walls and those who hate them. Some residents say the walls allow them to enjoy their yards again without shouting over highway noise. Others want the walls demolished, arguing that their views of the valley are more important. The Department of Transportation will be remeasuring noise levels in June to determine if the sound walls have effectively reduced noise.
Utah, Salt Lake City, "Some Utah Residents Push for Removal of Sound Wall that Blocks Their View, Sunlight, and Actually Increases Noise for Some Residents" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Deseret News reports that Utah's Transportation Commission is considering the removal of sound walls constructed along Interstate 215. 17 homeowners are already planning to sue for lost sunlight and views. A survey will be conducted of those who experience at least 65 decibels of highway noise in the Salt Lake City area to determine whether there is overwhelming support -- more than a majority -- for tearing down the walls
Utah, Salt Lake City, "Utah Residents Want Noise Barrier on I-15" (Jul. 7, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune says that residents in Farmington, Utah want the city to build a sound barrier along Interstate 15. They've gathered over 1,000 signatures asking the city to accept state funding for a concrete slab from the Utah Department of Transportation. If the city declines, residents say they have over 25 percent more signatures than they need to get on the ballot at voting time in November.
Utah, Salt Lake City, "To Wall or Not to Wall? That is the Question in Salt Lake Valley, Utah, as Noise Walls are Vehemently Opposed by Some, Praised by Others" (Mar. 14, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports noise walls are a contentious issue in Salt Lake Valley, Utah. Some residents applaud their effectiveness against freeway noise while others decry their unsightliness.
Utah, Salt Lake City, "Gravel Mine to Replace Shooting Range Near Salt Lake City, Utah; Planning Commission Tried to Shut Down Range Because of Noise Years Ago, But State Legislature Stopped It" (Nov. 9, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a shooting range near Salt Lake City, Utah will be closed down within a year or two. Noise complaints have been a problem, but the reasons behind the decision seem to be strictly financial. The planning commission had tried several years ago to close the noisy range, but the state legislature passed a bill preventing noisy establishments from being shut down by complainants who knew the noise was there when they moved.
Utah, Salt Lake City, "Light Rail System on the Wasatch Front Near Salt Lake City, Utah Shouldn't Add Much Noise to Area" (Nov. 8, 1999). The Deseret News reports that a light rail system planned for the Wasatch Front, near Salt Lake City, Utah, will be relatively quiet. The whistle will be much quieter than freight train whistles, and will be used sparingly.
Utah, Salt Lake Valley, "Public in Utah's Salt Lake Valley Split on Sound Walls, Some Ask That Walls Demanded Two Years Ago Be Torn Down" (May 1, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 150 residents from Utah's Salt Lake Valley communities packed a Transportation Commission Meeting to voice varied opinions over Interstate 215 sound walls. Two years ago, residents demanded sound walls from the Commission in the same areas; some commissioners doubted their effectiveness along a hillside, but approved the $1 million project in response to pressure from state officials. While some still love the walls, the recent meeting was filled with even more people who want the walls demolished to regain the valley views they love more than quiet. Some comments regarding the Department of Transportation's decision making process prompted the commission to promise a look at the original decision to build the walls. The question is, was the public educated as to the impact the walls would have?
Utah, Spanish Fork, "Utah Department of Transportation to Construct Sound Wall Along U.S. Route 6 in Spanish Fork" (Apr. 4, 2000). The Deseret News in Utah reports that the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has agreed to install a sound wall along busy U.S. Route 6 in the town of Spanish Fork. The walls will be made of concret, 12 to 14-feet high. They will lower the sound from passing cars, trucks, and even trains in the vicinity to less than 65 decibels. The traffic noise has been concerning residents along the road for years.
Utah, St. George, "Conservation Group Says National Park Service Should Regulate Air Tours Over National Parks" (Nov. 17, 1997). U.S. Newswire reports that an official from the National Parks and Conservation Association today testified at a congressional field hearing that the National Park Service should be given the power to regulate air tours over national parks in order to curb noise. The official said that legislation is needed to manage the operations of scenic air tours, because the tours have grown explosively at the Grand Canyon and have expanded to other parks. Currently, neither the Park Service nor the Federal Aviation Administration has a process in place for regulating or managing flight tour operations over parks, the article notes.
Utah, Taylorsville, "Taylorsville, Utah Residents Organize Public Meeting to Air Concerns Over Noise from Salt Lake City International Airport" (Aug. 31, 1999). The Deseret News reports that residents of Taylorsville, Utah want planes landing at Salt Lake City International Airport to use other flight paths. Since winds often come from the north -- and planes must fly into the wind when it is present -- landings often pass directly over Taylorsville residences. The group will hold a public meeting this week to air concerns; FAA and airport officials have been invited.
Utah, Taylorsville, "Taylorsville, Utah Residents Who Say Jets Have Flown Lower in Recent Months Want Noise Levels Monitored" (Sep. 3, 1999). The Deseret News reports that 35 residents of Taylorsville, Utah attended a meeting with Salt Lake City International Airport officials to voice their concerns over increasing jet noise. They claim that jets are flying as low as 1750 feet over their neighborhoods. Airport officials say that jets are at least 2000 feet high.
Utah, Woods Cross, "Utah Town Attempts to Solves Noise Problem from Steel Company" (Jan. 16, 2000). An article in the Deseret News said that the Woods Cross Council might soon solve noise problems from Metro Steel following complaints from the company's neighbors.
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