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VA, Richmond, "Richmond Police Force Responds To Lack Of Noise Regulation Enforcement" (May 15, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch prints the following letter to the editor written by Sergeant Dale C. Mullen from the Richmond (Virginia) Police Department:

VA, Richmond, "Richmond Police Officers Lack Noise Ordinance Enforcement" (May 15, 1997). The Richmond (Virginia) Times Dispatch printed an editorial in response to Sergeant Dale Mullen's letter to the editor defending the police department's actions with respect to the noise ordinance. This editorial claims that there have been only six convictions for violating Richmond's noise ordinance since June 1996, and that this proves the Richmond police have not been actively enforcing the ordinance.

VA, Virginia Beach, "Clark County, WA Group Fights Proposed Amphitheater" (Jun. 13, 1999). The Columbian reports residents of Clark County, WA fear a proposed amphitheater will ruin their peace and quiet. For ammunition, they have examined what life is like near Virginia's GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater.

Vancouver, "Porous Pavement -- Designed to Allow Better Drainage and Noise Reduction -- Tested in Vancouver" (Aug. 17, 1999). The Vancouver Sun prints a traffic-related column that discusses test patches of "whisper asphalt" on Vancouver's roads. The porous asphalt allows better drainage and reduces noise. The asphalt will not see wide-spread application for several years until potential problems have been examined more thoroughly.

Vancouver, "Vancouver Residents Ousted from Homes by Noise from Annual Indy Race" (Sep. 4, 1999). The Vancouver Sun prints an editorial by a Vancouver resident who believes that the Molson Indy road race should be moved from the residential area where it is now held. The city gains substantial revenue and publicity from the race. Noise reaches up to 130 decibels at peak intensity, and residents want accommodations during the race; in the long term, they want the race relocated and are pursuing a lawsuit that claims their charter rights are being violated.

Vancouver, Coquitlam, "Vancouver Resident Questions Closing of Rifle Ranges" (Jan. 22, 1998). The Vancouver Sun printed an editorial by Peter Hiebert, a resident of Coquitlam, Vancouver, in which he expresses his displeasure at the closing of the rifle ranges on Barnet Highway. Mr. Hiebert writes:

Vermont, Burlington, "Enforceable Noise Ordinance Makes for Quieter Neighborhoods in Vermont College Town" (Sep. 22, 1996). The Burlington Free Press reports that police are enforcing Burlington, Vermont's updated noise ordinance by patrolling neighborhoods and issuing fines for violations. According to this article, violators of the noise ordinance are mostly college-age people involved in off-campus parties. Burlington's noise ordinance prohibits noise from any party or social event that "interferes with the peace or health of members of the public or is audible through walls between units within the same building, from another property or from the street." The ordinance discourages Burlington police officers from simply giving a warning if they determine a noise violation has occurred. Penalties for a first offense range from $100 to $500.

Vermont, Burlington, "City Councilors Disagree about Banning Jet Skis on Vermont Lake" (Oct. 20, 1998). The Associated Press reports Burlington, Vermont's, City Council is considering banning personal watercraft from Burlington Harbor on Lake Champlain.

Vermont, Castleton, "Vermont's Castleton State College Proposes 5-Point Guidelines to Reduce Noise from Parties" (Dec. 6, 1999). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that a Noise Abatement Committee established at Castleton State College in Vermont has proposed a 5-point plan to reduce noise from off-campus parties. Residents and neighborhood organizations like the plan, but say it is too soon to know if it will work.

Vermont, Montpelier, "Noise Pollution Expert Les Blomberg Comments on Hearing Loss" (Apr. 1, 2000). Prevention Magazine reports on how hearing loss can occur, and ways in which people can avoid hearing loss. Twenty-eight million Americans suffer from some type of hearing loss.

Vermont, Rutland, "Bill in VT House Would Ban Personal Watercraft from Most Vermont Lakes" (Feb. 23, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports Jet Skis and other brands of the popular motorized water scooters may be banned on all but Vermont's four largest lakes.

Vietnam, Hanoi, "Noise, Water, and Air Pollution Levels in Hanoi, Vietnam Reach Unacceptable Levels" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Vietnam Investment Review reports that the city of Hanoi is suffering from increasing and unacceptable levels of water, air, and noise pollution. High pollution levels are due to the fact that businesses are mostly unregulated, and the city is overpopulated. The country wants to modernize, and the government is willing to sacrifice the environment for increased growth and industrialization which would allow Vietnam to compete in world markets. Meanwhile, citizens' health is being risked as they are exposed to carcinogens and to loud noise.

Virginia area, Manassas, "Citizen Panel in Virginia Makes Airport Noise Recommendations" (May 28, 1997). The Washington Post reports that a citizen panel created to address concerns about expansion of the Manassas (Virginia) Regional Airport will recommend a series of actions aimed at reducing airplane noise and requiring disclosure to potential buyers of nearby homes. However, the article reports, the panel is divided on the issue of how to compensate current residents, who fear that the new disclosure rules will make it difficult to sell their homes. The 16-member committee is scheduled to complete its work Wednesday, and will present its findings and recommendations to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on June 10.

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

Virginia area, Richmond, "Virginia Residents Consider Suing Retirement Home Over Noise From Cooling Tower" (Jul. 22, 1998). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that residents near Richmond, Virginia, in western Henrico County, are considering suing an upscale retirement community behind their homes over noise from the retirement home's cooling tower. The article says the homeowners' association recently hired a lawyer, and is considering asking officials to cite the retirement home under the county's noise ordinance.

Virginia area, Richmond, "Virginia Residents Raise Concerns About Noise Related to Interstate Widening Project" (Jul. 22, 1998). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that about 80 residents of the Richmond, Virginia area attended a meeting yesterday about a proposed project to widen the Interstate 64 corridor between Richmond and Hampton. Concerns about increased noise dominated the meeting, the article says. The Virginia Department of Transportation (DOT), along with their consultants, are almost finished with their two-year study of the corridor, and are proposing six alternatives.

Virginia Beach, "Navy Flights at Oceana Air Force Base Near Virginia Beach to Increase in September; Base Commander Seems Attentive to Noise Concerns" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot reports that flights at Oceana Air Base in Virginia Beach will be increasing from 40 operations per day to 60 during the first 2.5 weeks in September because seven squadrons of pilots need to become certified before being sent overseas. The new base commander seems attentive to noise concerns, and hopes to make use of steeper descents, different runway usage, and different turning patterns on takeoff to ensure that aircraft are as high as possible when they pass over residential communities.

Virginia Beach, "Virginia Beach Tries to Improve Tourism Image By Addressing Nuisance Behavior that Intimidates Families" (Aug. 28, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Virginia Beach is trying to alter its image by reducing nuisance behaviors that intimidate families. Although noise violations are down 14% from last year, nuisance behavior still dominates violations in the area. Kids and adults are quoted as saying that truly offensive nuisances -- those that aren't just caused by people's stereotypes based on race or clothing -- do not follow lines of race, age, or fashion. Police have taken new measures to reduce nuisance behavior.

Virginia Beach, "Realtor in Virginia Beach Says Realtors Must Inform Home Buyers of Noise and Crash Zones Around Airports" (Nov. 14, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, including one from a realtor who says that home buyers must be informed about airport noise and crash zones before they buy.

Virginia Beach, "Resident of Virginia Beach Questions Previous Letter that Says Oceana Noise Isn't That Bad" (Nov. 21, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, one of which centers on airport noise at Oceana's Air Base. The writer questions several comments made in a recent letter by a retired military captain that suggested that noise from the base wasn't that bad.

Virginia Beach, "Virginia Beach Noise Wall Is First For a Non-Highway" (Nov. 1, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot reports that a $9.5-million road widening project in South Hampton, Virginia will be the first in the area to include a 9-foot noise wall on a non-highway.

Virginia Beach, "Navy Pilot Objects to Sarcastic Tone of Letters Complaining About Noise From Navy Jets at Oceana Naval Base in Virginia Beach" (Sep. 15, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints a letter from a Navy pilot who objects to recent letters that complained about jet noise from Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base. He says that the "cavalier attitude and sarcasm" of the letters was shocking. He suggests that her admitted desire to "discuss the merits of The Poisonwood Bible while eating quiche" in a comfortable, upper-income home is trivial next to the importance of the military's role in Kosovo and in protecting our country.

Virginia Beach, "Several Letters to the Editor Label Past Letters that Complained About Jet Noise from Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base as Whiny" (Sep. 16, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor that label past writers -- who complained about jet noise from Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base -- as whiny. They discuss the fact that the base was here before developments, and question whether the tourists could ever be considered as important as the Navy.

Virginia Beach, "Resident of Virginia Beach Says Daily Noise Levels for Jet Noise Provided By Military Are Misleadingly-Low" (Jan. 6, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot prints a letter to the editor which questions the military's presentation of Daily Noise Levels for Virginia Beach jet noise without presenting the more telling data on single noise events.

Virginia Beach, "Eight Business Leaders Team Up with Virginia Beach's Chamber of Commerce to Form a Group that Promotes Oceana Naval Base, and Counter Attacks by Anti-Noise Activists" (Jan. 28, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot reports that eight business leaders have formed a group with the help of the Chamber of Commerce to promote the benefits of Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base. They want to counter what they call 'misinformation' from an anti-noise activist group, and encourage the Navy to maintain its strong presence there.

Virginia, Alexandria, "Alexandria, Virginia Home Uses Landscaped Waterfalls and Lagoons to Block Sounds of Traffic" (Jul. 29, 1999). The Washington Post reports on a home in Alexandria, Virginia that was landscaped to deal with traffic noise using more pleasant noise from water. The award-winning design includes two fountains in front and two waterfalls in back, together with berms scattered around the property and a stand of evergreens that help to quiet the property from the nearby highway. The use of water in sound abatement has double in the last ten years.

Virginia, Alexandria, "Alexandria, Virginia City Council Restricts Construction Hours on Bridge Job" (Mar. 25, 2000). According to the Washington Post, the Alexandria City Council will vote to limit construction hours on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, from 9am to 6pm on weekdays and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. No construction is permitted on Sundays.

Virginia, Alexandria, "Metropolitan Area around D.C. to Endure Months of Loud Bridge Construction" (Mar. 22, 2000). The Washington Times reported that Alexandria residents will soon experience the inordinately loud sound of pile driving as work crews begin construction on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Virginia, Alexandria, "US Department of Defense Launches Program to Develop Low-Noise, Supersonic Aircraft" (Mar. 29, 2000). Jane's Defense Weekly, a British publication, reports on recent US Department of Defense discussions concerning research and development of a new low-noise supersonic aircraft that could conduct long-range reconnaissance missions without being detected.

Virginia, Arlington, "International Civil Aviation Organization to Negotiate "Difficult" Agreement with U.S. and EU on Reducing Airplane Noise" (May 4, 1999). AFX News reports that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will try to negotiate an agreement between the United States and the European Union on reduction of noise and pollution from aircraft. The European Union's recent decision to outlaw older airplanes with 'hush kits' by 2002, intended to encourage the use of even quieter planes, means that the U.S. will have difficulty reselling their hush-kitted airplanes and lose an estimated $1 billion in lost sales. Negotiation within ICAO may be difficult, because many members are from developing countries where noise isn't seen as a primary concern.

Virginia, Arlington, "US Airways Introduces A320 Airbus on Boston to New York Route; With 75-Decibel Footprint, Aircraft Affects Ten Times Less Area than the 727s It Replaces" (Nov. 8, 1999). PR Newswire reports that US Airways new Airbus A320s has a 75-decibel noise footprint, making it affect ten times less area with noise than the Boeing 727 it replaces.

Virginia, Arlington County, "Interstate Divides Virginia Neighborhoods but not Virginia Neighborhood Organizations" (Mar. 25, 2000). The Washington Post reported on three neighborhoods in Arlington that were divided by Interstate 66 in 1982. Spokespeople from three civic associations in Bluemont, North Highlands and Arlington-East Falls Church commented on what the division has meant to their neighborhoods-an increase in noise and traffic as well as a determination to remain united.

Virginia, Birdneck, "Birdneck, Virginia Resident Upset Over Continued Noise from Oceana Naval Base Jets, and Lack of Concern from Government and Navy" (Oct. 17, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, including one regarding jet noise. The author notes that although many say that residents knew how loud it would be to move near the base, residents should always be able to enjoy their home. She also notes that naval officials have ignored her concerns and the concerns of her community -- Birdneck, Virginia.

Virginia, Chesapeake, "Virginia Residents Say More Navy Jets Incompatible with Human Life" (Oct. 29, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports that at least 150 Chesapeake residents turned out for the Navy's final hearing on its plan to transfer up to 180 F/A-18 Hornets to Oceana Naval Air Station. The majority of the 15 people who spoke made it clear that more jets would not be welcome. The Navy's jets fly so close you can tell how recently the pilot shaved, one resident here complained. Others said the noise gets so bad they plug their ears when they go outside. And some residents worried that more jets would mean a greater danger of a crash in their neighborhoods.

Virginia, Chesapeake, "Virginia Speedway May Be in Business by March 1999 unless Neighbors Can Bring the Project to a Halt" (Aug. 2, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that promoters of a Motorsports Speedway in Chesapeake want to build a half-mile oval track and stadium in Chesapeake, Virginia. Plans for a motor racetrack have been tossed around the Chesapeake-Suffolk line the past four years.

Virginia, Chesapeake, "City Planners in Chesapeake, Virginia, Reject Speedway Based on Projected Noise" (Oct. 15, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports noise was one of the environmental factors commissioners in Chesapeake, Virginia, cited in rejecting a proposed speedway.

Virginia, Chesapeake, "Virginia Speedway Gets OK from City Planners Despite Noise Concerns" (Oct. 13, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports city planners in Chesapeake, Virginia have approved a controversial motorsports speedway, saying noise can be satisfactorily mitigated.

Virginia, Chesapeake, "Jet Noise in Virginia Prompts Letters to the Editor" (Dec. 11, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot printed the following letters to the editor concerning flights from Oceana Naval Base.

Virginia, Christianburg, "Virginia Confronts Suburban Sprawl" (Dec. 12, 1997). The Roanoke Times and World News reports that a lumber company expansion and the Brush Mountain subdivision case in Christianburg, Virginia show the limits of the law intended to contain suburban sprawl. The article says the two cases may be catalysts for change.

Virginia, Christiansburg, "Virginia Sawmill Expansion Opposed By Neighbors" (Dec. 19, 1997). The Roanoke Times & World News reports that the proposed expansion of a Lumber Mill in Christiansburg Virginia has citizens alarmed. Neighbors worry about added noise and other environmental pollution.

Virginia, Dumfries, "Virginia Residents Want Sound Barriers to Block Noise from I-95; Residents' Say Barriers in Original Plans" (May 16, 1998). The Washington Post reports the noise level from traffic on nearby Interstate 95 is so bad for residents of Prince William Estates in Dumfries, Virginia, that they're asking the Virginia Department of Transportation to erect sound barriers along their back yards.

Virginia, Elizabeth City, "Virginia Town Strengthens Noise Ordinance to Deal With Car Stereos" (Jun. 4, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Elizabeth City, Virginia City Council has unanimously passed a stronger noise ordinance addressed at loud car stereos.

Virginia, Fairfax County, "Virginia Residents Move to Limit Construction Noise" (Oct. 30, 1997). The Washington Post reports that Fairfax County, Virginia is considering enforcing weekend and evening restrictions on construction-related noise, due to a surge of building in older, established neighborhoods.

Virginia, Fincastle, "Fincastle, Virgina Manufacturing Plant Disturbs Resident Who Calls for Noise Ordinance Amendment" (May 19, 1999). Roanoke Times & World News reports that Keith Martin of Fincastle, Virginia is constantly disturbed by noise from Tower Automotive's manufacturing plant. The plant operates 24 hours a day, creating noise which crosses agricultural zones to Martin's residence. Martin presented his case to the County Board of Supervisors, calling for revocation of a noise ordinance exemption for manufacturers. The Board assigned an administrator to meet with plant officials to try and resolve the issue, but made not commitment to alter the noise ordinance.

Virginia, Goochland County, "Virginia Quarry gets Expanded Hours, Promises Noise Abatement Plan" (Mar. 19, 1998). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that quarry operator Martin Marietta Aggregates promised to be a good neighbor in return for expanded hours of operation.

Virginia, Hampton, "Company Aims to Make Airplanes Less Offensive to the Ears" (Oct. 5, 1998). The Associated Press reports about how a small company is taking a forefront position to reduce airplane noise by changing the air flow around wings and fuselages.

Virginia, Hampton, "Residents of a Hampton, Virginia Subdivision Feel Soundwalls Have Been Unfairly Prioritized for Newer, Fancier Neighborhoods" (Sep. 4, 1999). The Daily Press reports that residents of a subdivision in Hampton, Virginia that sits only a few blocks from Interstate 64 is itching to have soundwalls installed. Residents believe that newer subdivisions are getting quicker attention, but Virginia's Department of Transportation insists that it is interested in soundwalls for the neighborhood.

Virginia, Hampton, "Neighbors Near Hampton, Virginia's Langley Air Force Base Say They Are Used to Jet Noise" (Jan. 3, 2000). The Daily Press reports that many residents living in Hampton, Virginia near Langley Air Force Base are used to fighter-jet noise. The base does maintain no-flight hours on most days, but doesn't restrict afterburner use. Some say that residents aren't sufficiently aware of potential noise problems when they move in.

Virginia, Hanover, "Hanover, Virginia Airport Expansion Has Residents Concerned Over Noise" (Apr. 24, 1997). The Hanover County Board of Supervisors voted to move ahead with plans to expand Hanover County Airport, the Richmond Times Dispatch reports. Residents are concerned about the increased noise the expansion may bring.

Virginia, Hanover, "Hanover, Virginia Residents Angry Over Airport Expansion" (Apr. 20, 1997). The conflict over the expansion of the Hanover Airport was ignited by a letter sent to over 4,000 residents informing them of an ordinance that would require them to notify perspective buyers of potential airport noise, the Richmond Times Dispatch reports.

Virginia, Hanover, "Virginia Community Struggles Over Runway Extension" (Dec. 17, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that a municipal airport in Hanover, Virginia recently received approval from a neighborhood association for a runway extension.

Virginia, Hanover, "Virginia Runway Extension Approved" (Dec. 18, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Virginia County officials approved a controversial plan to extend the runway at the county's airport. Some residents oppose the project fearing a decrease in property values and greater noise.

Virginia, Hanover, "Virginia Community Questions Runway Extension" (Dec. 2, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that the Hanover (Virginia) Planning Commission unanimously approved a recommendation last night to extend the runway at the county airport by 750 feet, despite concerns of area residents that the extension would bring on greater air traffic and noise.

Virginia, Hanover County, "Virginia Residents Worry About New Runway" (Dec. 24, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that residents of Hanover County Virginia are concerned about a proposed airport expansion.

Virginia, Hume, "Hume, Maryland Winery Must Decide Whether To Attract Business or Be a Better Neighbor" (Mar. 23, 2000). The Washington Post reported on a public hearing regarding the Oasis Winery, in Hume and its increased noise level.

Virginia, Langley Air Force Base, "New F-22 Raptor Jet May Be Brought to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia; Studies Show it is Quieter than the F-15" (Apr. 7, 2000). The Daily Press reports that the Air Force has announced that its newest jet fighter, the F-22 Raptor, tests quieter than the F-15, which is the jet currently flown by the First Fighter Wing stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Noise measurements were based on ground testing of a pre-production model of the F-22 Raptor, and as such, do not necessarily indicate the noise levels of a jet in flight.

Virginia, Leesburg, "Noise Measurements Show Noise From Leesburg, Virginia Restaurant's Air Conditioners to Be Within Reasonable Limits, Despite Resident Complaints" (Oct. 17, 1999). The Washington Post reports that after continued complaints regarding noise at a local restaurant in Leesburg, Virginia, a consulting firm determined sound levels were not severe.

Virginia, Loudoun, "Virginia Community Proposes Annual Study to Track Effects of Growth on the Environment" (Dec. 7, 1997). The Washington Post reports researchers at George Washington University are seeking to initiate an annual study of Loudoun County, Virginia's environment in an effort to portray the pressures, such as development, traffic and noise, that rapid growth inflicts on the county's natural and historic resources.

Virginia, Loudoun County, "New Plans for Mall in Northern Virginia Upset Residents; County Board Postpones Decision" (Oct. 19, 1997). The Washington Post reports that 950 residents in Countryside, Virginia have signed petitions opposing a proposed 1.2 million-square-foot mall at the intersection of Routes 7 and 28. Residents say they are not opposed to a mall in principle, but are alarmed at the proposed changes in the mall's plans that would cause it to be more intrusive in their rural area, bringing noise, pollution, and glaring lights. Due to resident opposition, the County Board of Supervisors has postponed a decision on the requested changes and have agreed to hold a town hall meeting on the issue early next month.

Virginia, Manteo, "Navy Officials Say Moving Military Jets to Virginia Would Have Little Impact on Coastal Bombing Range" (Oct. 24, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Navy officials said at a meeting Thursday night in Manteo, Virginia that if 180 F/A-18 aircraft are moved from Florida to Oceana Naval Air Station near Virginia Beach, there would be only a slight increase in activity at the Dare County Bombing Range, and no impact on the surrounding environment. Navy officials' comments were made at an informational meeting, followed by a public hearing regarding the draft environmental impact statement on the proposal to shift the jets to Virginia. The article notes that only one Dare resident attended the meeting.

Virginia, McLean, "Causes of Interior and Exterior Noise in Multi-unit Buildings and Ways to Make Them Quieter" (Mar. 17, 2000). Newsday reports that home columnist Al Ubell is concerned with the noise that tenants experience living in apartment buildings. Ubell is also a home inspector who discusses both interior and exterior noise and ways to combat it.

Virginia, Mechanicsville, "Virginia Airport Expansion Approved Despite Findings Of Greater Potential Noise" (Dec. 21, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that the Federal Aviation Administration environmental impact study of the proposed Hanover airport expansion do not measure up to community requirements for low noise, though the plan has been approved based on the study.

Virginia, Moneta, "Virginia Residents Sue Marina to Stop Expansion Citing Noise, Danger, and Damage" (Jan. 18, 1998). The Roanoke Times & World News reports that residents are opposed to a developer's plan to expand a marina along Becky's Creek in Virginia. Residents are concerned about dock damage and noise. A number of lawsuits on both sides have been filed.

Virginia, Montgomery County, "Virginia County Considers New Zoning Ordinance Intended to Reduce Conflicts Between Suburban and Agricultural Uses" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Roanoke Times & World News reports that a public hearing will be held tonight to draw comments on Montgomery County, Virginia's proposed new zoning ordinance. The changes to the ordinance have been proposed in an attempt to reduce potential conflicts between agricultural uses and suburban residential uses of land. Suburbanites in the past have complained of certain agricultural uses which they say cause noise and odor problems. Meanwhile, farmers are find it increasingly difficult to use their land for agricultural uses as suburban sprawl surrounds them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virginia, Norfolk, "Virginia Beach Reader Concerned About Noise From Navy Jets" (Apr. 14, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia published a batch of letters to the editor. One of them is from a reader in Virginia Beach who complains about the noise from navy jets. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Virginia, Portsmouth, "Virginia Citizens Like Waterfront Gathering Area; Some Residents Dislike its Noise" (Oct. 19, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot printed an editorial regarding a recent "Vision 2005" meeting in Portsmouth, Virginia Thursday to discuss Portside, the downtown waterfront gathering place. The columnist said a standing-room-only crowd showed up to give both positive and negative comments on the area. While some nearby residents spoke against the gathering place on the grounds of noise, many residents gave positive comments. The columnist argues that the area provides a needed community space, and that the noise impact on the surrounding area can be mitigated.

Virginia, Pulaski, "Pulaski County Supervisors Can't Agree with Planning Commission on Which Body Should Initiate a Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 28, 1999). The Roanoke Times & World News reports that Pulaski County's Board of Supervisors can't agree with the Planning Commission on who should take the first step towards a new noise ordinance. The Board referred the matter to the Commission but wouldn't promise to seriously consider adopting any ordinance that the Commission drafted. The Board is doing research into other ordinances. A local businessman pointed out that Pulaski is the only community in the area that requires citizens to personally obtain a warrant from a magistrate to address noise issues.

Virginia, Richmond, "Virginia Neighbors Consider Effects Of New Highway Proposal" (Dec. 30, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Powhatan County residents are considering the changes living near the anticipated path of state Route 288 will bring about.

Virginia, Richmond, "Richmond Police Say Noise Ordinance is Being Enforced, Citing Six Convictions Since June" (May 13, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that yesterday Charlene Hinton of the Richmond (Virginia) Police Department told the City Council that since last June there have been six convictions for violating the city's noise ordinance. The comments came after the police department had been criticized for not enforcing the noise ordinance.

Virginia, Richmond, "Animal Rights Activists Make Noise At Circus" (Feb. 21, 1998). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that animal rights activists in Richmond, Virginia protested the Barnum and Bailey Circus using megaphones in violation of the local noise ordinance.

Virginia, Roanoke, "An Editorial Advocates Cleaning Up Air Pollution in Roanoke, Virginia" (Jan. 9, 1998). An editorial printed by the Roanoke Times & World News advocates cleaning up noise pollution in Roanoke, Virginia. Kelly Polykov, a student at Hollins College, says in the editorial that like air and water pollution, noise pollution is a very real problem for millions of Americans across the country. It comes from cars, trucks, airplanes, leaf blowers, air conditioners, construction, the booming bass of car stereos and a plethora of other sources. Noise has been getting louder and the problem more widespread every year.

Virginia, Roanoke, "Industry Moving Into Western Virginia Creates Noise Problems for Residents" (Jul. 10, 1999). The Roanoke Times & World News reports that industry, which is moving increasingly into Western Virginia, is causing noise problems for residents. Frito-Lay and Johnson and Johnson are some of the big-name companies whose factories have created noise problems. While these factories often employ many people in the community, they also are commonly convinced to locate in a particular community that offers taxpayer money as an incentive. Most neighbors accept factories but wish they would keep quiet at night.

Virginia, Salem, "Salem, Virginia, Residents Want Noise Wall, Not Re-location When I 81 Expands" (Aug. 11, 1998). The Roanoke Times & World News reports residents of Salem, Virginia's, Stonegate community prefer a noise wall to relocation when Interstate 81 is widened.

Virginia, Salem, "Neighbors of Proposed In-Home Babysitting Service in Salem, Virginia Worried About Increased Noise and Traffic" (Jan. 15, 1998). The Roanoke Times reports that a couple's request to open an in-home babysitting service on Bainbridge Street in Salem, Virginia has met with considerable opposition from their neighbors. Neighbors complained about increased noise, traffic, and decreased property values at a recent Salem Planning Commission hearing concerning the special use permit.

Virginia, Shadowlawn, "Shadowlawn, Virginia Civic League Acknowledges Oceana Naval Base's Cooperation and Says It Has Reduced Aircraft Noise" (Sep. 21, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, one of which relates to noise in Virginia's Shadowlawn community from Oceana Naval Base aircraft. The author notes that after meeting with a commanding officer at the base, during which the Shadowlawn Civic League asked for a standard flight pattern to be used on a particular runway, noise has been significantly reduced. He supports the base while striving to reduce noise, and commends the officer and the base for their cooperative spirit.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Plans Regulation Of Personal Watercrafts" (Dec. 27, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Jet Skis, WaveRunners and SeaDoos could be limited to Broad Bay and 500 feet or farther off the Chesapeake Bay and ocean beaches, if the draft recommendations of an advisory group are followed.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Road May Get Noise Barriers During Road Widening" (Jun. 4, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that part of the Kempsville Road that links Virginia Beach, Virginia to Chesapeake is set to be widened from two lanes to six lanes, and noise barriers to protect residential neighborhoods from the increased traffic noise likely will accompany the project.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Amphitheater Manager in Virginia Continues with Noise Reduction Measures; Residents Still Unhappy" (Oct. 15, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that noise complaints have plagued GTE Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Virginia since it opened two years ago. At a meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, representatives of Cellar Door, which manages the amphitheater, said they plan to plant trees to cut down on noise, adjust lawn speakers, and consider purchasing better speakers. But City Councilors and residents continued to by skeptical and angry about the problem, the article says.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Factions will Speak for and against Relocation of Navy Jets to Virginia Beach; Noise is one Issue" (Oct. 27, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot of Norfork, Virginia, reports that the Navy will holds the first of two public hearings in Hampton Roads to ask residents if they want the Hornets as their new neighbors. For Virginia Beach, the proposed relocation of 180 Hornets to Oceana, raises a number of issues. For Virginia Beach, a lot is at stake: economics, noise, safety, traffic congestion and water supply.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Noise and Safety are Issues for Virginia Residents in Navy's Relocation of Jets" (Oct. 28, 1997). The Virginia-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports that a large group of residents at a public hearing in Virginia Beach opposed the Navy's plan to bring 180 jets to Oceana. While city and state officials Monday night made a strong case for the Hornets, citizens asked the Navy for: peace, quiet and safety.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Military Jets Will Make Life Noisier in Virginia City, Columnist Argues" (Sep. 27, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot printed an editorial in which the writer argues that although there will be substantial economic benefits if the Navy moves all of its F/A 18s to Virginia Beach, Virginia from the Cecil Field in Florida, life in the city will be noisier for all.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Massive Expansion of Virginia Navy Air Base Would Bring More Jet Noise and Other Impacts" (Sep. 12, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that a U.S. Navy draft report released Thursday recommends that all 11 Navy jet squadrons and 180 jets (Hornets) at the soon-to-close Cecil Field near Jacksonville, Florida be transferred to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The article reports that although the expansion of the base in Virginia Beach would bring economic benefits, it would also increase jet noise in residential neighborhoods, congested roads, and population, including an influx of children into the school district. The article notes that at this stage, the plan is only a draft, and still could change as a result of politics and more review by critics and the Navy.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "One-Fourth of Virginia City's Schools Would Have to be Moved if Navy Air Base Expands" (Sep. 12, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that according to a draft Environmental Impact Statement report regarding expansion of the U.S. Navy's Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, one-fourth of schools in the city would have to be moved or shielded against jet noise if the project is carried out. The report also found that two schools would be in the jet base's potential crash area, 22 schools would be in a high-noise zone, and two schools which had previously been in the base's crash zone (one of which has been moved) would no longer be in the new potential crash zone.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Citizens Group and State of North Carolina Oppose Moving Military Jets to Virginia Air Base" (Apr. 20, 1998). The Periscope Daily Defense News reports that residents in Virginia Beach, Virginia and officials in North Carolina are opposing a plan by the U.S. Navy to move several jet squadrons to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. Residents believe the jets will increase noise over their neighborhoods, and North Carolina officials want some of the jets to go to an air base in their state. The article notes that members of the two groups have been working together, and could join forces in the future to more formally oppose the Navy's plans or sue.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Citizens Group Says it Will File Suit Against the Navy for Bringing Jets to Virginia" (Jul. 8, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise in Virginia Beach, Virginia plans to file a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Navy's decision to move 10 squadrons of Hornet jets to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. The group has hired an attorney and will meet Thursday to discuss the issue and solicit donations. The group has until July 16 to file the suit, the article notes.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Two Loud Virginia Amphitheater Concerts Anger Residents" (Jul. 11, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that a pair of rock concerts at GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Virginia have resulted in the heaviest noise complaints this season about the amphitheater. City officials and representatives of Cellar Door, a company that operates the amphitheater, will meet Monday to again discuss ways of keeping the noise down, the article says.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Citizens Group Will Challenge Navy in Federal Court Over Bringing Jets to Town" (Jul. 10, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that the group Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise has announced it will bring a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy over plans to bring 10 squadrons of Hornet jets to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The article says about 100 residents attended a meeting Thursday to lend their support to the group. The group has until Thursday to file their lawsuit.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Navy Considers Residents Concerns Over Relocation Of Jet Station" (Mar. 8, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that the proposal to relocate the Hornets, the U.S. Navy's jet squad, to the Virginia area is still unpopular.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Citizens' Group Sues Navy Over Jets at Virginia Beach Air Station; Uncovered Naval Report Predicts High Noise Costs to Homes, Schools" (Nov. 16, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports a lawsuit filed against relocation of Navy Jets to an Air Force Base in Virginia Beach uncovered an unreleased Naval report estimating the high costs of noise-proofing local homes and schools.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Beach Amphitheater Successful, but Neighborhoods Want Their Quiet" (Nov. 18, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports while concerts at the GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater bring welcome revenue to the town, they also blast unwanted noise to surrounding neighborhoods, making for a mixed review.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Beach to Study Noise Mitigation Measures for Schools after Luring Noisy Navy Jets to Area" (Nov. 16, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports in the wake of the Navy moving 10 F/A-18 squadrons to Virginia Beach, Virginia, city officials will fund a noise-mitigation study for schools in the high-noise zone.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Beach Hires Consultant to Reduce Noise from Amphitheater" (Sep. 16, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports Virginia Beach's City Council decided to hire a consultant to investigate ways to reduce the noise levels from the GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Residents Losing Sleep Because of Naval Air Station" (Dec. 13, 1999). Letters to the editor of the Virginian-Pilot call for community leaders to implement an anti-noise plan because of jet overflights at Oceana Naval Air Station near Virginia Beach. The editorial asks community leaders to act immediately because jet over flights have reached a level where the noise adversely affects the quality of the residents' lives.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Several Virginia Beach Residents Write, Supporting Military and Opposing Anti-Noise "Whiners"" (Dec. 5, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints three letters to the editor on the subject of jet noise from Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base. They all support the military jets, and criticize the paper for emphasizing opposition from anti-noise groups.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Editorial by Virginia Beach Resident Claims Local Government Has Gone Too Far In Seeking Economic Growth By Inviting Jets to Relocate There, While Not Addressing Noise Concerns of Residents" (Jul. 14, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints an editorial by a Virginia Beach resident who believes that local government went too far in promoting economic growth when it invited additional jets to Oceana Air Base without addressing the existing noise problems in communities surrounding the base. She hears noise from jets who fly overhead as many as 50 times in just a few hours; the noise may continue until 2:30 AM, and begins again at dawn.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Beach Amphitheater Too Loud for Neighbors" (Mar. 23, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot reports for the second time in as many years, GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater officials have agreed to turn down the volume of summer concerts, but nearby residents say noise from the venue is still too loud.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Oceana Naval Base Near Virginia Beach Reports Noise Complaint Increase, Blames Added Squadrons, Weather and Repairs" (May 25, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Oceana Naval Air Station saw a 30 percent spike in aircraft noise complaints last month. Normally the base receives about 50 complaints each month, but with several squadrons of loud jets relocating from Florida and unpredictable weather redirecting flight paths, noise has increased.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Beach Resident Says Jet Noise is Price of American Freedom: Treasure It" (Nov. 18, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, one of which asserts that jet noise around Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base is simply the price we pay for freedom.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Former Navy Pilot Dispels Myths About Jet Noise Around Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base" (Nov. 4, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints a letter to the editor from a former navy pilot who dispels some myths about jet noise from Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Letters to the Editor, Including a Virginia Beach Resident Who Believes Navy Pilots Training at Oceana Naval Base Have the Right to Make Noise in Preparation for Putting Their Lives on the Line" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, including one from a Virginia Beach resident in support of Oceana Naval Base training flights. The author admits that he does not live in the affected area, and if he did he acknowledges he would be 'on edge.' However, he asserts that military personnel who put their lives on the line should be allowed to make noise if it is necessary for their training.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Two Residents Take Opposing Views Of a New "Early Alert" System Proposed By Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base to Help Citizens Avoid Jet Noise" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints letters to the editor from two Virginia Beach residents regarding jet noise from Oceana Naval Base. The first resident applauds the proposed plan, which would allow residents to take measures in preparation for expected jet noise. He still believes that the city council needs to establish a noise committee with disaffected residents, and be tougher on the Navy when they move louder jets into the area. The second resident applauds a plan to fly jets higher -- this lessening noise -- but says early warning for noise is irrelevant. He says "Noise is noise, and 108 decibels is just as loud when you know it's coming as it is when it surprises you."

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Readers in Virginia Beach Voice Concern Over Oceana Naval Air Station Noise" (Apr. 7, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot in Virginia Beach printed a selection of letters to the editor from readers who are concerned over jet noise at the nearby Oceana Naval Air Station. The letters are reprinted here in their entirety:

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Beach Mayor and Citizens' Group Debate Best Way to Request Noise Mitigation from Oceana Naval Air Station" (Apr. 5, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Virginia Beach mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf has come under fire from the local Chamber of Commerce and from a citizens' group for failing to take a comprehensive approach to securing relief for the community from jet noise at the nearby Oceana Naval Air Station.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Reader Complains About Jet Noise in Virginia Beach" (Apr. 11, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia published a letter to the editor from a reader who is complaining about jet noise in Virginia Beach. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Beach Residents Contemplate Lawsuit Against Government for Jet Noise at Navy Base" (Apr. 10, 2000). The Daily Press in Virginia Beach, Virginia reports that over 300 residents of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake attended a meeting recently to discuss the jet noise problem from the nearby Navy base. The meeting was organized by Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise (CCAJN), a local citizens' group whose members currently number more than 1,500. City and Navy officials also attended the meeting.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Beach, Virginia Residents Discuss Solutions to Jet Noise from Oceana Naval Air Station" (Apr. 9, 2000). The Associated Press reports that a meeting was held recently in Virginia Beach, Virginia to ask for help from the city and from Navy officials in reducing jet noise from the nearby Oceana Naval Air Station. The meeting was called by Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise (CCAJN), a group that was formed two years ago and has 1,500 members.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Anonymous Protest Launched Against Businesses in Support of Virginia's Oceana Naval Base" (Feb. 17, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot reports that an anonymous person or persons has circulated unsigned leaflets and a letter protesting six Beach businesses' support of the Oceana Naval base. The letter proposes a boycott of the businesses, which claim that the businesses "support jet noise at Oceana." Leaflets have been found attached to telephone poles and erected on stakes.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia to Construct Soundproofing Facility for Testing Jet Engines" (Feb. 19, 2000). The Virginian Pilot reports that the Oceana Naval Air Station will build a $9.9 million "hush house" for testing jet engines. The new soundproofing facility will significantly cut down on the noise generated by the testing of jet engines.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Naval Base Will Enclose Engine Noise" (Feb. 19, 2000). According to the Virginian-Pilot, Oceana Naval Air base has finally acted on reducing noise from testing jet engines, a source of irritation for the base's neighbors for years.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Naval Station Proves Costly for Schools" (Jan. 16, 2000). The Virginia-Pilot reports jet noise from the Oceana Naval Air Station is so disruptive to education in Virginia Beach that 15 schools need better insulation that will cost $3.5 million.

Virginia, Virginia Beach, "Virginia Noise Walls Not the State's Job" (Mar. 23, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot printed this letter to the editor regarding noise walls around interstates. The letter and its response are both in their entirety.

Virginia, Warrenton, "Virginia Town Residents Say Noise Walls and Berms Near New Highway Aren't Enough" (Nov. 27, 1997). The Washington Post reports that a four-lane divided bypass around Warrenton, Virginia opened on Monday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. But some residents in the Ivy Hill neighborhood near the new highway say the noise walls and berms that have been built will not be enough to drown out the noise of passing traffic, the article reports. Residents attended the ceremony carrying signs saying "Finish Our Sound Wall" and "Spur Noise Ruins Lives."

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