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N.C., Durham, "Noise Pollution" (Apr. 20, 1997). The following editorial appeared in the Durham, N.C. Herald Sun:
N.C., Raleigh, "Raleigh-Durham Airport (North Carolina) Could Be Home to FedEx's New Transportation Hub" (Jan. 12, 1998). The News and Observer reports Federal Express is considering building a $300 million national transportation hub at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. But Cary, NC officials, concerned the noise will impact their community, oppose the siting.
N.H., Hampton, "Group Says Jet Skis Cause Great Harm to Air, Waterways" (May 29, 1999). The Boston Globe reports that a Maryland conservation group and personal watercraft industry officials are clashing over pollution concerns caused by jet skis.
N.J., Washington Township, "Activist Group in Washington, New Jersey Convinces Turnpike Authority to Study Possible Noise Walls for Schools and Hospitals" (Nov. 16, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that members of the Washington, New Jersey Community Against Traffic Sound have convinced the Turnpike Authority to conduct several studies that may lead to noise walls for schools and hospitals near the turnpike.
NC, Raleigh, "City Council Panel Proposes Updated Noise Ordinance for Raleigh, NC" (Mar. 17, 1999). The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC) reports a Raleigh, North Carolina, City Council subcommittee has drafted a new version of a much-questioned noise ordinance.
Nebraska, Bellevue, "Nebraska Ice Cream Truck Cannot Make Music" (Jan. 11, 2000). According to the Omaha World-Herald, the ice cream man cannot ring the bells on his truck when he's in Bellevue because it is illegal.
Nebraska, Bennington, "Bennington, Nebraska Noise Ordinance Rewritten" (Apr. 5, 2000). The Omaha World-Herald reports that the city of Bennington, Nebraska is in the process of rewriting its twenty-year old noise ordinance. City officials believe that the old ordinance is not specific enough. The new ordinance would require that a noise meter be used to determine whether or not a noise is too loud, and American National Standards Institute specifications would be followed. Daytime noise levels would be allowed to be higher than nighttime noise levels. Police would be able to enforce the ordinance. Violators could be fined $100. The ordinance was given a first reading by the City Council last month, and could be adopted in May.
Nebraska, David City, "Several Nebraska Municipalities Change Signs Prohibiting "Jake Brakes" Because "Jake" Refers to a Brand and Constitutes a Trademark Violation" (Jan. 28, 2000). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that several municipalities in Nebraska, including David City, have changed the language on road signs that prohibit the use of "Jake Brakes." Unmuffled compressed-air engine brakes -- which include many brands including Jacobs Vehicle Systems -- have become a noise nuisance in many areas where big-rigs are in operation.
Nebraska, Lincoln, "Fifty Employees Working in Lincoln, Nebraska's Capitol Building Can Voluntarily Relocate Because of Construction Noise Levels" (Jan. 8, 2000). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that a restoration project at Lincoln, Nebraska's capitol has proven so loud that fifty employees in the building have been given the option of relocating. The noise was measured at 82.5 decibels, just 2.5 decibels below the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's maximum of 85.
Nebraska, Omaha, "Developers of Residential Subdivision in Nebraska Purchase Racetrack to Eliminate Noise Problem" (Jun. 9, 1998). The Omaha World-Herald reports that developers of the Deer Creek subdivision in Omaha, Nebraska have purchased the Sunset Speedway at 114th and State Streets so that the presence of the track wouldn't deter residents from purchasing the upscale homes. The racetrack will close after its racing season in 2000, and owners expect to relocate the track to a new site.
Nebraska, Omaha, "Noise from Omaha, Nebraska's Ranch Bowl Concert Gets Show Shut Down; City Officials and Neighbors Call for Noise Reduction" (Jul. 23, 1999). The Omaha World-Herald reports that a recent concert at Omaha, Nebraska's Ranch Bowl, noise was loud enough to get the show shut down. After a warning at 7:30, police pulled the plug at 10 PM. The current ordinance allows for a $500 fine and 6 months in jail, and a new proposal would require a permit for all outdoor events. Other problems associated with Ranch Bowl concerts include illegally parked cars and litter, which the owner said he will address. The Ranch Bowl -- a popular bowling spot for years -- has a long history including visits from at least two American Presidents.
Nebraska, Papillion, "New Noise in Papillion City, Nebraska Will Silence Boom Cars and Other Loud Noise Makers" (Mar. 22, 2000). The Omaha World-Herald reported that to ensure the peace and tranquility of the town, the Papillion City Council will impose a new noise ordinance that will crack down on loud noises, boom cars in particular.
Nebraska, Plattsmouth, "Nebraska Ampitheater Plan Shelved" (Dec. 12, 1997). The Omaha World-Herald reports that the fate of a proposed open-air amphitheater halfway between Omaha and Lincoln remained up in the air Thursday night after the Cass County Planning Commission chose to table the proposal.
Nebraska, Plattsmouth, "Two Nebraska Land Developments Vie For Commission's Approval" (Dec. 12, 1997). The Omaha World-Herald reports that a debate over a proposed amphitheater between Omaha and Lincoln is shaping up to be a choice between the amphitheater complex or an expansion of the nearby Quarry Oaks Golf Course that would include single-family homes and townhomes.
Nebraska, Plattsmouth, "County Board Reduces Noise Restrictions to Allow Second Amphitheater Near Omaha" (May 20, 1998). The World-Heraldwriter of Omaha, Nebraska, reports plans are moving forward for Omaha's second major open-air amphitheater after the county board reduced restrictions despite residents' noise concerns. The new facility will test the Omaha area's ability to support large open-air entertainment events.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Landing Slots at Amsterdam Airport to be Apportioned by Independent Administrator" (Aug. 16, 1997). The Financial Times (London) reports that Annemarie Jorritsma, the Netherlands Transport Minister, said she would seek clearance from Brussels to declare Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport a "co-ordinated airport," with landing slots apportioned by an independent administrator, in an attempt to address noise problems. If the regulation goes through, airlines would be forced to surrender some of their present scheduled times at the airport and would be allocated other times. The announcement comes the day after a ruling by a Haarlem court that the airport must rescind a ban on night flights by older, noisier jets in an attempt to not exceed legal noise limits.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Court Rules That Amsterdam Airport Doesn't Have Authority to Limit Nighttime Flights" (Aug. 18, 1997). The ANP English News Bulletin reports that a court in Haarlem, Netherlands ruled Friday that the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam did not have the authority to limit air traffic and control noise pollution levels by imposing a ban on night flights by wide-body planes. The suit was brought by a number of airlines, led by the charter airline Martinair.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Dutch Government Agrees to Speed Up Plans for a Fifth Runway at Amsterdam Airport" (Aug. 19, 1997). AP Worldstream reports that the Dutch government agreed Monday to accelerate work on a fifth runway at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. The runway project is designed to decrease noise in neighborhoods near the airport by providing another landing strip for incoming jets.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Environmental Groups Set to File Lawsuits Over Legal Noise Limits at Amsterdam Airport" (Aug. 29, 1997). The ANP English News Bulletin reports that Dutch environmental groups said Thursday they planned to take Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, a number of airlines, and the Transport Minister to court to demand compliance with legal noise restrictions.
the Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam Airport Institutes Ban on Night Flights to Reduce Noise" (Aug. 6, 1997). The ANP English News Bulletin reports that the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Tuesday instituted a ban on night flights to avoid exceeding the country's noise pollution limits. The ban was approved late Monday by Transport Minister Annemarie Jorritsma, who described the plan as insufficient and called for a revised plan to be presented by September.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Airline Calls Amsterdam Airport's Noise Reduction Plan Discriminatory" (Jul. 14, 1997). ANP English News Bulletin reports that officials at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands recently announced that in order to meet legal noise limits, they intend to ban nighttime flights of noisier planes starting August 1. Officials from the airline Martinair, which will see its three older Boeing planes banned from nighttime takeoffs as a result of the rule, have complained that the restriction is discriminatory and asked the airport to focus its ban on airlines that have recently increased night flights, thereby contributing to higher overall noise levels. Martinair officials maintain that tens of thousands of vacationers could be stranded in August as a result of the ban.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam Airport Announces Nighttime Restrictions to Reduce Noise" (Jul. 15, 1997). The publication Airports reports that officials at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands announced new restrictions on nighttime flights Friday. The new rules, which still must be approved by the government, call for a ban on flights of DC-10s and Boeing 747-100s, -200s, -300s, and SPs between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. starting August 1. Flights which are scheduled before 11 p.m., but are delayed, will also be prohibited, the article says. Airport officials said the ban is necessary to comply with the Netherlands' legally defined noise limits, but cargo airlines operating at the airport are furious about the proposed restrictions.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Charter Airlines Threaten Price Increase if Nighttime Flight Restrictions Imposed at Amsterdam Airport" (Jul. 29, 1997). The ANP English News Bulletin reports that charter airline companies have said fares may rise 30%-40% if nighttime noise restrictions are imposed at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The airport has proposed to limit nighttime flights starting August 1 in order to avoid exceeding the country's noise pollution limits.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Dutch Government Will Decide Next Week Whether to Impose Nighttime Flight Restrictions at Amsterdam Airport, Delaying the Target Implementation Date" (Jul. 30, 1997). The Business Times reports that officials at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands will announce early next week if they will proceed with plans announced earlier to ban certain night flights and restrict others in order to meet the country's noise regulations. The airport's new rules were set to take effect August 1, but the government, which must approve the rules, currently is studying the issue. Meanwhile, airlines whose operations would be limited by the rules have raised strong protests and some reportedly have threatened to sue the airport, saying the restrictions would violate aviation treaties such as the open-skies agreements.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam Airport Considers Nighttime Ban on Takeoffs by Noisy Jets" (Jul. 7, 1997). AFX News reports that the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands is considering a ban on takeoffs by the noisiest, wide-body aircraft between the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:00 am starting Aug. 1.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Dutch Government Report Finds That Restraining Amsterdam Airport's Growth Will Seriously Affect Economy" (Nov. 28, 1997). AP Worldstream reports that a Dutch government advisory body, the Central Plan Bureau, released a report Friday warning that limiting the growth of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport to meet legal noise limits could cost the Dutch economy "tens of billions of guilders" by the year 2020. The report is being hailed by airlines and dismissed by environmental groups.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Airline Officials Complain About Noise Limits at Amsterdam's Airport" (Nov. 12, 1997). Aviation Daily reports that officials from the airline Polar Air Cargo are complaining about the consequences of strong noise limits imposed by the Dutch government at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. The noise limits will lead to airport-wide frequency reductions next spring, the article notes. Polar Air officials also are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation not to approve an application by KLM airlines (a subsidiary of Northwest Airlines) to place Northwest's "NW" code on KLM flights between Amsterdam and Calcutta. Meanwhile, KLM officials also oppose the Dutch regulations, but say they should be granted the code approval.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam Airport's Noise Regulations Will Limit Flights and Runway Usage" (Nov. 12, 1997). Aviation Daily reports that officials at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport have submitted operational guidelines for the new noise regulations at the airport to the Dutch transport ministry. According to airport officials, the noise limits will require "far-reaching limitations on flights and runway usage" during 1998. Dutch carriers will have to reduce frequencies after April 1, airport officials said.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport Wins Noise Lawsuits" (Oct. 16, 1997). Aviation Daily reports that Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and the Dutch government were the victors in lawsuits brought against the airport for not following noise regulations.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Flight Restrictions to Address Noise at Amsterdam Airport Will Cost the Airlines" (Oct. 17, 1997). The ANP English News Bulletin reports that according to the airline KLM, the flight restrictions imposed at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport to reduce noise pollution could cost the airline as much as 1.2 billion guilders in eliminated flights under a worse-case scenario. The restrictions are scheduled to take effect January 1. Meanwhile, the article says, the officials from the National Aviation and Astronautics Laboratory said they have found a way to reduce noise by 50% with a combination of technical adaptations and new methods of taking off and landing.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Netherlands Government Allows Amsterdam Airport to Violate Noise Standards Till End of 1997" (Oct. 15, 1997). Flight International reports that the Netherlands Government agreed October 3 to allow Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport to violate its noise standards till the end of the year, but has said the airport will have to meet those standards in 1998.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam Airport Announces Increase in Passengers" (Oct. 24, 1997). AP Worldstream reports that officials from the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam announced Friday that more than 23 million passengers passed through the airport in the first nine months of 1997, an increase of 13.6% over the same period last year. Meanwhile, freight traffic increased 8.2% to about 845,000 tons in the same period. According to the article, more flights to North and Latin America, Africa, and Europe fueled the passenger growth, airport officials said. Environmentalists have decried the airport's continued growth, the article notes, saying that the increase in passenger numbers means more noise pollution for residents near the airport. The Dutch government acknowledges the problem, the article says, but doesn't want to harm the airport's growth. Various ideas are being considered to allow growth but control noise, the article concludes.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Air Freight Organization Opposes Noise Restrictions at Amsterdam Airport" (Sep. 16, 1997). The ANP English News Bulletin reports that an organization of air freight companies, Barin, is opposing the restrictions on flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, scheduled to take effect October 1. The organization sent an angry letter to Dutch Transport Minister Annemarie Jorritsma, claiming the restrictions designed to keep the airport within legal noise limits will compromise the safety and environmental standards.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam Airport Proposes Daytime Flight Restrictions to Curb Noise" (Sep. 15, 1997). The ANP English News Bulletin reports that officials at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport announced last week they would place daytime restrictions on flights, if approved by Transport Minister Annemarie Jorritsma, in order to stay within the country's noise limits. The restrictions would result in only two of the airport's four runways being available at some peak times, starting on October 1.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Dutch Institute Finds that Compensation for Residents Near Amsterdam Airport is Cheaper Than a New Airport" (Sep. 17, 1997). AFX News reports that according to the publication Het Financieele Dagblad, the Dutch economic institute NEI has released a study that concludes that compensating residents who live near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport for noise pollution would be cheaper than building a new airport.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Noise Limits for Amsterdam Airport May Be Reviewed and Relaxed by Government" (Sep. 16, 1997). The Financial Times reports that the Dutch government may consider relaxing legal controls on noise pollution at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, after airlines mounted a strong protest against recently announced flight restrictions. Transport Minister Annemarie Jorritsma favors a review of the noise legislation, the article says, and may gain the backing of a parliamentary majority in a debate expected this week.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "New Noise Regulations at Amsterdam Airport Would Restrict Growth, Officials Say" (Sep. 23, 1997). The publication Airports reports that new noise regulations proposed by officials at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands would permit only limited air traffic growth in 1998, according to an airport official. The article says that according to the Dutch business daily Financieele Dagblad, Schiphol Manager Hans Smits said demand will increase by 8% to 10% next year, but capacity will increase by only 1% until 2003, when the airport's fifth runway becomes operational.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam Airport to Exceed Noise Limits" (Oct. 4, 1997). The Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minnesota reports that Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport - one of Europe's busiest - won a waiver from the government Friday allowing it to exceed noise limits.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Dutch Airline Rejects Runways in North Sea for Schiphol" (Oct. 1, 1997). Jane's Airport Review talks about the growth at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and the White Paper that sets down clear limits to the airport's future growth, specifying day- and night-time ' noise zones'; a maximum annual throughput of passengers; freight; and enhanced safety and emissions. The growth of the airport has already outgrown the projections on which the 1990 study was completed.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Airlines Complain About New Noise Regulations at Amsterdam Airport" (Sep. 11, 1997). AFX News reports that three airlines said in a combined statement that the new regulations to mitigate noise levels at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport will have far-reaching, damaging consequences for them, and could severely damage the reputation of Schiphol as a high-quality European airport. The airlines that released the statement were KLM Royal Dutch Airlines NV, Transavia, and Martinair.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam Airport Director Steps Down; Meanwhile, Residents Group Calls on Government to Reduce Noise Levels at Airport" (Sep. 11, 1997). ANP English News Bulletin reports that Hans Smits, director of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, announced Wednesday that he will step down from his position to become vice chair of the Rabobank. During much of Smits' five-year tenure at the airport, Schipol has been surrounded by cotroversy regarding expansion plans. In a separate move on Wednesday, the residents' group GEUS (Vereniging Geen Uitbreiding Schiphol) called on Transport Minister Annemarie Jorritsma to reduce noise from the airport by 20%, alleging that Jorritsma is not keeping the airport within the legal noise limits.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam Airport Officials Consider Closing One Runway at Peak Times to Abate Noise" (Sep. 9, 1997). Airline Industry Information reports that officials from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport have announced that they may close one of the airport's four runways during peak times in order to stay within legal noise limits.
Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport May Have to Close for Several" (Aug. 19, 1998). AP Worldstream reports that Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, the busiest airport in the Netherlands, may have to close down for weeks at the end of this year if the government doesn't relax noise pollution guidelines.
the Netherlands, Amsterdam, "Amsterdam Airport Raises Fees for Noisy Aircraft Starting in August" (Jun. 4, 1998). AFX News reports that officials at the Schiphol Aiport in Amsterdam, Netherlands said they will raise the charges for daytime and nighttime landings and take-offs by the noisier Chapter 3 planes starting on August 1. The airport's actions come after the transport ministry approved the plans. The charges are intended to motivate airlines to fly quieter planes and to reduce night flights, according to airport officials.
Netherlands, The Hague, "The Netherlands Government Approves Measures to Reduce Noise at Amsterdam Airport" (Aug. 28, 1997). ANP English News Bulletin reports that a large majority of Members of Parlaiment in the Netherlands approved the cabinet's measures for reducing noise from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Tuesday. Only the opposition parties of the Green Left and the Socialist Party believed the measures to be inadequate, the article reports.
Netherlands, The Hague, "Amsterdam Airport Accused of Negligence by Aviation Authority for Delay in Instituting Noise Mitigation Measures" (Aug. 5, 1997). ANP English News Bulletin reports that civil aviation authorities in the Netherlands are accusing officials at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport of negligence because they delayed implementing noise mitigation measures that would prevent the airport from exceeding national noise limits. Civil aviation authority officials said the airport did not need to get approval from the government before implementing its latest plan to ban nighttime flights.
Netherlands, The Hague, "Dutch Prime Minister Says Legal Noise Limits Must be Met at Amsterdam Airport" (Sep. 19, 1997). The ANP English News Bulletin reports that the Netherlands' Prime Minister Wim Kok said on Thursday that the legal noise limits that apply to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport must be observed, but that the cabinet will look into any leeway possible within the law. He added that no decision has been made yet on the new daytime flight restrictions proposed for the airport, but that no solution was possible within the law, there will be little the government can do besides approve the restrictions. The prime minister also said that eventual changes to legislation have not been ruled out.
Netherlands, The Hague, "Dutch Transport Minister Expresses Concerns About Future of Amsterdam Airport" (Sep. 26, 1997). The ANP English News Bulletin reports that Dutch Transport Minister Annemarie Jorritsma Thursday told Members of Parlaiment that the economic development of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport could be in danger as a result of recently imposed measures to curb noise pollution.
Nevada, Carson City, Nevada; Henderson, "Nevada City Seeks Funds for Sound Barriers" (Feb. 21, 1997). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that city officials from Henderson, Nevada made a pitch Thursday to the Legislature for $30 million for sound barriers along U.S. Highway 515, but a state transportation official said the project is too costly.
Nevada, Clark County, "Nevada County Commission Faces Residents Angry Over Proposal to Let Prospective Property Buyers Know About Jet Noise" (Apr. 23, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that hundreds of residents packed a Clark County (Nevada) Commission meeting Wednesday, complaining that a proposal to let prospective property buyers know about jet noise from the McCarran International Airport will lower their property values. Commissioners promised the residents that a compromise would be developed during the next month, and would be considered at the May 20 meeting. The article notes that the proposal also would apply to land around Nellis Air Force Base, but none of the residents living in the proposed zone around the base complained at the meeting.
Nevada, Clark County, "Nevada County Commission Delays Decision on New Noise Guidelines for Residents Near Airport" (May 21, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Clark County (Nevada) Commission on Wednesday postponed a decision about whether to adopt new noise guidelines for homes and businesses near McCarran International Airport. The guidelines would adopt a new map that shows noise levels around the airport. Many of the residents and merchants that live in the proposed 60-decibel zone are angry at the proposal, believing it would lower their property values.
Nevada, Clark County, "Nevada Home Owners Reject New Noise Zones Near McCarran Airport" (Sep. 17, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Nevada's Clark County Commission indefinitely postponed action Wednesday on a new, noise zone, due to vigorous opposition from residents near McCarran International Airport who fear property devaluation.
Nevada, Gardnerville, "Nevada Airport Officials Face Vocal Residents Over Review of Aircraft Weight Limits" (Mar. 22, 2000). An article by the Associated Press reported that when the Minden-Tahoe Airport Advisory Board called for a review of the airport's weight limit for aircraft, the airport's neighbors became suspicious that the board planned to expand the airport and increase air traffic.
Nevada, Henderson, "Nevada Community Considers Plans To Reduce Highway Noise" (Dec. 31, 1997). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a recent agreement passed in Henderson, Nevada will reduce highway noise.
Nevada, Jean, "Activist Decries Lack of Public Process for Proposed Air Cargo Airport in Nevada" (Jul. 15, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal printed an editorial by Randy Harkness, chair of the Southern Nevada chapter of the Sierra Club, regarding a proposed air cargo airport near Jean, Nevada. The writer criticizes an earlier editorial in the paper on the subject, and goes on to say that the proposed airport could create many noise and environmental problems. The project should not be undertaken without a complete public process, which is not now happening, the writer says. The Sierra Club is opposing a provision regarding the airport in an appropriations bill because it would further prevent public input, the editorial says.
Nevada, Las Vegas, "Airport Noise Won't Stop Las Vegas Housing Project" (Apr. 23, 1997). The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that the North Las Vegas City Council approved a $100 million housing project despite concerns over airport noise raised by both residents and airport officials.
Nevada, Las Vegas, "Nevada Air Tour Operator Speaks Out Against Proposed Grand Canyon Resort" (Jun. 16, 1997). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a Las Vegas, Nevada air tour executive has said that Arizona business interests and relatives of the U.S. Interior Secretary stand to benefit most from limiting air tour flights over the Grand Canyon. According to the article, Cliff Evarts, chief executive officer of Eagle Canyon Airlines, said at a lunchtime Rotary Club meeting last week that "The issue of Grand Canyon overflights and aircraft noise is not really about noise, nor is it about protecting the environment. Instead, it is about using environmental issues to accomplish various political and economic goals of our neighboring states and about the friends and family of the secretary of the interior wanting to take tourist dollars out of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada."
Nevada, Las Vegas, "County Aviation Official Says New Nevada Airport Necessary" (Aug. 9, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal published the following editorial by Randall H. Walker, director of Nevada's Clark County Department of Aviation. Walker advocates for the Ivanpah Airport project, deeming it a necessity to accommodate the Las Vegas Valley's future needs. Walker writes:
Nevada, Las Vegas, "Citizens Advocacy Group in Las Vegas, Nevada Positively Steers Development to Reduce Noise and Other Negative Effects" (Jan. 14, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that development and growth is an issue which affects all residents of Las Vegas, Nevada no matter what part of the city they reside in. A citizens advocacy group in the area, the Lone Mountain Citizens Advisory Council, is doing its part to help preserve the area from uncontrolled growth. The Advisory Council's input on two recently proposed projects have lead to changes in the projects to reduce noise and other negativeeffects on nearby residents.
Nevada, Las Vegas, "Las Vegas Residents and Business Owners Question McCarran Airport's Agenda in Widespread Buyout Tactics" (Jun. 15, 1998). The Las Vegas Business Press reports some residents and business owners in areas surrounding Las Vegas are questioning the agenda of McCarran International Airport's seemingly aggressive but selective buyout procedures.
Nevada, Las Vegas, "Noise Concerns from Airport Delay New School in Las Vegas" (Jun. 20, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports noise concerns may stall construction for a new high school planned near Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport.
Nevada, Las Vegas, "Enviromental Groups Oppose Air Cargo Hub in Nevada's Ivanpah Valley" (Jun. 24, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports environmentalists said Tuesday they oppose Clark County's plans for a new airport in the Ivanpah Valley because it would disrupt national parks, stimulate more urban growth, and increase air and noise pollution.
Nevada, Las Vegas, "Drilling Rig Proves Noisemaker and Nightmare for Las Vegas Family" (Mar. 5, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a Las Vegas family lost their peace and quiet and ability to sleep at night when a massive drilling rig set up operation in their backyard. The residents are frustrated with the response they've received from project officials. When the drilling stops, new wells will provide water for area golf courses.
Nevada, Las Vegas, "Helicopter Operators Cease Flying Over Hotel Strip in Las Vegas" (Oct. 6, 1998). The Associated Press reports that four helicopter tour operators have ceased flying directly over the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada because of noise complaints from hotel-casinos.
Nevada, Las Vegas, "Las Vegas Road Construction Plans Don't Include Sound Barriers: Residents Angry" (Dec. 12, 1999). The Las Vegas Review-journal reports that residents of the Richfield Village in Las Vegas will soon be subject to increased road noise with the upcoming reconstruction of Interstate 15. Transportation officials are refusing to include sound walls in their plans because environmental regulations weren't in place when the interstate was built in the early 1960s.
Nevada, Las Vegas, "Helicopter Convention Includes Retrofits to Reduce Noise Footprint, Inspired By Noise Problems Over Grand Canyon National Park" (Jan. 31, 2000). Aviation Week and Space Technology reports on an international helicopter conference which included the introduction of a retrofitted sightseeing helicopter which is quieter than the original, creating an 80-decibel footprint.
Nevada, Les Vegas, "Editorial: Keep Your Darned Noise to Yourself" (Aug. 12, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal published the following editorial from Joseph Spear, a writer for the Newspaper Enterprise Association. Spear's article identifies with and applauds the advocacy efforts of noise haters nationally saying: "There are hundreds of thousands of noise haters out there, and a movement of some kind is clearly a-building." The editorial reads as follows:
Nevada, Reno, "Reno Military Watchdog Group Appeals Navy Warfare Sites on Public Land" (Apr. 20, 2000). An article by the Associated Press reported that an activist group in Reno plans to appeal a decision by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Fallon Naval Station to place three electronic warfare sites and 22 mobile truck-mounted sites on public land in central Nevada.
Nevada, Reno, "Nevada Activists Criticize Navy Training Plan" (Feb. 5, 2000). According to an article from the Associated Press, a group of Nevada activists who monitor military activity has criticized officials of the Fallon Naval Air Station for planning to place two electronic warfare sites and 22 smaller mobile electronic sites on public land. The article said the Bureau of Land Management is collaborating with the Navy on the plan, which will be used for training.
Nevada, Reno, "Nevada Airport Authority's New Noise Study Seeks Public Input" (Jan. 14, 2000). According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Washoe County Airport Authority board approved a new study reduce to noise around the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. In addition, the authority said it would aggressively seek public input.
Nevada, Richfield Village, "Richfield Village Neighborhood Relieved that Sound Wall Will Finally be Built Along Interstate 15" (Apr. 10, 2000). The Las Vegas Review-Journal's City Desk column reports that residents near an interstate in Richfield, Nevada may finally get some relief from bothersome noise from the highway.
Nevada, Spring Valley, "Residents Near McCarran Airport Object to Their Homes on New Noise Contour Map" (Apr. 15, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports some Spring Valley residents are angry their homes could be included in the updated McCarran International Airport Environs Overlay District Maps, possibly classifying their homes as being in a high aircraft noise area.
Nevada, Spring Valley, "Meetings Set in Las Vegas Area to Show New Boundaries on Airport Noise Contour Maps" (Mar. 25, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Clark County (Nevada) departments of aviation and comprehensive planning are holding a series of meetings to discuss the revised noise contour maps for the McCarran International Airport. The maps show how noise levels have affected neighborhoods around the airport during the last seven years. The Spring Valley Town Board will recommend the Clark County Commissioners approve or deny the noise contour map at a meeting Monday. Commissioners are expected to take up the matter on April 22.
Nevada, Virginia City, "Virginia City, Nevada Says No to Noisy Helicopter Tours" (Apr. 7, 2000). The Associated Press reports that residents of Virginia City, Nevada and other parts of Storey County are opposed to Sierra Gulf Helicopters and Virginia City Venture bringing helicopter tours to the area. The planning commission held a meeting last week, attended by 100 opponents. The planning commission decided to recommend that the County Commission turn down the request at its upcoming meeting next month.
New Hampshire, Canterbury, "Residents Angry About Proposed Expansion of New Hampshire Speedway" (Nov. 11, 1997). The Union Leader reports that a public forum was held last night regarding the expansion of the New Hampshire International Speedway near Canterbury, New Hampshire. The forum was attended by more than 100 people, and issues were raised about the effect of the expansion on the largely rural small communities in the area. The article notes that most of the complaints centered around traffic, noise, and changing the character of the surrounding towns.
New Hampshire, Canterbury, "Lawyer for Canterbury, New Hampshire Residents to Argue Against Expansion of New Hampshire International Speedway in County Court" (Dec. 5, 1999). The Union Leader reports that tomorrow, the lawyer for a group of Canterbury, New Hampshire residents will make his arguments against the expansion of the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon by 9,000 seats. Residents believe that environmental assessment has not been comprehensive, and that noise is a continual problem even though major events happen only twice a year. Track officials point to a $31,000 study that showed the expansion would create no increase in noise, but residents believe the study was too narrow in scope.
New Hampshire, Canterbury, "Canterbury, New Hampshire Residents Upset by Noisy Racetrack in Nearby Loudon New Hampshire" (May 9, 1999). The Associated Press reports that Canterbury, New Hampshire residents are hearing too much noise from Loudon, New Hampshire's 82,000-seat race car track across the highway. Canterbury, known for their living museum "Shaker Village" which celebrates simplicity and spirituality, is closer to the racetrack than most of Loudon and yet has no official voice with which to protest the noise.
New Hampshire, Concord, "NH Legislature vs. Local Control in Speedway Noise and Traffic Fray" (Feb. 12, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports the New Hampshire Legislature's decision to enter the traffic and noise dispute between the town of Canterbury and a major speedway raises questions about municipal control.
New Hampshire, Durham, "Boat Construction At a Durham, New Hampshire Home Upsets Some Neighbors Who Think It's Too Noisy and Ugly; Unusual Procedures Make Boat Builders Believe They Are Being Singled Out" (Nov. 26, 1999). The Union Leader reports that a man who is building a boat on a friend's property has infuriated some residents of Durham, New Hampshire -- including a town council member who happens to live next to the property -- who say the project is a noisy, smelly eyesore. The council is trying to prove that the boat building is not a permissible use, even though boats have been built in the neighborhood for decades. The town zoning administrator ruled twice that the use was permissible, but a rehearing was called: the only time one of his decisions had been questioned in that way.
New Hampshire, Effingham, "Racetrack Proposal in New Hampshire Town Prompts Vote on a Zoning Ordinance" (May 21, 1997). The Union Leader reports that voters in Effingham, New Hampshire, a town of about 900, will vote Thursday on whether to adopt a temporary zoning ordinance in the town in response to a developer's plan to build a racetrack on his land. The town is emotionally divided over whether to adopt the ordinance, the article says.
New Hampshire, Franklin, "New Hampshire Town Rejects Racetrack Proposal" (Feb. 27, 1998). The Union Leader reports that the city zoning board in Franklin, New Hampshire unanimously turned down a developer's request for a special exception to build a race track. The board's decision last night was greeted by applause from the standing-room-only crowd at Franklin City Hall, the article notes.
New Hampshire, Hollis, "New Hampshire Gun Club and Neighbors Fueding" (Dec. 13, 1999). An Associated Press article reports that neighbors of a gun club in Hollis, New Hampshire have organized into Citizens to Stop the Noise.
New Hampshire, Hooksett, "Hooksett, New Hampshire Noise Ordinance Was Dropped By Mistake" (Jan. 8, 1998). The Union Leader reports that the Hooksett, N.H. Town Council learned recently that, through an oversight in the early 1990s, the town dropped its noise ordinance.
New Hampshire, Jaffrey, "Jaffrey, New Hampshire Police Begin Enforcement of Noise Ordinance" (Aug. 28, 1999). The Union Leader reports that after loud car stereos caused noise problems outside quiet memorial day services this year, police in Jaffrey, New Hampshire decided to begin enforcing their noise ordinance. The ordinance also covers barking dogs, and loud motorcycles. Fines are $100.
New Hampshire, Litchfield, "New Hampshire Residents Organize to Protest Aircraft Noise" (Sep. 22, 1997). The Union Leader reports that the group Save Our Skies has organized a meeting tomorrow night for residents disturbed by jet noise from the Manchester (New Hampshire) Airport. Organizers intend to discuss the nighttime jet noise problem and strategies to deal with the problem. Officials at the Manchester Airport, meanwhile, say there is little they can do to mitigate the problem.
New Hampshire, Londonderry, "NH Residents Oppose Power Plant, Voice Noise and Safety Concerns" (Sep. 22, 1998). The Union Leader reports a group opposed to a power plant in Londonderry, New Hampshire, expressed concerns last night about noise, safety, and diminished property values to the Town Council.
New Hampshire, Loudon, "New Hampshire Racetrack Expansion Gets Preliminary Approval" (Nov. 25, 1997). The Union Leader reports that a conceptual plan for a 9,000-seat expansion of the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire received approval from the town planning board last week. However, according to Loudon Planning Board Chair Gary Tasker, the project must get through several more regulatory hurdles before it can go forward. Concerns about increased noise and traffic from the project are still to be addressed, the article says.
New Hampshire, Loudon, "24-Hour Soil Reclamation Plant in Loudon, New Hampshire Has Residents Worried About Noise" (Jan. 27, 2000). The Union Leader reports that residents plan to turn out "in force" to a public hearing in Loudon, New Hampshire about noise from a soil reclamation plant. Round-the-clock operation has residents upset, and they want operating hours cut back.
New Hampshire, Manchester, "Goffstown, New Hampshire Holds Public Hearings In Hopes Of Controlling Residential And Car Stereo Noise Pollution" (Apr. 19, 1997). The Union Leader reports Town Prosecutor Kerry Steckowych wrote noise prevention ordinances in response to complaints from citizens. The two most significant complaints were against the bass frequency from subwoofer speakers in cars and the disturbance of residential parties, according to Stechowych. The complaints were submitted to Town Administrator John Scruton, who submitted them to the police department. The town of Goffstown plans to discuss the proposed ordinances at a public hearing.
New Hampshire, Manchester, "More Noise Barriers Probably Won't be Built on Southern New Hampshire Interstate" (Nov. 13, 1997). The Union Leader reports that an information meeting was held last night by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation on the bridge reconstruction project on Interstate 93 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Most of the 50 residents who attended the meeting wanted more noise barriers as part of the project, but according to the article, it's not likely that more barriers will be built.
New Hampshire, Manchester, "Residents Let out Their Fury Regarding Noise at Manchester Airport" (Aug. 21, 1998). The Union Leader report that a raucous and angry crowd released their fury about noise from New Hampshire's Manchester Airport at last night's meeting. Promises from airport officials to begin a new noise survey failed to quieten their anger.
New Hampshire, Manchester, "Properties Eligible for Federal Soundproofing Relief Shrinking in Manchester, New Hampshire" (Jun. 19, 1998). The Union Leader reports that residents of Manchester, New Hampshire, petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration this week asking why areas once eligible for soundproofing are no longer eligible.
New Hampshire, Manchester, "Speedway Expansion Challenged by Residents' Group in Loudon, New Hampshire" (Jun. 17, 1998). The Union Leader reports that the New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) track in Loudon, New Hampshire admitted in court that it built more seats than permitted by the Loudon Planning Board. A citizens' group opposed to the expansion are taking legal action.
New Hampshire, Manchester, "Snowmobilers Gather in NH to Discuss Noise and Other Problems that Threaten their Sport" (Sep. 13, 1998). The Union Leader reports snowmobile enthusiasts met in Manchester, New Hampshire, yesterday to discuss how to keep trails open in the wake of numerous complaints from homeowners about the noisy recreational machines.
New Hampshire, Manchester, "NH Business Loses 1st Round to Block Runway Plan; Will Return to Court to Collect Noise Damages" (Apr. 17, 1999). The Union Leader reports a New Hampshire Superior Court judge yesterday refused to block a runway expansion at Manchester Airport, but the plaintiff will return to court to seek damages from noise.
New Hampshire, Manchester, "Manchester, New Hampshire Considers Allowing Cement Storage Towers to Be Built; Unloading of Cement Could Generate Noise" (Apr. 9, 2000). The New Hampshire Sunday News reports that the city of Manchester, New Hampshire is considering allowing Ciment Quebec, Inc. to build four storage towers for dry cement. The towers would be south of the Manchester Millyard and would be 68 feet high, with an elevator mechanism on top that would make the total height eighty-seven feet.
New Hampshire, Manchester, "New Hampshire Town Says No to New Subdivision Near Interstate 293" (Apr. 15, 2000). The Union Leader printed an article regarding the Manchester City Planning Board and controversy over Interstate 293. The article said that a landowner wants to build an 11-lot subdivision near the interstate, but the board already said no in 1999--because of noise. The article said that six homes would "actually have I-293 in their back yard."
New Hampshire, Merrimack, "Proposed Home Depot Store Meets With Resistance from New Hampshire Neighbors" (Jul. 22, 1998). The Union Leader reports that a public hearing was held last night at the planning board meeting in Merrimack, New Hampshire on a proposal for a Home Depot store on Route 101A. About 25 residents who live near the proposed store attended the meeting and raised concerns about noise, traffic and the store's proposed location on well-head property.
New Hampshire, Newington, "Newington, New Hampshire Residents Have Nothing to Fear From Local Airport" (Apr. 26, 1999). The Associate Press reports that at Pease International Tradeport, residents have had fewer opportunities to complain about air traffic or noise problems due to less use of the airport, a condition that is likely to stay the same for some time.
New Hampshire, Newington, "Has Newington, New Hampshire Golf Course Expansion Contributed to Airport Noise?" (Apr. 14, 2000). The Union Leader in Manchester, New Hampshire reports that some Newington, New Hampshire residents are concerned that the expansion of a local golf course has led to an increase in airport noise. When the Pease Golf Course expanded, twenty-six acres of trees were removed, and the residents claim that the lack of trees has increased the noise. A meeting was held recently with the Pease Development Authority (PDA) to allow the residents to air their grievances.
New Hampshire, Seabrook, "NH to Expand I-95 Visitor Center and Erect Noise Barriers to Offset Increased Traffic Noise" (Aug. 8, 1998). The Union Leader reports the New Hampshire Department of Transportation has announced plans for a major expansion of the visitor center on Interstate 95 just north of the Massachusetts state line. Barriers will be erected to mitigate expected increases in noise levels at nearby homes.
New Jersey, "New Jersey Readers Respond to Leaf Blower Use" (Nov. 2, 1997). In the Chatter section of The New York Times, New Jersey residents responded to the following questions: "Are leaf blowers a welcome labor-saving convenience or a noisy nuisance? Should their use be limited?"
New Jersey, "New Jersey Couple Wins Appeal Against Builders; Builders Must Fix Defects that Have Led to Noise" (Aug. 30, 1999). The New Jersey Lawyer reports that a New Jersey couple won an appeal against the builder who designed their house. The decision requires the builder to correct problems in workmanship that have led to noise from heating ducts under the floors of four rooms.
New Jersey area, Newark, "FAA Should Propose Serious Flight Plan to Reduce Noise at New Jersey Airport, Activist Says" (May 31, 1998). The New York Times printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Ellen Traegar, a Rockaway, New Jersey resident and president of the New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise, regarding noise from the Newark Airport:
New Jersey, Allendale, "Noise from New Jersey Firing Range Pits Neighboring Towns" (Oct. 13, 1998). The Record reports the neighboring New Jersey towns of Allendale and Waldwick are engaged in a dispute over noise from a Waldwick firing range.
New Jersey, Allendale, "Resident Says Allendale, New Jersey Has Money to Enclose Pistol Range, But Continues to Stall Construction" (Dec. 1, 1999). The Record prints a letter to the editor from an Allendale, New Jersey resident who says that although the town has the money to enclose a pistol range in the area to reduce noise, it continues to stall construction.
New Jersey, Barnegat Township, "New Jersey Residents Complain About Noise From Parkway Expansion Project" (Dec. 30, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that expansion work at the Garden State Parkway toll plaza is under way, despite concerns raised by residents living nearby about noise pollution.
New Jersey, Barnegat Township, "Noise from New Jersey Parkway Angers Residents; Highway Officials Consider Ways to Appease Them" (Nov. 13, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that residents in the Pine Ridge development in Barnegat Township, New Jersey expressed anger and frustration at a meeting last night about the way the New Jersey Highway Authority has handled a project to add three new toll booths to the 11 toll booths already at the Garden State Parkay toll plaza near their homes. Residents were angry about noise and safety issues of the project. In an attempt to satisfy the residents, officials with the highway authority said they would consider building an earthen berm between the parkway and the residents' homes.
New Jersey, Barnegat Township, "Barnegat Toll Plaza on Garden State Parkway Will Get Quiet Pavement, Maybe Noise Barrier" (Mar. 17, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that the New Jersey Highway Authority is considering a noise barrier for the Garden State Parkway toll plaza at Barnegat.
New Jersey, Bergen County, "New Jersey Columnist Advises Us to Abandon Leaf Blowers and Go Back to Rakes" (Nov. 20, 1997). The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey printed an editorial in which the columnist argues that the leaf blower should be banned. The writer says that the noise pollution caused by leaf blowers cannot be justified, and rakes are pleasant alternatives.
New Jersey, Bergen County, "New Jersey Resident Speaks Out About Airport Noise" (Dec. 4, 1997). The Record printed the following letter to the editor concerning airport noise in Bergen County, New Jersey:
New Jersey, Bergen County, "Resident Thanks Newspaper for Coverage of New Jersey Airport Noise Problem" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Record printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Emma Perez, chair of the Bergen County (New Jersey) Against Aircraft Noise group, regarding jet noise from the Teterboro Airport:
New Jersey, Bergen County, "New Jersey Airport Manager Skips Meeting About Plan for More Jets at Airport, Angering Officials and Residents" (Oct. 23, 1997). The Record reports that Phil Engle, manager of New Jersey's Teterboro Airport, abruptly canceled a presentation before the Bergen County freeholders where he was scheduled to answer questions about the possible 20% expansion of corporate jet traffic at the airport. The move has angered freeholders and others, and has intensified concerns over the airport's plans, the article says.
New Jersey, Bergen County, "Proposal to Reroute Corporate Jets to Different New Jersey Airport Worries Residents" (Sep. 20, 1997). The Record reports that a plan to relieve congestion and delays at New Jersey's Newark International Airport could add 14,000 takeoffs and landings per year to the Teterboro Airport in Bergen County. But residents and local officials near Teterboro who are already fighting jet noise from the airport are unhappy with the idea and are preparing for a new battle, the article says.
New Jersey, Bergen County, "NJ Resident Calls Attention to Noise on Ground" (Apr. 9, 1998). The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, published the following letter about noise from a Washington Township resident:
New Jersey, Bergen County, "Trains in New Jersey May be Required to Use Bells Instead of Horns" (Aug. 4, 1998). The Record reports that New Jersey's state legislature is setting forth a bill that calls for trains to use locomotive bells instead of horns. The bill is seen as a potential solution to a dilemma that has upset some Morris County residents since NJ Transit started commuter train service to Manhattan.
New Jersey, Bergen County, "U.S. Representative from New Jersey Seeks Funds to Cut Airplane Noise" (Apr. 3, 1998). The Record reports that Rep. Steve Rothman, D-Fair Lawn, New Jersey, is asking Congress to increase spending on airport noise-reduction by 20 percent by bolstering President Clinton's 1998 Airport Improvement Program funding from $200 to $239 million.
New Jersey, Bergen County, "NJ Residents Want Alternatives to Concrete for Highway Noise Barriers" (May 5, 1998). The Record reports New Jersey's Assembly Transportation Committee approved a bill Monday that would allow counties to choose the form of their highway noise barriers.
New Jersey, Bergen County, "NJ Residents Win Tax Cuts in Fight to Reduce Rail Noise" (May 7, 1998). The Record reports New Jersey residents are fighting train noise by making tax appeals. With one resident's victory setting a precedent, others are following suit, seeking compensation for the noise they endure. Meanwhile Congress is considering a ban on whistle-blowing at crossings while seeking alternative safety measures.
New Jersey, Bergen County, "Some Residents in Bergen County, NJ, Feel No Sympathy for Residents Living Near Noisy Route 287" (Sep. 13, 1998). The Record reports readers in Bergen County, New Jersey, mustered little sympathy for a woman unable to get a noise barrier built just beyond her back yard.
New Jersey, Bergen County, "New Jersey Airport More a Safety Hazard Than a Noise Concern" (Dec. 11, 1999). The Bergen County Record reported that noise has become a secondary issue at Teterboro Airport because of a plane crash that killed four people in nearby Hasbrouch Heights.
New Jersey, Bergen County, "Rail Companies in Northern New Jersey Talk of Expansion While Several Towns Are Already Inundated With Noise and Fumes from Idling Deisel Trains" (Jul. 19, 1999). The Record reports that complaints over noise and fumes from long-idling diesel trains in Northern New Jersey have increased in recent months. Several municipalities, including Bogota and Ridgefield Park, are also concerned about safety since some of the trains block emergency vehicle crossings. Railroad companies seem to believe that "they are no longer accountable", and the Federal Surface Transportation Board -- which is supposed to watch rail companies -- seem incapable of real action; federal legislators are talking with rail companies, but the next step may be legislation designed to make rail companies more responsible.
New Jersey, Bergen County, "Controversy Continues Over NY and NJ Port Authority's Use of Funds Earmarked for Airport Noise Reduction Projects" (Feb. 15, 2000). The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey reports that the New York and New Jersey Port Authority denies claims recently published in a congressional report that it has not spent allotted money on airport noise reduction projects at Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark International Airports. The authority states that it has indeed spent millions on noise reduction efforts in the past five years.
New Jersey, Bethlehem, "NJ Town Votes on Noise Ordinance; Residents Want Law to Cover More Noise Sources" (Mar. 3, 1999). The Morning Call reports the Bethlehem, New Jersey, City Council Tuesday rejected suggestions to create a broad noise ordinance in favor of passing an uncomplicated noise law that targets the most frequent offenders.
New Jersey, Bogota, "Railroad Yard in Bogota, New Jersey Agrees to Delay Plans for Second Siding Until Current Complaints of Long-Idling Trains Are Addressed" (Jul. 22, 1999). The Record reports that executives at CSX Corporation, a rail shipping company, have agreed not to build a proposed second siding at their Bogota, New Jersey Railyard until complaints over long-idling engines are addressed. Engines that idle up to 30 hours spew fumes and noise into the lives of nearby residents. CSX plans to discuss alternatives with local lawmakers, and say that the problems are caused by problems at another railyard near Albany, New York.
New Jersey, Dover and Manchester Townships, "Residents Living Near Ocean County (New Jersey) Landfill Upset Over Noise and Odors" (Jan. 9, 1998). Asbury Park Press reports that about 300 residents of Dover and Manchester, New Jersey townships met Wednesday to voice concerns over unpleasant odors and noise from the Ocean County Landfill. The article reports that township residents who live along the Whitesville Road, Route 571 and Route 70 corridors have formed the all-volunteer Whitesville Action Committee (WAC) to handle what they say are problems caused by the Manchester Township landfill. The group held its first meeting Wednesday night at the Pleasant Plains First Aid building.
New Jersey, Elizabeth, "Newark Airport Runway to be Extended Over Objections from New Jersey City Officials" (Nov. 28, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is going forward with plans to extend one of the runways at Newark International Airport, despite objections from officials in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
New Jersey, Elizabeth, "Newark International Airport Will Reroute Planes To Relieve Residential Areas From Noise" (Dec. 3, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that planes using Newark (New Jersey) International Airport will be rerouted next month over industrial areas and the Arthur Kill in an effort to provide noise relief for Central New Jersey residents, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
New Jersey, Englewood, "New Jersey Noise Barriers Delayed Again for Another DOT Study" (Jan. 23, 1998). The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, reports that the federal government will again delay the building of noise barriers along Route 95. This new delay is attributed to a study of traffic patterns on the highway. At this rate, residents may have to wait until 2001 for noise barriers.
New Jersey, Englewood Cliffs, "Roosters Turn up in Upscale Neighborhood and Annoy Residents" (Jun. 22, 1997). The Record reports that roosters have been returning to a neighborhood in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey for the past couple of years after swallows return to Capistrano. Some residents of the upscale neighborhood want the roosters out of their area, while others don't mind the noisy birds.
New Jersey, Fair Lawn, "NJ Lawmaker Takes New Approach to Reduce Jet Noise at Teterboro Airport" (Feb. 4, 1999). The Record reports a New Jersey lawmaker has introduced a bill to reduce jet noise at the Teterboro Airport.
New Jersey, Florence Township, "New Jersey Residents Sue Landfill Company over Noise and other Forms of Pollution" (Oct. 23, 1997). The Solid Waste Report tells about a class-action suit brought against a Waste Management Inc. (WMI) landfill in Tullytown, Pennsylvania. According to papers filed, bird droppings, dust and noise that have made miserable the lives of New Jersey residents who live downwind from the company.
New Jersey, Florence Township, "New Jersey Residents Sue Landfill Company Over Noise and Smell" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Legal Intelligencer reports that residents in New Jersey's Florence Township are suing Waste Management Inc. of Bensalem, claiming the company's landfill in Tulleytown, Pennsylvania is causing noise, odor, and other problems that are damaging the enjoyment of their property.
New Jersey, Franklin Lakes, "Judge Gives Railroad Another Month to Address Noise Complaints from Idling Engines at Franklin Lakes, New Jersey; Railroad Unsure If Adding Additional Tracks Elsewhere Is Feasible" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Record reports that New York's Susquehanna and Western Railway has been given another month by a municipal judge to address noise complaints. The railroad has been given seven summonses for train noise from engines that idle at night. The company is looking into adding additional track to form a spur in a more isolated section of town, but asked for more time to determine feasibility
New Jersey, Freehold, "Freehold, New Jersey Town Noise Ordinance Will Not Be Amended to Prohibit Barking Dogs During Daytime Hours" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Asbury Park Press reports that Helen Doane, a resident of Freehold, New Jersey, requested that the Freehold Borough Council amend its noise ordinance to read that barking dogs may not be left outside all day while their owners are gone. The Council refused to change the ordinance.
New Jersey, Glen Rock, "Train Whistles Cause Disturbances in Glen Rock, New Jersey" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Record reports that several residences have gathered 60 signatures from those who are disturbed by excessive train whistles in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Passenger and Freight companies say they are just following state and federal rules, but the Federal Railroad Administration says that railroads submit their own whistle guidelines for approval. A pending request to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) would allow engineers to blow the whistles less often if special 'quad gates' are installed at intersections to deter motorists from crossing the tracks when a train is coming
New Jersey, Glen Rock, "Wine Company in Glen Rock, New Jersey Draws Complaints Over Loud, Late-Night Truck Loading; Company Says It Will Continue to Try and Reduce Noise" (Nov. 30, 1999). The Record reports that a wine company in Glen Rock, New Jersey is continuing to bother residents with late-night noise even after preliminary attempts to reduce the disturbances. Although the company says it has already undertaken efforts to quiet the noise, it will undertake redesign of its loading dock so noise will be directed away from all neighbors.
New Jersey, Glen Rock, "New Jersey Wine Plant Remains Open Despite Noise Complaints" (Jan. 12, 2000). The Bergen County Record reported on the decision by a Superior Court judge that gave permission to owners of a noisy wine distribution plant to stay open while they worked with Glen Rock borough officials to design an addition that "would quiet the complaints."
New Jersey, Hackensack, "Despite Noise Concerns, Freeholders Approve Carousel for NJ Park" (Jan. 22, 1998). The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, reports that despite noise concerns and other issues, the Board of Freeholders gave their support for a carousel in Van Saun Park.
New Jersey, Haledon, "New Jersey Residents Living Near Quarries Demand Stricter State Regulations" (Oct. 24, 1997). The Record reports that residents living near quarries gathered in Haledon, New Jersey Thursday night to tell elected officials and quarry owners that they are fed up with the noise, dust, and blasting shocks they experience, and that they want stricter state quarry regulations and enforcement.
New Jersey, Haledon, "New Jersey Town Council To Vote On Noise From Quarry" (Dec. 15, 1999). The Bergen County Record reports that the Borough Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would curb the hours of operation of a local quarry, lessening its impact on neighboring residents.
New Jersey, Haledon, "Haledon, New Jersey Settles Lawsuit with Quarry Out of Court; Agreement Permits Some Night Work, but Requires Regular Environmental Impact Statements" (Oct. 15, 1999). The Record reports that Haledon, New Jersey has settled a lawsuit out of court with a local quarrying firm which had sued over a Haledon law that restricted the quarry's hours of operation. The new agreement allows some night work, but requires regular review of noise and dust levels, traffic plans submitted in advance, and regular environmental impact studies.
New Jersey, Hanover, "Hanover, NJ, Says No to Walgreen Expansion; Board Requires Noise Study" (Mar. 2, 1999). The Morning Call reports a plan to expand a Walgreen Co. distribution center in Hanover, Township, New Jersey, was rejected for failing to address neighbors' concerns, including noise and light pollution.
New Jersey, Holmdel, "NJ Farm Market and Neighbors Close to Settling Noise Dispute" (Nov. 12, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports a long-running dispute between a farm market in Holmdel, New Jersey, and neighboring residents who object to noise from the business, may be close to resolution.
New Jersey, Holmdel Township, "New Jersey Township Passes Noise Ordinance" (Nov. 11, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Township Committee in Holmdel Township, New Jersey adopted a noise ordinance last night, based on a model drawn up by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The ordinance was passed in order to give protect residents against noisy lawn equipment, loud parties, or concerts at the PNC Bank Arts Center, the article says.
New Jersey, Lacey, "Lacey, New Jersey Resident Opposes New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise's Support of Ocean Routing at Newark Airport; He Says the Route Reduces Safety, Efficiency, and Only Benefits the Affluent" (Nov. 3, 1999). The Asbury Park Press prints a letter to the editor that criticizes the New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise for pushing for "ocean routing" at Newark Airport. The author says that the routing will increase delays, and will only help a few affluent communities with noise, while poorer communities still have it bad.
New Jersey, Little Ferry, "Local and State New Jersey Politicians Urge Crowd of 250 to Continue the Fight Against Increased Jet Traffic at Airport" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Record reports that officials who represent south Bergen County, New Jersey at the local, county, and state level asked residents Tuesday to continue their fight against a proposed increase in corporate jet traffic at the Teterboro Airport. The article says that a crowd of more than 250 attended the meeting in Little Ferry and heard mayors from Moonachie, Teterboro, and Little Ferry, Bergen County freeholders, and state legislators urge them to sign petitions, write letters, and make phone calls protesting the proposed air traffic increase.
New Jersey, Long Beach Township, "Long Beach Township Cancels Ordinance Regulating Ice Cream Vendors" (Jun. 23, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports New Jersey's Long Beach Township officials have rescinded an ordinance that had limited the days and streets on which ice cream vendors could operate. The canceled ordinance was passed last year after residents complained of noise and fumes from the ice cream trucks.
New Jersey, Manahawkin, "NJ Town Seeks to Include Music from Ice Cream Trucks in Ordinance, Preferring Regulation over a Ban" (Apr. 8, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports Mayor Carl Block and the Stafford Township attorney will meet tomorrow with a representative of the state Department of Environmental Protection to determine if there is a way to regulate ice cream truck music without banning it.
New Jersey, Manahawkin, "Another NJ Town Bans Music from Ice-Cream Trucks" (Mar. 4, 1998). BC Cycle reports Stafford Township, New Jersey, has become the latest community to ban ice cream trucks from playing music to attract their customers.
New Jersey, Middletown, "Middletown, New Jersey Planning Board Supports Noise Ordinance That Will Limit Construction Times" (Sep. 2, 1999). The Asbury Park Press reports that Middletown, New Jersey's Planning Board Approved an ordinance that will limit night construction. The one dissenting vote was from a member who wanted stricter limits. Under the ordinance, residents will call the police to report disturbances and the police will decide whether the noise was serious enough to follow up on.
New Jersey, Middletown, "New Jersey Town Council Approves Flight Path Shift" (Apr. 18, 2000). The Asbury Park Press printed a number of special interest articles about Middletown, including this article about the Middletown Township Committee's adoption of a resolution proposed by the anti-noise group New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise. According to the article, the group wants to shift air traffic at Newark International Airport over the Shore area rather than over the North Jersey metropolitan area.
New Jersey, Millstone Township, "New Jersey Town Fights Proposed Recycling Plant" (Dec. 7, 1997). The Ashbury Park Press reports that Millstone Township, New Jersey residents and township officials are uniting to fight a proposed recycling plant.
New Jersey, Morris County, "Federal Railway Administration Agrees to Review Applications for Grade Crossing Changes; Morris County, New Jersey Residents Are Eager for Changes that Would Allow Trains to Lay Off Their Horns" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Record reports that the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) has agreed to review applications by Morris County, New Jersey communities -- pending for years -- to install devices at railroad grade crossings that would eliminate the need for early-morning horn blasts. Congress asked the FRA in 1994 to design safety rules that would eliminate the need for horns at grade crossing without compromising safety. Certain devices make it virtually impossible for cars to get onto the tracks when a train is coming: barriers that separate lanes, surveillance cameras, and four-gate systems. Standard regulations by the FRA could come out any time from three months to ten years from now.
New Jersey, Neptune, "Police Officers Crack Down on Noise Violators at Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey" (Aug. 10, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that Point Pleasant Beach has issued a new noise ordinance that stipulates how much noise is acceptable. Persons who exceed the limits can be issued summonses.
New Jersey, New Hanover, "Environmental Report from McGuire Air Force Base in New Hanover, New Jersey Says Base is Busier, and Also Quieter" (Jan. 27, 2000). The Asbury Park Press reports that an environmental report on McGuire Air Force Base in New Hanover, New Jersey says that the base is busier but quieter.
New Jersey, New Milford, "New Jersey Resident Believes Traffic Noise is Worse Than Aircraft Noise" (Nov. 26, 1997). The Record printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Paul Sveridovich, a New Milford, New Jersey resident, regarding aircraft noise from the Teterboro Airport and traffic noise:
New Jersey, New Milford, "Plan for Roller Hockey Rink Brings Concerns of Noise and Traffic in NJ Town" (Jun. 25, 1998). The Record reports more than 60 residents attended a planning board meeting this week in New Milford, New Jersey, to discuss proposed outdoor roller-hockey rink. While some tried to demonstrate the need for the facility, others talked of the noise and traffic the rink would bring to the neighborhood.
New Jersey, Newark, "Jet Flights Rerouted in Newark to Reduce Noise" (Apr. 12, 1997). The Record reports that flight paths of airplanes leaving the Newark (New Jersey) International Airport are being altered to reduce noise over parts of New Jersey. This is the second time since last year that flight paths have been altered in an attempt to reduce noise. Some local officials remain skeptical that the new flight paths will make a difference.
New Jersey, Newark, "Officials Prepare New Flight Plan For New Jersey's Newark Airport" (Dec. 29, 1997). The New York Times reports that Federal and local officials plan to meet today to discuss the latest flight plan for the Newark International Airport.
New Jersey, Newark, "Rerouted Flight Plans Postponed At New Jersey Airport" (Dec. 31, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Federal Aviation Administration announced it is indefinitely postponing implementation of its controversial rerouting plan for flights out of Newark International Airport.
New Jersey, Newark, "The Federal Aviation Administration Rethinks Plan To Reroute New Jersey Flights" (Dec. 31, 1997). The New York Times reports that New Jersey noise pollution activists won a minor skirmish today in a 10-year-long battle with the Federal Aviation Administration over airplane noise when the agency agreed to suspend an experiment to reroute some planes leaving Newark International Airport.
New Jersey, Newark, "New Jersey's Newark International Airport Changes Flight Paths To Reduce Noise" (Dec. 7, 1997). The New York Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized a shift in flight patterns of planes heading west out of Newark (New Jersey) International Airport, to begin Jan. 1. The shift is an attempt to respond to complaints from nearby residents about noise from jetliners.
New Jersey, Newark, "Jury Still Out on New Flight Pattern at Newark" (Mar. 16, 1998). The New York Times reports an accurate assessment of the new flight pattern at Newark International Airport was thwarted by a northwest wind today.
New Jersey, Newark, "NY Congressman Introduces Bill to Reduce Noise from Newark Airport" (Feb. 24, 1999). The Record (Bergen County, NJ) reports a New York lawmaker has introduced a bill to reduce aircraft noise from Newark International Airport.
New Jersey, Newark, "Ocean-Front Municipalities Near Newark, New Jersey's Airport Oppose "Ocean Routing" Designed to Reduce Noise for Other Communities" (Jul. 17, 1999). The Asbury Park Press reports that residents and politicians from ocean-front municipalities near Newark, New Jersey's Airport are opposing the airport's proposed 'ocean routing'. Several ocean-front community councils have opposed the proposal which would take planes over the ocean until they gain altitude, thus reducing noise on the ground; they believe that because they are near the ocean, noise will impact them if the proposal goes through. The routing was proposed in order to avoid new flight paths that would have taken planes over communities; supposedly ocean-routed planes will be far enough out to sea that ocean-front communities won't hear anything.
New Jersey, Newark, "Alternative Flight Paths Tested Last Year at Newark International Airport Deemed Ineffective at Reducing Noise by the Federal Aviation Administration" (Nov. 7, 1999). The New York Times reports that alternative flight paths that were tested at Newark International Airport in New Jersey last year did not reduce noise.
New Jersey, Newark, "After Years of Shifting Flight Paths From One Disturbed Community to Another, New York City Area Airports May Computer-Test Ocean Routes that Could Keep Noise Away From Residents" (Sep. 19, 1999). The Asbury Park Press reports that after years of shifting flight paths from one disturbed community to another, the New York/New Jersey Port Authority may computer-test ocean routes. Parties involved are now considering the computer-modeling of ocean routes that would largely limit noise from climbing aircraft to areas over the ocean. Since the 1978 deregulation of the airline industry, increasing traffic and noise have caused the FAA to try -- unsuccessfully -- to mitigate noise by shifting flight paths. New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise's ocean route proposal may offer a better solution.
New Jersey, Newark, "Congressmen Challenge NY Port Authority's Neglect to Fund Noise Abatement Measures" (Feb. 15, 2000). According to the New York Times, two congressmen blasted Port Authority in a report on its lack of effort over the past five years to commit federal monies and airport revenue available for reducing airport noise. Instead, the article said, the authority has directed most of its passenger surcharges toward light rail. Kennedy International, Newark and La Guardia are under the Authority's jurisdiction.
New Jersey, Ocean Township, "Ocan Township, New Jersey Resident Complains About Noisy Trucks" (Jan. 8, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that an Ocean Township, New Jersey resident is bothered by early morning noise from township trucks. Sandra Krug, of Holland Drive, told the Township Council that since an aging building was torn down in the road department yard on the corner of Beecroft Place and Larkin Place several years ago, the noise of trucks rumbling to life in the morning is amplified. The township maintains that construction of a new building has been held back by NJDEP regulations and testing.
New Jersey, Passaic County, "Columnist Believes County Governments Should Regulate Quarry Mining in New Jersey" (Jun. 12, 1998). The Record printed an editorial which describes the extensive quarry mining industry in Passaic County, New Jersey, and the long fight between miners and residents over noise, dust, vibration, and other problems. The editorial argues that both the state and local governments regulate facets of quarry mining, and the system is not working. County governments are better suited to regulate the industry, the editorial says.
New Jersey, Paterson, "New Jersey Residents Await Highway Sound Barrier" (Jan. 1, 1998). The Record reports that a project to build concrete sound barriers along Route 80 in Paterson and West Paterson is on schedule, but a recent phase, which removed trees and shrubs that buffered some homes from the busy interstate, has left residents eager for the job to be completed.
New Jersey, Point Pleasant Beach, "New Jersey Shoreline Residents Oppose Parking Lot Proposal" (Jan. 15, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that residents on the New Jersey Shore are fighting a zoning change that would allow a public parking lot in a residential area. Residents oppose the change because the lot would attract traffic and noise and encourage others to destroy the residential nature of the area.
New Jersey, Point Pleasant Beach, "Landlords in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey Bear the Brunt of Noisy Tenants as Noise Ordinance is Enforced" (Apr. 20, 1999). Asbury Park Press reports that landlords in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey are being held responsible for noise citations issued to their tenants. Five landlords appeared in court yesterday to face charges, despite claims that the 1994 ordinance does not alert landowners of their tenant's citations until it is too late to evict them.
New Jersey, Point Pleasant Beach, "Point Pleasant, New Jersey Beach Bar May Lose Mercantile License for Violation of Borough Noise Ordinances and May Also be Shut Down for Fifteen Days For Illegally Conducting Sports Pool Gambling." (Mar. 20, 2000). The Asbury Park Press reports that J.P. Bailey's, a Point Pleasant Beach bar and restaurant, has violated the borough noise ordinance dozens of times and has allowed sports pool gambling to take place. Two people have been arrested for the sports pool gambling.
New Jersey, Ridgefield Park, "Ridgefield Park, New Jersey Wins Supreme Court Case Against Railroad" (Apr. 6, 2000). The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey reports that the New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled that the village of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey can legally enforce local regulations against a railroad line in the town. The town is also allowed to inspect the railroad's maintenance facility. The railroad had alleged that federal regulations exempted it from obeying the town's ordinances and regulations.
New Jersey, Riverdale, "Residents of Riverdale, New Jersey Suffer from Non-Stop Quarry Blasts; Legal Restraints Prevent Local Regulation" (Jun. 16, 1998). The Record reports that city officials have decided to hold back on adopting an ordinance to regulate stone quarry operations because they want the ordinance to be legally unassailable. A proposed amendment to the ordinance was tabled giving the mayor and council extra time to enable city officials to hire experts and complete several reports to tailor the ordinance.
New Jersey, Rochelle Park, "New Jersey Airport's Assets Outweigh its Liabilities, Resident Believes" (Nov. 24, 1997). The Record printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Bob Hager, a Rochelle Park, New Jersey resident, regarding the controversy over noise from the Teterboro Airport:
New Jersey, Rutherford, "New Jersey Airport Affects Schoolchildren" (May 22, 1997). The Record reports in a commentary by Emma Perez that air traffic over Rutherford is affecting schoolchildren. She paints the scene of a child trying to give an oral presentation over the roar of jets flying overhead. He is asked to speak up but cries when he is unsuccessful in competing with the overhead noise. Perez warns that corporations using Teterboro Airport should be wary of and comply with noise abatement guidelines, or a residential boycott of that corporation's product may result.
New Jersey, Rutherford, "Noise Consultant to Speak to New Jersey Citizens About Effects of Aircraft Noise" (Oct. 23, 1997). The Record reports that Arline Bronzaft, an author, researcher, and noise consultant, will speak to the public about aircraft noise in south Bergen County, New Jersey. Bronzaft was asked to speak by a citizens group, the Alliance of Municipalities Concerning Air Traffic, which is fighting possible plans to re-route corporate jets to the Teterboro Airport. Bronzaft will discuss a recent study that found that children living or going to school in areas that experience aircraft noise have poorer reading skills and slower cognitive development, on average.
New Jersey, Sea Isle City, "New Jersey Town Votes on Noise-Free Zones to Quiet the Summer" (Apr. 27, 1998). The New York Times reports that the City Council in Sea Isle City, New Jersey will vote tomorrow on designating noise-free zones in order to quiet partyers. In the zones, the fines for violations would be doubled. In addition, landlords would have their permits revoked if tenants receive three noise summonses in one summer. Mayor Leonard Desiderio said that the current $180 fines for violations have not kept the noise down. The article notes that Sea Isle City, along with other shore towns like Wildwood and North Wildwood, have been known as party towns, but they are trying to change their images to attract families. Wildwood and North Wildwood have voted to close their bars two hours earlier this summer, at 3 a.m.
New Jersey, Shrewsbury, "New Jersey Residents Oppose Construction of Supermarket and Accompanying Sound Wall" (Oct. 17, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Planning Board in Shrewsbury, New Jersey postponed a decision on a proposal to build a 58,000-square-foot Edwards supermarket off Newman Springs Road till November 6. At a meeting Wednesday night, residents who live near the proposed site continued to protest the plan, the article says, and have hired a lawyer to help them fight the proposal. Residents object both to the presence of a supermarket and to a 14-foot sound barrier the developer has proposed building to cut down on noise from the supermarket.
New Jersey, Shrewsbury, "Shrewsbury, New Jersey Supermarket to Open Despite Concerns Over Possible Noise Ordinance Violation" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Asbury Park Press reports that a resident in Shrewsbury, New Jersey had opposed the construction of an Edwards Super Food Store in his community because of concerns over noise, hours, and traffic. The resident, Frederick W. Robison, filed a lawsuit against the borough planning board and the supermarket chain in back in 1998 after the planning board first approved the store's plans. Robison claimed that the store's hours of operation and noise levels would violate ordinances in the borough.
New Jersey, South Hackensack, "New Jersey Township Officials Call Meeting on Jet Noise" (Nov. 21, 1997). The Record reports that officials of the South Hackensack (New Jersey) Township Committee and the Board of Education have called a public meeting for Tuesday night to discuss noise and air pollution from the Teterboro Airport. The meeting has been prompted by a sharp increase in complaints from residents.
New Jersey, South Hackensack, "New Jersey Lawmakers Design Strategy to Reduce Jet Noise at Teterboro" (Jan. 14, 2000). The Bergen County Record reported that lawmakers recently met to design a strategy for reducing noise for North Jersey towns near Teterboro Airport, the nation's busiest non-commercial airport.
New Jersey, Spring Lake, "New Jersey Town Debates Ordinance in Effort to Preserve Quiet Time" (Jun. 23, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports a proposed ordinance in Spring Lake, New Jersey, to limit noise pollution produced lively discussion at last night's Borough Council meeting.
New Jersey, Spring Lake, "New Jersey Town Considers Noise Ordinance to Restrict Gardening and Construction Hours" (Jun. 9, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Borough Council in Spring Lake, New Jersey introduced a noise ordinance last night that would restrict lawn mowing, leaf blowing, construction, and other activities to certain hours. The article notes that a public hearing is scheduled on the proposed ordinance for June 22.
New Jersey, Stafford, "NJ Town Bans Amplified Music from Ice-Cream Vendors" (Mar. 5, 1998). The Asbury Park Press published an editorial about the decision Tuesday night by the Stafford, New Jersey, Township Committee to ban amplified music from ice cream trucks.
New Jersey, Stafford, "New Jersey Ice Cream Man Banned!" (Mar. 8, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that Stafford, New Jersey has banned the ice cream man from playing music.
New Jersey, Stafford Township, "NJ Township Debates Noise from Ice Cream Vendors" (Jan. 21, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Stafford Township Council in New Jersey last night delayed a vote on whether to limit ice cream vendors' noise. Members want time to consider the hotly argued viewpoints expressed during last night's public session.
New Jersey, Stafford Township, "New Jersey Town Passes Ordinance that Bans Ice Cream Truck Tunes" (Mar. 4, 1998). The New York Times reports that the Town Council in Stafford Township, New Jersey passed an ordinance tonight by a vote of 4-2 to ban amplified sound on ice cream trucks. The ordinance allows ice cream vendors to use hand bells in place of musical tunes, the article notes.
New Jersey, Stafford Township, "Will Noise Ordinance be Adjusted for New Jersey Ice Cream Vendors?" (Mar. 18, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that New Jersey officials in Stafford Township are seeking a compromise in an ordinance that bans ice cream vendors from playing amplified music from their trucks.
New Jersey, Stafford Township, "New Jersey Township Looks at New York City Regulations on Ice Cream Truck Music" (Mar. 25, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Township Council in Stafford Township, New Jersey recently banned music from ice cream trucks. But now, because ice cream vendors are saying the ban will hurt their business, the Township Council is looking at New York City's ordinance regulating amplified music from street vendor vehicles. That ordinance stipulates that a vendor cannot "emit a sound signal more frequently than once every 10 minutes in any city block" and the sound cannot last for more than 10 seconds.
New Jersey, Stafford Township, "Silencing of Ice Cream Truck Music by Stafford Township Leads to Filing of Federal Lawsuit" (Mar. 28, 1998). The Asbury Park Press of New Jersey reports that Stafford Township's ban on ice cream truck music is being challenged in Federal Court based on constitutional grounds. Jeffery S. Cabaniss, a township resident and the owner of Jef-Freeze Treats, filed the suit against the township council on March 25. He has asked for a court injunction to restore the music in Stafford while the case is pending.
New Jersey, Surf City, "Some Residents Angry at Hefty Fines for Noise Violations in New Jersey Shore Towns" (Jul. 26, 1998). The Record reports that towns along New Jersey's shoreline are attempting to keep life peaceful during the busy summer season by imposing stiff fines for noise pollution, disorderly conduct, and public urination. The rules have angered some residents, but local officials say the high fines are an effective deterrent.
New Jersey, Teaneck, "NJ Resident Cited for Noise; Neighbors Say Police Acted Too Slowly" (Jul. 7, 1998). The Record reports although police issued a ticket to the hostess of a noisy Fourth of July reggae party on Saturday night, angry neighbors say the officers acted too late to save their holiday from being ruined by loud music and crowds of people overflowing onto the street.
New Jersey, Teaneck, "New Jersey Town Enacts Stronger Noise Ordinance" (Mar. 11, 1998). The Record reports that Teaneck, New Jersey is strengthening its noise ordinance.
New Jersey, Teterboro, "Editorial Criticizes Airport Official's No-Show at Meeting About Increased Jet Traffic at New Jersey Airport" (Oct. 24, 1997). The Record printed an editorial which criticizes Phil Engle, the manager of New Jersey's Teterboro Airport near New York City, for abruptly canceling an appearance at a meeting where he was scheduled to talk about possible increased air traffic at the airport. According to the editorial, the Port Authority has proposed to increase corporate jet traffic at the airport by as much as 20% in order to relieve congestion at Newark International Airport. Residents are justifiably concerned about the proposal, the writer says, and deserve to hear from officials.
New Jersey, Teterboro, "Protest Against Airport Noise Held in New Jersey, But Governor Doesn't Attend" (Sep. 28, 1997). The Record reports that about 50 southern Bergen County (New Jersey) residents held a protest against jet noise at the entrance to the Teterboro Airport Saturday afternoon, because of a report that Governor Christie Whitman was coming to dedicate the newly renovated New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum. However, the governor never showed up, angering protesters even more, the article says. According to Whitman's re-election campaign manager, Tom Wilson, a stop in Teterboro "was never on our schedule."
New Jersey, Teterboro, "North Jersey Air Traffic Could Increase From Rerouting Plan" (Jan. 12, 1998). According to a Wire Services article, the Port Authority plans to reroute air traffic from Newark International Airport to Teterboro Airport in Bergen County using economic incentives to entice air carrier companies. Already subject to the noise from the 4,200 planes that pass over North Jersey daily, the rerouting would increase the frequency and level of unwanted noise, the article stated.
New Jersey, Teterboro, "Residents Demand Action on Jet Noise at NJ's Teterboro Airport" (Sep. 18, 1998). The Record reports local New Jersey officials and residents fighting increased jet traffic demanded action at a demonstration at Teterboro Airport on Thursday.
New Jersey, Teterboro, "Lawmakers Unite to Impose Noise Restrictions, Including a Curfew, at Teterboro Airport" (Apr. 2, 1999). The Record reports federal and state lawmakers are urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to impose curfews at Teterboro Airport and force other restrictions on jet traffic to improve living conditions for neighboring residents.
New Jersey, Teterboro, "Celebrity Late Night Flights in Teterboro Fuel Local Concern and Action (May 31 1999). The New York News reports that Hollywood celebrities, professional sports teams, and corporate executives who jet into the Teterboro Airport during late night and early morning hours have prompted neighborhood residents to lodge formal complaints, calling for an investigation by nearby municipalities, noise monitoring organizations and state and federal legislators." (May 31, 1999). TETERBORO, N.J. - The Daily News (New York) reports that the jet set is welcome at Teterboro Airport but not their noisy planes.
New Jersey, Teterboro, "Late Night Celebrity Flights at New Jersey Airport Fuel Local Concern and Action" (May 31, 1999). The New York News reports that Hollywood celebrities, professional sports teams, and corporate executives who jet into the Teterboro Airport during late night and early morning hours have prompted neighborhood residents to lodge formal complaints. The residents have asked municipalities near the airport, noise monitoring organizations, and state and federal legislators to investigate.
New Jersey, Toms River, "Resident Loses in Complaint about Noise from NJ Bar" (Apr. 27, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports a Beach Haven bar and restaurant in Toms River, New Jersey, which has been fined three times for violating the borough's noise ordinance, had those violations overturned in Superior Court last week.
New Jersey, Toms River, "Residents Demand Relief from Dover Landfill's Smells and Noise" (Jan. 14, 1998). The Asbury Park Press of Neptune, New Jersey, reports member of the Dover Township Committee agreed to accompany a group of residents to the Ocean County Board of Health for answers to the loud noises and noxious odors emanating from the Ocean County Landfill.
New Jersey, Toms River, "Dover Residents Form Group to Protest Landfill Noise and Odor" (Jan. 23, 1998). The Asbury Park Press of Neptune, New Jersey, reports that a group of residents from Toms River, New Jersey, plan to meet with public officials to complain about noise and odor from the nearby Ocean County Landfill.
New Jersey, Trenton, "More People Have Medical Condition of Ringing in the Ears From Increasing Societal Noise" (Nov. 13, 1997). The Record reports that tinnitus, the ringing, roaring, or hissing sound in the ears that often is the start of noise-induced hearing loss, is becoming more common, according to the American Tinnitus Association. The article says the cause of the increase is our increasingly loud society.
New Jersey, Trenton, "New Jersey Agrees to Fund Computer Model Simulation of Citizens' Plan to Reroute Air Traffic" (Sep. 17, 1997). The Record reports that New Jersey Governor Whitman said Tuesday that the state will fund a computer model simulation of a citizens group's plan to reroute Newark International Airport departures over the Atlantic Ocean. Members of the citizens group, the New Jersey Citizens Against Aircraft Noise, said its plan would relieve 900,000 New Jersey residents of jet noise.
New Jersey, Trenton, "NJ Bill Would Replace Earsplitting Train Horns with Bells at Crossings" (Aug. 5, 1998). The Record reports a New Jersey state bill, introduced in the Assembly last week, would require trains to use bells instead of loud horns at grade crossings at a town's request.
New Jersey, Union, "Union, New Jersey Politician Urges Unity Among Residents in Supporting a Live Test of Ocean Routing for Aircraft, Saying It Will Reduce Noise" (Sep. 15, 1999). The Asbury Park Press prints several letters to the editor, including one from a Union, New Jersey politician who asks for support of a live test of ocean routing for aircraft. Ocean routing is intended to reduce noise over communities, and the writer says that New Jersey residents should unite in supporting a policy that could benefit them all.
New Jersey, Union Beach, "Union Beach, New Jersey Activist Says Noise Study of Flight Paths from New York City Area Airports -- Which Said Ocean Routing Would Increase Noise for Coastal Residents -- Was a "Big Lie"" (Jan. 2, 2000). The Asbury Park Press prints a letter from a Union Beach, New Jersey resident who says a noise study which showed ocean routing of aircraft at New York City area airports was a big lie manufactured by the airlines. He says that contrary to the study, ocean routing would take the planes farther out to sea and coastal residents would not receive additional noise.
New Jersey, Waldwick, "Progress Made in Two Year Dispute Over Waldwick, New Jersey Firing Range" (Jan. 8, 1998). The Record reports that Waldwick, New Jersey officials are seeking architectural plans and cost estimates for enclosing an outdoor gun range that has been the target of a lawsuit by residents in neighboring Allendale, New Jersey. The article reports that Mayor Rick Vander Wende said the borough plans to hire an architect to look at several ways the Capt. George H. Bunning Police Training Facility could be enclosed, diminishing the gunfire noise Allendale residents have said disrupts their peace.
New Jersey, West Milford, "Connecticut Gun Club and Neighbors At Odds As City Councilman Mediates" (Dec. 16, 1999). According to the County Record, a New Jersey city councilman is trying to mediate a dispute between a local gun club and some of its neighbors.
New Jersey, West Milford, "New Jersey Gun Club's License Challenged by Neighbors: Township To Investigate" (Dec. 14, 1999). The Bergen County Record reports that the West Milford Township Council is in an intense, five-year-old dispute between a gun club and some of its neighbors. According to the article, at issue is whether the council should renew the club's operating permit for another year.
New Jersey, West Paterson, "Neighborhood in New Jersey City Gets Noise Barriers; Some Residents Angry that the Barriers Don't Extend to Their Homes" (Jul. 15, 1997). The Record reports that noise barriers are being built along Route 80 in West Paterson, New Jersey, in a project expected to be completed in June 1998. But at least one resident who lives just outside of the area where the noise barriers will stop, wants the state to extend noise barriers to her area.
New Jersey, Woodbridge, "Noise Pollution Activists Protest New Flight Paths at New Jersey Airport" (Mar. 13, 1998). The New York Times reports that noise pollution activists protest the new flight paths for Newark International Airport.
New Mexico area, Albuquerque, "Planners In New Mexico Consider Airport Noise In Decision About Proposed Development" (Dec. 5, 1997). The Albuquerque Tribune reports that Albuquerque, New Mexico area officials are considering a proposal for an enormous development project on a vast tract of open mesa. Among the concerns for the project are the impact of jet noise from a nearby airport on the potential community.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Aircraft Association Appeals to New Mexico City Mayor to Reopen Runway" (May 19, 1997). The Weekly of Business Aviation reports that the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has asked Albuquerque, New Mexico Mayor Martin Chavez to reopen Runway 17/35 at Albuquerque International Airport, saying that during times of strong wind, the runway is the only safe one available. AOPA believes the mayor may have closed the runway because of noise concerns.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "The City of Sante Fe Seeks to Put a Stop to NightClub Noise." (Apr. 7, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that city officials of Sante Fe, New Mexico have been attempting for over a year to put a stop to the noise from a local nightclub.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Albuquerque Considers Ordinance Restricting Heliports after Residents Complain of Noise from TV News Helicopters" (Sep. 4, 1998). The Albuquerque Tribune reports the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Environmental Planning Commission is considering an ordinance restricting heliports after residents complained of noise from news helicopters that take off and land near their homes.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Changes in Land-use Policies Recommended to Mitigate the Impact of Airport Noise in Albuquerque, New Mexico" (Aug. 13, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that noise consultants are recommending new land-use policies for the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the surrounding county to help mitigate the impact of airport noise.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Proposed Ampitheater In New Mexico On Hold" (Feb. 20, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that a regional ampitheater in Bernalillo County, New Mexico
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Flight Paths of Stage Two Planes May Change at Albuquerque, New Mexico Airport As a Result of Recent Noise Study" (Jan. 8, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that Albuquerque International (New Mexico) Airport officials and a consultant conducting a noise study have been working with airlines and the FAA to change some flight patterns to reduce noise to nearby residents. As a result, some of the older, noisier planes that have plagued residents of Southeast Heights, Albuquerque may start turning south away from the city after taking off. The noisier, stage two airplanes, which include Boeing 727s, must be phased out or outfitted with "hush kits" by 2000.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "TV Helicopters Break New Mexico City's Noise Laws; City Officials Want to Mediate Problem" (Jul. 21, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that a recent study in Albuquerque, New Mexico found that three area television stations have news helicopters that operate above the city's noise laws. The article notes that the city monitored the stations helicopter ports in March and April in response to residents' complaints about the noise, fumes, and potential danger of the helicopters taking off and landing near their homes. City officials have offered to set up meetings between the news stations and the residents. Some residents said they are unhappy with the city's response.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Albuquerque Residents Concerned about Noise, Pollution, Danger from News Helicopters" (Mar. 5, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports residents of an Albuquerque, New Mexico, neighborhood claim they've lost their peace and quiet to television-news helicopters that frequently fly over their homes.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Albuquerque International Sunport Airport Will Attempt to Limit Noise over Residents while Main Runway in Under Repair in New Mexico" (Apr. 4, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reported that the Albuquerque International Sunport Airport in New Mexico was scheduled to shut the airport's main east-west runway for several weeks beginning April 11, 1998 for repairs. That means neighborhoods north of the airport will have to endure the noise from planes using the north-south and northeast-southwest runways to take off and land.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Activist Who is Hard of Hearing Uniquely Positioned to Advocate for Peace and Quiet" (Oct. 2, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports how one man, Stephen Frazier, is speaking out against loud background music and other noise.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Albuquerque, New Mexico Plans to Add Noise Control Officer Position, Revise Noise Law" (May 8, 1999). The Albuquerque Journal reports that Albuquerque, New Mexico has requested $66,000 to buy noise monitoring equipment and create a new noise control position to help address the issue of urban noise. Though no noise control position existed, 6,000 hours of staff time were used dealing with noise complaints and related permits last year: the same as three full-time positions. The new position will focus on working with developers to curb noise before it becomes a problem, as well as responding to complaints, issuing permits, and educating the public.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Albuquerque, New Mexico Mayor Wants Airport Takeoffs to Turn South Instead of North to Avoid Communities" (Sep. 9, 1999). The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico wants flights to always avoid northern communities by turning to the South after takeoff instead of North. The FAA is resisting the change, saying that routing all takeoffs to the South may cause safety problems, since many landings arrive from the South. Older planes, whether outfitted with noise-reducing hush-kits or not, gain altitude less quickly and cause the worst noise impact; most of these planes already take off to the South. Also, the North-South Runway closed in 1997 and helped to reduce the noise impact on the Northern communities.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Albuquerque, New Mexico Noise Ordinance Needs to be Consistent and Properly Enforced" (Apr. 14, 2000). The Albuquerque Journal published an editorial about a proposed Albuquerque noise ordinance. The writer believes that a noise ordinance is a good idea, but the city needs to make sure that the ordinance will be backed up with proper enforcement ability.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Albuquerque, New Mexico Noise Ordinance to be Rewritten" (Apr. 11, 2000). The Albuquerque Tribune reports that Albuquerque mayor Jim Baca wants the city's noise ordinance to be rewritten.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Albuquerque City Council Against the Sound Wall" (Feb. 18, 2000). The Albuquerque Journal reported on a decision by the city's environmental planning commission to approve the construction of a 10-foot-high, 1,900-foot-long sound barrier against traffic noise near San Mateo Boulevard, a main thoroughfare.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "New Mexico City Officials Call for Quieter Airport" (Jan. 11, 2000). The Albuquerque Journal reported that city officials approved an airport noise abatement ordinance, calling for changes at Santa Fe Municipal Airport.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Albuquerque City Council To Hire Noise Enforcement Officer" (Mar. 24, 2000). The Albuquerque Tribune reported that Jay Czar, head of the Albuquerque International Sunport is scheduled to interview four people for the newly created position of Noise Abatement Officer.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, "New Mexico Noise Activists Hire National Noise Experts" (Mar. 25, 2000). The Albuquerque Journal reported that Airport Neighbors Alliance, a grassroots campaign against jet noise, received the help of two national noise experts to help them challenge jet noise from the Albuquerque International Sunport.
New Mexico, Alburquerque, "Citizens' Group Takes on Noise in Albuquerque" (Feb. 18, 1999). The Albuquerque Journal reports a citizens' group is working to update Albuquerque's noise laws.
New Mexico, Corrales, "New Mexico Town Considers Exempting Ice Cream Trucks From Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 29, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Village Council in Corrales, New Mexico will consider amending its noise ordinance to exempt ice cream truck vendors. The article says the council voted unanimously Tuesday to consider the issue next month.
New Mexico, Farmington, "Residents in New Mexico Complain About Noisy Training Flights" (Jul. 15, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that residents living near the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico are angry about noise from the training flights initiated by the Mesa Air Group. According to the article, residents had hoped that after Mesa Air Group officials announced recently they would be moving their operation, that the noisy training flights would leave the area. But Mesa officials said their subsidiary, the pilot training company Mesa Pilot Development, would remain at the airport and would be increasing flights. Residents are expected to air their complaints at a meeting today of the Farmington Airport Advisory Commission. The commission plans to make a recommendation to the City Council on how to resolve the problem.
New Mexico, La Mesa, "Bird Sanctuary Owner in La Mesa, New Mexico Told to Enclose His Unroofed Bird Sanctuary After Neighbors' Noise Complaints" (May 14, 1999). The Albuquerque Journal reports that the owner of Albuquerque Aviaries, a bird sanctuary for 600-800 exotic birds, has been told by the city planning department that he must enclose his open-roofed business to reduce the noise. After neighbors complained last year, he was told he needed a conditional use permit, which was denied to him unless he constructs a roof which would cost up to $15,000. He plans to take his case to City Council.
New Mexico, Los Ranchos, "New Mexico Village Residents Oppose Expansion of Tortilla Factory, Citing Constant Noise from Coolers and Air Compressors" (Nov. 25, 1997). The Albuquerque Journal reports that residents in the village of Los Ranchos, New Mexico are opposing the proposed expansion of the Albuquerque Tortilla Co., saying the constant noise from coolers and air compressors already is a nuisance. The tortilla factory is seeking a zone change from "commercial" to "special use" to operate a new warehouse.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Sante Fe Sanctions Noisy Car Wash" (Jan. 21, 1998). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the city of Santa Fe has asked a state district judge to sanction the owner of the Santa Fe Car Wash. City officials contend that neighbors of the business suffer noise levels comparable to airplanes taking off at an airport.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Recent Visitors to Santa Fe, New Mexico Discover There is No Law Against Noisy Trucks" (Jan. 5, 1998). An article in the Santa Fe New Mexican recounted the experiences of two recent visitors to Santa Fe, New Mexico who were treated to the sound of diesel engines all night during their stay. The vacationing couple spent a long, sleepless night in their hotel room, discovering that Santa Fe does not have any laws concerning noisy trucks.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Group Outlines Requests in Effort to Live with Noise from New Mexico's Santa Fe Airport" (Oct. 14, 1998). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports residents who live near New Mexico's Santa Fe Municipal Airport will bring their requests to county commissioners in an effort to get support in lowering airplane noise.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Santa Fe, New Mexico, Airport Neighbors Seek Noise Abatement Ordinance after "Flying Friendly" Program Fails" (Oct. 14, 1998). The Associated Press reports neighbors of New Mexico's Santa Fe Airport are dissatisfied with the level of cooperation they've received from airport officials about noise complaints.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Santa Fe, New Mexico, Takes Action Against Bar after Noise Complaints" (Sep. 30, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports a popular night spot in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, is forbidden from offering live music until the bar's owner complies with the city's noise ordinance, a city official said Tuesday.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Santa Fe Councilors Plan to Target Loud Car Stereos First in their Fight Against Noise" (Aug. 19, 1999). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Santa Fe, New Mexico Councilors are planning to target loud car stereos as the first step in reducing noise pollution. Currently, $40 tickets are issued several times a week for loud car stereos, but the ordinance invoked is a broad one. The council does not want to unfairly target loud music, unless it is of a "neighborhood-disturbing, baby-waking, window-rattling" intensity. Research into ordinances from other communities should result in a draft in about a month.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Santa Fe, New Mexico City Council Considers Changes to Current, Vague Noise Ordinance" (Aug. 20, 1999). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Santa Fe plans to revise its noise laws. Currently, users of loud car stereos -- which are the main target of the ordinance alterations -- are ticketed only occasionally with a fine of $40. The Council is asking other cities what they've done, and are thus considering the prohibition of "music that can be heard 50 feet and more from the vehicle emitting it", or use of decibel meters.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Santa Fe, New Mexico Letter to the Editor Notes Usefulness of Noise Pollution Clearinghouse Website" (Sep. 4, 1999). The Santa Fe New Mexican prints a series of letters to the editor, one of which centers on noise. The author says noise should be addressed in the city, and notes that the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse has a "very comprehensive website of hundreds of city noise ordinances." She credits her knowledge of the website to an article written last year about vibrations at a Pumice plant in Santa Fe.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Santa Fe, New Mexico Resident Calls For Integrated Noise Laws" (Aug. 31, 1999). The Santa Fe New Mexica prints several letters to the editor, one of which relates to noise. The writer asks Santa Fe officials to work on an integrated set of noise rules that -- as opposed to the current, weak ordinance -- will be effective in reducing noise from numerous sources.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Santa Fe, New Mexico Residents Address Noise Through Letters; One Criticizes Recent Editorial Calling Anti-Noise Residents "Fussbudgets"," (Dec. 8, 1999). The Santa Fe New Mexica prints several letters to the editor, including two related to noise. The first criticizes a recent editorial that characterized noise complainants as "fussbudgets", while the second criticizes owners of barking dogs.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Santa Fe, New Mexico Noise Ordinance Soon to Be Passed In an Attempt to Quiet Boom Boxes and Car Stereos" (Nov. 17, 1999). The Santa Fe New Mexica reports that Santa Fe, New Mexico is close to passing a proposed ordinance which would fine operators of loud stereos as much as $500 if they can be heard from 25 feet away. Car-stereo clubs say that their members will be restricted more than necessary, and even city officials from Albuquerque says that 25 feet will mean that even reasonable music volumes will be subject to fines.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Editorial States that Santa Fe, New Mexico's New Noise Laws Could Wait; Loud Car Stereos Have Been Turned Down Recently In Good Faith, and House-Partiers May Follow Suit" (Dec. 1, 1999). The Santa Fe New Mexica prints an editorial asserting that Santa Fe, New Mexico's noise laws don't need to be amended just yet. City Council had originally proposed stiff fines for noise offenders, but clubs representing those with loud car stereos have been voluntarily turning their music down after 10 p.m. This has quieted the council, but house partiers need to do the same or risk overkill restrictions.
New Mexico, Santa Fe, "Potential Low-Altitude Flight Path for Air Force Bombers in New Mexico Rejected In Favor of More Suitable Route Through West Texas" (Jan. 6, 2000). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that the Air Force has announced that a flight path it had considered for low-altitude training flights through New Mexico is not its top choice. The flight path through New Mexico would have brought 2,600 flights each year within 200 feet of the ground, generating painful noise that could disrupt recreation, ranching, and wildlife.
New Mexico, Sante Fe, "Aim to Quieten Noisy-Nighttime Cruisers near Sante Fe's Tourist Areas Calls for Careful Consideration of Possible Solutions" (Jun. 18, 1998). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports their opinion concerning the noise from youth cruising in their automobiles. The cruisers reportedly use a route along the Santa Fe River that passes in front of one of Sante Fe's finer hotels, the Inn of Governors. The article reports that the city's public safety committee want to block off the route for four hours along those portions that are near the hotels at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The paper suggests instead that signs be put up saying the noise ordinance will be strictly enforced along the relevant streets where the public peace is being threatened and then use a tough enforcement measures on its violators.
New Mexico, Sante Fe, "Airport-Area Residents, Pilots, and Airport Officials Try Program to Alleviate Aircraft Noise at the Sante Fe Municipal Airport" (Jun. 17, 1998). The Sante Fe New Mexican reports that airport neighbors are asking administrators at Sante Fe Municipal Airport to make changes that will lower the impact of noise. Airport-area residents - called Friends of Noise Abatement - hope a trial program will help reduce the aircraft noise and alleviate the need to advocate for more restrictive regulation by local government.
New Mexico, Sante Fe, "Sante Fe Business Can Keep Live Music; Must Follow City's Noise Ordinance" (May 14, 1998). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports an agreement between the Santa Fe City Council and a local business means the lounge will continue to offer live amplified music, but hours for live performances will be limited.
New Mexico, Sante Fe, "Sante Fe, NM, Lounge Agrees to Noise Restrictions" (May 15, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports Santa Fe, New Mexico, city councilors on Wednesday adopted an agreement between the city and El Farol Restaurant & Lounge, ending a lengthy noise dispute with the nightclub.
New Mexico, Sante Fe, "Santa Fe Airport Neighbors Seek Noise Abatement Ordinance" (Oct. 15, 1998). The Albuquerque Tribune reports a group of airport neighbors contend Santa Fe Airport officials are ignoring complaints about too many low-flying ear-piercing planes over homes in New Mexico at all hours.
New Mexico, Silver City, "New Mexico County Passes Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 17, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that Grant County Commissioners in Silver City, New Mexico approved a noise ordinance Tuesday that took effect immediately.
New Mexico, Taos, "Air Force Proposes Bomber Training in New Mexico" (Mar. 10, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that a U.S. Air Force proposal for bomber training in rural New Mexico has residents inflamed.
New Mexico, Taos, "Taos, New Mexico, Will Fight Noisy Air Force Training Flights" (Apr. 15, 1999). The Albuquerque Journal reports government officials and residents on Wednesday unanimously opposed a proposed low-level military flight training route across northern New Mexico.
New Mexico, Tesuque, "Foundry in New Mexico Ordered to Cease Noisy Outside Work" (Oct. 30, 1997). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that neighbors of a foundry won a partial victory in their pursuit of peace and quiet . For the past five years, neighbors have complained about the noises coming from the Shidoni foundry in Tesuque, New Mexico. The foundry is located in a primarily residential area. On Tuesday night, David Dougherty, whose property borders Shidoni's, and other unhappy neighbors, won their noise battle. The city-county Extraterritorial Zoning Authority upheld an earlier ruling banning the foundry from working on its sculptures outdoors.
New Orleans, "Insulation Before House Is Completed Is Cheaper" (Jul. 3, 1999). In a question and answer column in the Times-Picayune, homeowners learn about insulating their houses and the cost of the work.
New Orleans; La; Us; Southwest, "New Orleans Takes Zoning Measures To Confront Noise Problems" (Dec. 8, 1997). New Orleans City Business reports recent changes in permitting in New Orleans to protect residents from noise and to preserve the character of neighborhoods.
New Port Richey, "Florida Community Considers Auto Service Center Plans" (Dec. 16, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that Sun Toyota wants to build a larger parts and service center and an express lube service in New Port Richey, Florida. Some neighboring residents want to put a roadblock in those plans, saying it will bring more noise, traffic and runoff to their neighborhood.
New York, "Representative Lowey Speaks To New York School About Quiet Communities Act" (Apr. 29, 1997). The New York Daily News reports that Rep. Nita Lowey id proposing a bill, the Quiet Communities Act of 1997, that would provide the Environmental Protection Agency with an additional $44 million over the next five years to reopen the noise abatement office that was closed in 1981. Under this bill, the Noise Abatement and Control Office would oversee federal noise abatement activities and noise standards, promote research and education, and conduct airport noise studies examining the Federal Aviation Administration's noise measurement techniques.
New York, "Increase in Flights at New York's LaGuardia Unauthorized and Neighbors are Angry" (Apr. 20, 2000). The New York Daily News reported that air and noise pollution in Queens are about to become worse unless officials act now. Within a year, an increase of 400 flights into and out of LaGuardia is expected, and residents are outraged.
New York area, Long Island, "Residents on New York's Long Island Want Noise Walls, But State Won't Build Them" (Jul. 12, 1998). Newsday reports that residents in many communities on Long Island, outside New York City, are complaining about traffic noise near their homes. While many residents have asked that noise walls be built in their neighborhoods, the state Department of Transportation will only consider building walls in neighborhoods next to major highway construction projects. Only one community on Long Island, Plainview, has succeeded in getting money for a noise wall without a major road construction project underway, the article says.
New York area, Long Island, "Town's on New York's Long Island Struggle With How and Whether to Ban Leaf-Blowers" (Jul. 12, 1998). The New York Times reports that towns and villages across Long Island in New York are struggling with how and whether to ban gas-powered leaf-blowers. The article says that some municipalities have passed an outright ban on the blowers during the summer, while others recently have passed rules that define acceptable decibel levels for the blowers. Still others are considering bans, and one city which banned blowers four years ago is considering rescinding the ordinance.
New York area, New York, "New York City Borough Creates Part-Time Position for Noise Control Officer" (May 21, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Eatontown (New York) Borough Council voted last week to hire a part-time noise control officer to serve as a liaison between businesses and residents. The officer's work will stress the importance of being a good neighbor to businesses and residents.
New York City, "Community Board in New York City Pushes City to Add Audible Crosswalk Signals for Pedestrians: Especially the Visually Impaired" (Aug. 15, 1999). The New York Times reports that a community board in New York City is pushing for audible crosswalk signals to increase pedestrian safety. The Department of Transportation worries about noise complaints, but proponents say that automatic volume adjustment, or even silent signals heard only by those with special receivers, can eliminate noise issues.
New York City, "Columnist Muses On the Increasing Use of Amplification In Traditionally Un-amplified Musicals, Plays and Operas, and Likens the Trend to Excessively Loud Movies and TV Ads" (Sep. 3, 1999). Newsday prints a column on the increasing use of amplification in theatrical performance, noting the New York City Opera will be using amplification for the first time this season. She compares the technological progression with the increasing volume of movies -- up to an average of 110 decibels in some dramatic climaxes -- when the Royal Institute for the Deaf advises that people exposed to more than 90 decibels in the workplace wear ear protection. She also notes that TV advertisers crank the volume on their commercials. She finally returns to the business of theater, saying that amplification may encourage the growth of theater size and destroy intimate traditionally-sized venues.
New York City, "New York City Legislators Are Upset Over Unmitigated Noise From Long Island Railroad's Expanded Maintenance Yard; They Demand a Sound Wall, and Threaten to Withhold Other Funding" (Aug. 31, 1999). Newsday reports that legislators in New York City are upset that an expanded railroad maintenance yard has gone into operation without a noise wall. Legislators are threatening to withhold funding for other railroad projects if the noise goes unmitigated. They plan to meet with railroad officials to discuss funding sources for the wall, while residents are calling a news conference to express their frustrations over the noise.
New York City, "Operation of Supersonic Concorde Jet Creates Substantial Noise in New York City" (Dec. 5, 1999). Newsday reports that noise from the supersonic Concorde jet, which uses JFK as its only American airport, has been irritating New Yorkers since 1979 when the European-based aircraft began operating in America. The plane causes significant noise, and some call it a "stretch fighter jet." It is specifically exempted from noise-reduction efforts because its engine design doesn't allow for standard noise-reduction technologies. Congressional representatives believe that the FAA should make the Concorde play by the noise rules that all other airlines have to follow.
New York City, "Federal Legislation to Set Standards Requiring Aircraft to Use Next Generation Stage Four Aircraft Engines By 2012" (Jul. 15, 1999). The Daily News reports that the pending introduction of the 1999 Silent Skies Act will require aircraft to meet next-generation Stage 4 engine-noise requirements by 2012. Stage 3 engines were 50% quieter than Stage 2, and now Stage 4 engines will reduce noise by an additional 40%.
New York City, "Sea Plane Tours in New York City Will Soon Be Illegal, Despite Claims by Unlikely Supporters that They Disturb No One" (Jul. 30, 1999). Newsday reports that a pending law in New York City will make seaplane tours -- which fly 1,500 feet above the East River -- illegal. Regulation is complicated, since the federal government regulates air space, the city regulates the marina, and the Coast Guard regulates the water. Some unlikely allies have emerged for the company; members of a local Community Board were convinced that the noise is not irritating, and teachers at the United Nations School say that the takeoffs and landing is far from disruptive.
New York City, "Noise: Nuisance Or Health Hazard?" (May 23, 1999). The New York Times printed the following letter to the Editor arguing that noise is a pollutant and not just a nuisance.
New York City, "Queens Representative Hails Increase of Federal Funds for Reducing Airplane Noise" (May 25, 1999). The Daily News reports that the House has passed a legislative amendment designating $10 million per year for three years to reduce airplane noise. The money will go to NASA's aircraft noise reduction research, representing a 44% increase in current funding.
New York City, "New Yorkers Complain Increasingly of Noise from News Helicopters, Now That Tourist Flights Are Fewer" (Nov. 28, 1999). The New York Times reports that local officials and residents are complaining more and more often about noise from news helicopters. Officials have proposed solutions such as news programs sharing air coverage, or putting "restrictions on altitude and limits of when and for how long news helicopters can hover over residential areas," but New York officials have limited power, since news helicopters usually originate in New Jersey.
New York City, "Long Island Railroad Agrees to Replace Shrill Horns with Smoother Ones to Address Noise Complaints" (Nov. 12, 1999). The Daily News reports that Long Island Railroad has agreed to replace the horns on a fleet of 46 new locomotives for a total cost of $125,000. The new horns will be just as loud, but will be less perceptible and annoying.
New York City, "Delta and USAir Announce Phasing-In of Quieter Phase 3 Jets to Reduce Maintenance Costs, Fuel Needs, and Noise at New York City's LaGuardia Airport" (Sep. 15, 1999). Newsday reports that Delta Air Lines plans to add 18 Stage 3 jets to its shuttle service from LaGuardia Airport to Washington D.C. and Boston. The new jets will help reduce noise levels, will reduce fuel needs by one-third, and reduce required maintenance. 86% of all aircraft subject to the federal law are already quiet enough: due to mufflering equipment or a quieter design. The FAA says that more than twice the number of passengers that flew in 1975 will fly this year, but the number of residents who will be affected by similar noise levels will drop by over ten times.
New York City, "Delta Announces Quieter Fleet Will Be Used Between Washington DC, Boston, and New York City Airports" (Sep. 16, 1999). The Daily News reports that Delta Air Lines will use new planes in their shuttle service between Boston, New York, and Washington. The new planes are twelve times quieter than the old planes, and should reduce noise for Queens residents.
New York City, "Residents Living Near New York City's Long Island Expressway are Upset at Noise from New Concrete Roadbed" (Sep. 20, 1999). The Daily News reports on a town meeting being held tonight in the Juniper Park neighborhood to address resident concerns over noise from the Long Island Expressway. A state Department of Transportation Official will be on hand to answer questions about the road's rehabilitation.
New York City, "Jet Noise at NYC's LaGuardia Airport Approaching Unbearable and Borough Officials Say No to Additional Air Traffic" (Apr. 19, 2000). According to the Daily News, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman said that an increase in air traffic will make life unbearable for residents in boroughs near LaGuardia Airport if the projected flight increase in the hundreds is approved. LaGuardia air traffic is currently at 1,200 flights a day.
New York City, "LaGuardia to Get 300 More Daily Flights" (Apr. 17, 2000). According to Newsday, a new federal law may lead to the most significant increase in air traffic at LaGuardia Airport in decades--as many as 300 more flights a day. Safety and noise problems are of concern.
New York City, "NYC Night Shift Employees Too Noisy for Neighborhood" (Apr. 16, 2000). The New York Times reported that Metropolitan Transit third shift employees (11pm to 5am) are too noisy, and neighbors have organized to bring the problem to the company's attention.
New York City, "Port Authority in New York Neglecting to Spend Ticket Surcharges on Noise Reduction" (Feb. 15, 2000). The Daily News reports that two area politicians have released a report that accuses The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey of not dealing adequately with noise problems near LaGuardia, Kennedy, and Newark International Airports.
New York City, "New York City Resident Criticizes FAA for Taking So Long to Rework Aircraft Flight Paths to Reduce Noise Burden" (Jan. 3, 2000). The Daily News prints an editorial which criticizes the FAA for taking so long to provide noise relief for New Yorkers.
New York City, "Community Advisory Board Near Columbus Circle, New York City Is Pushing for Audible Pedestrian Signals for the Blind; Some Residents and Businesses Worry About Potential Noise" (Jan. 9, 2000). The New York Times reports that Community Board 4, near Columbus Circle in New York City, is pushing for audible pedestrian-crossing signals for the circle. Residents and business owners worried about noise from excessively loud or shrill crosswalks. The community board said that the crosswalks constantly adjust their volume too be audible above city noise without being excessive or shrill.
New York City, "Legislator's Incessant Car Alarm Angers NYC Residents" (Mar. 24, 2000). According to the New York Times, the incessant blaring of a State legislator's car alarm in TriBeCa angered residents because the police, in response to complaints, guarded the car rather than towed it. The noise lasted from morning until 7pm.
New York City, Forest Hills, "Noise at Forest Hills Swim Club in New York City Has Residents Complaining and City Officials Looking for Ways to Make the Venue Accountable" (Jul. 22, 1999). The Daily News reports that the Forest Hills Swim Club near New York City, which hosts 10 PM to 4 AM weekend dance parties, has drawn over 150 complaints in recent weeks. Last week, 50 demonstrators marched in front of the building demanding their right to a good night's sleep. Club patrons have been observed drinking and driving, publicly urinating, and leaving drugs on residents' lawns. The club owner has no plans to end the dances, and says neighbor complaints may be race related. The city is examining the legality of many aspects of the club, including noise levels and permits.
New York City, Jamaica, "Jamaica, New York City Reverent Supports Congressional Bill to Force Concorde to Comply with Noise Regulations" (Nov. 15, 1999). Newsday reports that a reverend in Jamaica, New York City has asked an old friend -- now influential in the U.S. Congress -- to help reduce aircraft noise from Kennedy Airport by supporting a bill passed by the House and pending in the Senate. The bill would force the heretofore exempt Concorde supersonic jet to comply with noise regulations, and would also strengthen those regulations for all aircraft.
New York City, Queens, "Noise from Queens Nightclub Draws Frequent Complaints from Nearby Residents" (Aug. 16, 1999). Newsday reports that a popular nightclub in Queens draws regular complaints from neighboring residents about loud music and voices from patrons that continue until 4 a.m. The article notes that a shooting in February outside the club made for bad publicity, but the club has been law-abiding with legal noise levels and precautions such as designated parking lots and soundproofing. One more criminal activity in connection with the club would allow the police to shut the club down, but they say they would rather see a decrease in noise complaints.
New York, Albany, "Resident Says Albany's Noise Laws are not Adequate or Enforced" (Aug. 4, 1997). The Times Union printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Paul Tick, a resident and chair of the Environment Committee, regarding noise regulations in Albany, New York:
New York, Albany, "Noise Laws in Albany Should be Enforced, Columnist Thinks" (Jul. 24, 1997). The Times printed an editorial in which the writer reports at the last caucus of the Albany Common Council, the council president circulated a letter from residents of Central Avenue asking the council to pass an ordinance directed at cars with loud boom boxes. The writer points out that the city's ordinances are already very tough on noise, but the codes are not very well-publicized or used.
New York, Albany, "Albany Airport Gets $7 Million for Construction and Home Purchases" (May 21, 1997). The Times Union reports that federal officials announced Tuesday a $7 million appropriation to the Albany Airport construction projects and the purchase of nearby homes for noise abatement.
New York, Albany, "NY Residents Say Noise and Fumes Accompany Go-Cart Track" (Apr. 29, 1998). The Times Union of Albany, New York, reports an angry crowd of Turf Community Park residents Tuesday night protested a proposed go-cart tract and urged the Town Board to side with them.
New York, Albany, "Albany, New York Considers Zoning Change to Allow Controversial Go-cart Track" (Apr. 9, 1998). The Times Union reports the town board will hold a public hearing later this month to consider a zoning change that would allow a controversial go-cart track at a local driving range.
New York, Albany, "Some Residents in Albany, New York Oppose New Hospital Helipad Due to Noise While Others Say Noise is Negligible Next to Potentially Saved Lives" (Apr. 27, 1999). The Times Union reports that plans for a $1-million helicopter landing pad atop Albany Medical Center Hospital in New York's capital is drawing different opinions from neighbors. Some believe that the noise will be too much, saying that a test-run shook his floor and windows; in addition, residents worry about dropping property values and the risk of crashes, and they asked the Zoning Board of Appeals to reject the hospital's proposal. Others including members of the Park Slope Neighborhood Association, which believes that any problems will be negligible next to the potential to save human lives.
New York, Albany, "Albany, New York is Home to Blasting Car Stereos, Unmufflered Motorcycles, and Honking Taxis" (May 16, 1999). The Times Union printed a letter to the editor as follows:
New York, Albany, "Albany Assemblyman Opposes Soundwalls Designed to Block Train Whistles at Stations and Supports Them at a New Railyard" (Sep. 10, 1999). Newsday reports that an Albany, New York Assemblyman disagrees with residents' pleas for soundwalls at train stations, but supports them at a new railyard. He says the horns are necessary to keep people safely away from moving trains, and that people should better insulate their homes if they are so worried about noise. Conversely, he notes that the new Port Jefferson rail yard -- which was opposed by nearby residents -- should be the subject of an immediate noise study and should close while soundwalls are erected if they are deemed necessary.
New York, Albany, "New York State Department of Transportation To Perform Noise Study; Official Clarifies Confusion Over Construction on the Northway" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Times Union prints a response to a prior letter to the editor regarding noise on New York State's Northway. A state Department of Transportation (DOT) official says that the DOT will be performing a noise study on the Northway in Colonie to determine if there is a need for soundwalls in the area.
New York, Albany, "Albany, New York Considers Adoption of New Noise Ordinance" (Apr. 7, 2000). The Times Union in Albany, New York reports that the city of Albany has proposed a noise ordinance that will be presented at a public meeting on April 25. The city decided it needed to instate a noise ordinance after having received ongoing complaints from residents who were continually annoyed by the sound of motorbike riders.
New York, Albion, "Upstate New York Resident Objects to Noise from Hail Guns in Apple Orchard" (Jan. 25, 1998). The Buffalo News of Buffalo, New York, reports that an Orleans County resident has asked the county Legislature to do something about noise coming from hail guns at a nearby apple orchard.
New York, Alden, "Residents Oppose Wood Mulching Facility in New York Town" (Apr. 8, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that a Alden (New York) Town Board public hearing on a proposed special permit for a wood chip mulching and storage facility in a rural/agricultural zone drew mostly opposition from residents.
New York, Amherst, "Editorial: Loud Stereos are a Problem in Amherst, New York" (Aug. 11, 1998). The Buffalo News published the following letter regarding multidecibel audio-assault vehicles. The editorialist says Amherst, New York needs to draft a new noise ordinance, use a decimeter to track noise levels, and start issuing tickets.
New York, Amherst, "Amherst, New York Resident Says Despite Low Turnout at a Recent Public Meeting, Many State and National Park Visitors Resent Noise and Exhaust from Snowmobiles" (Nov. 22, 1999). The Buffalo News prints a letter to the editor from a man in Amherst, New York who believes that despite the low turnout at a recent public meeting, many visitors to state and national parks resent the noise and pollution from snowmobiles.
New York, Babylon, "Residents in Babylon, NY, Oppose Expansion of Republic Airport, Fearing Increased Noise and Property Devaluation" (Jul. 5, 1998). Newsday reports Babylon, New York, residents oppose expansion of Republic Airport, saying more runways mean larger planes and more noise, along with more pollution, property devaluation and the higher probability of accidents.
New York, Ballston Spa, "Residents Concerned About Noise and Other Disturbances at Saratoga (New York) County Fair" (Mar. 15, 2000). The Times Union of Albany, New York reports that Ballston Spa, New York resident Richard Gorman presented a petition concerning the management of the Saratoga County Fair, and its negative effects on residents in the area.
New York, Batavia, "New York Resident Sues Delta And Boeing Over Claim That Airplane Engine Noise Damaged His Hearing" (Dec. 2, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that a Batavia, New York man claims in a $200,000 lawsuit that he began suffering from a constant roaring noise in his ears after he sat next to the engine on a commercial airline flight almost three years ago.
New York, Batavia, "Buffalo, New York Toughens Its Noise Ordinance" (Aug. 10, 1999). The Buffalo News reports that the city council of Buffalo, New York has passed an amended noise ordinance that toughens its previously vague nature.
New York, Batavia, "Citizen Criticizes Noise Ordinance Amendment as Poorly Written at Batavia, New York City Council Hearing" (May 25, 1999). The Buffalo News reports that a noise ordinance amendment in Batavia, New York drew mixed reviews from citizens at the City Council public hearing. The amendment, targeting mainly barking dogs and loud music from cars, is intended to strengthen vague language from the original, setting "objective standards... for violations." One speaker said it was a "legal nightmare" suggesting that even ice cream trucks would be cited. One speaker of three said he would support the amendment, or anything to quiet the streets. The amendment will be voted on June 14.
New York, Blasdell, "New York Village Board Postpones Action on Noise Ordinance Due to Split Vote" (Jul. 17, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that the Blasdell (New York) Village Board decided Wednesday to postpone action on a proposed noise ordinance because the board was split on the issue 2-2 in the absence of Mayor Ernest Jewett.
New York, Blasdell, "Village in New York Considers Noise Ordinance Directed at Loud Nighttime Music" (Jul. 3, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that the Village Board in Blasdell, New York will hold a public hearing July 16 on adding a noise ordinance to the village code, in response to complaints from residents about loud music after 2 or 3 a.m. According to the article, the proposed ordinance would limit noise levels to 65 decibels between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., and 60 decibels from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m., said Village Clerk Barbara Cesar. Noise levels would be measured with a decibel sound meter installed in a police car.
New York, Brookhaven, "New York County Police Officers Set Up Traps to Capture All-Terrain Vehicle Riders" (May 12, 1997). Newsday reports that Suffolk County (New York) police officers this weekend impounded five all-terrain vehicles and issued summonses to their drivers near Brookhaven, New York. The police operation, in conjunction with officials from Brookhaven Town, the Suffolk Parks Department, and the state Department of Conservation, set up traps Saturday to capture the all-terrain vehicle riders and charged them with having open alcoholic beverages and operating an all-terrain vehicle without the property owners' permission. Police officials' action came after serious complaints from property owners about the noise and dust from the vehicles, which are now banned on public land.
New York, Buffalo, "Officials Looking for Money and Solutions to Noise Problem for Residents near Buffalo Airport" (Jul. 17, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that officials with the Town of Cheektowaga, New York and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) have agreed to investigate ways to provide some noise relief for residents living near the Greater Buffalo International Airport.
New York, Buffalo, "New York Town Approves New Method to Combat Noise Violations" (Jun. 11, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that police in Buffalo, New York today announced a new system for ticketing noise violators that is expected to get quicker results. Starting Monday, police officers will write summonses for a variety of ordinance violations, including noise violations, and the cases will be handled in the Adjudication Bureau of City Hall. Previously, policy had to make arrests, and the cases went to City Court, the article says.
New York, Buffalo, "Increased Enforcement of Nuisance Ordinances in Buffalo, New York Target Stereos, Loiterers and Minors" (Apr. 29, 1999). The Buffalo News reports that Buffalo, New York is planning a crackdown on noise during the early summer. An existing curfew says children 16 years and younger can not be out after 11 PM on a week night, or midnight on a weekend, unattended. Police say that with crime dropping, they have more time to enforce minor violations like these; also, all police officers now carry a booklet detailing noise ordinances.
New York, Buffalo, "Buffalo, New York Engineering Students Win Design Contest for Quieter, Less Polluting Snowmobile" (Apr. 13, 2000). The New York Times reports that State University of New York Buffalo engineering students have designed a way to eliminate snowmobile noise and air pollution. They won first place in a contest sponsored recently by the Society for Automotive Engineers.
New York, Cheektowaga, "Town in New York Undertakes Effort to Find Money to Mitigate Airport Noise" (Jun. 23, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that officials in Cheektowaga, New York have renewed interest in finding grant money to help soundproof homes and buildings severely affected by jet noise from the Greater Buffalo International Airport. As the airport prepares to complete a new airport terminal, which raises the possibility of more air traffic, officials say this is an appropriate time to seek solutions to the problem.
New York, Clarence, "New York Town to Draft Noise Ordinance in Response to Resident Complaints" (Jul. 10, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that the Town Board in Clarence, New York has directed its planning office to come up with a draft noise ordinance to address complaints about an unacceptable level of neighbhorhood noise.
New York, Colden, "Colden Lake Neighbors Wary of Noise from Motorcycle Races" (Apr. 10, 1998). The Buffalo News reports the Colden , New York, Town Board Thursday night approved a special-use permit for an "off-road grand prix" to be held at the Colden Lakes Resort despite the objections of a few residents.
New York, Colonie, "Colonie Residents Near New York State's Northway Petition DOT to Perform Noise Study, Erect Noise Walls" (Jul. 29, 1999). The Times Union reports that residents in Colonie, New York near the Northway are petitioning the Department of Transportation to erect noise walls. Traffic on the highway has increased 5-fold since its completion in 1962, and over 75 people signed the community petition. The DOT has no current plans to erect noise walls, and says that maintenance, safety, and bridge projects will take precedence over the walls.
New York, Depew, "NY Town Debates Loud Train Whistles: Nuisance or Necessity?" (Sep. 10, 1998). The Buffalo News reports Depew, New York, officials will consider banning train whistles at a public hearing Monday.
New York, East Aurora, "New York Community Shelves Proposed Noise Ordinance" (Dec. 5, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that East Aurora (New York) Village Board this week tabled a noise ordinance after several trustees and residents expressed concern that the law may prove unenforceable.
New York, Erie County, "Communities in the Buffalo, New York, Area Draft Noise Ordinance with Car Stereos in Mind" (Jul. 6, 1998). The Buffalo News reports New York's Erie County Sheriff's Department and other area police agencies are trying to crackdown on drivers who blast high-powered car stereos.
New York, Forest Hills and Glendale, "NY Home Depot Too Big, Too Noisy, Too Much Traffic for Neighbors" (Mar. 21, 2000). According to an article from Newsday, the new 24-hour Home Depot bordering Forest Hills and Glendale attracts so much vehicular traffic that its neighbors can no longer open their windows or get a good night's sleep.
New York, Forestville, "Two NY Residents Sue Company for Excessive Noise and Vibrations" (Aug. 8, 1998). The Buffalo News reports two Forestville, New York, residents who live near a manufacturing plant have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit charging excessive noise and vibrations.
New York, Great Neck Estates, "Long Island Village Bans Leaf Blowers for the Summer; Two Other Towns Limit Leaf Blower Hours" (Jul. 2, 1997). Newsday reports that the village of Great Neck Estates, New York has banned the use of gasoline- or diesel-powered leaf blowers within 300 feet of residential property between June 15 and Sept. 15. After the ban expires in September, the village will decide whether to keep it, change it, or drop it. Meanwhile, two other Long Island towns, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, have restricted the use of leaf blowers to certain hours.
New York, Greenwich Village, "Resident Praises Police's Efforts to Keep Greenwich Village Quiet" (May 1, 1998). The New York Times published the following letter to the editor, from resident Carole Hale who praises the efforts of the police enforcing the noise ordinance. Hale wrote:
New York, Hamburg, "Ordinance Tries to Suppress Noise in Hamburg, New York" (Aug. 18, 1998). The Buffalo News reports that the Village of Hamburg has adopted an eight-page noise ordinance. The ordinance prohibits a person from intentionally causing "public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm or recklessly creating a risk thereof by making unreasonable noise. "
New York, Hamburg, "New York Town Considers New Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 21, 1998). The Buffalo News reports that the Village Board in Hamburg, New York will hold a public hearing on August 17 to discuss a proposed noise oridnance.
New York, Hanover, "Hanover, New York Residents Ask Town Board To Quiet Auto Parts Plant" (Nov. 25, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that the Hanover (New York) Town Board heard from two residents Monday who complained about noise and vibrations from the Bailey Manufacturing plant on Bennett State Road, which makes auto parts. The article says that town officials visited the homes of the two residents and agree something must be done.
New York, Harlem, "Residents of East Harlem, New York Complain About Excessively Loud Worship Services" (Jun. 6, 1999). The New York Times reports that East Harlem, New York residents are fed up with noise that registers up to 90 dB in their living rooms from the nearby Iglesia Pentecostal Abrigo del Altissimo church. Two summer's ago, the amplified services -- which include preaching and singing -- happened for several hours in the evenings, seven days a week, for two months; the church arrived with a tent and set it up in an empty lot with a public address system that faced the street. Residents say that Harlem has never been a quiet place, but also say that this church is excessively loud.
New York, Hempstead, "Residents in New York Town Complain About Noise From New Warning Sirens" (Jun. 29, 1997). Newsday reports that two new sirens in the Bay Park area of Hempstead, New York were installed to warn residents of hurricanes or disasters at the nearby Nassau County sewage plant, but homeowners who live near the sirens say the sirens' piercing wails are too loud. Until recently, the sirens went off every noon and during fire calls in other neighborhoods.
New York, Hempstead, "Big Box Store Dismisses Neighbor's Concerns Over Noise" (Feb. 20, 2000). According to Newsday, Hempstead resident Ronald Lupski is fighting a losing battle over noise from Home Depot, which moved into his neighborhood in 1990 with a promise to work together with residents regarding their concerns--something residents say has not happened.
New York, Huntington, "New York Town Passes Ordinance to Control Noise from Leaf Blowers into the Future" (Jun. 3, 1998). Newsday reports that the town board in Huntington, New York unanimously passed an ordinance yesterday that bans leaf blowers that generate noise levels higher than 70 decibels by the year 2000. By 2003, leaf blowers are required not to be louder than 65 decibels, under the ordinance. The new ordinance is intended to work in conjunction with the current bylaw that bans leaf blowers during certain hours.
New York, Huntington, "New York Condominium Owners and Farm Stand Co-Exist in Peace" (Dec. 13, 1999). According to an editorial in Newsday, residents of a 248-unit housing development have agreed to co-exist peacefully with a neighboring farm stand.
New York, Islip, "New York Town Residents Say Airport Violates Late-Night Flight Agreement" (May 9, 1997). Newsday reports that residents who live near the Long Island-MacArthur (New York) Airport are angry that airplanes have begun to fly into the airport after 11 p.m. and are claiming that airport officials and Islip town officials misled them into believing there was a late-night curfew on flights.
New York, Islip, "Long Island Group Opposes Noise and Night Flights at MacArthur Airport" (May 19, 1998). Newsday reports that as the New York Town of Islip prepares to expand the terminal at Long Island MacArthur Airport, a group of residents is urging town officials to focus on the problem of airport noise.
New York, Islip, "Islip, NY, Residents Demand Night-Time Curfew at MacArthur Airport" (Mar. 14, 1999). Newsday reports residents of Islip, New York, are protesting late-night flights at MacArthur Airport and asking for a night-time flight curfew.
New York, Ithaca, "Researchers Find That Children in Noisy Areas Are Poor Readers Because They Tune Out Human Speech" (May 10, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen reports that researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York are suggesting that children who live in noisy areas have poorer reading skills because they tune out human speech and thus have a harder time recognizing and understanding human speech.
New York, Ithaca, "Cornell Study Measures Ill Effects of Airport Noise on School-Age Children" (Mar. 4, 1998). BC Cycle reports Cornell researchers say that airport noise puts stress on children that may have lifelong effects. The article details the physiological effects of airport noise on a group of children living in Germany over a period of two years.
New York, Jamestown, "Police in New York Town Crack Down on Loud Car Stereos" (Jul. 24, 1998). The Buffalo News reports that police in Jamestown, New York have started to crack down on loud car stereos recently, after a new noise ordinance was passed by the City Council earlier this year. The article goes on to describe a citation that was issued by a police officer for a loud car stereo on Wednesday.
New York, Lackawanna, "Resident in a New York Town Asks for Another Town's Noise Barriers" (Jun. 6, 1998). The Buffalo News printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Dana Kaczmarek, a Lackawanna, New York resident. Kaczmarek notes that officials have decided to remove the toll barrier in Williamsville, and asks that the noise barriers at Williamsville be moved to the Lackawanna toll barrier:
New York, Lewiston, "Village Board Reprimands Inn for Noise" (May 19, 1998). The Buffalo News reports the Lewiston, New York, Village Board Monday publicly admonished the general manager of a local inn for its noise levels and failure to be a good neighbor.
New York, Long Beach, "New York Town Disregards its Own Leaf Blower Ban" (Aug. 26, 1997). Newsday reports that the City of Long Beach, New York considers itself exempt from its own leaf blower ban passed in 1994. The city's position came to light after a resident complained about city employees using leaf blowers near her home, only to be told the city considers itself exempt from the law.
New York, Long Beach, "New York Town Police Train More Police to Use Decibel Meters, Increasing Enforcement of Noise Law" (Jul. 16, 1998). Newsday reports that the city of Long Beach, New York has doubled the number of police officers qualified to use decibel meters in order to enforce the city's noise ordinance. City officials said the noise ordinance and the decibel meter training has resulted in a less noisy community.
New York, Long Beach, "New York Town Tables Proposal to Rescind Leaf-Blower Ban" (Jul. 23, 1998). Newsday reports that the City Council in Long Beach, New York tabled a proposal to rescind the ban on gas-powered leaf-blowers Tuesday, after an outpouring of opposition to the idea. Residents called for the ban to be enforced, while gardeners complained that they need leaf-blowers.
New York, Long Beach, "Long Beach, NY, Bucks Trend and Considers Lifting Leafblower Ban" (Jul. 8, 1998). Newsday reports the city council of Long Beach, New York, is considering rescinding its ban on leafblowers within the city. Critics say the ban was never enforced in the first place, charging even city workers violated the ban.
New York, Long Beach, "Long Beach, NY, Gives First Ticket for Violating Leafblower Ban Four Years After Law Enacted" (Sep. 17, 1998). Newsday reports the City of Long Beach, New York, issued the first citation for violation of its leafblower ban, a law enacted in 1994.
New York, Long Beach Township, "New York Community Cracks Down On Ice Cream Vendor Noise" (Dec. 6, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Board of Commissioners in Long Beach Township, New York last night approved new restrictions on ice cream vendors, limiting the amount of noise vendors can make.
New York, Long Island, "Long Island, New York Expressway Sound Barriers Visually Displeasing" (Apr. 27, 1997). The New York Times reports that the beauty that brought many people to Long Island is being marred by sound barrier walls that have risen along the expressway.
New York, Long Island, "More Local Laws on Long Island and Around the Country Ban or Limit Leaf Blower Use" (Aug. 11, 1997). Newsday reports that residents and officials on New York's Long Island and in other communties around the country are increasingly complaining about and seeking to pass laws restricting the use of leaf blowers. The article goes on to explore restrictions in Long Island communities, including a ban enacted by the Village of Great Neck Estates in June on the summertime use of gasoline-powered blowers. In addition, the article explores the history of leaf blowers, the health effects of leaf blowers, and attempts by leaf blower manufacturers to make the machines quieter and more palatable to residents.
New York, Long Island, "Leaf-Blowers on Long Island Should be Restricted" (May 11, 1997). The New York Times printed an editorial in which the writer describes the noise problems with the use of leaf-blowers and advocates restrictions on them, giving examples of other municipalities that have banned or restricted them.
New York, Long Island, "Home Depot Makes Noise on Long Island and Across the Country" (Sep. 23, 1998). Newsday reports people across the country, including many on Long Island, New York, say Home Depot, one of the country's largest retailers, is a noisy neighbor that doesn't belong near residential neighborhoods.
New York, Long Island, "Long Island Towns Place Restrictions on Noisy Helicopters" (Apr. 11, 1999). The New York Times reports in recent years the freedom to use helicopters has been reduced on Long Island as more and more towns have passed regulations restricting where they can take off and land. And in some areas where helicopters can still operate on private property, neighbors are becoming more vocal about the noise.
New York, Long Island City, "Company Releases New Anti-Noise Headset for Computer Use" (Jun. 30, 1997). Newsday reports that Andrea Electronics, based in Long Island City, New York, has introduced a new anti-noise stereo headset for the computer market, the QuietWare 1000 PC stereo headset. According to the company, the product is the first in a new line of peripherals designed to enhance voice-driven PC and Internet applications. The article also reports that the new headset uses Andrea Anti-Noise Active Noise Cancellation microphone technology, and QuietWare Active Noise Reduction headphone technology.
New York, Malta, "Malta, New York Residents say That Town Officials Are Not Doing Their Job When It Comes To Policing Local Speedway" (Apr. 21, 1999). The Times Union reports that a citizen group in Malta, New York is accusing town officials of having special interests when it comes to regulating the Albany-Saratoga speedway.
New York, Melville, "Business Owners and Residents in Melville, New York Oppose a New Senior Citizen Housing Development In an Industrial District; Noise, Dust and Traffic Would Irritate Residents and Be Unsafe" (Aug. 8, 1999). Newsday reports that residents and businesses in Melville, New York oppose a proposed senior citizen housing development in a busy industrial zone. They say that traffic, noise, and dust from the nearby businesses would irritate seniors as well as put them in danger. Developers claim that trees and earthen berms will protect the development from noise, but critics say that noise will get through and so will dust and sand that regularly clog air conditioners in the area. The developers will need 4 out of 5 council votes, since so many area residents oppose the rezoning. The article reports that residents and businesses in Melville, New York oppose a proposed senior citizen housing development in a busy industrial zone. They say that traffic, noise, and dust from the nearby businesses would irritate seniors as well as put them in danger.
New York, Melville, "Andrea Electronics Corporation Launches E-Commerce Site; Discusses Agreements Over Next Generation Voice Communications Applications" (Feb. 15, 2000). PR Newswire published the following press release by Andrea Electronics concerning the launch of its new e-commerce site, and various corporate agreements concerning next generation voice communications applications. The press release is reprinted here in its entirety:
New York, Melville, "Andrea Electronics Corporation to Demonstrate its Far-Field Digital Microphone at Industry Show in Palm Springs" (Feb. 15, 2000). PR Newswire published a press release by Andrea Electronics Corporation announcing its participation at the Spring 2000 Intel Developer Forum in Palm Springs, California. The company will be demonstrating its far-field digital microphone. The press release is re-printed here in its entirety:
New York, New York, "United Airlines Will Reduce Noise Emissions of its Fleet Ahead of Schedule" (Sep. 5, 1997). The Xinhua News Agency reports that United Airlines officials announced today that they will reduce noise emissions from the company's fleet by 25% more than federal aircraft noise standards require by the end of this year, according to a company press release. Company officials intend to replace many of the fleet's jets with new aircraft to achieve the goal.
New York, New York, "New York City Sues U.S. Department of Transportation Over New Flights At La Guardia Airport" (Dec. 18, 1997). The New York Times reports that the City's Corporation Counsel sued the Federal Government to stop it from adding 21 new flights a day at La Guardia Airport, arguing that the extra traffic at the already congested airport would compromise the safety of air travelers and Queens residents.
New York, New York, "Noise Expert Cries Out For Stronger Noise Pollution Control In New York City" (Dec. 30, 1997). The Daily News reports that a top environmental expert yesterday called for appointment of a city czar to coordinate a crackdown on the noise explosion tormenting New Yorkers.
New York, New York, "Resident Take City To Task On Noise Violations" (Dec. 31, 1997). The Daily News reports that New York residents of Queens Blvd. are suing the city for violations of local noise pollution control laws.
New York, New York, "Community Fights New York City Night Club" (Dec. 7, 1997). The New York Times reports that New York City's economic development committee of Community Board 12 is pushing for rejection of licensing for a night club. The Board's essential concerns are that the club would cause excessive noise and parking congestion.
New York, New York, "Residents and Officials Decry the Noisy Skies Over New York's Kennedy Airport" (Jun. 19, 1997). Newsday reports that air traffic noise from New York City's Kennedy Airport is again becoming a public policy issue. Residents in Queens and Rockaway are once again pressuring the Federal Aviation Administration to do something about the noise.
New York, New York, "Queens Residents in an Uproar Over Proposal to Add 30 Daily Flights to LaGuardia Airport" (Jun. 22, 1997). The Daily News reports that residents and public officials in New York City's Queens borough are alarmed and angry at requests by three low-fare airlines to add 30 daily flights in and out of the busy LaGuardia Airport. Opponents of the proposal have been writing letters to U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, asking him to reject the requests from ValuJet, AirTran, and Frontier Airlines.
New York, New York, "Citizens Group Goes to Court to Shut Down Manhatten Heliport" (Jun. 13, 1997). The Daily News reports that the Helicopter Noise Coalition of New York City filed papers in the Manhatten Supreme Court yesterday seeking to shut down Manhatten's E. 34th St. heliport, run by National Helicopter Corp., charging that the city has allowed it to operate illegally for years.
New York, New York, "New York Isn't the Place to Live if You're Searching for Peace and Quiet" (May 30, 1997). The New York Times printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Louis Kibler, a New York resident, about how noisy it is to live in New York:
New York, New York, "Night on the Town in New York Assaults the Ears" (May 27, 1997). The New York Times printed an editorial that outlined the noise assaults the writer experienced in one evening in New York.
New York, New York, "Community Board Members in Greenwich Village, New York, Propose Selected Motorcycle Ban Due to Noise" (Nov. 2, 1997). The New York Times reports that in an effort to improve the quality of life in New York City, the Greenwich Village community board is pressuring the police to strengthen noise laws with reference to loud motorcycles. Their quality-of-life campaign may even try to ban motorcycles from local streets, the article says.
New York, New York, "New York City Councilors Propose Stopping Expansion of Trash Transfer Stations" (Nov. 26, 1997). Newsday reports that two city councilors in New York City introduced legislation yesterday that would stop the expansion of trash transfer stations in the city due to increasing problems with odor, noise, and heavy traffic associated with the stations.
New York, New York, "Local New York City Official Considers Challenging Decision Allowing Additional Jet Flights" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Daily News reports that Claire Shulman, the Queens Borough President in New York City, is considering challenging a recent federal decision allowing additional takeoffs and landings at LaGuardia Airport, saying the skies already are noisy and congested enough. Last month, the article notes, the U.S. Department of Transportation granted Frontier Airlines, ValuJet Airlines, and AirTran Airways exemptions to the High Density Rule for new services where slots are limited. The rule limits the number of hourly takeoffs and landings allowed at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports in New York, O'Hare Airport in Chicago, and Washington National Airport.
New York, New York, "New York City Neighborhood Escapes Most Urban Bustle Except JFK Airport" (Oct. 19, 1997). Newsday reports that the Queens neighborhood of West Hamilton Beach in New York City is a veritable paradise to those who live there, except for a major drawback: its proximity to JFK Airport. The neighborhood is considered part of Howard Beach, and residents have been able to retain their independence and anonymity, the article says. But the nearby airport is considered by many of the residents to be an environmental and safety hazard, subjecting them to unhealthy levels of noise, air, and water pollution.
New York, New York, "New York City Resident Argues That the City's New Noise Ordinance is Meaningless" (Oct. 20, 1997). The New York Times printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Adrienne Leban, a New York City resident, who says that the city's recently passed ordinance that raises the fines for noise violators will not work for several reasons:
New York, New York, "New York City Resident Wants New Noise Ordinance to Include Fines for Helicopters" (Oct. 22, 1997). The New York Times printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Arun Malhotra, a New York City resident, asking the City Council to add fines for noisy helicopters to the city's recently passed noise ordinance:
New York, New York, "Columnist Pokes Fun at New York City's New Noise Violation Fines, Saying Enforcement is Impossible" (Oct. 26, 1997). The Denver Post printed an editorial which ridicules the new law that triples the fines for repeat offenders of noise violations in New York City. The columnist says that the goal of reducing noise pollution is laudable, but it will prove impossible to catch offenders and prove that they're violating the law.
New York, New York, "Columnist Worries That New York's New Noise Violation Fines Will be Hard to Enforce" (Oct. 28, 1997). The Village Voice printed an editorial in which the writer discusses New York City's proposed new noise ordinance, which would set expensive fines on noise violations. The writer describes the ordinance and goes on to worry that it will be difficult to enforce.
New York, New York, "Noisy Ice Cream Trucks in New York are a Nuisance, Columnist Argues" (Sep. 7, 1997). The New York Times printed an editorial in which the writer complains about the noise from ice cream trucks in New York City. The editorial discusses how it is virtually impossible to enforce the current rules regarding noise from the trucks
New York, New York, "New York's LaGuardia Airport Will Get More Air Traffic Despite Pending Lawsuit Challenging Increasing Flights" (Apr. 22, 1998). Newsday reports that the U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday approved nine additional daily flights at New York City's LaGuardia Airport. The decision came in spite of a pending lawsuit in federal appeals court filed four months ago by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, seeking to reverse an earlier Department of Transportation decision to allow 21 flights at the airport.
New York, New York, "Crackdown on Smaller Crimes in Greenwich Village Works, but Leaves Some Residents Annoyed" (Apr. 27, 1998). The New York Times reports that New York City police have been undertaking a crackdown on minor crimes every weekend in Greenwich Village as part of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's increased focus on quality-of-life crimes. The crackdown, called Operation Civil Village, involves radar traps, sound traps, drunken-driving checkpoints, stolen-vehicle checkpoints, motorcycle checkpoints, and license, registration, and insurance-card checkpoints. The article notes that while police and some residents say the project has been a huge success, other residents complain about being stopped by police when they've done nothing wrong, about police officers harassing people, and about long waits in traffic when police are checking IDs.
New York, New York, "New York City Shuts Down Four East Side Bars in a Noise Crackdown" (Apr. 7, 1998). The New York Times reports that neighbors' complaints about noise prompted the city to shut four Upper East Side bars over the weekend. City officials say the crackdown on rowdy Manhattan bars and clubs will last through the summer.
New York, New York, "New York City Works To Decrease Noise Pollution" (Feb. 19, 1998). The Boston Globe reports that noise pollution continues to grow in New York City. The City is trying stronger measures to lower noise levels.
New York, New York, "Columnist Asks if New York Mayor Giuliani's "Quality-of-Life" Campaign is Really Addressing City Problems" (Feb. 26, 1998). Newsday printed an editorial commenting on New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's speech yesterday on quality-of-life issues. While Giuliani called his plan a "comprehensive new strategy" to foster a more civil city, the editorial says the plan actually echoed the major themes of the mayor's first term. The writer says the speech left some wondering if the mayor was simply trying to position himself for higher office as the "man who tamed New York," while others wondered if the mayor was to some extent trying to catch up in areas in which the city had fallen behind.
New York, New York, "New York City Mayor's Noise Pollution Prevention Program is Working" (Feb. 28, 1998). The New York Post printed an editorial regarding the noise problem in New York City and progress on Mayor Giuliani's effort to target noise pollution as part of his quality-of-life initiative. The editorial argues that the mayor is right to target noise pollution, that the program has made considerable strides, and that a new initiative is giving car-alarm owners a way to quiet their car alarms before their car is towed.
New York, New York, "Rerouting of Flights at New York's LaGuardia Airport Seen as Answer to Noise by Some, as Public Relations Ploy by Others" (Jan. 7, 1998). Newsday reports that two New York, New York city councilmen have called on the Federal Aviation Administration to reduce ear-numbing airplane noise by rerouting flights at LaGuardia Airport. However, some residents are doubtful that this will have a real effect on noise in the communities surrounding the airport.
New York, New York, "Two NYC Councilmen Join Noise Protest at New York's LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports" (Jan. 7, 1998). The Daily News reports that Two New York City Councilmen joined anti- noise activists at LaGuardia Airport yesterday to demand that the city and federal governments act to reduce air traffic noise in the areas around LaGuardia and Kennedy airports.
New York, New York, "NYC Loses Appeal to Prevent More Flights at La Guardia" (Jul. 9, 1998). Newsday reports a federal appeals court has upheld the U.S. Department of Transportation's plan to add 21 daily flights into New York's LaGuardia Airport.
New York, New York, "NYC Loses Suit to Stop More Flights at La Guardia; Appeal Probable" (Jul. 8, 1998). The New York Times reports a Federal appeals court ruled yesterday in favor of allowing increased flights into and out of New York City's La Guardia Airport.
New York, New York, "NYC Can't Preempt Federal Government's Control of Airspace, Appeals Courts Rules" (Mar. 2, 1998). The Weekly of Business Aviation reports an appeals court ruled that the city of New York may not restrict routes of sightseeing flights.
New York, New York, "Noise Sufferers near La Guardia Airport Complain of Disproportionate Burden of Noise in Early Morning Hours" (Oct. 4, 1998). The New York Times published the following letter to the editor regarding the unfair dispersal of early morning noise from La Guardia Airport.
New York, New York, "Noise, the Not-So-Silent Danger, Causes Irreversible Hearing Loss for Millions in U.S." (Feb. 9, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports before Americans turn up the volume, they may want to consider how excessive sound can damage hearing.
New York, New York, "NY Community Groups Oppose Unlimited Flights at Airports; Say Current Noise Pollution a Health Threat" (Feb. 8, 1999). Newsday reports, civic leaders and politicians from Queens, New York are protesting the Clinton administration's plan to end limits on the number of daily flights at LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports, saying the measure will only bring more noise, pollution and congestion.
New York, New York, "Loud Noises Causing Increasing Rates of Hearing Loss in New York City" (Apr. 14, 2000). The New York Times reports in an editorial that a citywide minute of quiet that was supposed to take place on Wednesday as part of International Noise Awareness Day was a failure in New York City. The minute of quiet is encouraged by the League for the Hard of Hearing. The writer discerned no reduction in the noise level during that time.
New York, New York, "Will Noisy Neighbors Hinder Condominium Sale?" (Apr. 14, 2000). Newsday published a question and answer column about real estate issues. A reader posed a question about condominium noise, and attorney Michael Cohen answered the question.
New York, New York, "Noisy New York Neighbor Source of Complaints but No Action" (Feb. 18, 2000). Newsday printed a noise complaint letter in the Real Estate section. The letter and the response are printed in their entirety.
New York, New York City, "New Yorkers Number 1 Quality Of Life Complaint Is Noise" (Dec. 29, 1997). The Daily News reports that New York City is doing little to reduce noise pollution even though noise is New Yorkers' No.1 quality of life issue.
New York, New York City, "No-Noise Advocates No Longer Quiet in New York City" (Oct. 28, 1997). The Christian Science Monitor recently printed the following editorial whose subject was noise and the resulting "quiet crisis."
New York, New York City, "NYC Steps Up Anti-Noise Effort with Restrictions for Cabbies" (Apr. 30, 1998). The Daily News reports New York City is increasing its efforts to limit noise by restricting cab drivers from honking their horns unnecessarily.
New York, New York City, "New York City Street Screamers Wreak Havoc In Soho" (Feb. 8, 1998). The New York Times reports about growing noise complaints in Soho, New York City.
New York, New York City, "Noise Monitors available to Residents who Live Near NY & NJ Airports" (Jan. 22, 1998). Newsday reports that residents who live around a major airport in the New York City area can request a mobile noise monitor from Port Authority. These monitors measure decibel levels of aircraft noise to determine if airlines are violating noise limits.
New York, New York City, "Feds Fund Three Sound Barrier Projects in NYC" (Jun. 28, 1998). The Daily News reports Congress and the White House have approved a multi-million-dollar spending for transportation projects aimed at easing New York's traffic flow along Queens streets, and reducing noise pollution for neighbors of the borough's highways.
New York, New York City, "Motorcycle Fans and Foes Meet about Noise in NYC" (Jun. 28, 1998). The New York Times reports a large group gathered Tuesday in Greenwich Village, New York, to talk about noise from motorcycles with altered mufflers.
New York, New York City, "NY Resident Says Noise Makers Should Pay" (May 17, 1998). The New York Times published the following letter to the editor from Marcia H. Lemmon of New York City's Lower East Side. Ms. Lemmon's letter addresses who should take responsibility for noise and the ensuing costs of soundproofing. She is the chairwoman of the Ludlow Block Association.
New York, New York City, "House Votes Down Call for Increased Flights at NY's Busiest Airports" (Oct. 19, 1998). The Daily News (New York) reports New York City residents in the borough of Queens, subjected for years to abnormally high levels of noise and air pollution, got a break last week when JFK and LaGuardia were denied flight increases.
New York, New York City, "NYC Resident Proposes Ban on Truck Traffic Through Neighborhood, Citing Noise, Health and Safety Issues" (Sep. 20, 1998). The New York Times reports a resident's concern about noise, pollution, health, and safety issues caused by heavy truck traffic in her New York City neighborhood has led to a resolution to ban commercial traffic through that area. To go into effect, the ban now needs approval from the Department of Transportation.
New York, New York City, "Court Case: NYC Nightclub Loses in Challenge to Charges of Excessive Noise Violations" (Sep. 10, 1998). The New York Law Journal reports a case in which a nightclub failed in its challenge to charges of excessive noise violations. The summary, text, and discussion of the case follows:
New York, New York City, "Increased Air Traffic and Noise Over Upper Manhattan Neighborhoods Due to Runway Work at La Guardia" (Sep. 6, 1998). The New York Times reports New York City residents are annoyed by the increased flights over their neighborhoods in the last several months. The sharp rise in air traffic and its attendant noise are due to runway work at La Guardia Airport.
New York, New York City (Queens), "New York Rally Protests Airport Noise and Its Health Effects on Children" (Oct. 12, 1998). Newsday reports children and adults gathered in Queens, New York, yesterday to protest noise, pollution, and ill health effects from nearby airports.
New York, Niagara Falls, "Residents Complain About Traffic Noise in New York Town, But Get No Help From State Officials" (Nov. 23, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that residents in Niagara Falls, New York are complaining about noise from the LaSalle Expressway, which runs from Williams Road in Wheatfield west to the I-190, through the heart of a Niagara Falls residential area. Despite residents' complaints, state officials say they cannot perform a noise study and don't have the funds to build a sound wall or plant trees as a buffer.
New York, North Hempstead, "Long Island Town Rejects Expansion Plan for Shopping Center Due to Citizen Protests" (Sep. 18, 1997). Newsday reports that the North Hempstead (New York) Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday to reject plans for expanding a shopping center on Port Washington Boulevard, near a residential area. The board voted after a public hearing that attracted more than 100 residents who opposed the expansion. Residents believed the project would increase traffic, congestion, and noise.
New York, North Hempstead, "New York Town Official Begins Fourth Term Promising a Limit on Leaf Blowers" (Feb. 7, 2000). According to an article in Newsday, a local city official began her fourth term in North Hempstead, promising to limit the use of leaf blowers.
New York, Orchard Park, "Orchard Park, New York Residents Upset at 4 AM Grocery Unloading Times Approach Town Board, Board Says Loading Times Can't Be Limited Under Current Noise Ordinance" (May 6, 1999). The Buffalo News reports that residents in Orchard Park, New York are upset with noisy delivery trucks unloading behind a neighboring grocery store at 4 AM. The Town Board says they have no legal recourse currently, but the Town Supervisor said he personally knows the store owner and will talk with him about changing delivery times.
New York, Plainview, "Residents in Plainview, New York Who Wanted a Noise Wall for the Highway in 1992 Now Oppose It As Too Close to Their Homes" (May 16, 1999). Newsday reports that residents in Plainview, New York who asked their representative for a noise wall in 1992 when he was elected now say that the proposed 18-24 foot wall would block their view. Because of the sloped terrain between the highway and the homes, utility and emergency access issues, and economic feasibility, the wall would have to be closer to the property lines than to the road to be effective. In 1997 about 100 residents signed a petition saying that the noise wall would be too close, and this year about 40 signed a petition saying they no longer wanted it at all.
New York, Port Jefferson, "LI Residents Complain about Noise, Fumes, Lights from New Rail Road Yard" (Mar. 28, 1999). Newsday reports neighbors of a new Long Island Rail Road yard in Port Jefferson Station, New York, are complaining of noise, fumes, and lights.
New York, Port Washington, "Fire Sirens In A New York Community Spark Controversy" (Jan. 18, 1998). Newsday reports that the Port Washington, New York fire department is being questioned by a local neighborhood organization, the Willowdale Terrace Concerned Residents, concerning the department's need to blare sirens and air horns to alert the town's volunteer firefighters to the presence of a fire. Some residents have been disturbed by the noise of the sirens; others in the neighborhood recognize the need for the firefighters to be alerted in a timely manner. The fire department is willing to try other methods, although they feel that the current system of using sirens is still the most reliable.
New York, Queens, "Jet Noise Problems Faced by Queens, New York Residents Look to Get Worse, Not Better" (Jan. 11, 1998). The Daily News recently reported on the jet noise problem experienced by Queens, New York residents who live nearest to Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports. The article stated that their noise problem looks to get worse before it gets better as more and more airlines are being given the okay to land and take off at the borough's two airports. This, despite a federally enacted High Density Rule that places limits on the number of flights into and out of Kennedy, LaGuardia, Chicago's O'Hare and Washington National airports.
New York, Queens, "Queens Residents Vehemently Object to More Flights at New York Airports" (Apr. 4, 1999). The New York Times reports New York residents have a hard time believing "The skies will be getting quieter" as the Federal Government considers eliminating flight caps at La Guardia and JFK Airports.
New York, Queens, "FAA Accused of Having "No Decency;" Residents of Queens, NY, Say More Flights and Noise at LaGuardia and Kennedy Unacceptable" (Mar. 31, 1999). Newsday reports residents who live near New York's LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports met in Queens last night to tell FAA officials they are dead set against increased flights and the accompanying noise.
New York, Queens, "New Federal Legislation Will Increase Air Traffic at Kennedy and Laguardia Airports in New York" (Mar. 30, 2000). Newsday reports that US President Bill Clinton is due to sign legislation this week that would allow more regional jet traffic at Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports in New York. The legislation will also allow the "high-density rule," which has set strict flight number limits at the two airports for the past thirty years, to expire in less than seven years. The bill was approved by Congress on March 15.
New York, Sayville, "Protest of Long Island Railroad Train Whistle Draws Support From Residents and Politicians" (Sep. 3, 1999). Newsday reports that 40 people gathered at Sayville, New York's Long Island Railroad (LIRR) station yesterday to protest a loud train whistle which has gotten louder since the introduction of double-decker trains. LIRR officials defend the whistles importance in assuring safety, citing federal guidelines that require a MINIMUM of 96 decibels at 100 feet in front of the train; still, they are performing a study on the whistles. Loud sounds such as train whistles can cause hearing loss, and a temporary increase in blood pressure and weakened immune system.
New York, Shelter Island, "New York Island Community Passes Strict Noise Ordinance Among Some Controversy" (Jul. 19, 1998). Newsday reports that the Town Board in Shelter Island, New York unanimously approved a strict noise ordinance on June 19. The article notes that the town was split on the issue, with two opposing petitions collecting almost an equal number of signatures.
New York, Sloan, "Village in New York Passes Nighttime Noise Ordinance Targeting "Unreasonable" Noise" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that the Sloan, New York Village Board recently adopted a nighttime noise ordinance that targets "unreasonable" noise. The ordinance carries fines of up to $250.
New York, Smithtown, "Long Island Towns Restrict Places to Ride Noisy ATVs" (Aug. 9, 1998). Newsday reports Smithtown, New York, officials say a recent crackdown on noisy all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes in neighboring Brookhaven has brought riders into their town in search of open spaces to ride. Citing noise and environmental and liability issues, Smithtown is enforcing its own restrictions.
New York, Suffolk, "Suffolk, New York Voted to Strengthen Noise Rules By Introducing Decibel Limits" (Dec. 8, 1999). Newsday reports that the Legislature in Suffolk, New York voted to introduce decibel limits in county noise rules to help cut down on noise on county property. Decibel limits are 50 between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and 65 during the day. Several exemptions are made. The County Executive has 30 days to sign or veto the bill
New York, Suffolk County, "Boom Boxes in Suffolk County New York Expected To Abide by Noise Limits" (Dec. 12, 1999). According to the New York Times, the Suffolk County Legislature approved noise limits for boom boxes and other noise sources on county roads or in county-owned beaches and parks. One county official said that the legislation came about because existing loud noises have an adverse affect on the quality of life for Suffolk residents.
New York, Troy, "Police in Troy, New York Confiscate Cars with Too-Loud Stereos as Evidence of Noise Violations" (Jul. 22, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that noise ordinance enforcement in Troy, New York sometimes include confiscating cars with loud car stereos. If stereo volume is measured higher than 76 decibels at 50 feet away, the car is violating the noise ordinance and can be confiscated. Fines begin at $35, and violators -- who include bearers of too-loud boom boxes and motorcycles -- are responsible for any towing costs.
New York, Valhalla, "One Airline at New York County Airport Agrees to Comply with Voluntary Nighttime Noise Curfew" (Sep. 7, 1997). The New York Times reports that in response to resident complaints about nighttime flights at the Westchester County Airport in Valhalla, New York, the County Transportation Commissioner wrote letters to the offending airlines asking them to cooperate with a voluntary nighttime curfew. But only one airline, Continental Express, agreed to delay its first flight of the day to comply with the curfew.
New York, Watervliet, "City in New York Continues Campaign to Ban Nightly Truck Traffic on Residential Street" (Aug. 4, 1997). The Capital District Business Review reports that the city of Watervliet, New York is continuing its campaign to ban most nightly truck traffic on 25th Street, a residential street that has provided access to the major routes into and out of the city for nearly a century. Previous ordinances have been implemented twice, but have been challenged successfully in court. Each time, the ordinance has been rewritten by the city to address problems arising from the court challenges. Now, the city council is considering whether to enact another rewritten ordinance, and is seeking public input at a public hearing on August 7.
New York, Westchester, "Public Workshop Scheduled in Westchester, New York is Designed to Gather Opinions from Residents Living With Noise from Westchester County Airport" (Dec. 2, 1999). The Daily News reports that a public workshop is being held to hear comments from some of the 700 residents who lives closest to noise from the Westchester County Airport in Westchester, New York.
New York, Westhampton, "Neighbors of Suffolk County, New York Gabreski Airport Want a Moratorium on New Airport Construction; Airport Officials Say Air Traffic Is Down and No Significant Expansion is Planned" (Dec. 5, 1999). The New York Times reports that residents around Suffolk County, New York's Gabreski Airport are pushing for a moratorium on new airport construction. Officials at the airport say there is no significant expansion planned at the airport, but pressure from residents who say the noise from the airport is growing.
New York, White Plains, "Citizens' Panel Suggests Limits on New York's County Airport; Noise and Water Pollution Top Concerns" (Oct. 11, 1998). The New York Times reports a citizens' advisory board recommended limited expansion of New York's County Airport, citing a number of quality of life and environmental issues including noise pollution and water quality.
New Zeaand, Queenstown, "Expansion of New Zealand Airport Raises Noise Issues" (Oct. 29, 1997). The Southland Times reports that a hearing into controversial air noise and runway issues at Queenstown Airport in New Zealand was delayed when the Queenstown Airport Corporation asked for more time to put its case together. The corporation had been scheduled to present technical evidence in relation to air noise boundaries and flight paths.
New Zealand area, Palmerston North, "Meeting Between Air Force and Community Members on Jet Noise Held in New Zealand" (Feb. 27, 1998). The Evening Standard reports that a meeting was held Wednesday night between officials at New Zealand's Ohakea Air Force Base and the Sanson Community Committee in the Palmerston North, New Zealand area to discuss noise from jets and from base operations. Also attending the meeting were two Manawatu District Council members and, by invitation, members of the Collier family who live off the Ohakea main runway's east end.
New Zealand, Arrowtown, "Orchard Owner in New Zealand Must Reduce Noise Level of Wind Machine that Fights Frost" (May 23, 1997). The Southland Times reports that an orchard owner in Arrowtown, New Zealand has been asked by a panel to significantly reduce noise levels from a frost-fighting wind machine, or remove it. The panel's decision came in response to neighbors angry about the noise and intrusion into the landscape of the machine.
New Zealand, Auckland, "A Minute's Worth of Complete Silence a Rare Experience, Even in New Zealand" (Apr. 29, 1998). The Dominion of Wellington, New Zealand, reports Auckland academics will allow citizens to experience blissful silence today in honor of Noise Awareness Day.
New Zealand, Auckland, "New Zealand Researcher Believes Noise May Reduce Infant Crib-Death Incidents" (Apr. 12, 2000). The Press in Christchurch, New Zealand reports that an Auckland, New Zealand clinical psychologist has released a controversial study that says that infants at risk of crib death have an easier time breathing if they are exposed to background noise while they are sleeping.
New Zealand, Christchurch, "Newer Classrooms Noisy and Impede Learning in New Zealand" (Apr. 17, 2000). According to the Press in New Zealand, a study resulting from teacher complaints showed that newly constructed school buildings are noisier than older ones, and listening conditions in the older builders were unsatisfactory.
New Zealand, Fairlie, "Fairlee, New Zealand Man's Complaints Over Noisy Machine Forces Company to Act" (Mar. 25, 2000). The Press reported on the success one Fairlee man experienced in his determination to regain the peace and quiet of his tranquil home. He complained to the right people and got results in one week.
New Zealand, Feilding, "Manawatu, New Zealand District Council to Begin Imposing Fines For Excessive Residential Noise" (Feb. 15, 2000). The Evening Standard of Manawatu, New Zealand reports that the Manawatu District Council will begin fining people in Feilding and elsewhere in the District who refuse to comply with noise abatement notices.
New Zealand, Franz Josef, "Public Health Report Regarding Greymouth, New Zealand Helipad Says Noise and Fumes Are Unreasonable, Sets Requirements for Improvement" (Aug. 17, 1999). The Press reports that after Franz Josef, New Zealand's Westland District Council received a public health report requiring noise and fume mitigation at a local helipad, a special committee developed possible solutions. These could include limitation of total helicopters to 9, relocation of the pad farther from residences, limitations on flights before 7 am and after 9 pm, and mitigation of noise from "ground operations."
New Zealand, Franz Josef, "Franz Josef, New Zealand Residents Want Noisy Helicopter Base to Relocate, but Operators Say That Would Hurt Business; Local Officials and Operators Have Tentatively Agreed to a Relocation Slightly Down-River" (Aug. 8, 1999). The Sunday Star-Times reports that residents in Franz Josef, New Zealand want a noisy helicopter base -- which serves mainly to shuttle tourists to and from the Franz Josef glacier -- to relocate. Some say helicopters bring in tourists, others say noise drives them away. Operators say they don't want to move their operation too far out of town, but are open to moving further down the river. Health reports and local officials have also supported a relocation.
New Zealand, Granity, "New Zealand Residents Object to Coal Terminal, Say Proposed Site Would Endanger Animals and Pollute Neighborhood" (Oct. 30, 1997). The Press of Christchurch, New Zealand, reports Granity residents are opposed to a proposed West Coast Coal Terminal site. Yesterday, these residents were given the opportunity to address the hearing for the proposal. Residents cited a number of concerns ranging from endangerment of wildlife to increased noise and air pollution.
New Zealand, Hamilton, "New Zealand Residents Angry Over Car Race in Residential Area" (Nov. 13, 1997). The Waikato Times reports that a car race was held over the weekend in the Hamilton, New Zealand city boundaries, and residents are angry about the excessive noise and smell of burning rubber. Residents have started a petition asking city councilors to move the competition out of the area. The competition was held by the Te Awamutu Rod and Custom Club and sponsored by the Te Rapa Tavern.
New Zealand, Hamilton, "Hamilton, New Zealand Manufacturer is Told that Its Power Plant Is Too Loud" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Waikato Times reports that a power plant located on a manufacturer's property in Hamilton, New Zealand is disturbing residents. The company has 6 weeks to lessen the noise to 42 decibels at the property line.
New Zealand, Hamilton, "Classroom Noise Puts Primary Students at a Disadvantage" (Mar. 23, 1999). The Waikato Times reports an international acoustics expert says elementary students are adversely affected by classroom noise.
New Zealand, Hamilton, "Residents of Hamilton, New Zealand Seem Satisfied After Dairy Plant Promises to Stop Noisy Generator Testing Until Soundproofing is Installed" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Waikato Times reports that in Hamilton, New Zealand, a dairy factory will stop testing of a noisy generator while it installs soundproofing. The fifty residents who attended a public meeting called by the factory had complained of the noise, but seemed satisfied that the factory was being responsible in its decision to hold off on testing until soundproofing was installed.
New Zealand, Hamilton, "Wellington, New Zealand City Council Dismisses Complaints About Noise from Screaming Riders of a Bungy Ride as Insignificant" (Jan. 3, 2000). The Waikato Times reports that the Wellington, New Zealand City Council dismissed complaints about noise from screaming patrons at a downtown bungy ride as not "a huge issue."
New Zealand, Hutt, "Hutt, New Zealand City Council to Test Noise Levels At Church" (Mar. 14, 2000). The Evening Post in Wellington, New Zealand reports that a neighbor has complained that the congregation of Taita's Hosanna Baptist Church creates too much noise. The Hutt City Council plans to test the noise level, but has been unable to conduct the tests so far because of winds.
New Zealand, Invercargill, "New Zealand Airport Officials Want New Housing Restricted Around Airport" (Apr. 12, 1997). The Southland Times reports that officials at the Invercargill Airport in Invercargill, New Zealand believe it will be harder for the airport to expand its international flights unless new housing is restricted in Otatara. Officials of the airport's management company Airport Ltd. said the draft district plan, which governs the city for the next 10 years, deals with airport planning too loosely. They urged city councillors to ban further residential development under the western flight path in Otatara so the runway could eventually be extended for trans-Tasman flights. The airport company also asked that noise mitigation measures, such as insulation and double-glazing, be imposed on buildings under the eastern flight path.
New Zealand, Invercargill, "Development Around New Zealand Airport Would be Limited Under Proposed Plan" (Nov. 19, 1997). The Southland Times reports that development surrounding the Invercargill Airport in Invercargill, New Zealand would be restricted to prevent noise complaints under the latest draft of the Invercargill District Plan released yesterday. The plan must be approved by the City Council, the article notes.
New Zealand, Lower Hutt, "Noise Complaints in New Zealand Prompt Council to Rule Against Dog Owner" (Oct. 30, 1997). The Evening Post of Wellington, New Zealand, reports that Lower Hutt dog owner, Michael Edney was ordered to remove all dogs from his property after numerous complaints from neighbors. After Edney's objection, he was told he could keep one dog. But Edney is not happy at having to put a collar on his dog that gives it an electric shock when it barks.
New Zealand, Makara, "Residents in New Zealand to Discuss Noise From Proposed Wind Farm" (Jun. 17, 1997). The Dominion reports that residents in Makara, New Zealand who are fighting to oppose a proposed wind farm, have agreed to join an Electricity Corporation working party to address ways to mitigate unwelcome noise.
New Zealand, Mt. Cook, "Mt. Cook, New Zealand Recreationists and Residents Complain Less About Aircraft Noise; Airline Industry Appears to Be Voluntarily Cooperating" (Nov. 27, 1999). The Timaru Herald reports that the Department of Conservation in Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand believes that airlines have been voluntarily cooperating to reduce noise, by trying to use alternative flight paths that keep planes "high and wide" of populated areas and recreational sites.
New Zealand, Napier, "New Zealand Research Finds That Classrooms Are Too Noisy" (Apr. 8, 2000). The Dominion in New Zealand reports that the Speech-Language Therapists Association held a conference recently in Napier, New Zealand. One of the topics discussed was excessive noise in the classroom and its negative effects on the teaching and learning process.
New Zealand, Nelson, "Nelson Airport Upgrades Noise Committee" (May 18, 1998). The Nelson Mail reports the Nelson, New Zealand, airport authority will form a committee to deal with noise issues arising from the airport.
New Zealand, Nelson, "Nelson, New Zealand Residents, Already Campaigning for Ban on Nighttime Logging Truck Runs On One Street, Widen Proposed Ban to Include All Residential Streets At All Times" (Jul. 29, 1999). The Nelson Mail reports that Nelson, New Zealand residents, who were already campaigning against nighttime logging truck runs on Nile Street have widened the proposed ban to include all residential streets at all times. Complaints surrounding logging trucks have included noise and safety issues, made worse after a log fell from a truck recently. The logging company pledges increased safety but says they need to use residential streets. Residents plan to continue pushing the council, which is perceived in a cynical light.
New Zealand, Nelson, "Nightclub in Nelson, New Zealand Cited for Loud, Repetitive Bass; Club Says It's Being Singled Out" (Nov. 27, 1999). The Nelson Mail reports that the Artery nightclub in Nelson, New Zealand has been served with a noise abatement notice after neighbors complained about a loud, repetitive bass thumping. The club believes it is being picked on, but the local environmental officer says that he is simply applying the local noise limits -- which is 50 decibels at the property line for bass -- to the club's noise.
New Zealand, Nelson, "Nelson, New Zealand Arts Center Says It Is Singled Out Over Noise Problems" (Nov. 9, 1999). The Nelson Mail reports that "The Artery", a community arts center in Nelson, New Zealand claims that it is being singled out in disputes over noise pollution. Artery officials say that the complaints are prejudicial because the music in question is techno music. Officials have spent $145,000 to soundproof the building to be under 45 decibels, but the city is now lowering the noise limits to 40 decibels because the bass notes are still disturbing residents.
New Zealand, Nelson, "New Zealand Resident Says Noise Caused Health Problems and Sale of Home" (Feb. 17, 2000). The Nelson Mail (New Zealand) reports that John Dearden, who lives near the new coastal highway in Nelson, has been severely affected by traffic noise on the new road. Dearden, who first voiced his protests a year ago, complains of health problems and states that he now will be unable to sell his home. The stretch of road that he is concerned with runs south of Mapua, between Maisey Road and Bronte Road.
New Zealand, Nelson, "New Zealand Government Has No Plans to Monitor Noise Around Homes Near Bypass" (Mar. 23, 2000). The Nelson Mail reported that the New Zealand government says it won't monitor noise from the proposed widening of a bypass. It will, the article said, consider complaints on a case by case basis.
New Zealand, New Plymouth, "New Zealand District Council Rejects Appeal for Expanded Co-Generation Plant with Weaker Noise Standards" (Nov. 26, 1997). The Daily News reports that the South Taranaki District Council in the New Plymouth, New Zealand area has rejected an appeal from Kiwi Co-operative Dairies to expand its co-generation plant. The council's judicial committee earlier approved the expansion, subject to special noise conditions, which then were appealed by the company.
New Zealand, New Plymouth, "Bar in New Plymouth, England Focus of Noise Complaints" (Apr. 8, 2000). The Daily News in New Plymouth, New Zealand reports that a bar owner in New Plymouth is upset about a noise abatement notice that he received from the New Plymouth District Council for having violated the 55-decibel noise limit. The owner of the Salvation Bar on Powderham Street, Cameron McKay, believes that a 55-decibel limit is too low, and he is worried about being able to continue his business.
New Zealand, Palmerston, "New Zealand's Palmerston North Airport and Its Surrounding Development Given New Limits" (Jun. 16, 1998). The Evening Standard reports that new noise limits for Palmerston North Airport in New Zealand have been set. The limits were set after consideration was given on the parts of the Manawatu District Council, the Palmerson North City Council, and Palmerston North Airport Company.
New Zealand, Palmerston, "Noise Insulation Plans Revealed for Homes Near New Zealand Airport" (Jun. 25, 1998). The Dominion reports residents who live near New Zealand's Palmerston North airport will hear tonight about new regulations that affect the noise insulation of new homes.
New Zealand, Palmerston, "Complaints Over Noise From Aircraft Engine Testing Spurs Revision of Local Laws" (Aug. 2, 1999). The Evening Standard reports that the planning commission in Palmerston, New Zealand may limit noise from aircraft engine testing. The limits wouldn't go into effect until January of 2001. The issue became controversial when a particular airline began routinely servicing -- and testing -- engines at night; that airline has since moved its servicing operation.
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "New Zealand Judge Hints that Rifle Range Use Might Have to be Restricted" (Nov. 19, 1997). The Evening Standard reports that an Environment Court judge in New Zealand hinted yesterday that the use of the Turitea rifle range might have to be severely restricted in order to comply with the Resource Management Act. Judge John Treadwell made the comments at the conclusion of a hearing initiated by the Palmerston North City Council, which argues that the judge should grant a declaration stating that land owned by the rifle club is being used for activities contrary to the Act. The decision in the case was reserved, the article says. However, in closing, the judge said that any such declaration could be over-ridden by a section of the Act that stipulates that occupiers of such land must ensure that noise emissions don't exceed a reasonable level.
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "New Zealand Man Threatens to Shoot Down Air Force Jet Because of Noise" (Oct. 23, 1997). The Dominion reports that a man in Palmerston North, New Zealand who threatened to shoot down a noisy air force jet flying over his home was given a 12-month suspended sentence in Palmerston North District Court.
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "New Zealand Resident Conducts Survey On Jet Noise At The Palmerston North Airport" (Jan. 15, 1998). The Evening Standard reports the results of a recent survey on jet noise from the Palmerston North airport.
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "Proposed Noise Controls on Aircraft Testing at New Zealand Airport May Be Relaxed" (Jul. 15, 1998). The Evening Standard reports that the city council resource management and regulatory committee in Palmerston North, New Zealand voted Monday to proceed with the public notification of a variation to the proposed district plan that would allow noise from the testing of aircraft engines at Palmerston North Airport to be louder than the district plan proposes.
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "Airport Noise Level Plans Require Future Homes to be Soundproofed" (Jun. 27, 1998). The Evening Standard reports rural New Zealand residents living under flight paths are concerned about how proposed new noise level limits near Palmerston North airport will affect future homes and additions to existing properties.
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "New Zealand Residents Want Airport Noise Reduced Sooner than Later" (Sep. 23, 1998). The Evening Standard reports at a meeting about airport generated noise attended by ratepayers and representatives from the Palmerston North city council, airport company, and Fieldair Engineering, New Zealanders' main message was, "Let's curb noise now."
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "Palmerston North, New Zealand City Council Supports Strict Noise Controls on New Night-Testing of Jet Engines, Now that Variance for Specific Tests Have Lapsed" (Aug. 3, 1999). The Evening Standard reports that since an unpopular noise variance granted by Palmerston North, New Zealand's City Council has expired, the council is working towards stricter noise limits for night-time jet-engine testing. The council now supports a required enclosure for any night-time engine testing. Proposed limits include a maximum of 70 decibels as measured from a residential boundary, and a maximum hourly average of 55 decibels, "with an allowable rise one night a month to 60."
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "Posselt, New Zealand Resident Complains that Aviary Birds Were Disturbed By a Recent Motorcycle Race" (Aug. 3, 1999). The Evening Standard reports that a resident of Palmerston North complained to the City Council and the SPCA that a recent motorbike race in the area "must have been distressed" by the noise. City officials said that the event was "fully assessed" and open to public comment, although none were made. The curator of the aviary "said there was no evidence the birds were stressed." The SPCA said it would investigate the matter when more information was available.
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "Hearings Over Airport Noise Rules In Palmerston North, New Zealand Result In New Guidelines for Airport Operation and Development Nearby" (Nov. 23, 1999). The Evening Standard reports that after a series of hearings regarding airport noise in Palmerston North, New Zealand, new guidelines have been established for noise abatement. Ground engine-testing rules, land uses, and noise limits were set.
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "Noise-Hearings Commissioner in Palmerston North, New Zealand Admits that Even After Noise Rules, Airport Noise May Still Exasperate Residents" (Nov. 23, 1999). The Evening Standard reports that the commissioner of recent airport-noise hearings in Palmerston North, New Zealand admits that "adverse effects" from airport noise may still be present even after the recent establishment of noise rules. The commissioner refused to totally ban nighttime engine testing, saying that occasional, unavoidable nighttime testing was essential to the airport's operation.
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "Noise From Vehicle Sound Systems Annoys Business Owners" (Mar. 15, 2000). The Manawatu Standard reports that police in Palmerston North, New Zealand, do not believe that they should be dealing with complaints about loud music coming from vehicles as they drive through the city. They would rather see the city council deal with the problem.
New Zealand, Palmerston North, "Palmerston North, New Zealand Police Need to Do More to Enforce Speeding and Noise Violations" (Mar. 14, 2000). The Evening Standard in Palmerston North, New Zealand reports that the Palmerston North City Council is concerned that police in the city are not doing enough to enforce speeding vehicles and noise offenders.
New Zealand, Palmerstown North, "New Zealand Court Affirms Rights Of Gun Clubs" (Dec. 18, 1997). The Evening Standard reports that a New Zealand court recently affirmed the rights of a local gun club.
New Zealand, Park Terrace, "Residents of Park Terrace, New Zealand Worried About Potential Noise from Pile-Driving Construction Project" (Nov. 22, 1999). The Press reports that a pile-driving construction project -- the second this year for the area -- is proposed in Park Terrace, New Zealand. Officials say that when possible, screw-type non-impact piles will be used in this four-month project to reduce noise and vibration impacts. Residents are still worried.
New Zealand, Queenstown, "Developer in New Zealand Wants to Build Near Airport" (Nov. 20, 1997). The Southland Times reports that at a hearing in Queenstown, New Zealand yesterday, officials from the development company Remarkables Park argued that their proposed subdivision zoning near the Queenstown Airport should be allowed, in conjunction with acoustic insulation in the homes. The developer's comments came after two days of Queenstown Lakes District Council district plan hearings in which opponents of the proposed zoning change -- developer Terrace Tower and airlines Air New Zealand and the Mount Cook Group -- spoke.
New Zealand, Taita, "New Zealand Homeowner Moves Because of Noisy Church" (Mar. 23, 2000). The Press reported that a New Zealand man sold his house and moved because the church next door was too noisy and adversely affecting his marriage.
New Zealand, Timaru, "New Zealand Car Club's Noise Levels From Loudspeaker Are Under Review" (Nov. 13, 1997). The Timaru Herald reports that officials are reviewing the resource consent (permit) for the loudspeaker system of the South Canterbury Car Club's Falvey Road site near Timaru, New Zealand. The car club had sought to raise the permitted noise level from 45 decibels to 50 decibels, but the council intends to review two conditions of that proposal.
New Zealand, Vogeltown, "Vogeltown, New Zealand Couple Says Millennium Concert Was Too Loud and Lasted Too Long" (Jan. 5, 2000). The Daily News reports that a couple living in Vogeltown, New Zealand thought the Millennium concert on New Years' Day night was too loud and went too long. Local officials thought that most people wouldn't mind the once-in-a-millennium exception.
New Zealand, Wanaka, "Noise From Pump Station in Wanaka, New Zealand Annoys Neighbors" (Apr. 14, 2000). The Southland Times in New Zealand reports that two residents in Wanaka, New Zealand have appealed to the Environment Court about noise emitted from a pump station that adjoins their property. The court has decided not to close the station, but rather, to limit nighttime noise from the pump station to no more than 40 decibels.
New Zealand, Wanaka, "Applications for Tavern Licenses in New Zealand Questioned Because of Excessive Noise" (Feb. 16, 2000). The Southland Times reports that two restaurants in Wanaka have applied for tavern licenses, which would allow them to serve and sell alcohol and to provide live entertainment until 2:30 A.M. The applications have been questioned because noise complaints have been lodged in the past against both restaurants.
New Zealand, Wanaka, "UK Tavern Owners Asked to Reduce Noise" (Feb. 3, 2000). According to The Press, local officials from Wanaka urged tavern and motel owners to resolve their conflict over noise from loud music and bar customers.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Groups Battling Over Noise Issues at New Zealand Airport Reach an Agreement" (Aug. 20, 1997). The Dominion reports that the groups involved in an Environment Court hearing against provisions in the Wellington (New Zealand) City Council's district plan regarding acceptable noise controls for the Wellington Airport have signed a consent order, agreeing to settle their differences, after a week of court-ordered mediation. The Residents Airport Noise Action Group, Wellington International Airport Ltd, the Board of Airline Representatives, and Wellington City Council presented the consent order to Judge Shonagh Kenderdine, ending more than 10 years of dispute on the issue.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Debate Over Aircraft Noise at New Zealand Airport Begins in the Environment Court" (Aug. 5, 1997). The Evening Post reports that the Environment Court in Wellington, New Zealand is being asked to decide how Wellington Airport and its neighbors can best live with each other. A three-week court hearing started yesterday to hear appeals against airport noise provisions in Wellington City Council's proposed District Plan. Judge Shonagh Kenderdine, assisted by three environment commissioners, is hearing the case.
New Zealand, Wellington, "New Zealand Residents Propose Extra Fees For Noisy Planes" (Dec. 10, 1997). The Evening Post reports that proposals to charge noisy Boeing 737 aircraft more for landing at Wellington Airport in New Zealand have been deferred until February.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Legal Costs May Prevent New Zealand Residents Group from Going to Court Over Airport Noise Control" (Jul. 1, 1997). The Evening Post reports that the Residents Airport Noise Action Group (RANAG), a group of residents in the eastern suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand, may have to abandon a fight over airport noise control because they cannot afford to go to the Environment Court for an appeal. The court hearing is estimated to cost the group $20,000, and is expected to last most of August.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Proposed Wind Farm Project in New Zealand Meets Opposition on Grounds of Noise" (Jul. 3, 1997). The Evening Post reports that the Energy Corporation (ECNZ) wants to build a wind farm in Makara, New Zealand, and has met with opposition from residents in the area. At a Wind Energy Association and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority conference in Wellington this week, ECNZ Makara project manager Graeme Mills presented a paper on the proposed wind farm, and said the company is working to understand the potential nosie effects. He also urged Makara residents to understand and have faith in the input processes of the project.
New Zealand, Wellington, "New Zealand Airplane Noise Fight in Court Will Begin in August" (May 26, 1997). The Evening Post reports that New Zealand's Environment Court has set aside the month of August to hear appeals against Wellington City Council's noise rules, contained in the proposed district plan, that would regulate airport noise. Appeals will be brought both by residents groups and by airline groups.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Court Ruling in New Zealand Ends Ten-Year Battle Over Airport Noise" (Nov. 21, 1997). The Dominion reports that a ten-year fight over acceptable noise levels around the Wellington, New Zealand Airport ended with a ruling yesterday by an Environment Court judge which stipulates where and what kind of housing developments can be built near the airport. The court case involved four parties: the Residents Airport Noise Action Group, the Wellington International Airport, the Board of Airline Representatives, and the Wellington City Council.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Judge's Ruling on Building Rules for Homes Near New Zealand Airport Ends a Decade-Long Noise Fight" (Nov. 22, 1997). The Dominion reports that a judge's ruling Thursday regarding building rules for new homes near the Wellington (New Zealand) airport ends a decade-long battle between airline and airport officials and residents. The article describes the long fight, focusing on the leader who organized residents and led a successful battle, Maxine Harris.
New Zealand, Wellington, "New Zealand Judge Sets Noise Insulation Rules for Housing Near Airport" (Nov. 20, 1997). The Evening Post reports that Environment Court Judge Kenderdine ruled yesterday that new housing developments on industrial or commercial land around the Wellington (New Zealand) Airport will have to meet new planning rules, including the use of noise insulation. The article says that the ruling is an attempt to end an 11-year battle over noise at Wellington Airport. Meanwhile, residents that have been fighting for stronger noise controls said that the ruling passes the problem back to the community instead of to the noise-makers.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Army Training Exercises Bombard New Zealand Residents With Noise" (Dec. 3, 1997). The Evening Post reports that an Army training exercise in the middle of the night in Upper Hutt, near Wellington, New Zealand has angered residents.
New Zealand, Wellington, "New Zealand City Councilor Proposes Extra Fees for Noisy Air New Zealand Jets" (Nov. 12, 1997). The Evening Post reports that officers of the Wellington (New Zealand) City Council are preparing a proposal that Air New Zealand be forced to pay extra charges every time its noisy Boeing 737 jets land at Wellington Airport. The extra costs paid by the airline would be used to insulate homes around the airport against noise. The proposal is being championed by Councilor Sue Kedgley, who said that if the idea was accepted by the City Council, it would ask Wellington International Airport Limited -- 34% of which is owned by the Council -- to impose the extra charges.
New Zealand, Wellington, "New Zealand Advisor Advises Against Highway Upgrade, Citing Noise and Its Health Effects" (May 1, 1998). The Evening Post reports a New Zealand senior advisor said widening a State Highway would add to already unacceptably high noise levels for residents and most likely result in serious health effects.
New Zealand, Wellington, "New Zealand Expert Advises Against Highway Upgrade, Citing Noise and Its Health Effects" (May 1, 1998). The Evening Post reports a New Zealand senior advisor said widening a State Highway would add to already unacceptably high noise levels for residents and most likely result in serious health effects.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Wellington, New Zealand Tourism Officer Pushes Review of Restrictions that Limit Number of Loud Shows at Westpac Trust Stadium; Famous Act Could Sell Out Two More Shows If Permitted" (Aug. 23, 1999). The Dominion reports that there is a push for review of restrictions that limit the number of loud shows at a local stadium, since a performer already scheduled for three nights could likely sell out two more shows if permitted. The tourism officer blames a few vocal residents for the limits, but a neighborhood resident said that residents simply accepted an offer from the stadium. There is always the chance that the performer will not exceed the decibel limit.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Wellington, New Zealand Reverse-Bungy Attraction Called "Sky-Screamer" Has Nearby Businesses Worried About Noise, But Attraction Officials Say Noise Is Negligible" (Dec. 7, 1999). The Evening Post reports that business owners in downtown Wellington, New Zealand are worried that a proposed attraction called the "Sky-Screamer" -- a reverse-bungy ride -- would be noisy, and the city council has yet to grant permission for the attraction.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Major Entertainers are Forgoing Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand Because Night Performances Are Limited to Six Yearly" (Sep. 17, 1999). The Evening Post reports that WestPac Trust stadium in Wellington, New Zealand is losing the chance to host major performers because of a rule that limits night performances to six each year. The six are already booked, owing to several unusual opportunities to book world-class acts, and stadium officials say that any other promoters who are turned down because of the rule may be reluctant to try again next year. They claimed that the city will no longer be known as a world-class venue, and the community will lose millions when people who normally travel there to see concerts stop coming.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Screams from Bungy Ride in Wellington, New Zealand Upsets Clients of Sexual Abuse Trauma Center Nearby" (Jan. 7, 2000). The Press reports that a therapist at a counseling center for sexual abuse victims in Wellington, New Zealand says his clients are upset at screams from a nearby thrill ride. Measurements taken in the last few days suggested that some screaming did exceed noise limits, contrary to previous estimates. City council members are discussing the issue with the operator.
New Zealand, Wellington, "Rugby Superstar Jonah Lomu of New Zealand Plans to Attempt to Break World Car Audio Sound Pressure Record of 176 Decibels" (Mar. 20, 2000). The Dominion (Wellington) reports that rugby star Jonah Lomu attended the Car Audio New Zealand sound-off central regional finals. He plans to attempt to break the world record in six months. The sound-off is a competition to create the loudest sound-pressure level using a car stereo.
New Zealand, West Melton, "Army Weapons Range in West Melton, New Zealand to Be Upgraded; Upgrade to Include Trees and Berms to Increase Safety and Reduce Noise, But Some Residents Are Still Concerned" (Aug. 3, 1999). The Press reports that an army weapons range in West Melton, New Zealand will receive trees and 3-meter as part of a $1-million upgrade to address residents' safety and noise concerns. Most residents were happy with the army's efforts, and thought that safety issues were well addressed, but they still worried about noise.
NH., Meredith, "NH Couple Prosecuted after Neighbors Complain of Noisy Geese" (Oct. 16, 1998). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports a New Hampshire couple is being prosecuted for noise violations after neighbors complained about noisy animals.
NJ, Paterson, "Northern New Jersey Sound Barrier To Be Built Next To Major Highway" (May 15, 1997). The Record reports a one-mile sound barrier will be built along Route 80 in Paterson, New Jersey to make life quieter for residents adjacent to the major highway. According to John Dourgarian from the state Department of Transportation, the sound barrier will consist of three walls, 14 to 24 feet high, and will cost the state $4.2 million. The barrier should be complete by June 1998.
NM, Albuquerque, "Albuqeurque Noise Walls Modified on I-40" (Jan. 24, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that this week in Albuquerque, New Mexico, sections of noise walls recently installed along Interstate 40 near the Rio Grande were adjusted after property owners complained.
NM, San Pedro, "San Pedro, NM Residents Protest Proposed Gravel Pit" (Jun. 15, 1999). The Albuquerque Journal reports residents near a proposed gravel pit in San Pedro, NM fear noise from the pit will destroy their lifestyle.
North Carolina area, Wilmington, "North Carolina School Board Should Reconsider Being a Good Neighbor" (May 26, 1997). The Morning Star printed an editorial that says the New Hanover County Board of Education, which voted to ignore neighbors' requests to quiet an air handling system and relocate a garbage container at the newly constructed Holly Tree Elementary School in the Wilmington, North Carolina area, should reconsider its decision and be a friendly neighbor.
North Carolina Hearing to Regulate Airboats, Arden, "Arden, North Carolina Airboat" (May 5, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Mike Bumgardner, an airboat operator on the French Board River in Arden, North Carolina, will appear at the County commissioners meeting with some of his past passengers to protest the efforts to shut his operation down. Noise complaints and concerns about the environment from riverfront residents have prompted the commission to consider regulation of airboats, which would primarily affect Bumgardner.
North Carolina, Archdale, "Archdale, North Carolina Resident Campaigned For Business Rezoning of His Property Weeks After He Fought Expansion of an Industrial Operation Near Another Property He Owns" (Nov. 20, 1999). The News and Record reports that a resident who fought against the expansion of an adhesive company in an industrial zone near his home several weeks ago also wanted to rezone another of his properties for business. The resident said an industrial zone will usually lower property values, while a property values near a business zone will usually rise. A 400-foot buffer was built to ease noise and pollution from the adhesive company's proposed expansion due to the resident's campaigning, only a few small portions of his property were approved for commercial zoning.
North Carolina, Arden, "North Carolina Airboat Operator Draws Resident Complaints Over Noise; County Commissioners Say They Can Only Regulate Noise When It Is Part of a Safety Hazard" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that County Commissioners were asked by several residents in Arden, North Carolina to curb the noise made by an airboat operator on the French Broad River. After some responsibility-passing between the County Commissioners and the state Wildlife Commission, the County Commission has said it will hear public comments at its next area meeting, and will attempt to negotiate a compromise.
North Carolina, Asheville, "Residents Say New Muffler Rule at Racetrack Has Not Decreased Noise in Asheville, North Carolina" (Jun. 14, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that some residents say they haven't noticed a difference since tighter noise restrictions were implemented at the speedway in Asheville, North Carolina. But the track's owner says he's measured a drop in noise since the new muffler rule went into effect.
North Carolina, Asheville, "North Carolina Racetrack Owner Reduces Race-Car Noise Limit to 90 Decibels" (May 22, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the owner of the Asheville Motor Speedway in Asheville, North Carolina has decided to limit noise from race-cars to 90 decibels, starting this week. The article notes that 90 decibels is between noise level of a common vacuum cleaner and a circular saw.
North Carolina, Asheville, "Two Developers Compete to Build Speedways in Asheville, NC; Noise Concerns Delay One Permit" (Nov. 21, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports there are two efforts to build a racetrack in the Asheville, North Carolina, area. In response to one of the plans, Henderson County commissioners have imposed a 90-day moratorium on racetrack building while they work on a noise ordinance.
North Carolina, Asheville, "Editorial: Race Track in Haywood, NC, will Mean Noise and Turmoil for Residents" (Apr. 12, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times published a rebuttal of Vesta Neale's guest column on Friday, March 26, advocating for a race track in Haywood County, North Carolina. Resident Peggy M. Setzer writes:
North Carolina, Asheville, "County Commissioners in Asheville, North Carolina Consult State Wildlife Commission Concerning Noise and Other Disturbance from an Airboat Operation on the French Broad River" (May 26, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Buncombe County Commissioners will ask the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for help in determining the environmental threats that a small airboat operation may have on the French Broad River. In addition to environmental concerns, citizens are worried about effects on other recreation, safety, and hearing.
North Carolina, Asheville, "Younger Generations are Facing More Noise, Making Ear Protection More Critical" (May 13, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports on the increase of hearing problems in relatively young people. Louder traffic, appliances, and music put younger people at risk, and have created two generations of kids who will lose more hearing than their parents did. Noise-induced hearing loss affects 20 million Americans, and nearly every other U.S. adult believes he or she has lost some hearing, while one in three 18 to 29-year-olds believes the same. There has been a fourteen percent increase in hearing loss ince 1971, and kids as always think they're immune to health problems like hearing loss.
North Carolina, Asheville, "Yelling is Noise Violation in South Carolina" (Mar. 25, 2000). An article from the Associated Press reported that an anti-abortion protester was cited for violating a local noise ordinance because he was yelling.
North Carolina, Ashville, "North Carolina Police Ticket Protesters for Noise" (Mar. 25, 2000). An article in the Asheville Citizen-Times that protesters who yelled at an employee of a women's health clinic were ticketed by police for "unreasonable, loud, disturbing, unnecessary noise."
North Carolina, Canton, "Speedway Builder Threatens to Pull Out of Western NC When Third County Imposes Racetrack Moratorium over Noise and Traffic" (Mar. 2, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports a 90-day racetrack moratorium in Haywood County may end plans for a new speedway in Western North Carolina.
North Carolina, Canton, "Speedway Moratorium Overturned in Haywood, NC; Noise Opponents Say County Caved in to Pressure from Fans" (Mar. 16, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports an embattled speedway project may still happen in Haywood County, North Carolina, now that commissioners have lifted the racetrack moratorium.
North Carolina, Carolina Beach, "NC Town Amends Noise Ordinance, Debates Purchase of Noise Meters" (Apr. 15, 1999). The Morning Star (Wilmington, NC) reports the Carolina Beach, North Carolina, town council took steps Tuesday night to eliminate disparities in its noise ordinance.
North Carolina, Cary, "Editorial Claims FedEx Proposal Will Create Night-time Noise for Residents of Orange and Durham, North Carolina Counties" (Jan. 14, 1998). An editorial in the News and Observer by P. C. Murphy of Chapel Hill, North Carolina wants to make clear two things regarding FedEx's plan for a possible hub at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). One, the noise involved is largely night-time noise, with arrivals and departures heaviest between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and two, noise will affect many area communities, not just Cary, North Carolina.
North Carolina, Cary, "FedEx Possibility at Raleigh Airport Puts Cary Town Council and Chamber of Commerce on Opposite Sides" (Mar. 20, 1998). The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC) reports divisions are loud and clear in the town of Cary over the possible location of a Federal Express hub at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Columnist's Noise Test Finds that Leaf Blowers are as Loud as Dynamite" (Jul. 20, 1997). The Chapel Hill Herald printed a humorous editorial in which the columnist laments the loss of silence in America and bemoans the constitutional right of people to use leaf blowers, which he finds are louder than dynamite.
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Proponents of an Airport in North Carolina Only Consider Their Own Convenience" (Jul. 20, 1997). The Chapel Hill Herald printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Peter Aitken, a Chapel Hill resident, regarding noise from the Horace Williams Airport:
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Unversity of North Carolina Airport Traffic is Too Noisy, Resident Says" (Jun. 1, 1997). The Chapel Hill Herald printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Peter Aitken, a Chapel Hill resident, regarding noise from the University of North Carolina's Horace Williams Airport:
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "North Carolina Town Sets Up Committee to Recommend Changes to the Noise Ordinance" (May 29, 1997). The Chapel Hill Herald reports that the Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Town Council voted Tuesday to set up a committee to recommend changes to the town's noise ordinance. The action came in response to Westside resident complaints about the air handling system on the University of North Carolina's Thurston Bowles building. (Ed. note: Chapel Hill residents have also been complaining recently about noise from the University's Horace Williams Airport.) The Town Council said it will invite the university, business owners, and the public to participate on the noise committee, and will ask for neighborhood delegates from Westside, Northside, Chapel Hill's two historic districts, and the Horace Williams Airport vicinity.
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "North Carolina Officials Look for Site for New Firing Range to Replace Range Near Residents" (Nov. 19, 1997). The News and Observer reports that officials in Chapel Hill, North Carolina are continuing to look for a site for a new firing range, as residential development and complaints have sprung up around the old firing range. In a related matter, commissioners in Wake County voted Monday to build a new firing range near Holly Springs.
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Chapel Hill Area Residents Gear Up To Battle Power Plant Renovations" (Jan. 16, 1998). The Chapel Hill News reports that residents of Cameron Glen, North Carolina are fighting the renovations of a local power plant. Only recently completed, the plant's original construction took four years. Residents say they were four years of noise and that the renovations are required due to ill-planning which they are unwilling to support.
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Complaints From a Chapel Hill, North Carolina Resident About Noise From a Golf Course Fan Prompted Council Member to Propose Short-Term Fix to Forbid "Continuous" Noise; Long-Term Fix May Tighten Decibel Limits In General" (Aug. 3, 1999). The Chapel Hill Herald reports that noise from a country-club fan designed to circulate air around putting-green grass has caused a council member to propose a short-term solution revision to the ordinance that forbids "continuous" noise. After almost two years of complaints from a resident, the council is considering lower decibel limits, though the decision is several months away.
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Chapel Hill, North Carolina Country Club Must Quiet Fans that Were Formerly Exempted by City's Noise Ordinance" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Chapel Hill Herald prints an editorial that comes out strongly in favor of a new noise ordinance that removes exemptions for agricultural equipment. The revisions were made to force the Chapel Hill Country Club to quiet its green-aerating fans that cause 70 decibels of noise at neighbors property lines. Now that the fans will no longer be exempt, they must remain quieter than 60 decibels during the day and 50 decibels at night.
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Town Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Noise Ordinance Amendment that Prohibits Agricultural Equipment from Running Continuously; Amendment Targets Golf Course Fans that Disturb a Neighbor" (Aug. 28, 1999). The Chapel Hill Herald reports that the Chapel Hill, North Carolina Town Council has given preliminary approval to a noise ordinance amendment that will prohibit the constantly-running fans at the local country club. The fans are needed to keep cool air moving around greens so the grass won't die, but a resident living nearby said the noise is invasive no matter what the level.
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Town Council in Chapel Hill, North Carolina Gives Town Manager 30 Days to Consult With Experts on Noise Controls, Though He Wanted More Time" (May 3, 1999). The Chapel Hill Herald reports that the Town Council in Chapel Hill, North Carolina has given the Town Manager 30 days to consult with an acoustics expert before suggesting changes to a proposed noise ordinance. A committee researching noise limits suggested tightening the limits by 5 decibels; the changes would mean noise must be under 45 decibels at night and 50 decibels during the day. The Town Manager said his department didn't have expertise to determine if this was appropriate "practically, legally, and financially", and asked for several months to consult with an acoustics consultant.
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Chapel Hill Councilmember Changes Vote and Allows Golf Course's "Agricultural" Fans to Remain Exempt from Noise Laws; Larger Issues Regarding Noise Ordinance to Be Addressed By Consultant" (Sep. 19, 1999). The Chapel Hill Herald reports that a member of the Chapel Hill, North Carolina Town Council reversed her vote on the issue of whether to allow golf course fans -- used for 'agricultural purposes" -- to remain exempt from the community's 60-decibel noise limit. Although quieter fans have been installed since, other council members say that the exemption should still be removed. The councilwoman who reversed her vote said that since a consultant has been hired to make alterations to the existing ordinance -- which may include a 5 decibel reduction in the noise limit -- "tinkering" in the meantime will be a wasted effort.
North Carolina, Charlotte, "North Carolina Airport Expansion Plan Goes Forward" (Apr. 30, 1997). The Herald reports that the Charlotte (North Carolina) City Council this week approved an expansion plan for the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport that would add a fourth runway and extend an existing runway. The plans are expected to add overseas flights to the airport. Proponents of the expansion project, however, claim that noise problems likely will be less after the new runway is added due to noise reduction technology in aircraft and the city's ongoing noise abatement plan.
North Carolina, Charlotte, "U.S. Postal Service Launches Program to Test Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers" (Jul. 24, 1997). Business Wire reports through a press release that the U.S. Postal Service is launching a pilot program in North and South Carolina to test the use of battery-operated lawn mowers. The press release goes on to outline the project and to give data on the environmental impacts of switching to electric lawn mowers.
North Carolina, Charlotte, "Federal Aviation Administration Considers Noise Plan For North Carolina Airport" (Dec. 1997). Business & Commercial Aviation reports that the Federal Aviation Administration will examine a noise compatability plan for the Charlotte/ Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.
North Carolina, Charlotte, "Silence Doesn't Mean Agreement in Charlotte with FedEx Hub at Airport" (Mar. 21, 1998). The News and Observer reports that while residents who live near Raleigh-Durham International Airport have voiced their opposition to the noise that a new Federal Express hub would create, residents around Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, one of the four contenders for the project, have not sounded any opposition.
North Carolina, Colfax, "Reader in North Carolina Dismayed That Airport Authority Did Not Adequately Inform Her About Noise" (Apr. 2, 2000). The News and Record in Greensboro, North Carolina printed a letter to the editor by a reader in the town of Colfax who feels that that the local Airport Authority did not inform her about the amount of noise to which she and her family would be subjected when they purchased their new home. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
North Carolina, College Lakes, "Noise Impact Study May Result in Airport Buying Homes Affected by FedEx Hub" (Apr. 30, 1998). The News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina, reports that because the new FedEx hub and a third runway are expected to alter the high- noise areas around the Piedmont Triad International Airport, the Airport Authority may purchase a number of homes.
North Carolina, Durham, "Residents in Formerly Rural North Carolina Area Target Gun Ranges as Too Noisy and Unsafe" (Nov. 20, 1997). The News and Observer reports that there is a growing battle in the Durham, North Carolina area between residents of new subdivisions and proponents of gun ranges. In one recent fight, Duncan Floyd, a property owner who wanted to expand his private shooting range, met with strong opposition from neighbors and dropped his request for a permit, the article says.
North Carolina, Durham, "North Carolina Resident Says Officials Should Enforce a Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 26, 1998). The Herald-Sun printed a letter-to-the-editor from Jacqueline Harris, a Durham, North Carolina resident, arguing that the City and County Councils should enforce noise and health ordinances:
North Carolina, Durham, "Allow FedEx Hub at RDU to Create Jobs and Prosperity" (Mar. 19, 1998). The Herald-Sun of Durham, North Carolina, published an editorial pointing out the irony of opposition from elected officials in the towns of Morrisville and Cary to the proposed Federal Express hub at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
North Carolina, Durham, "North Carolina City Officials Lobby for New FedEx Hub; Officials in Other Towns Oppose Plan" (Mar. 30, 1998). The Herald-Sun reports that FedEx shipping company officials are considering locating their mid-Atlantic cargo hub at the Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina) International Airport. Officials in Durham are lobbying for the FedEx hub to locate at the airport, but officials in Cary, Morrisville, and North Raleigh are opposed to the plan because of the increased noise and congestion it would bring.
North Carolina, Durham, "North Carolina Welcomes FedEx Hub" (Mar. 9, 1998). The Herald-Sun reports that Durham, North Carolina is hoping FedEx will bring new jobs to the area with its recent hub proposal.
North Carolina, Durham, "Durhan, NC, City Council Measures City Noise in Decision to Grant Permit to Recycling Business" (Feb. 19, 1999). The News and Observer reports before deciding to issue a special use permit to a recyclables collector, Durham, North Carolina's, Town Council took some measurements of current noise levels in the city.
North Carolina, Durham, "Noise Laws in Durham, North Carolina Made Stricter in Response to Repeated Violence at Downtown Dance Club" (May 18, 1999). The News and Observer reports that Durham, North Carolina has strengthened their noise and loitering laws in response to several incidents of violence this year at a downtown dance club. A fatal shooting outside the club in December, and serious injury resulting from a fist-fight in April convinced lawmakers the regulation was necessary. Wording of the laws are now more encompassing, meaning that patrons of "The Power Company" and other revelers can not "create noise that is "unreasonably loud" and "disturbing" or make sounds that exceed certain decibel levels at certain times."
North Carolina, Durham, "Durham, North Carolina City Council May Amend Noise and Trespassing Ordinances to Discourage Raucous Gatherings in Club Parking Lot" (May 8, 1999). The Herald-Sun reports that the Durham, North Carolina City Council is considering a noise and trespassing ordinance in city-owned parking facilities to discourage loud and raucous assemblies. After two people were killed in a December shooting and another man seriously injured in an April fight, the city is trying to eliminate crowds in their parking areas that can be conducive to violence. The amendment would require people to leave the parking lot after parking or returning to their car. The city would impose a new $2 nightly parking fee to pay for enforcement.
North Carolina, Durham, "Durham, North Carolina Noise/Trespassing Ordinances Revised to Keep Nightclub "Let-out" Quieter" (May 11, 1999). The News and Observer reports that changes to Durham, North Carolina's noise and trespasssing ordinances, aimed at quieting nightclub 'let-out', will go to the City Council for approval. The "Power Company" nightclub has been the setting for a shooting and a major fist-fight in the last year, and city officials made the ordinance changes to give police more authority in keeping closing time quiet and orderly. The changes require patrons -- who can number in the thousands outside the club at closing -- to move to their car 'without delay', and define noise violations more loosely as "unreasonably loud and disturbing." In addition to the problems with violence, neighbors had been complaining about noise from music and unruly patrons.
North Carolina, Durham, "Durham, North Carolina Strip Club Shut Down Pending Nuisance Case; Some Neighbors Say Club Was Not A Problem, While Others Disagree" (Dec. 1, 1999). The News and Observer reports that a strip club in Durham, North Carolina has been closed while the city prepares a nuisance case against it. Many neighbors seem to think that noise and violence in the area is not the fault of the club. Other residents say they are glad the club is closed, saying its easier to sleep.
North Carolina, Durham County, "NC County May Use "Reasonableness Standard" to Measure Noise and Enforce Ordinance" (Apr. 6, 1999). The Herald-Sun reports Durham County, North Carolina, in an effort to make its noise ordinance for enforceable, is considering revising the standards by which it measures noise.
North Carolina, Fayetteville, "Letter to the Editor in Favor of Fayetteville, North Carolina Noise Ordinance" (Jan. 6, 1998). The News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina) recently printed that following letter to the editor:
North Carolina, Greensboro, "North Carolina City Considers Raising the Fines for Violators of Noise Ordinance" (May 6, 1997). The News & Record reports that the Greensboro (North Carolina) City Council tonight will consider a proposal that would increase penalties for violating the city's noise ordinance, and would make landlords of noisy tenants liable for penalties as well. The proposal is being considered to deal with the partying students in off-campus housing.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Process for Filing Noise Complaints Made Easier in North Carolina City" (May 8, 1997). The News & Record reports that police in Greensboro, North Carolina have made it easier for residents to file noise complaints by permitting them to phone with their name and address rather than show up at the magistrate's office. Noise from fraternity parties is an issue in Greensboro, and administrators from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have promised to keep closer tabs on fraternities to deal with noise problems.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Greensboro Residents Object to Airport's Third Runway for FedEx" (Apr. 15, 1998). The News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina reports noise -wary airport neighbors still vow to fight FedEx and the airport's planned third runway.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "North Carolina Residents Angry Over Proposed Runway for New Federal Express Hub" (Apr. 16, 1998). The Chattanooga Times reports that about 150 angry residents in Greensboro, North Carolina attended a community meeting Tuesday to complain about a planned third runway at the Piedmont Triad International Airport. The runway is part of an expansion that would accommodate a Federal Express hub.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "North Carolina Residents Vow to Fight FedEx at Piedmont Airport" (Apr. 14, 1998). The News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina, reports that residents living northeast of the Piedmont Triad International Airport say they want FedEx to choose a different site.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Residents Near North Carolina Airport Push Federal Express to Not Build a New Runway" (Apr. 17, 1998). The News & Record reports that residents living near the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina are opposing the construction of a new runway to accommodate a new $300 million hub and flights by Federal Express, set to begin in 2003. The article says that residents believe a new runway is not necessary and will bombard their neighborhoods with noise. Some residents are offering other alternatives in an attempt to keep the FedEx hub at their airport, but without building an additional runway. Federal Express officials, however, insist that a new runway is necessary. Meanwhile, the animosity over the issue accelerated at a community briefing Tuesday that quickly deteriorated into an ugly shouting match, the article says.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "North Carolina Residents Concerned about Night-Time Noise from Fedex Hub" (Apr. 29, 1998). The News & Record reports leaders in the Greensboro, North Carolina, area are asking for more details about noise from the proposed FedEx cargo hub at the Piedmont Triad Airport.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Homeowners' Sentiments Concerning the Proposed Federal Express Hub Aired at Public Meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina" (Aug. 18, 1998). News & Record in Greensboro, North Carolina reports that a public meeting brought out a torrent of public sentiments concerning the proposed Federal Express hub and third runway for Piedmont Triad International Airport.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Residents Near Greensboro, North Carolina Airport Concerned About Noise From Proposed FedEx Shipping Hub" (Jan. 14, 1998). The News & Record reports that neighbors have mixed feelings about the possibility of FedEx adding 20 flights a day to Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Neighbors Near NC Campus Ask City Council to Close Noisy Club" (Jan. 21, 1998). The News & Record (Greensboro, NC) reports that residents have complained to Greensboro City Council about the noise and disorderly patrons at a local nightclub and an all-night convenience store. The residents asked the council to close down Jokers 3 and force the Crown station to close at midnight.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Resident Accuses City Council of Ignoring Noise Ordinance" (Jan. 23, 1998). The News & Record of Greensboro, NC, printed the following letter to the editor from a resident disgruntled who says the city's noise ordinance is seldom enforced.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Environmental Impact Statement Process Begins on FedEx Hub in North Carolina; Meanwhile, Residents Angry at Airport for Not Considering an Alternate Expansion Plan" (Jul. 12, 1998). The News & Record reports that a consulting firm is expected to be hired in the next three weeks to begin compiling an environmental impact statement for a plan to build a FedEx package-handling hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The airport's plans include constructing a third runway parallel to the existing main runway. Meanwhile, residents who oppose the FedEx hub offered airport officials a compromise map which they believed would have reduced the impact of the hub, but officials rejected it, angering residents.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "North Carolina Residents Want to Know How Airport's Growth From FedEx Hub Will Affect the City" (Jul. 16, 1998). The News & Record reports that residents in Greensboro, North Carolina concerned about a proposed FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport called on the Airport Authority Wednesday to lay out how the hub and the airport's growth will affect the city. Residents are worried that the proposed growth to accommodate FedEx will result in unacceptable levels of noise, traffic congestion, and air pollution. Meanwhile, the state House gave final approval Wednesday to a series of economic incentives for FedEx, including $115 million in tax breaks over 20 years.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Third Runway to be Built to Accommodate FedEx’s New Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina" (Jul. 29, 1998). News & Record reports Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina will open a new runway parallel to the existing main runway to accommodate extra flights expected from Fedex’s new hub.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "FedEx and Airport Reject North Carolina Residents' Proposal for Alternate Hub Site" (Jul. 8, 1998). The News & Record reports FedEx and Piedmont Triad International Airport officials on Tuesday rejected an alternative site for the company's new hub and declined to change their plans to build a third runway. Officials still plan to meet with residents about noise and safety concerns.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Editorial Writer Says FedEx Hub in North Carolina Would Be a Disaster" (Jun. 11, 1998). The News & Record printed an editorial that argues a proposed FedEx cargo hub and new runway in Greensboro, North Carolina would be a disaster for the thousands of residents who live nearby and for the larger community. The writer goes on to give several arguments against a FedEx hub, and suggestions about better locations for the facility.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "1946 Landmark Ruling Could Help NC Residents Fight FedEx at Piedmont Airport" (Oct. 12, 1998). The Associated Press reports a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a chicken farmer could affect the outcome of the proposed FedEx hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's, Piedmont Triad International Airport.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "NC Resident Says No to FedEx Hub in Greensboro; Noise Tops Reasons" (Oct. 13, 1998). The News & Record published a letter from Greensboro, North Carolina resident, William J. Powers, who opposes a Federal Express hub at the local airport. Powers' primary objection is noise. He writes:
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Landmark Noise Case Could be Foundation for Homeowners' Action Against Airport FedEx Hub in Greensboro, NC" (Oct. 10, 1998). The News & Record reports a 52-year-old legal case may be ammunition for property owners near the Piedmont Triad International Airport who opposed a Federal Express hub and a third runway at the Greensboro, North Carolina, airport.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Letter Asks for Equal Coverage of North Carolina Residents' Concerns about FedEx Hub" (Sep. 8, 1998). The News & Record published the following letter to the editor from Jeff Johnson, a resident of Greensboro, North Carolina. In his letter Johnson contends recent articles published in the newspaper about the new FedEx hub unfairly deny equal space to citizens' concerns. Johnson writes:
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Neighbors Fight Proposed FedEx Hub at NC Airport, Fearing Noise and Loss of Property Values" (Apr. 15, 1999). Cox News Service reports a neighborhood coalition, objecting to noise and loss of property values, is threatening to block a proposed Federal Express hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina..
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Greensboro, North Carolina Residents to Hear Status of FAA's Environmental Impact Statement on Proposed FedEx Facility and Runway at Piedmont Triad International Airport" (Apr. 25, 1999). The High Point Enterprise reports that the Federal Aviation Administration will hold a public meeting for concerned citizens on the status of their environmental impact statement regarding the proposed Federal Express hub to be located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Residents in Greensboro, North Carolina -- Divided on New FedEx Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport -- Attend Update Meeting" (Apr. 29, 1999). High Point Enterprise reports that over 400 residents of Greensboro, North Carolina, who attended a recent meeting to update them on the new $300 million FedEx hub planned for Piedmont Triad International Airport, remain divided in their opinions. Proponents say that the 1,500 jobs that will be created, and the hub's attractiveness to other industries, make the hub a great idea. Opponents are worried that the pollution and other environmental concerns will be a problem, in addition to increased noise over surrounding neighborhoods.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "NC Resident Defends Arguments Made by Critics of FedEx Hub" (Apr. 9, 1999). The News & Record (Greensboro, NC) published a letter from Diane Warren of Greensboro, North Carolina. In her letter, Ms. Warren defends arguments made by critics of the FedEx hub at the Triad Airport.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Noise is the Thing in the Greensboro, North Carolina FedEx Debate" (Apr. 6, 1999). The News & Record published an editorial from resident Ray Rimmer of Greensboro, North Carolina, who says noise, not economics, is the issue of debate in considering FedEx development. Rimmer writes:
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Greensboro, North Carolina Creates Growth Plan, Taking Into Consideration the Effects of Noise from a Proposed Federal Express Runway" (Aug. 4, 1999). The News & Record reports that a group of residents, business leaders, and local planners have agreed on a development plan for Greensboro, North Carolina, influenced by potential noise from a proposed new airport runway. There will be a moratorium on providing city services such as water and sewer in potential high-noise areas to discourage development.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Editorial Authored by Greensboro, North Carolina Resident Proposes Erection of Berms Around the Airport to Reduce Noise Pollution from Engine Testing" (Jul. 17, 1999). The News & Record prints an editorial written by a resident of Greensboro, North Carolina. He says that berms -- with baffles installed on top -- would deflect much of the noise from engine tests that occur at 11 PM and 6 AM on a regular basis. He says that berms would reduce the impact of the imminent arrival of FedEx and their new runway, and says that the reluctant Airport Authority should have no problem gaining approval since the FAA has approved berm construction at so many other airports.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "North Carolina Resident Challenges Statistics On Jet Noise" (Jul. 5, 1999). This letter to the editor about airport noise and statistics appeared in the Greensboro North Carolina News & Record.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Debate Rages Over Potential Noise Impacts of Proposed Fedex Hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport" (Jun. 27, 1999). The News & Record reports that the debate is still raging in Greensboro, North Carolina over the potential impacts of a proposed $300-million FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. Already, parts of Greensboro are in the 'noise cone' of the airport, and neighbors say that the proposed hub could cause similar impacts elsewhere in the community. The hub is scheduled to open in six years, and the overwhelming majority of the opposition cite increased aircraft noise as the problem.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Resident Near Proposed Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport Notes Problems with Proposed FedEx Hub: Lowering of Already Low Water Table, Pollution, and Noise" (Jun. 6, 1999). The News & Record prints an editorial which discusses problems with the proposed FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. Beyond traditional problems with airports such as noise and air pollution, the proposed 9,000 foot runway and 300-acre FedEx building will prevent 84 million gallons of rainwater from permeating the ground; this comes after a summer when the community almost ran out of drinking water. In addition, water that did reach the ground would be more polluted with toxic de-icing chemicals and spilled fuel. Further, the author believes that the community, which will shoulder most of the burden of the airport while sharing its economic benefits with ten other counties, should have other financial priorities; growth should be encouraged by drawing tax-paying corporations, not by giving tax-breaks to wealthy FedEx and allowing it to decrease surrounding property values while local schools sit hopelessly overcrowded and lacking in funds.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Resident Sees FedEx Hub as Detrimental to Quality of Life in Greensboro, NC" (Mar. 14, 1999). The News & Record published a letter to the editor from resident Hildegard Kuehn who sees the proposed FedEx cargo hub along with subsequent noise, third airport runway, and other changes as severely detrimental to the quality of life in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ms. Kuehn writes:
North Carolina, Greensboro, "FAA Studies Impact that Jet Noise from a Proposed Federal Express Hub Would Have in Greensboro, North Carolina" (May 10, 1999). High Point Enterprise reports that the FAA is performing a year-long environmental impact study -- which will include data on where noise impacts will be worst -- for a proposed FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) in Greensboro, North Carolina. FedEx and PTIA claim noise mitigation measures, such as soundproofing airplane engines, will be taken to minimize morning and evening noise disruption. The hub would serve 20-25 planes a day on a third, parallel runway.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Editorial Says FedEx Has Not Answered Key Questions About Proposed Greensboro, North Carolinai Hub" (Nov. 16, 1999). The News and Record prints an editorial that says FedEx, who wants to build a new runway and hub at the local airport, have not answered some key questions in their public comments to date. Questions relate to property taxes, noise, and pollution.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Comparison of Indianapolis International Airport and Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport; Greensboro May Soon Have FedEx Hub Just As Indianapolis Does, But the Airport's Smaller Size Will Mean Noise Problems May Not Be As Severe" (Nov. 7, 1999). The News and Record notes that Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport will soon be home to a FedEx cargo hub -- just as Indianapolis International is -- but differences in size of the airport and use of the hub mean that noise problems may be different. The article compares many aspects of the two airports directly.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Comparisons Between Indianapolis International Airport (Which Has A FedEx Hub) and Greensboro (Which Will Soon Have One) Show Similarities In Flight Patterns, But Differing Types of Neighborhoods May Overshadow Similarities" (Nov. 7, 1999). The News and Record reports that the configuration of the impending FedEx hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport means that flight patterns will be similar to those at Indianapolis International Airport.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Proposed FedEx Hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport May Cause Noise Well Beyond the Projected Three-Mile Estimate, If A Similar Hub at Indianapolis International Airport Is Any Indication" (Nov. 7, 1999). The News and Record reports that the proposed FedEx Hub at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport may cause noise problems that extend further than is currently estimated. Noise problems at a similar hub in Indianapolis -- which have been growing over the last twelve years -- extend as far as five and one-half miles, while Piedmont has only estimated noise problems up to three miles away.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Resident of Greensboro, North Carolina Says Recent Article on Noise from FedEx's Planned Hub Ignored Imminent Federal Regulations Requiring Stage 3 Noise Levels" (Nov. 11, 1999). The News and Record prints a letter to the editor from a Greensboro, North Carolina resident who questions why the switch from Stage 2 to Stage 3 noise levels -- required by the federal government after December 31, 1999 -- was given such cursory consideration in a recent article about FedEx's proposed hub.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "North Carolina Man Asks for Clarity on Airport Contour Map" (Apr. 18, 2000). The News & Record printed this letter to the editor calling for clarification of the paper's reporting on the contour map of airport noise as printed in the April 7, 2000 edition. The letter is printed in its entirety.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Federal Aviation Administration Releases Environmental Study on Proposed Cargo Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina" (Apr. 8, 2000). The News and Record in Greensboro, North Carolina reports on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) recent study of the proposed Federal Express cargo hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA). The study contains twenty environmental and sociological issues concerning the project.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Greensboro, North Carolina Reader Comments on Hearing Loss From Noise Exposure" (Apr. 3, 2000). The News and Record in Greensboro, North Carolina printed an editorial on hearing loss and noise exposure. The editorial is reprinted here in its entirety:
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Greensboro, North Carolina Residents and Officials Comment on FAA Draft Environmental Study of Piedmont Triad International Airport Cargo Hub Expansion" (Apr. 8, 2000). The News and Record in Greensboro, North Carolina reports (in more detail than a smaller article printed in this same newspaper on the same day) on the Federal Aviation's Administration draft environmental study of the proposed Federal Express cargo hub project at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA).
North Carolina, Greensboro, "North Carolina Legislator Proposes Law to Stop FedEx from Building Hub with Overnight Flights at Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport; Some Officials Say This Would Be Illegal" (Jan. 25, 2000). The News and Record reports that a state representative has drafted a law that would prohibit night flights, discouraging a proposed FedEx hub at Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport. Some say that such a law is illegal, and others say it's a bad idea anyway. Proponents of the airport say that noise problems would be overshadowed by benefits from new jobs.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "North Carolina FedEx Airport Plans Subject of Noise Debate" (Feb. 3, 2000). According to the Tribune Business News, FedEx officials may have to prove how noisy its aircraft will be by providing a sample landing and takeoff at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA). Airport officials are amenable to the idea if FedEx executives are open to the idea.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "North Carolina FedEx Supporters Spout Propaganda and Mislead the Public" (Jan. 12, 2000). The News & Record printed a scathing editorial that criticized pro-FedEx supporters for propagandizing about growth, noise and runways if FedEx comes to town. The editorial said that many of the supporters never been awakened a 3:00 am by a FedEx airplane, or never visited a visited a FedEx hub, of if they have, were given a VIP tour.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "FedEx Hub in Greensboro, North Carolina Could Be Noisier Than Environmental Impact Study May Indicate" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Greensboro, North Carolina News & Record published an editorial by John Licata of Greensboro, who is concerned about the noise impact from the planned Federal Express hub in Greensboro.
North Carolina, Greensboro, "Reader Protests Federal Express Hub in Greensboro, North Carolina" (Mar. 29, 2000). The News and Record in Greensboro, North Carolina printed a letter to the editor protesting the Federal Express air hub. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
North Carolina, Greensnboro, "Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport Remains the Choice for Federal Express Hub" (May 26, 1999). High Point Enterprise reports that FedEx intends to go through with the $3 million hub project at Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA). Five other Carolina airports were in the running, but most seem to have accepted that PTIA has won; Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, in the preliminary phases of constructing a cargo complex, says they would still be interested, if the deal fell through for any reason. FedEx picked PTIA thirteen months ago, and remains firm in its decision despite community opposition.
North Carolina, Guilford, "North Carolina County and School Board Officials Fight Over Proposed Location of New School Near Airport" (Nov. 14, 1997). The News & Record reports that members of the Guilford County (North Carolina) school board told Guilford residents Thursday that some of the county commissioners have lied to them and virtually eliminated a property from consideration as a site for a new northwest middle school. County commissioners have twice in the past few weeks rejected the school board's request to approve money to purchase a site on Horsepen Creek Road, citing the high price of the site, and safety and noise concerns because of the site's proximity to the Piedmont Triad International Airport. In response, the school board is now considering the possibility of building elsewhere, including on land that is now part of county-owned Bur-Mil Park and a site owned by the Piedmont Triad International Airport.
North Carolina, Guilford and Forsyth counties, "North Carolina Airport Attempt to Change Flight Path to Reduce Noise Fails" (Feb. 19, 2000). According to an editorial in the News & Record, an attempt by airport officials to redirect flight paths is a bad idea, bad politics and bad planning.
North Carolina, Guilford County, "North Carolina County Commissioners Reject School Site Partly Due to Airport's Proximity" (Oct. 24, 1997). The News & Record reports that Guilford County (North Carolina) Board of Commissioners Thursday narrowly rejected a purchase of land proposed by the school board for the Northwest Middle School. The Commissioners voted down the proposal because it the land parcel was too expensive, too large, and too close to the Piedmont Triad International Airport, the article says.
North Carolina, Guilford County, "FedEx Expansion at NC Piedmont Airport will Damage Quality of Life" (Apr. 14, 1999). News & Record (Greensboro, NC) published an editorial written in response to a defender of a proposed expansion of North Carolina's Piedmont Triad Airport to accommodate a Federal Express hub. The author, Joan Black, contends FedEx at the airport doesn't mean progress but rather a lower quality of life for residents of Guilford County.
North Carolina, Havelock, "North Carolina Town Lobbies the Navy to Send its Military Jets There" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that residents and officials of Havelock, North Carolina are lobbying Navy officials to send 180 Hornets to the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in Havelock. The comments came at a hearing Tuesday held by the Navy to gather public input on where to transfer the jets when they are removed from the soon-to-close Cecil Field Naval Air Station in Florida. The Navy has recommended sending the jets to Virginia Beach, Virginia, but Havelock is an alternative location still under consideration. The article notes that about 75 people turned up for the hearing, and about 25 spoke, none of them opposing bringing the jets to North Carolina.
North Carolina, Henderson, "Henderson, North Carolina, Establishes New Noise Ordinance using Sound Levels" (Feb. 26, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Henderson County, North Carolina, has adopted a new noise ordinance, effective July 1, 1999.
North Carolina, Hendersonville, "North Carolina County to Create Noise Ordinance Before Allowing New Racetrack" (Nov. 19, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Henderson County Commissioners on Wednesday considered a first draft of a noise ordinance they will finalize before lifting a moratorium on the construction of any racetracks in the North Carolina county.
North Carolina, Hendersonville, "Realtor in Hendersonville, North Carolina Will Settle with Two Couples Who Were Not Informed of Noise from Airport When They Bought Their Homes" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that a realtor in Hendersonville, North Carolina will lose her license for sixty days for failing to inform a couple that they were going to be living in the approach path of Asheville Regional Airport (ARA). The realtor claims she didn't know about "any significant air traffic over the Heatherwood subdivision." The state Real Estate commission judged that air traffic from ARA since it is "sufficiently important that an ordinary person would want to know" about it.
North Carolina, Hendersonville, "Henderson, NC, Looks to Revise Noise Ordinance Draft by Increasing Allowable Noise Levels" (Feb. 19, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Henderson County, North Carolina, officials are considering relaxing their proposed noise ordinance by allowing increased noise levels and exempting businesses and industries.
North Carolina, Hendersonville, "Henderson County Commissioners Worry that Racetrack Proposed for Asheville, North Carolina Will Cause Noise and Traffic Problems" (Nov. 1, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Henderson County commissioners in North Carolina are worried that a proposed racetrack, which would be placed near Asheville Regional Airport, could cause noise and traffic problems for them. The city attorney has said that so far, no land deals had been initiated with the developers.
North Carolina, High Point, "Proposed New FedEx Runway at Piedmont Triad International Airport Will Create Noise Corridor Directly Over Recently Approved Development; City Planners Admit They Should Have Never Approved the Development" (Nov. 15, 1999). The News and Record reports that High Point, North Carolina planners admit that their 1997 approval of a housing development located north of Piedmont Triad International Airport was a mistake. They knew the airport would expand but did not know that the noise corridor from a soon-to-be-proposed runway would pass directly over the development. The FAA is conducting an environmental study that should be done early next year which should more specifically explore potential noise problems at the development.
North Carolina, High Point, "Greensboro, North Carolina Residents Debate Potential Noise Problems from a Proposed FedEx Airport Hub; A Similar Hub In Indianapolis Broke Traditional Neighborhoods Apart, But Many Residents Aren't Worried" (Nov. 9, 1999). The News and Record reports that some residents around Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport are worried that a planned FedEx hub -- of the type that destroyed long-present neighborhoods in Indianapolis -- may threaten neighborhoods here. While some residents worry about noise, others worry a housing shortage could result from recent decisions that zone noisy land as incompatible with residences.
North Carolina, High Point, "High Point, North Carolina Officials Support FedEx's Planned Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport; They Claim Economic Benefits Will Be Present As At Indianapolis' FedEx Hub, but Noise Will Be Less of a Problem" (Nov. 9, 1999). The News and Record reports that High Point, North Carolina officials support the planned FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. They say that comparisons of noise with a similar hub in Indianapolis is unfair, although they say that economic benefits will be present as they are in Indianapolis.
North Carolina, High Point, "High Point, North Carolina Resident Praises Series of Articles on Planned FedEx Hub at Greensboro for Its Informative Nature" (Nov. 10, 1999). The News and Record prints a letter to the editor that praises a recent series of articles on the planned FedEx airport hub in Greensboro, North Carolina. The letter also asks for clarification of a noise contour, including how it is determined.
North Carolina, High Point, "North Carolina Residents Suspicious of FedEx Hub Business at Triad Airport" (Apr. 19, 2000). The High Point Enterprise reported that a state representative visited the Indianapolis International Airport resulted in his having serious concerns regarding the impact of a FedEx cargo hub might have on the Piedmont Triad International airport and its neighbors.
North Carolina, High Point, "Some Residents in High Point, N.C. Like the FedEx Cargo Hub" (Apr. 17, 2000). An article in the High Point Enterprise reported on some residents who support the proposed FedEx cargo hub project at Piedmont Triad International Airport, saying that personal imposition of noise should be weighed against a positive economic impact and job creation.
North Carolina, High Point, "FAA Releases Draft Environmental Impact Study for Proposed FedEx Cargo Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina" (Apr. 9, 2000). The High Point Enterprise in North Carolina reports on the recently released Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) draft environmental impact study of the proposed Federal Express cargo hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The study is summarized on the following Web site: www.gsoair.org. The study is also available at five locations in Guilford and Forsyth Counties, including the airport and the public library in High Point.
North Carolina, High Point, "North High Point, North Carolina Residents Continue to Fight Proposed FedEx Cargo Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport" (Apr. 9, 2000). The High Point Enterprise in North Carolina reports that many residents in north High Point are concerned about a proposed Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) cargo hub that is set to be built at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently released its preliminary environmental impact study on the project, which is estimated to cost $300 million.
North Carolina, High Point, "Coalition Protests Federal Express mid-Atlantic Cargo Hub Plans" (Feb. 16, 2000). The High Point Enterprise reports that the Piedmont Quality of Life Coalition, headquartered near Greensboro, North Carolina, is spearheading opposition to Federal Express's plan to locate its mid-Atlantic cargo hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The group is sponsoring a speaker, and public input into the plan will be accepted in the coming months.
North Carolina, High Point, "High Point, North Carolina Officials Delay Approval of Development Plans Near Piedmont Triad International Airport -- the Future Site of a Fedex Hub -- Until Noise Study Provides More Details" (Jan. 4, 2000). The News and Record reports that High Point, North Carolina officials are delaying the approval of development plans near Piedmont Triad International Airport, fearing that a planned FedEx hub may cause more noise than expected. Approval will be delayed until an FAA-supervised noise study -- due later this month -- is released.
North Carolina, High Point, "North Carolinians Fight FedEx Hub at Airport" (Jan. 12, 2000). An article in the Greensboro reported that residents near Piedmont Triad International Airport are poised to launch a campaign to stop FedEx from building a cargo hub.
North Carolina, Hillsborough, "Alternate Truck Route Makes for Quieter North Carolina Town" (Oct. 29, 1997). The Chapel Hill Herald of Durham, North Carolina, reports that after years of complaints about noise and exhaust of huge trucks rumbling through downtown, Hillsborough merchants and residents now hope to reclaim their streets. State planners have said that as many as 600 trucks may pass through Hillsborough in a day's time. In six weeks, the N.C. Department of Transportation will give Hillsborough the authority to restrict large trucks from traveling on Churton Street -- N.C. 86 -- through downtown. Since 1991, town officials have been asking the state to find a way to route truck traffic away from Churton Street. But until now, the state said there were no alternate routes.
North Carolina, Hillsborough, "Truck Traffic Ban in Hillsborough, NC, the Beginning of Downtown Revitalization" (Sep. 13, 1998). The Chapel Hill Herald published an editorial supporting the town of Hillsborough, North Carolina's, attempt to limit noisy truck traffic.
North Carolina, Hillsborough, "Hillsborough, NC, Restricts Truck Traffic to Make Town Quieter and Safer" (Sep. 9, 1998). The Chapel Hill Herald reports an ordinance restricting truck traffic on Churton Street in Hillsborough, North Carolina, seems to be having its intended effect, making the area safer and more quiet.
North Carolina, Hillsborough, "Orange County Wants Carpooling Lanes As Part of State Widening of Interstate to Six Lanes; Eight Lanes May Be Required for Effective Carpooling Lanes, but Environmental Study Must Be Conducted To Find Out" (Nov. 21, 1999). The Chapel Hill Herald reports that County Commissioners in Hillsborough, North Carolina are asking the state to include high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) carpooling lanes in their widening of Interstate 40 to six lanes. Many are calling for an even larger expansion to eighth lanes to avoid "building a bottleneck," but commissioners worry about the increased cost. Preliminary noise testing makes it appear that noise walls will not be deemed necessary as part of the project.
North Carolina, Holly Springs, "County Commissioners Approve Firing Range Near North Carolina Town, Angering Residents" (Nov. 18, 1997). The News and Observer reports that county commissioners in Wake County, North Carolina voted Monday to approve a firing range near Holly Springs. The decision angered residents and officials in Holly Springs, who said their town is becoming a dumping ground for facilities no one else wants.
North Carolina, Holly Springs, "North Carolina Residents Still Oppose Proposed Firing Range, Despite Revised Plans" (Oct. 21, 1997). The News and Observer reports that a revised, smaller proposal for a firing range near Holly Springs, North Carolina, owned by Wake County, was presented to county commissioners Monday. However, the article reports, many residents continue to oppose the firing range, saying the site is inappropriate.
North Carolina, Leland, "Schools in North Carolina Get Acoustical Panels to Quiet Sound in Band Rooms" (Nov. 11, 1997). The Morning Star reports that the Board of Education Monday approved the installation of acoustical panels in the band rooms of seven schools in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The panels will help suppress noise for students in classrooms near the band rooms, and also will reduce the noise inside the band rooms, the article says.
North Carolina, Littleton, "Barking Dogs Land North Carolina Resident In Prison" (Dec. 13, 1997). The News and Observer reports how Central Prison in Littleton North Carolina has housed its share of notorious criminals over the years -killers, rapists, robbers and such. But the Big House has seldom locked up the likes of James Melvin. Melvin, who is 69, deaf, legally blind and diabetic, walked out of Central Prison a free man Friday after pulling time for violating Section 13 of the Animal Control Ordinance of the Town of Littleton. His dogs were barking too much.
North Carolina, Manteo, "Citizens Protest Navy Jet Relocation to Virginia" (Nov. 18, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that the U.S. Navy held its final public hearing Monday in Manteo, North Carolina on plans to relocate 180 F/A-18 Hornet jets to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. About 20 people attended the hearing, including a resident from a newly formed citizens action committee opposing the jet relocation on the basis of noise and safety concerns. Meanwhile, the public comment period for the draft Environmental Impact Statement was scheduled to end today, but the Navy announced last week that the deadline would be extended to Dec. 2. North Carolina officials had asked for the extension for additional time to review it.
North Carolina, Manteo, "Personal Watercraft Banned from Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Manteo, North Carolina" (Apr. 29, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that federal officials have banned the use of jet-skis or personal water craft near Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Water craft will be banned from landing or launching from any beach in the Seashore, which encompasses 80 miles on each side of the islands. Operators must stay 150 feet from the Seashore along Pamlico Sound, but can be as close to the beach as they want where the Seashore has no jurisdiction. On private property they will still be allowed.
North Carolina, Montford, "Montford, North Carolina Residents Complain About Continuing Noise from Loud Car Stereos and Reckless Drivers; New Noise Ordinance to Raise Fines for Repeat Offenders" (Aug. 4, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Montford, North Carolina residents are being disturbed by noise from loud car stereos and reckless drivers, especially at night. A new ordinance is being considered which would raise the $50 fine for repeat offenders. Police find the current ordinance difficult to enforce since in most cases neither officers nor residents have actually witnessed the crime being committed; they are trying to create a community watch, and are increasing patrols in the area.
North Carolina, Morrisville, "FedEx Hub Project Sought by Raleigh-Durham International Airport Could Bring More Jobs and Noise for Nearby North Carolina Communities" (Jan. 13, 1998). The Herald-Sun reports that Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) wants to be Federal Express' next national hub. The Memphis-based overnight delivery company has issued requests for proposals to airports in the eastern United States seeking one to be its East Coast hub. FedEx is confirming neither the names of the airports nor the number contacted, but RDU Director John Brantley confirmed Monday RDU is one.
North Carolina, Naples, "Noise Ordinance Before Speedway, Say North Carolina County Officials" (Nov. 11, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports officials in Henderson County, Florida, are considering a moratorium on the construction of racetracks until a noise ordinance is in place.
North Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach, "NC Residents Seek Relief from Noise and Artificial Light" (Apr. 17, 1999). The Morning Star reports the Ocean Isle Beach Planning Board will meet later this month to craft ordinances that regulate noise and outdoor lighting as neighborhoods expand on the North Carolina barrier island.
North Carolina, Raleigh, "North Carolina Resident Considers The Value Of A Noise Ordinance" (Dec. 27, 1997). The News and Observer published the following letter to the editor concerning a noise ordinance in Raleigh, North Carolina:
North Carolina, Raleigh, "North Carolina Resident Questions Proposal To Widen Highway" (Dec. 27, 1997). The News and Observer published the following letter to the editor concerning the widening of U.S. 1-64 in North Carolina:
North Carolina, Raleigh, "North Carolina Resident Claims Raleigh's Noise Ordinance Inadequate" (Dec. 8, 1997). The News and Observer printed the following letter-to-the-editor concerning the inadequacy of the Raleigh noise ordinance:
North Carolina, Raleigh, "Letter to the Editor in Raleigh, North Carolina Urges Residents to Complain About Boom Cars" (Jan. 8, 1998). The following letter to the editor was printed in The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC):
North Carolina, Raleigh, "Opponents of FedEx Hub at Raleigh Airport Pressure Commissioners" (Mar. 6, 1998). The News and Observer reports overnight delivery of packages is becoming a political issue in Wake County, North Carolina, as the controversy over the proposed Federal Express hub at Raleigh-Durham International Airport gains momentum.
North Carolina, Raleigh, "Raleigh Council Weighing Pro's and Con's of Proposed FedEx Hub at Airport; No Official Position Yet" (Mar. 18, 1998). The News and Observer reports that the city of Raleigh has yet to take an official stand in the debate about the noise impact of the proposed Federal Express hub at Raleigh-Durham International Airport while the other three towns who would be most affected have made their positions known.
North Carolina, Raleigh, "Raleigh Resident Says Let More Business Come to the Airport" (Mar. 21, 1998). The News and Observer published the following editorial by Raleigh resident, Marla Hicks. In her letter, Ms. Hicks gives her opinion about those who move into areas near an airport and then complain about the noise.
North Carolina, Raleigh, "Raleigh-Durham Airport Spells Out Noise Limits to Fed Ex" (Mar. 14, 1998). The News and Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina reports that Raleigh-Durham International Airport director John Brantley informed the Airport Authority of discussions he's held with FedEx about noise issues.
North Carolina, Raleigh, "Automobile Noise Regulations Now Law in Raleigh, NC" (Apr. 8, 1999). The News and Observer reports in attempt to regulate noise from high-powered car stereos, the Raleigh, North Carolina, City Council unanimously approved an automobile noise ordinance Tuesday.
North Carolina, Raleigh, "Raligh, NC, Adopts Noise Ordinance to Govern Amplified Music" (Apr. 7, 1999). The News and Observer reports the Raleigh, North Carolina, City Council approved a new noise ordinance Tuesday that will govern business where amplified music is played.
North Carolina, Raleigh, "Raleigh, North Carolina Letter to the Editor Asserts that Ordinance Exemptions For Noisy City-Sponsored Events are Unfair" (Jul. 12, 1999). The News and Observer prints a letter to the editor from a Raleigh, North Carolina resident who is upset over a noise ordinance that plays favorites. He notes that while city-sponsored events are exempt from noise ordinances, a recent orderly protest rally was considered a violation. He asks City Council to comment on these inequities, asserting that this exemption should be removed.
North Carolina, Raleigh, "Raleigh, NC, Revises Noise Ordinance to Regulate Businesses that Feature Music; Many Homeowners Remain Dissatisfied" (Mar. 27, 1999). The News and Observer reports Raleigh, North Carolina, leaders said they tried to balance concern for neighbors' peace and quiet with the needs of a lively urban life when they drafted a revised noise ordinance.
North Carolina, Raleigh, "Raleigh, NC, Home of Db (Decibel) Drag Racer Champion, Adopts Car Audio Ordinance" (Apr. 3, 1999). The News and Observer reports in an attempt to control drive-by concerts, Raleigh, North Carolina, will likely adopt an ordinance prohibiting music that is audible 50 feet from a vehicle.
North Carolina, Raleigh, "Cassette Tape Mimics Office Sounds for Those Who Work at Home" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Raleigh, North Carolina News and Observer published an advice column that includes a tongue-in-cheek review of a device called "Office White Noise," which is a cassette recording of background office noises for people to use when they work at home and are feeling lonely.
North Carolina, Raliegh, "Raleigh Committee Endorses Less Stringent Noise Law; Neighborhood Activists Discuss Strategy to Defeat Ordinance" (Mar. 24, 1999). The News and Observer reports a Raleigh City Council subcommittee Tuesday endorsed, on a split vote, a noise ordinance that would allow music-playing businesses in neighborhoods.
North Carolina, Randleman, "Resident of Randleman, North Carolina Asks Aldermen to Build Wall Around Noisy Blowers At Wastewater Treatment Plan; Aldermen Will Temporarily Block Blowers Until They Are Replaced By Quieter Ones" (Nov. 10, 1999). The News and Record reports that the Randleman, North Carolina Aldermen have promised to rent a small trailer to block disturbing noise coming from a wastewater treatment plant until more permanent solutions -- quieter blowers -- are installed.
North Carolina, Randleman, "City of Randleman, North Carolina Considering Water and Sewer Plant Repairs; Residents Request Quieter Blowers" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Greensboro, North Carolina News and Record reports that the city of Randleman, North Carolina is considering a $3 million project for improvements to the city's wastewater treatment and water plants. Resident Rick Scott wants the improvements to include quieter blowers.
North Carolina, Stoneville, "Neighbors Claim Stoneville, North Carolina Wood-Product Factory Is Violating Zoning Ordinances, Producing Noise and Spewing Sawdust" (Jan. 6, 2000). The News and Record reports that neighbors of a wood-product finishing factory say that the owner hasn't complied with a conditional-use permit, and complain about sawdust and noise from the factory. The owner of the factory says he believes he is in compliance, and pointed to improvements such as added ducts and piping that were meant to better contain sawdust. The town council will send a letter of violation to the company, and they will have until July to comply.
North Carolina, Wake County, "North Carolina Resident Asks Residents Near Firing Range to Get Over Their NIMBYism" (Oct. 25, 1997). The News and Observer printed the following letter-to-the-editor from John Posthill, a Garner, North Carolina resident, regarding a meeting for a proposed firing range in Holly Springs:
North Carolina, Wilmington, "North Carolina School Board Will Reconsider Whether to Build a Wall to Screen Noise" (Jun. 5, 1997). The Morning Star reports that the New Hanover County school board in Wilmington, North Carolina will reconsider whether to build a wall to shield neighbors who have complained about a noisy air handler at the new Holly Tree Elementary School, set to open this year. The board earlier removed the issue from its agenda after one board member said she didn't believe the board should spend the money on a wall. However, the board has now agreed to discuss the issue at its June 17 meeting.
North Carolina, Wilmington, "North Carolina Community Enacts Noisy Cat Ordinance" (Feb. 25, 1998). The Morning Star reports that officials in Long Beach, North Carolina have enacted a noisy cat ordinance.
North Carolina, Wilmington, "Noise From a Skating Park Has Homeowners in Neighboring Development Upset in Wilmington, North Carolina" (Jun. 18, 1998). The Morning Star reports that noise from a skateboarding business has neighbors living nearby upset. The business, Eastwood Ramp Park, is located in an industrial park that was started before the residential subdivision and according to the article, does not violate any ordinance for nonresidential location. Neighbors have petitioned the County Commissioners to amend the county's noise ordinance to force the business to tone it down.
North Carolina, Wilmington, "Noise Complaints Prompt North Carolinian to Write Letter" (Apr. 16, 2000). The Sunday Star-News printed a letter to the editor from one person who says noise complaints should not be called in to the police, adding that downtown noise is part of downtown life. The letter is printed in its entirety.
North Carolina, Wilmington, "Residents in Wilmington, North Carolina Bothered by Loud Music from Bars; Noise Ordinance to be Amended" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Morning Star in Wilmington, North Carolina reports that a popular nightclub offering outdoor music reopened two weeks ago in a new location that is bothering residents in downtown Wilmington. The bar, called the Icehouse, had previously been located in a warehouse district of the city, but has reopened in a downtown area near condominiums. The Icehouse had violated the city noise ordinance in the past at its old location.
North Carolina, Wrightsville Beach, "Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Committee Should Have Noise-Reduction Strategy Recommendations for Aldermen by Summer" (Nov. 2, 1999). The Morning Star reports that the Committee for a Better Beach, formed by the Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Aldermen, plans to have noise-reduction strategy recommendations by summer. The main problem was seen to be bar noise: loud music, and noisy patrons on their way home.
Norway, Oslo, "Norway Labor Laws Outlaw Church Bells" (Dec. 18, 1997). AP Online reports that state noise regulations have made it illegal to ring steeple bells in Norway.
Norway, Oslo, "Muslims in Oslo, Norway Allowed to Use Loudspeaker to Broadcast Calls to Prayer" (Mar. 29, 2000). The Associated Press Worldstream reports that a neighborhood council in Oslo, Norway has granted permission to the World Islamic Mission to broadcast calls to prayer on outdoor loudspeakers every Friday.
NY, Albany, "Albany Airport Authority Plans To Buy More Homes" (May 15, 1997). The Times Union reports the Albany (New York) County Airport plans to buy 9 more homes north of the airport, according to airport Chief Executive Officer John Egan. More than 30 houses have already been bought in the past by either the airport authority or Albany County, which used to own and operate the airport. The 9 homes on Kelly Road, if purchased, are planned to be demolished or converted into commercial buildings, garages, or warehouses.
NY, Green Island, "Business Challenges Village's Noise Ordinance in Court" (Oct. 1, 1998). The Times Union reports that a long-standing scrap metal business is challenging Green Island's newly amended noise ordinance.
NY, New York, "Bronz Community Discusses The Quiet" (Apr. 29, 1997). The New York Daily News reports the second International Noise Awareness Day will be honored at a town hall meeting. Bronx residents will have the chance to state their opinion about local noise pollution. The Bronx Campaign for Peace and Quiet, a non-profit borough group that campaigns against noise pollution, will be attending the meeting. The group promotes public awareness and supports enforcing noise ordinances. Also involved in the meeting are psychiatrists and city officials.
NY, New York, "Noisy New York Car Alarms May Become Illegal To Sell Or Buy" (Apr. 28, 1997). Newsday reports that City Councilmen Anthony Weiner (Brooklyn) and A. Gifford Miller (Manhattan) have proposed a bill that would declare the sale or installation of noisy car alarms in the city to be illegal. Under the new legislation, cars that are built with alarms in the factory would still be permitted however. Miller states he wishes he could ban all audible alarms, but that would prove an unconstitutional action against interstate commerce. If the law is passed, first violations by installers or sellers will cost them $500 to $1,000, second violations will cost $1,000 to $2,500, and subsequent violations up to $5,000.
NY, New York, "NYC's Heliport and Helicopter Master Plan Criticized by Activists" (Jul. 9, 1998). The New York Times reports a study of New York City's heliports and helicopter flights supported a current ban on tours from one heliport in the city, but failed to endorse new regulations for helicopter flights. The results of the study produced mixed reactions from activists, politicians, and industry representatives.
NY, New York, "New York City Enacts New, Stricter Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 16, 1999). The Associated Press (through the Dessert News, Salt Lake City, UT) reports some New Yorkers are unhappy with a new, strict noise ordinance recently passed by the city council.
NY, New York City, "New York City Helicoptors Increase In Noise Level" (Apr. 27, 1997). The New York Daily News reports community residents are disturbed daily by the increase of tourist, weather, commuter, television news, and law enforcement helicopter flight. The Helicopter Noise Coalition of New York hopes to create a helicopter "no fly" zone across the five boroughs, excepting emergency flights. The coalition aims to eliminate heliports from residential areas and to enforce regulation on the industry. Meanwhile there is a helicopter repair and storage operation at The Brooklyn Navy Yard proposed to be built and the Giuliani administration is supporting plans for a super heliport on Pier 76.
NY, New York City, "Schools Near Airports May Debilitate Learning" (May 20, 1997). The Washington Post reports that two environmental psychologists at Cornell University, Gary W. Evans and Lorraine Maxwell, have discovered that schoolchildren who are exposed to frequent airport noise do not learn to read well as schoolchildren who study in a quieter environment. Children exposed to excessive and repeated noise learn how to tune out noise, including speech. Impaired speech perception in turn hampers their ability to learn how to read.
NY, Plainview, "Plainview, NY Residents Say Proposed Expressway Sound Barrier Too Intrusive" (Jun. 13, 1999). The Daily News reports residents of Plainview, NY feel a proposed expressway sound barrier would destroy their landscape.
NZ, Christchurch, "New Zealanders Look to Preserve Natural Quiet in National Parks; Helicopter Buzzing is Main Concern" (Jun. 27, 1998). The Press reports helicopter noise is annoying visitors and ruining the natural quiet in New Zealand's national parks. Conservation and park groups are taking measures to avoid the over-flying that has plagued the US's Grand Canyon.
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