[Laws in effect as of January 16, 1996]
[Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between
January 16, 1996 and August 28, 1996]
[CITE: 42USC4913]



Sec. 4913. Quiet communities, research, and public information

To promote the development of effective State and local noise

control programs, to provide an adequate Federal noise control

research program designed to meet the objectives of this chapter,

and to otherwise carry out the policy of this chapter, the

administrator shall, in cooperation with other Federal agencies and

through the use of grants, contracts, and direct Federal actions--

(a) develop and disseminate information and educational

materials to all segments of the public on the public health and

other effects of noise and the most effective means for noise

control, through the use of materials for school curricula,

volunteer organizations, radio and television programs,

publication, and other means;

(b) conduct or finance research directly or with any public or

private organization or any person on the effects, measurement, and

control of noise , including but not limited to--

(1) investigation of the psychological and physiological

effects of noise on humans and the effects of noise on

domestic animals, wildlife, and property, and the determination

of dose/response relationships suitable for use in

decisionmaking, with special emphasis on the nonauditory

effects of noise ;

(2) investigation, development, and demonstration of noise

control technology for products subject to possible regulation

under sections 4905 and 4907 of this title and section 44715 of

title 49;

(3) investigation, development, and demonstration of

monitoring equipment and other technology especially suited for

use by State and local noise control programs;

(4) investigation of the economic impact of noise on

property and human activities; and

(5) investigation and demonstration of the use of economic

incentives (including emission charges) in the control of

noise ;

(c) administer a nationwide Quiet Communities Program which

shall include, but not be limited to--

(1) grants to States, local governments, and authorized

regional planning agencies for the purpose of--

                              (A)        identifying and determining the nature and extent
of the noise problem within the subject jurisdiction;

(B) planning, developing, and establishing a noise

control capacity in such jurisdiction, including purchasing

initial equipment;

(C) developing abatement plans for areas around major

transportation facilities (including airports, highways,

         and rail yards) and other major stationary sources of noise,

and, where appropriate, for the facility or source itself;


(D) evaluating techniques for controlling noise

(including institutional arrangements) and demonstrating
         the best available techniques in such jurisdiction;

(2) purchase of monitoring and other equipment for loan to

State and local noise control programs to meet special needs or

assist in the beginning implementation of a noise control

program or project;

(3) development and implementation of a quality assurance

program for equipment and monitoring procedures of State and

local noise control programs to help communities assure that

their data collection activities are accurate;

(4) conduct of studies and demonstrations to determine the

resource and personnel needs of States and local governments

required for the establishment and implementation of effective

noise abatement and control programs; and

(5) development of education and training materials and

programs, including national and regional workshops, to support

State and local noise abatement and control programs;

except that no actions, plans or programs hereunder shall be

inconsistent with existing Federal authority under this

chapter to regulate sources of noise in interstate commerce;

(d) develop and implement a national noise environmental

assessment program to identify trends in noise exposure and

response, ambient levels, and compliance data and to determine

otherwise the effectiveness of noise abatement actions through the

collection of physical, social, and human response data;

(e) establish regional technical assistance centers which use

the capabilities of university and private organizations to assist

State and local noise control programs;

(f) provide technical assistance to State and local governments

to facilitate their development and enforcement of noise control,

including direct onsite assistance of agency or other personnel

with technical expertise, and preparation of model State or local

legislation for noise control; and

(g) provide for the maximum use in programs assisted under this

section of senior citizens and persons eligible for participation

in programs under the Older Americans Act [42 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.].

(Pub. L. 92-574, Sec. 14, Oct. 27, 1972, 86 Stat. 1244; Pub. L. 95-609,

Sec. 2, Nov. 8, 1978, 92 Stat. 3079.)

References in Text

The Older Americans Act, referred to in subsec. (g), probably means

The Older Americans Act of 1965, Pub. L. 89-73, July 14, 1965, 79 Stat.

218, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 35 (Sec. 3001

et seq.) of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the

Code, see Short Title note set out under section 3001 of this title and



In subsec. (b)(2), ``section 44715 of title 49'' substituted for

Reference to section 7 of this Act, meaning section 7 of Pub. L. 92-

574, which generally amended section 611 of the Federal Aviation Act of

1958 (49 App. U.S.C. 1431), on authority of Pub. L. 103-272, Sec. 6(b),

July 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 1378, the first section of which enacted

subtitles II, III, and V to X of Title 49, Transportation.


1978--Pub. L. 95-609 completely revised and restructured existing

provisions, inserting provisions relating to authorized use of grants

and direct action, investigation of economic impact of noise ,

administration of Quiet Communities Program, development of noise

assessment program, establishment of regional centers, technical

assistance to State and local governments, and use by senior citizens

of these programs.