[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]


                         CHAPTER 65-- NOISE CONTROL

Sec. 4901. Congressional findings and statement of policy

    (a) The Congress finds--

        (1) that inadequately controlled  noise  presents a growing danger 

    to the health and welfare of the Nation's population, particularly 

    in urban areas;

        (2) that the major sources of  noise  include transportation 

    vehicles and equipment, machinery, appliances, and other products in 

    commerce; and

        (3) that, while primary responsibility for control of  noise  

    rests with State and local governments, Federal action is essential 

    to deal with major  noise  sources in commerce control of which 

    require national uniformity of treatment.

    (b) The Congress declares that it is the policy of the United States 

to promote an environment for all Americans free from  noise  that 

jeopardizes their health or welfare. To that end, it is the purpose of 

this  chapter  to establish a means for effective coordination of Federal 

research and activities in  noise  control, to authorize the establishment 

of Federal  noise  emission standards for products distributed in 

commerce, and to provide information to the public respecting the  noise  

emission and  noise  reduction characteristics of such products.

(Pub. L. 92-574, Sec. 2, Oct. 27, 1972, 86 Stat. 1234.)

                      Short Title of 1978 Amendment

    Pub. L. 95-609, Sec. 1, Nov. 8, 1978, 92 Stat. 3079, provided: 

``That this Act [amending sections 4905, 4910, 4913, 4918, 6901, 6903, 

6907, 6913, 6922, 6923, 6925, to 6928, 6947, 6961, 6962, 6964, 6972, 

6973, 6977, and 6981 to 6984 of this title and section 1431 of former 

Title 49, Transportation, and enacting provision set out as a note under 

section 1431 of former Title 49] may be cited as the `Quiet Communities 

Act of 1978'.''

                               Short Title

    Section 1 of Pub. L. 92-574 provided that: ``This Act [enacting this 

 chapter , amending section 1431 of former Title 49, Transportation, and 

enacting provisions set out as notes under this section and section 1431 

of former Title 49] may be cited as the ` Noise  Control Act of 1972'.''

           Federal Compliance With Pollution Control Standards

    For provisions relating to the responsibility of the head of each 

Executive agency for compliance with applicable pollution control 

standards, see Ex. Ord. No. 12088, Oct. 13, 1978, 43 F.R. 47707, set out 

as a note under section 4321 of this title.

                  Section Referred to in Other Sections

    This section is referred to in section 4903 of this title.


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