[Laws in effect as of January 16, 1996]
[Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between
January 16, 1996 and August 28, 1996]
[CITE: 42USC4903]


                        CHAPTER 65-- NOISE CONTROL

Sec. 4903. Federal programs

(a) Furtherance of Congressional policy

    The Congress authorizes and directs that Federal agencies shall, to 

the fullest extent consistent with their authority under Federal laws 

administered by them, carry out the programs within their control in 

such a manner as to further the policy declared in section 4901(b) of 

this title.

(b) Presidential authority to exempt activities or facilities from 

        compliance requirements

    Each department, agency, or instrumentality of the executive, 

legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government--

        (1) having jurisdiction over any property or facility, or

        (2) engaged in any activity resulting, or which may result, in 

    the emission of  noise ,

shall comply with Federal, State, interstate, and local requirements 

respecting control and abatement of environmental  noise  to the same 

extent that any person is subject to such requirements. The President 

may exempt any single activity or facility, including  noise  emission 

sources or classes thereof, of any department, agency, or 

instrumentality in the executive branch from compliance with any such 

requirement if he determines it to be in the paramount interest of the 

United States to do so; except that no exemption, other than for those 

products referred to in section 4902(3)(B) of this title, may be granted 

from the requirements of sections 4905, 4916, and 4917 of this title. No 

such exemption shall be granted due to lack of appropriation unless the 

President shall have specifically requested such appropriation as a part 

of the budgetary process and the Congress shall have failed to make 

available such requested appropriation. Any exemption shall be for a 

period not in excess of one year, but additional exemptions may be 

granted for periods of not to exceed one year upon the President's 

making a new determination. The President shall report each January to 

the Congress all exemptions from the requirements of this section 

granted during the preceding calendar year, together with his reason for 

granting such exemption.

(c) Coordination of programs of Federal agencies; standards and 

        regulations; status reports

    (1) The Administrator shall coordinate the programs of all Federal 

agencies relating to  noise  research and  noise  control. Each Federal 

agency shall, upon request, furnish to the Administrator such 

information as he may reasonably require to determine the nature, scope, 

and results of the  noise -research and  noise -control programs of the 


    (2) Each Federal agency shall consult with the Administrator in 

prescribing standards or regulations respecting  noise . If at any time 

the Administrator has reason to believe that a standard or regulation, 

or any proposed standard or regulation, of any Federal agency respecting 

 noise   does not protect the public health and welfare to the extent he 

believes to be required and feasible, he may request such agency to 

review and report to him on the advisability of revising such standard 

or regulation to provide such protection. Any such request may be 

published in the Federal Register and shall be accompanied by a detailed 

statement of the information on which it is based. Such agency shall 

complete the requested review and report to the Administrator within 

such time as the Administrator specifies in the request, but such time 

specified may not be less than ninety days from the date the request was 

made. The report shall be published in the Federal Register and shall be 

accompanied by a detailed statement of the findings and conclusions of 

the agency respecting the revision of its standard or regulation. With 

respect to the Federal Aviation Administration, section 44715 of title 

49 shall apply in lieu of this paragraph.

    (3) On the basis of regular consultation with appropriate Federal 

agencies, the Administrator shall compile and publish, from time to 

time, a report on the status and progress of Federal activities relating 

to  noise  research and  noise  control. This report shall describe the 

 noise -control programs of each Federal agency and assess the 

contributions of those programs to the Federal Government's overall 

efforts to control  noise .

(Pub. L. 92-574, Sec. 4, Oct. 27, 1972, 86 Stat. 1235.)


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

``section 611 of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 (as amended by section 

7 of this Act)'' 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.


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