[Laws in effect as of January 16, 1996]
[Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between
  January 16, 1996 and August 28, 1996]
[CITE: 42USC7641]




Sec. 7641. Noise abatement

(a) Office of Noise Abatement and Control

    The Administrator shall establish within the Environmental 

Protection Agency an Office of Noise Abatement and Control, and shall 

carry out through such Office a full and complete investigation and 

study of noise and its effect on the public health and welfare in order 

to (1) identify and classify causes and sources of noise, and (2) 


        (A) effects at various levels;

        (B) projected growth of noise levels in urban areas through the 

    year 2000;

        (C) the psychological and physiological effect on humans;

        (D) effects of sporadic extreme noise (such as jet noise near 

    airports) as compared with constant noise;

        (E) effect on wildlife and property (including values);

        (F) effect of sonic booms on property (including values); and

        (G) such other matters as may be of interest in the public 


(b) Investigation techniques; report and recommendations

    In conducting such investigation, the Administrator shall hold 

public hearings, conduct research, experiments, demonstrations, and 

studies. The Administrator shall report the results of such 

investigation and study, together with his recommendations for 

legislation or other action, to the President and the Congress not later 

than one year after December 31, 1970.

(c) Abatement of noise from Federal activities

    In any case where any Federal department or agency is carrying out 

or sponsoring any activity resulting in noise which the Administrator 

determines amounts to a public nuisance or is otherwise objectionable, 

such department or agency shall consult with the Administrator to 

determine possible means of abating such noise.

(July 14, 1955, ch. 360, title IV, Sec. 402, as added Dec. 31, 1970, 

Pub. L. 91-604, Sec. 14, 84 Stat. 1709.)


    Another section 402 of act July 14, 1955, as added by Pub. L. 101-

549, title IV, Sec. 401, Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2585, is classified to 

section 7651a of this title.

    Section was formerly classified to section 1858 of this title.

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