Noise causing problems in your community?

Tips, resources, and suggestions for addressing noise problems in Pennsylvania communities.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Pennsylvania State Representative Robert Freeman introduced House Bill HB1628 on June 15, 2021, that reputes to “regulate fireworks”—a huge and growing problem in Pennsylvania after the 2017 expansion of fireworks sales in Pennsylvania...
Thursday, May 06, 2021
A recent Boston University study on soundscape ecology in urban parks in the Boston area suggests that increased vehicle speeds may be increasing noise in some urban parks despite overall reductions in traffic due to the pandemic. The study notes:...
Monday, May 31, 2021
Memorial Day represents a day of respectful and somber reflection on those who died in active service in the US military. Just as a funeral or any remembrance, Memorial Day stands a a day of gravity and pause—just as we would a moment of silence. ...
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Visitors to West Chester, Pennsylvania, this summer can enjoy a more relaxed meal, enjoy a normal conversation outside, and forego the ear plugs increasingly required by illegal vehicle noise. Mayor Jordan Norley of West Chester and the West Chest...

If Noise Were Black Goo...Health Risks from Noise

If a rusty pipe in the neighborhood oozed black goo and that goo was tied to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, psychiatric disorders, ulcers, learning impairment in children, impairment of life tasks, sleep disruption, migraine headaches, neuroticism, stress disorders, and early death, irate community members would have the pipe shut down immediately. And yet, today's medical research links precisely these serious, medical problems (and others) to noise pollution. Communities sometimes labor under the assumption that noise pollution is some type of secondary issue or the domain of so-called hypersensitive individuals. The science and medical research conclusively show otherwise.

Furthermore, for almost 50 years, federal law places obligations on communities to combat noise pollution to avoid adverse health consequences and maintain positive neighborhoods. Over 500 years of common law and constitutional law place an affirmative duty on each person to use their property in a way that does not interfere with the fundamental constitutional property right of the quiet enjoyment of property. Yet, many communities still treat noise as a "mere" nuisance and fail to take significant action to combat noise pollution and interference with fundamental property rights. That needs to change.