AARP Sounds Alarm on Noise: The Not-So-Silent Killer

In July 2021, the AARP published an article sounding the alarm over noise as a serious health issue. The article helps alert the AARP’s 38 million members to the fact that noise represents a health crisis—not simply a “nuisance” or irritation. The article, Loud…

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Pennsylvania Legislator Tries to Ban Municipal Limits on Fireworks with HB1628

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 to allow extremely powerful explosives. HB1628 prohibits communities…

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Increased Pandemic Road Noise According to Study

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: Repeated exposure to high levels of noise…

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Researchers at California Polytechnic State University Suggest that Noise Negatively Affects Plants

Three researchers from California Polytechnic State University published an article in The Proceeding of the Royal Society B demonstrating both long-term, negative effects on plants from noise and also a lengthy recovery time (over a decade) from noise. Few have researched the effects of noise on plant…

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Public Comment Objects to Attempts to Increase NonCoal Mining Noise Emissions from Airblast Explosions

On April 14, 2021, PANPA filed Public Comments objecting to the noise-related aspects of a Proposed Rule-making by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection related to mining explosions. Proposed rule-making 51 Pa.B 1519, in part, addresses airblast noise (blasting operations or explosions) in noncoal…

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Songbirds Negatively Affected By Fracking Noise Should Not Surprise

Recent findings by Penn State researchers will not surprise victims of fracking gas compressor noise. The loud, low-frequency noise emitted by natural gas compressor stations travels hundreds of yards into undisturbed areas. Co-author Julian Avery The research demonstrates negative, physiological effects on birds from fracking compressor station…

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New NASA Plane Fights Noise Pollution

NASA announced the pioneering flight of the all-electric X-57 Maxwell airplane. The X-Plane Program represents 70 years of cutting-edge aircraft development–some aircraft buffs may recall the X-1 Bell and X-15. While abating aircraft noise itself is not new, the X-57 specifically seeks to reduce noise pollution emissions…

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One-third of Fracking Health Complaints In Pennsylvania Involve Noise

One-third of Fracking Health Complaints in Pennsylvania Involve Noise Almost one-third (32.7%) of complaints lodged to the Pennsylvania Department of Health about hydraulic fracturing in unconventional gas wells in Pennsylvania (fracking)  involve noise. The Pennsylvania Department of Health maintains an Oil and Natural Gas…

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February 3, 2021, Webinar on Pennsylvania Noise Ordinances for Townships

On February 3, 2021, from 12-1PM, Shannon Brown will present What’s All the Noise About Noise Ordinances? to the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS). Program Description Township supervisors, staff, and solicitors receive sound information about the need for noise ordinances; understanding the startling current research…

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Turning Up Quiet: Article for Attorneys About Pennsylvania Noise Ordinances Published

The November-December 2020 issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer contains a general article about noise ordinances in Pennsylvania—Turning Up Quiet With Noise Ordinances. The article provides context for attorneys when drafting noise ordinances for Pennsylvania. Many noise ordinances and purported noise ordinances (actually problematic omnibus “zoning” ordinances or…

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