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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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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Summary Article 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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