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Penn State Extension: Addressing Noise in PA’s Communities and Neighborhoods
September 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Addressing Noise in Pennsylvania’s Communities and Neighborhoods
Noise can cause serious health issues and undermine the quality of life in communities.
Pennsylvania municipalities possess health, safety, and welfare powers to effectively address noise issues. Furthermore, municipalities may also risk liability against the municipality for not effectively controlling noise.
This webinar provides background for municipalities by briefly covering the significant, adverse, health effects that noise causes in communities, based on current scientific research, and by covering statutory authority for noise pollution control. Three examples of noise ordinances will be discussed along with the formidable problems of trying to address noise through outdated, general, “nuisance” ordinances.
The webinar will address the medical effects of noise, working definitions of noise, sound & decibels, distinguishing between noise regulations and nuisance ordinances and the 3 regulatory standards of noise – plainly-audible, decibel & hybrid.
Approved for 1.25 CM credit