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Noise Pollution in Albuquerque
Here are some excerpts from an item on Noise Pollution in
Albuquerque, NM (USA) which I got from an AltaVista search
("www.altavista.digital.com"). The entire article can be found at
"http://www.cabq.gov/aes/s5noise.html" (9K 5/21/97).
Albuquerque's Environmental Story
Environmental Topic: Noise
by Richard Mitzelfelt
Background and Problems
Noise, commonly defined as unwanted sound, is an environmental phenomenon...
Noise can also be considered an environmental pollutant...
Albuquerque's noise control ordinance was placed into effect in June 1975.
The Environmental Health Department's Consumer Protection Division personnel
are responsible for enforcing the ordinance. Noise control enforcement may
involve many sources of excessive noise: radios, stereos, television, live
bands, machinery, equipment fans, air conditioners, construction, vehicle
repairs, motor vehicles, and general noise.
Offenders May Pay
If an individual produces a sound level (noise) louder than the noise
ordinance allows, he or she can be issued a citation by the police or the
staff from the Environmental Health Department. The fine at the window is
$50, and if found guilty in a court hearing, the offender could be fined as
much as $500 or 90 days in jail, or both.
Approximate Sound Levels in Decibels
Police siren: 118
Rock band, disco: 115
Missing muffler: 115
Hole(s) in muffler: 111
Tailpipe damage: 109
Circular saw: 107
Hole/break in pipe from engine to muffler: 105
Internal muffler deterioration: 104
Heavy truck at 90 feet (40 mph): 99
Power mower: 92
Freight train at 50 feet: 88
Printing press: 80
Vacuum cleaner: 74
Busy street traffic: 70
Air-conditioning unit: 60
Interior of a quiet car: 50
Private office: 41
Threshold of hearing: 0
Maximum allowable sound level from car exhaust under city's noise control
Sound at 155 decibels can burn the skin.
Sound at 180 decibels can kill.
For more information about sound, noise, and noise testing, call the
Noise Control Office at 766-7435 or 768-2600.
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For info, send message "info quiet-list" to same.
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