Right to Quiet Society Noiseletter
Fall 2009 – page 3

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South Korean exams prompt army hush

South Korea's army has pledged to keep the noise down while several million students take English language listening tests. The army said live‑fire drills would be halted and jets would be banned from taking off or landing for at least 20 minutes each day during the tests. However, aircraft would be allowed to take off in emergency, the army said.
The exams for middle and high school students will be held on 16–18 and 23–25 of September. South Korea— a densely populated country—places a high priority on education. The authorities are also expected to reschedule rush hour to ease traffic during another crucial set of tests in November.

– BBC News
 <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8256062.stm >

EUROCITIES – Working Group Noise

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities, founded in 1986. It brings together the local governments of more than 120 large cities in over 30 European countries.

EUROCITIES provides a platform for its member cities to share knowledge and ideas, to exchange experiences, to analyse common problems, and develop innovative solutions, through a wide range of forums, working groups, projects, activities and events.

EUROCITIES gives cities a voice in Europe, by engaging in dialogue with the European institutions on all aspects of EU legislation,


policies and programmes that have an impact on cities and their citizens. The network is active across a wide range of policy areas, including economic development and cohesion policy, provision of public services, environment, transport and mobility, employment and social affairs, culture, education, information and knowledge society, governance, and international co-operation. The Working Group Noise (WGN) operates within this network.

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Congress “European strategies for noise reduction and management in cities” (excerpts)

On the 18th of March, 2009, the “Working Group Noise” of EUROCITIES participated in the congress "European Strategies for Noise reduction and noise management in cities". This congress was organised by the City of Florence in collaboration with Vie en Rose, a member of WGN.

Presentations were held during the morning of the 18th by several members of the Working Group. Henk Wolfert, chair of WGN, gave a presentation about noise management in cities, and European network solutions. John Hinton (Birmingham) presented his views about the review of the Environmental Noise


Directive (END) 2202/ 49/EC.

The benefit of the END is that we have a reasonably good overview of all large European cities and agglomerations with people exposed to noise. This is the very first time in history that this was monitored. Other data were being estimated. However, there is still a lot of room for improvements. His views will be put in the position paper of WGN, which will be published later this year. To reach WGN-Chair Henk Wolfert, e-mail:

Interesting provision in a U.S. noise ordinance

Several years ago our member in Delmar, N.Y., J. Morse, informed us about the noise control provisions in the codes of the City of Cleveland, Ohio. A recent check of the Cleveland website revealed that these provisions are still there.

Under “Chapter 683, Sound Devices”, the requirements in Section 683.99, Penalty, are of particular interest:

(a) Whoever violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a fourth degree misdemeanor and, upon a first offense, shall be fined two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00), which fine shall not be suspended, waived or otherwise reduced below that amount, and subject to up to 30 days in jail. In addition, the equipment or device used in the commission of a violation of Section 683.01 or 683.02 is


hereby declared to be contraband and may beseized and disposed of in accordance with RC 2933. 43.

(b) Whoever violates any provision of this chapter upon any subsequent offense shall be guilty of a misdemeanour of the third degree, and shall be fined five hundred dollars ($500.00), which fine shall not be suspended, waived or otherwise reduced below that amount, and subject to up to 60 days in jail.

(c) Each day upon which a violation occurs or continues shall be a separate offense and punishable as such here-under.


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Startling effect of loud noises

In an article about the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy’s posthumously published memoirs, Tom Leonard wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “After the deaths of his brothers, he said he was easily startled by loud noises and would dive to the floor whenever a car backfired.”

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