Noise Abatement Law and Legal Definition

Noise abatement is defined as the measures taken to reduce unacceptable sounds or vibrations, or to protect people from exposure to them. An office of noise abatement and control established by Environmental Protection Agency will carry out a full and complete investigation and study of noise and its effect on the public health and welfare to identify and classify causes and sources of noise and to determine various other things such as psychological and physiological effect on humans, effect on wildlife and property and public welfare.

According to 42 USCS § 7641, the office of noise abatement and control determines:

(A) effects at various levels;

(B) projected growth of noise levels in urban areas through the year 2000;

(C) the psychological and physiological effect on humans;

(D) effects of sporadic extreme noise (such as jet noise near airports) as compared with constant noise;

(E) effect on wildlife and property (including values);

(F) effect of sonic booms on property (including values); and

(G) such other matters as may be of interest to the public welfare.

In any case where any federal department or agency is carrying out or sponsoring any activity which results in noise which the administrator determines amounts to a public nuisance, then such department or agency will consult with the administrator to determine possible means of abating such noise.