The Implementation of the Noise Control Act of 1972

Gao ID: 100241 April 4, 1977

The Federal Government's noise program has not been working smoothly. To date, only four noise emission standards have been issued under the Noise Control Act and these were many months late. Implementation of certain sections of the Act, such as labeling, technical assistance, and research coordination, has received low priority by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and therefore, not much has been accomplished in these areas. The administrator of EPA should direct that an overall strategy for the noise control program be prepared so that all provisions of the Noise Control Act are implemented in a balanced, coordinated manner. The overall noise program draft strategy that has been drafted and submitted for comment is a good first effort in the development of a unified, national effort to reduce noise pollution. This strategy should be finalized as soon as possible so the provisions in the 1972 Act can be implemented effectively. A coordinated joint effort between the EPA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is necessary if any progress is to be made in abating aircraft noise. There is a fundamental difference in philosophy between the two agencies on how best to control aircraft noise and whether the actions taken have been effective.

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