August 21, 2003
Highway Noise Task Force report released
The Northern Pacific Highway Noise Task Force report is out, none of the concerns expressed by the TSCA representatives were incorporated, and it even went to the strange extent of rejecting the call for reduced speed on the grounds that it would increase braking noise as trucks braked to stay under the speed limit.
The report listed the Tyagarah short term strategy as to "Review acoustic assessments , and investigate additional mitigation measures including acoustic treatments of home". Tandy's Lane short term was "Finalise acoustic treatment of homes (including solar boosted ventilation system). and Review acoustic assessment". There were no long-term strategies for either Tandy's Lane or Tyagarah. The executive summary has been scanned and is on the web site, if you want to see the full report see Colin.
The only hopeful point is that in 2006 they promise to bring in new noise restrictions for new trucks.
Thanks are due to Amit and Tony for taking this process through to its conclusion.
The one plus of course, has been because of the pressure, the people who have received compensation have received a lot more as a consequence. We hope they will consider this and join the association or make a donation to enable the continuation of the struggle to get the noise levels down.
Given the lack of action, the only step left is to continue the lawsuit along with Ewingsdale Progress Association. Kali is the coordinator on this.
(The Exec summary and letter are scanned, Amit has the full version)
Posted at August 21, 2003 12:00 AM
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