The purpose of this paper is to analyze the difficulties facing an intense minority group which is attempting to change public policy: those persons who have reacted to the growing intrusion of jet noise into their lives from 1958 on. Chapter 1 recounts the general history of noise as a growing environmental pollutant. Certain questions are posed at the outset: Why is noise being increasingly defined as a public policy problem today? How recently has there been sizable organized reaction to it? Are noise levels in fact increasing, or are we simply "changing our expectations" about the quality of our environment? Chapter 2 focuses specifically on jet aircraft noise abatement. It raises a second set of questions: How has aviation noise emerged as a public problem? Is jet noise any more irritating than other noises? Is aviation noise increasing in exposure and intensity? Is adverse reaction to such noise increasing or decreasing? Chapters 3 through 7 analyze the perceptions and behavior of actors in five main arenas where protests are lodged: the aviation industry (airport operators, aircraft builders, pilots); state and local government; the court system; the federal legislature; and the federal administration. Similar questions are asked in each of these chapters: Why do airport neighbors look to these areas for redress? How have the actors in each area responded? How does each actor perceive his own role and function? How does each feel constrained? How likely is it that focusing efforts on any of them will result in adequate alleviation of noise-impact?

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  • Authors:
    • Stevenson, G M
  • Publication Date: 1972

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  • Pagination: 148 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00155550
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM