How quiet is quiet? What are the most effective methods for bringing about a desired level of noise abatement? Although agencies of the US federal government have been investigating these questions with increasing vigour over the past 20 years, the author suggests that too often economic analyses of federal noise abatement programmes are limited by the unavailability of appropriate benefits data, and argues that too little attention has been given to abatement methods other than regulatory performance standards or direct provision of abatement devices. This book attempts to clarify these issues using property-value/noise-pollution data and the welfare economics tool of benefit-cost analysis. At policy levels, optimal noise-abatement standards or technology are defined for new medium and heavy-duty trucks, and for in-use commercial jet aircraft. The environmental implications of the Concorde are noted, along with legal issues such as the purchase of noise easements. Alternative abatement methods are also discussed, including a decibel emmissions tax or resource-use price for aircraft and trucks.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ballinger Publishing Company

    17 Dunster Street, Harvard Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02138
  • Authors:
    • Nelson, J P
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 264 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183933
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Civil Aviation Authority Central Library
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM