Noise IS Pollution: It Seriously and Negatively Impacts Our Health

Noise IS Pollution: It Seriously and Negatively Impacts Our Health

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Laura Brodowski started this petition to John Halliday (Lhoist North America) and

The Petitioner went to the Lhoist site and met with John Halliday, and was assured that the issue and complaint would be "looked into."  After receiving no communication from John for a week, the Petitioner contacted Lhoist again and received a response from John Bartnik, who came to the Petitioners community (across the water) with an engineer.  The visitors heard the noise themselves and assured the Petitioner that they would do what they could to reduce it.  A few days later, the Petitioner received an email from John Halliday claiming that the noise decibel was within city limits and "Sounds such as you describe while present at our site, are also present at other industrial properties along our street and throughout the Port Kells Industrial Park." which is a professional way of saying GET LOST, everyone else is doing it so we will keep doing it.  Although they claim to be stewards of their community, their actions (or absence of), speak differently.

The Petitioner has been to the Port Kells area and notes that the noise is COMING FROM THE LHOIST SITE.  The noise is intrusive, causing damage to our well-being, and is happing 24/7 at pitches that are unbearable at times.

WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET UP UNTIL YOU STOP RUINING OUR PEACEFUL LIVES HERE - WE PAY PROPERTY TAXES JUST THE SAME AS YOU DO, AND DESERVE TO FEEL SAFE IN OUR HOMES - NOT ATTACKED BY YOUR INDUSTRY

THE SCIENCE / DATA OF NOISE (excerpt from 1 article, of which there are many):

Exposure to prolonged or excessive noise has been shown to cause a range of health problems ranging from stress, poor concentration, productivity losses in the workplace, and communication difficulties and fatigue from lack of sleep, to more serious issues such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, tinnitus and hearing loss.

In 2011 the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report titled ‘Burden of disease from environmental noise’. This study collated data from various large-scale epidemiological studies of environmental noise in Western Europe, collected over a 10-year period.

The studies analysed environmental noise and then looked at links to health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, sleep disturbance, tinnitus, cognitive impairment in children, and annoyance. The WHO team used the information to calculate the disability-adjusted life-years or DALYs—basically the healthy years of life―lost to ‘unwanted’ human-induced dissonance. Exposure to prolonged or excessive noise has been shown to cause a range of health problems.  They found that more than one million healthy years of life are lost each year in Europe alone due to noise pollution.. The authors concluded that ‘there is overwhelming evidence that exposure to environmental noise has adverse effects on the health of the population.

Interestingly, it may be the sounds we aren’t even aware we’re hearing that are affecting us the most, in particular, those we ‘hear’ when we’re asleep. The human ear is extremely sensitive, and it never rests. So even when you sleep your ears are working, picking up and transmitting sounds that are filtered and interpreted by different parts of the brain. It’s a permanently open auditory channel. So, although you may not be aware of it, background noises of traffic, aircraft or music coming from a neighbour are still being processed, and your body is reacting to them in different ways via the nerves that travel to all parts of the body and the hormones released by the brain.

The most obvious is interrupted sleep, with its flow-on effects of tiredness, impaired memory and creativity, impaired judgement and weakened psycho-motor skills. Research has shown that people living near airports or busy roads have a higher incidence of headaches, take more sleeping pills and sedatives, are more prone to minor accidents, and are more likely to seek psychiatric treatment.

But there is another, more serious outcome. Even if you don’t wake up, it appears that continual noise sets off the body’s acute stress response, which raises blood pressure and heart rate, potentially mobilising a state of hyperarousal. It is this response that can lead to cardiovascular disease and other health issues.

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