Environmental noise is a natural part of everyday life. Sources of noise vary from flocks of birds to construction equipment to passing traffic to industrial complexes. The level or magnitude of noise is measured by “decibels”, with a normal conversation measuring about 60 decibels and a jet engine measuring about 140 decibels.
The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) works with a variety of stakeholders to establish and maintain noise control directives for the province. ERCB’s Directive 038 identifies requirements and recommended practices for noise control for all operations and facilities under their jurisdiction. If a noise problem should arise from energy industry activity, the first step is to contact the industry operator to have the issue addressed. If the problem is not resolved, an ERCB Field Centre can be contacted for further assistance.
Noise Management in AIH
Through a collaborative process with area residents and industry members, noise in AIH was recognized as a topic of concern. Noise issues included communication and enforcement of current regulations, as well as strategies for abatement. It was acknowledged that increased industrial development and growth in the area would contribute to current levels of noise; therefore, a long-term strategy for noise management would be beneficial.
Commitment from industry, municipalities, and local organizations to address noise concerns have resulted in several beneficial initiatives. The most significant and comprehensive is the creation of a Regional Noise Management Plan, developed jointly by the Northeast Capital Industrial Association (NCIA) and the ERCB. This management plan is the first of its kind in North America. It takes significant steps in adopting best practices for managing industry’s contribution to noise. Not only does it outline an approach for existing industry, but it also sets expectations for new industry. Additionally, the plan requires annual reporting to NCIA, ensuring compliance of this long-term strategy for noise management in AIH.
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