EU To Sue Noisy Nations
The European Commission said it was initiating legal action against 11 states which had failed to incorporate the rules into national noise pollution legislation, which should have been done by July 2004. The states are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Britain.
The rules require states to draw maps that track the level of noise from cars, planes, machinery and other sources in areas inhabited by more than 100,000 people. Busy intersections or traffic networks are also targeted.
Once the maps are established, the states must formulate a plan to make the area quieter.
Via Blog Quebecois who thinks it’s a clever counter-terrorist initiative. On the other hand, Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas did have this to say:
“The EU’s objective is to substantially reduce the number of people in Europe affected by noise by 2012..”
So, I suppose there are alternative ways to meet the objective….