Noise Control Act

By Alex Chapa

What is it?

The Noise Pollution Act of 1972 is a statute of the United States initiating a federal program of regulating noise pollution with the intent of protecting human health and minimizing annoyance of noise to the general public.

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Congress ended funding of the federal noise control program in 1981, which reduce development of further national regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) retains authority to conduct research and publish information on noise and its effects on the public.

The initial EPA regulations and programs provided a basis for development of many state and local government noise control laws across the United States.