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The thunderous, full-throated roars of Formula One Grand Prix and NASCAR racers peeling down the Parc Jean Drapeau track this summer have been specifically exempted.


So have the staccato boom-booms of fireworks detonating over La Ronde.


However, for the first time, municipal noise limits have been extended to all loudspeakers used on the Expo 67 islands – whether during race-event days, the fireworks fest or to amplify bands during such raucous musical festivals as Osheaga.


The Ville-Marie borough council quietly adopted the change in regulations at its May 9 meeting, as an effort to “strike a balance” over noise issues, borough spokesperson Jacques-Alain Lavallée said Wednesday.


Most complaints over noise that crosses the St. Lawrence River are from St. Lambert residents, who have organized St. Lambert Citizens Against Noise Pollution, also known as Silence St. Lambert.


Parc Jean-Drapeau receives “between 80 and 100” such noise complaints a year, said Nathalie Lessard, a park spokesperson, mostly from a core group she estimated at “about 40 citizens.” She termed the new borough limits “quite feasible.”


The Festival Osheaga – described in September 2009 by Montreal Ombudsman Johanne Savard as “one of the loudest shows held on the site” – will be limited to 60 decibels “measured at the property limits of the complainant,” the new regulation states. That’s the level of normal conversation, Lessard said. The same limit will apply to Vans Warped Tour and Festival Heavy Montreal. All three are promoted by Evenko, an arm of the Montreal Canadiens organization that promotes 850 shows a year.


“We always follow the city rules,” Evenko spokesperson Caroline Audet said.


Intensity of sound diminishes with distance travelled. The closest resident on the St. Lambert side is 1.5 kilometres away, Lessard said. For the Montreal side, it’s 1.2 km.


For the Piknic Electronik and Weekends du Monde shows, promoted by the park, noise will be restricted to “80 decibels measured 35 metres from the loudspeakers,” the new regulation states. That’s equivalent to the sound of a heavy truck going 50 km/hr., measured 15 metres away.


Two state-of-the-art machines to measure sound levels have been ordered by the borough, at a total cost of $44,000, Lavallée said, and a second municipal technician to operate the machines has been hired.


Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Municipal+noise+limits+imposed+Parc+Jean+Drapeau/4839778/story.html#ixzz1NPXKEnKy



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