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Applications of Noise Control in the Mining Industry

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According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), “Overexposure to noise remains a widespread, serious health hazard in the US mining industries despite 25 years of regulation” (McBride, 2004).

Noise has been considered a problem in the mining industry for many years, and the gradual growth in mechanization over the last century has resulted in increased noise levels in many sectors (Sensogut, 2007). In fact, it is currently estimated that 80% of US miners work in an environment where the time-weighted noise average exceeds 85 dB, and in 25% of these cases the workers are exposed to noise levels of 90dB or higher (McBride, 2004). 

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Wind Energy Controversies: Environment, Health and Community

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Wind energy is widely cited as the fastest-growing source of energy in the world today. For anyone who has witnessed wind turbines sprouting up on the horizon like dandelions over the last ten years or so, this is no surprise. For many others, this development has been less localized to the horizon than to their own backyards, often without community consultation or thoughtful implementation.

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Adverse Effects of Noise on Quality of Life

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The Relationship between Noise and Wellbeing

The cornerstone of the concept of 'Quality of Life' is wellbeing. Wellbeing encompasses all aspects of life, from happiness, comfort, and security, to safety and health. For those living or working in close proximity to an industrial facility, noise pollution can pose a unique problem for their wellbeing.

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Harmony between Industry and Community… is it possible?

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The presence of an industrial facility can certainly have consequences for its host community, but too often the benefits of industry and community partnership are overlooked. Industry can often be thought of in negative terms when it interferes with a community's property values and environment, or the residents' quality of life, health, and wellbeing. The addition of an industrial facility can provide a much-needed boost to the local economy and offer a valuable source of jobs. On the other side of the scale, such a facility can also come with the drawbacks of environmental issues.

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