Spain cracks down on noise pollution

New law will add €8bn to transport infrastructure costs to put country on par with European leaders

New legislation approved by the Spanish government last Friday sets stringent restrictions on noise in areas affected by new infrastructure and will put Spanish law on a par with the most progressive countries in Europe, the environment ministry said. The will add €8bn to the cost of government transport infrastructure projects and fills gaps in legislation passed in 2003 (EED 01/04/03) and 2005. It includes revised regulations for new buildings and "goes beyond EU legislation" by creating differentiated noise zones and setting building noise targets. See environment ministry press release.

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