In a further development of policies for reducing nuisance due to noise pollution, French environment minister Dominique Voynet last week proposed new measures aimed at remediating transport noise "black spots". According to a study prepared for the government last December, nearly 2m people at 3,000 sites suffer excessive transport noise justifying official intervention. In addition, some 200,000 households are adversely affected by noise from the national road or rail networks. Under the noise remediation plan, which was prepared jointly with transport minister Jean Claude Gayssot, the government calls for departments and municipalities to participate in a national survey to locate transport black spots, backed by extra finance for remediating them. Aid available for noise control measures on publicly owned residential buildings will be increased, while support for measures taken by private householders will be increased to match existing levels for people living close to airfields. The government will also recommend to municipal mayors that they ban heavy goods vehicles from crossing towns where bypasses are available.
French environment ministry, tel: +33 1 42 19 20 21.
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