Dutch move to localise noise management

Proposal to revise 22-year old law centres on devolving controls to local authorities

The Dutch government has proposed big changes to national noise abatement rules, aimed at simplifying the system and devolving powers to localities and regions. Planned revisions to an existing 1979 law were approved by the cabinet on Friday and should go to parliament later this year after an opinion from the state legal advisory council.

Under the proposals a plethora of situation-specific ambient noise limits would be replaced by just two: a maximum national limit of 70 decibels (dB) and a tougher guideline limit of 50dB.

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