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Environmental Noise: Public Health Effects and Legal Remedies

posted on Thu, Jun 20 2013 12:00 am by The Network for Public Health Law

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (ET). 

Environmental noise can lead to an array of health issues including hearing loss and heart disease. But noise is ubiquitous and comes from a myriad of sources, which limits individuals in their power to lower the levels of dangerous noise at work, school, and on private and public property.

This webinar explores why noise is a public health issue, which legal tools may be best suited to lower noise and minimize risk of harm, and what innovations to reduce the harmful effects of noise are currently underway. Presenters will discuss the noise threshold that is considered dangerous, and who is responsible to ensure safe levels of community noise; how federal, state, and local government can use their authority to protect the public from dangerous levels of noise; and which legal tools have the potential to protect public health and ensure civil liberties, such as free speech, are protected.


  • (moderator) Sid Shapiro J.D. , University Distinguished Chair in Law, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Alice S. Suter M.S. Ed, Ph.D., Consultant, formerly of United States Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • June Weintraub Sc.D., M.S., B.S.C.E., Senior Epidemiologist, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Monica S. Hammer J.D., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Visiting Attorney, Network for Public Health Law Mid-States Region