Environmental Noise Compliance Surveys
Annual environmental noise monitoring surveys are a standard requirement for companies who are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), local authorities or whom require compliance with the international environmental standard ISO 14001. The purpose of these surveys is to measure the noise emissions emanating from a site and compare these values against the site’s noise criteria limits. These noise criteria limits are typically specified in their EPA license or their planning conditions. In special instances where no criteria has been mandated, best practice guidance criteria is assigned.
When carrying out this type of monitoring, CLV Consulting conducts measurements in accordance with guidance taken from “ISO 1996: 2016: Acoustics – Description, measurement and assessment of environmental noise” and the EPA’s guidance note “Guidance Note for Noise: License Applications, Surveys and Assessments in relation to Schedules Activities (NG4)”.
With particular respect to measurements of windfarm noise, CLV Consulting also recognizes “Planning Guidelines on Wind Energy” published by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Department of Trade & Industry (UK) Energy Technology Support Unit (ETSU) publication “The Assessment and Rating of Noise from Wind Farms” (1996) and the EPA’s guidance note “Guidance Note on Noise Assessment of Wind Turbine Operations at EPA Licensed Sites (NG3)” in establishing appropriate monitoring procedures.