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ASSSM noise study is incomplete: Montreal-Trudeau airport

June 23, 2014, Montreal - Les Pollues de Montreal-Trudeau considers the noise study released today by the Agence de la sante et services sociaux de Montreal (ASSSM) to be incomplete.

June 23, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

"The study did not take into account the fact that noise associated with aircraft movements relocated two years ago towards the east, up to a distance of more than 10 kilometres from the airport, and it did not focus on areas such as Ahuntsic, Villeray and Mont-Royal," noted Antoine Becotte, chairman of the citizens' committee.

Les Pollues de Montreal-Trudeau does not accept the principle of dealing with the effects of aircraft noise (by spoundproofing residential units), rather than by addressing the causes, by raising flight altitudes over Montreal and reestablishing a genuine nighttime curfew at Montreal-Trudeau Airport.

The research must be expanded, because, as ASSSM pointed out, aircraft noise causes health problems to humans, including sleep disturbance, and cardiovascular problems such as hypertension.

In this sense, the action taken by Les Pollues de Montreal-Trudeau to install ten measuring stations in the area east of Highway 15 and in St. Laurent is more relevant than ever, as these stations will show that thousands of Montrealers are daily subjected, with great frequency, to exterior aircraft noise exceeding 55 dB (A), both day and night, a threshold that the World Health Organization recommends should not be exceeded without exposing the population to health problems.



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