The current state of quantifying receptor annoyance related to low frequency noise in the environment
AbstractEnvironmental noise from energy industry facilities in Alberta is regulated by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB), as described in the Noise Control Directive, ID 99-8. ID 99-8 is the fourth edition of a comprehensive policy and guide, which has adopted A-weighted energy equivalent sound levels (LAeq) as the measurement system with sound pressure level criterion for a receptor location. With the receptor being some distance from the energy industry noise source, the high and mid-frequency components can dissipate or be absorbed by air and ground conditions, leaving mostly low frequency noise. Consequently, A-weighted measurements do not reflect the full annoyance potential of the remaining industrial noise. This paper examines the current state of research, begun by the EUB in 1995, to quantify potential receptor annoyance and meet the current noise control directive's technical approach.
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