Monday, July 24, 2017

MLF Sound Update: NNEPRA fails the promise check

Don’t know how many of you are aware of what took place at the Town Council meeting a week ago today, and the news coverage that ensued.  So here you go….a snip of the Forecaster’s article:


You’ll find the complete article here:

As it says in the article, Charlie Wallace of Resource Systems Engineering presented Councilors with a data package documenting ‘rail yard’ sound levels since the Downeaster came to Brunswick and the MLF was built, and how they exceed Brunswick zoning regulations for both night-time and day-time noise level limits.

We’ve posted the entire package here:

We think you’ll be able to work your way through the details with a little effort, but here are a few summary visuals that should help you get the main point – that measured data shows sound levels are well in excess of town limits, and frequently and regularly so.  There is no question that Downeaster related activities have caused measurable sound pollution, in excess of what elected employees once considered the “limits.”

Before the Downeaster came to Brunswick and the MLF was built:


After the Downeaster came to town and the MLF was built:


What’s the bottom line?  It’s pretty plain to see.   Noise levels (not to mention pollution levels) are well in excess of town limits. 

And NNEPRA’s promises aren’t worth the spit coughed up when diesel dust descends on the neighborhood.

Unless you’re a foamer, in which case you’re oblivious to reality.

Don’t let that bother you.  Here in Brunswick, facing reality is not a popular activity.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm....

    I wonder whether NNEPRA will cease operations or the town will raise the noise limits. Do keep us posted!