Residents sound off on GRASI war games

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM.

Jim Cummins of Alligator Point spoke out at the Carrabelle meeting. Cummins is a retired board certified engineer in noise engineering with 45 years of experience in environmental acoustics and industrial noise control. He said he was puzzled by the way sound pollution was measured in the EIS and said the techniques used were inappropriate.

He said the EIS assumes normal sound levels in the forest are too high. “Understand that the forest is very quiet. While wind can cause (an increase in noise), we typically perceive these sounds as soothing. The sound of a gunshot is akin to being hit over the head with a mallet,” Cummins said.

He said that abrupt sounds like explosions travel a longer distance than steady noise of the same intensity.

Cummins said the amount of noise produced by aircraft flying below 1,000 feet is “above the prescribed OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) limit for hearing loss. Soldiers exposed to these levels will have permanent hearing loss without ever being in combat.”

Cummins said that even the noise from aircraft operating at 10,000 feet exceeds the EPA limit for acceptable sound levels in a community.

“In most cases the proposed use is inappropriate to the area and will cause damage to the area and annoyance to the community,” he said.


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