Frequent Questions

Does the EPA regulate noise? Where can I find resources about noise pollution?

Community noise

Contact your state environmental agency: EPA does not have any regulatory authority governing noise in local communities. You should consult with your local governmental (e.g., city and county) authorities to see if there are local or state laws that might apply to your situation. In addition, many states run noise pollution programs. 

The following non-EPA resource, The Noise Pollution ClearinghouseEXIT provides many noise-related resources, including:

See EPA's Noise Pollution page for more information about EPA's past role and the associated Clean Air Act sections.

Other sources of noise

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