Marine Corps operations have the potential to cause adverse noise impacts on surrounding communities. State, local, and host nation laws may also prescribe maximum noise levels to control these impacts.
The Noise Control Act of 1972 (42 U.S.C. 4901 et seq.). The act requires that Federal performance standards be incorporated into the design of certain new vehicles, railroad equipment, and products in order to reduce noise emissions. The Noise Control Act does not prescribe retrofit modifications for existing noise sources. Military aircraft, combat equipment, and weapon systems are exempt from new product design standards. The Act provides only for the prescription and amendment of standards for nonmilitary aircraft noise and sonic boom.
E.O. 12088, “Federal Compliance with Pollution Control Standards,” October 13, 1978. E.O. 12088 directs Federal facilities to comply with all
requirements applicable to environmental noise management. Federal facilities must also comply with boundary noise limits established by state and local laws subject to specific exemption.