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Monitoring and Assessment of Residential Exposure to Noise Associated with Natural Gas Compressor Stations in West Virginia

dc.contributor.advisorSapkota, Amy Ren_US
dc.contributor.authorBoyle, Meleahen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-17T05:36:47Z
dc.date.available2014-10-17T05:36:47Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M24W30
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/15965
dc.description.abstractNoise is a growing concern for residents living near natural gas compressor stations. This study monitored and evaluated residential noise exposure associated with living near natural gas compressor stations in West Virginia. Short-term outdoor measurements (20 min) and medium-term (24-hour) indoor and outdoor measurements were collected at homes located near compressor stations. The average sound equivalent was calculated using logarithmic averages and stratified by distance from compressor station, time of day, and location. Average short-term noise levels were 61.43 dBA (45.3 to 76.1 dBA); average 24-hour noise levels were 60.20 dBA (35.3 to 94.8 dBA). Average noise levels at control homes were 51.40 dBA, with 45.02 dBA indoors and 54.03 dBA outdoors. Average noise levels at homes near compressor stations were 8.7 dBA higher, with a 16.25 dBA difference indoors and a 4.3 dBA difference outdoors. Results indicate that living near a natural gas compressor station may increase environmental noise exposure.en_US
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dc.titleMonitoring and Assessment of Residential Exposure to Noise Associated with Natural Gas Compressor Stations in West Virginiaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMaryland Institute for Applied Environmental Healthen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEnvironmental healthen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCompressor Stationsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNatural Gasen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNoiseen_US


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