Mich. Admin. Code R. 324.1015

Current through Vol. 21-08, May 15, 2021
Section R. 324.1015 - Nuisance noise; "decibel," "decibels on the a-weighted network," "noise-sensitive area," and "nuisance noise" defined

Rule 1015.

(1) A person shall not cause a nuisance noise in the production, handling, or use of oil, gas, or brine or in the handling of any product associated with the production or use of oil, gas, or brine.
(2) If the supervisor or authorized representative of the supervisor receives 1 or more complaints of noise heard by the complainant at noise-sensitive areas that is attributed to a surface facility, then the supervisor may require the permittee to collect decibel readings to determine the sound levels at the noise-sensitive areas and at a distance of 1,320 feet from the facility. If the sound level of the facility is more than 45 decibels on the a-weighted network at a distance of 1,320 feet from the facility, then the supervisor or authorized representative of the supervisor may find that a nuisance noise exists after considering all applicable information, including the distance between the surface facility and the noise-sensitive areas, the sound levels at the noise-sensitive areas, and sound attributable to sources other than the surface facility. The supervisor or authorized representative of the supervisor may require appropriate noise control measures to reduce the decibel levels. If noise control measures are required, then the permittee shall submit, to the supervisor or authorized representative of the supervisor, for approval, an abatement plan and schedule for implementation within 30 days of a determination by the supervisor or authorized representative of the supervisor that noise control measures are necessary.
(3) As used in this rule:
(a) "Decibel" means a unit of sound level on a logarithmic scale measured relative to the threshold of audible sound by the human ear in compliance with the ANSI standard 1.1, entitled "Acoustical Terminology," 1994 edition, which is adopted by reference in these rules. Copies of the standard are available for inspection at the Lansing office of the office of oil, gas, and minerals of the department of environmental quality. Copies may be obtained from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, P.O. Box 30256, Lansing, Michigan 48909, at a cost as of the time of adoption of these rules of $100.00 each, and from the American National Standards Institute, 11 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, at a cost as of the time of adoption of these rules of $100.00 each.
(b) "Decibels on the a-weighted network" means decibels measured on the a-weighted network of a sound level meter, as specified in the ANSI standard 1.4, entitled "Specifications for Sound Level Meters," 1983 edition, which is adopted by reference in these rules. Copies of the standard are available for inspection at the Lansing office of the office of oil, gas, and minerals of the department of environmental quality. Copies may be obtained from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, P.O. Box 30256, Lansing, Michigan 48909, at a cost as of the time of adoption of these rules of $70.00 each, and from the American National Standards Institute, 11 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, at a cost as of the time of adoption of these rules of $70.00 each.
(c) "Noise-sensitive area" means a residential dwelling, place of worship, school, or a hospital and also means an existing site that is maintained for public recreation for which quiet is a primary consideration in the use of the site.
(d) "Nuisance noise" means any noise from a well or its associated surface facilities that causes injurious effects to human health or safety or the unreasonable interference with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property.

Mich. Admin. Code R. 324.1015

1996 AACS; 2015 MR 5, Eff. March 11, 2015