Bristol-Burlington Health District Probes Noise Complaints at Reworld Facility

The Bristol-Burlington Health District is investigating noise complaints against the Reworld facility in Bristol, Connecticut, which processes 220,000 tons of waste annually. Reworld is making changes to its equipment and operations to address the concerns, and the health district is assessing their efficacy.

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Bristol-Burlington Health District Probes Noise Complaints at Reworld Facility

Bristol-Burlington Health District Probes Noise Complaints at Reworld Facility

The Bristol-Burlington Health District (BBHD) is investigating noise complaints against the Reworld facility in Bristol, Connecticut, which processes 220,000 tons of waste annually for 14 Connecticut communities. The facility, formerly known as Covanta, rebranded itself as Reworld in April.

Residents living near the plant have reported a frequent and frustrating noise, described by John Arnoso of Bristol as "a low-frequency pulsating noise" that sounds like "mmm, mmm" and can keep people up at night.

Why this matters: The investigation into noise complaints at the Reworld facility highlights the importance of addressing environmental concerns and ensuring that industrial operations do not compromise the quality of life for nearby residents. If left unaddressed, noise pollution can have long-term effects on public health and well-being.

In response to the complaints, Reworld hired an independentnoise expertto conduct acoustic testing at and around the facility. The investigation detected an "unusual noise phenomenon" and identified two induced draft fans that exhaust into the stack as the possible source of the sound.

The BBHD continues to receive inquiries about the investigation and has released a statement indicating that Reworld is making changes to its equipment and operations to address the concerns. The health district is assessing the efficacy of these efforts and is prepared to take enforcement action if the noise issue is not sufficiently addressed.

The BBHD has the option of issuing a notice of violation if sufficient progress hasn't been made, but no deadline has been given to Reworld to allow for flexibility in determining the effectiveness of the mitigation efforts. The Reworld facility processes a significant amount of waste, serving 14 Connecticut communities and handling 220,000 tons annually.