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Vancouver is home to one of the largest most lavish airports in North America There are flights coming in and out of the airport on a daily basis The noise pollution emitted from airplanes causes major distractions to those who reside in that area and also decreases property value Excessive exposure to noise has been found to cause fatigue headaches and discomfort in some individuals even if the noise is not loud enough to cause actual pain Colliers Encyclopaedia volume 17 pg579 With a runway recently installed at the airport it is very difficult to abate the amount of noise that surrounding residents must put up with I believe that the noise pollution at the Vancouver International Airport has reached a point where it is too difficult to control and the living conditions of the surrounding residents near the airport will suffer as a result Several solutions have been brought upon to tone down the large amounts of noise that originate from aeroplanes The solutions range from redesigning engines to installing mufflers on existing aeroplane engines and machinery Unfortunately these solutions are too expensive for any one company to implement For example if a company applied these measures and another did not the company that did apply the measures would be put at a great financial disadvantage Therefore citizens living near the airport remain exposed to the large amounts of noise Physical damage to ones property is another common characteristic that originates from noise pollution Damage to homes makes it unpleasant for prospective homebuyers and thus drives down the value of the property Soundproofing ones home may seem to be a viable option however the cost is soundproofing is an unnecessary expense that the homeowner should not pay in the first place Health issues factor in to ones frustrating living condition near the Vancouver International Airport Studies have shown that noise is quite bothersome and causes psychological and emotional stresses that are
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