Ombudsman denies 'automatic' noise pollution

12th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 July 2005, BRUSSELS — The ombudsman at Zaventem Airport has denied claims that computers linked to noise pollution gauges automatically send complaints when a passing plane makes too much noise.

12 July 2005

BRUSSELS — The ombudsman at Zaventem Airport has denied claims that computers linked to noise pollution gauges automatically send complaints when a passing plane makes too much noise.

The denial comes after a media report revealed that 60,000 complaints were lodged with the Zaventem ombudsman in the first six months of this year.

That is almost 50 percent more than the entire 12 months of 2004, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Tuesday. Some 41,000 complaints were recorded last year.

Newspaper 'De Morgen' suggested on Tuesday the increased number of complaints was partly due to automatically generated emails from computer systems.

The emails were said to have been sent after planes flew overhead and breached noise pollution regulations.

However, Francophone ombudsman Philippe Touwaide denied the claims, emphasising that there is always a person at the computer and that "human intervention" is necessary to lodge a complaint.

The federal government is currently battling to save Zaventem Airport from strict noise pollution regulations imposed by the Brussels region. The regulations are placing the airport's future operations at threat.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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