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North Eugene residents plead for end to industrial noise pollution

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The Eugene City Council is considering an ordinance to change the way the city regulates commercial and industrial noise.
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YouTube screenshot of Eugene City Council public hearing
Laura Shoe lives on Sunny Drive in the River Road area. She says for the last two years, the vibrating humming noise from the Zip-O Laminators planer system has made her physically ill.

The Eugene City Council is considering an ordinance to change the way the city regulates commercial and industrial noise. (Section 6.750 of the Eugene code, 1971)

During a public hearing Monday evening, River Road area resident Laura Shoe described a deep humming she hears, early in the morning, that she said comes from the Zip-O Laminators plant, three miles away.

“It makes me physically nauseous. I can’t concentrate. My home office where I do 100% of my work, also faces south, I can’t start working until the noise stops. Now some people say that because businesses like Zip-O bring us jobs that we should leave them alone. But I say what about my business? What about my job?”

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Zip-O Laminators, LLC
Many of the dozen or more River Road area residents commenting at Monday's Eugene City Council public hearing named the Zip-O Laminators planer as a source of the noise and vibrations affecting their sleep and overall wellbeing.

The Environmental Health and Safety Manager for Zip-O told the Council the noise levels have been tested both on the site and in north Eugene neighborhoods and were “not in violation of the current city code.”

The city has reportedly worked with a noise consultant to address the chronic noise and vibration issues. Public hearings take place prior to the Council taking any legal action.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.