Can a Major U.S. City Ban Jackhammers?

What’s a construction job without a bit of noise? Some leaders in New York City say the sound of pneumatic jackhammers is nearly intolerable. They are considering a nighttime ban on these concrete-breaking tools, a move that would impact construction road crews. “Instead they would be required to use electric drills that reportedly make substantially less noise, or find ways to further muffle the sound of their traditional equipment, according to The New York Times,” writes Sharon O’Malley on In the past, the city has restricted drilling hours and required contractors to muffle sound, notes O’Malley.

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