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Rutgers Noise Technical Assistance Center

THE RUTGERS NOISE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (RNTAC) is part of the Air and Noise Training Program in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey.

The Rutgers Noise Center has trained thousands of enforcement officers from all across the United States in sound level measurement for the purposes of enforcing a municipal noise code. The certification conferred by our courses, Community Noise Enforcement, and Vehicular Noise Enforcement are recognized by courts from coast to coast, and beyond. Our training is specifically designed to help officers to become comfortable with the techniques, strategies and technology of sound level measurement and investigation for evidentiary purposes.

The RNTAC has been providing noise assistance for over 35 years. We are the only remaining Noise Technical Assistance Center originally contracted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Noise Abatement and Control. Since the closure of ONAC in the early 1980's, all other regional centers have closed. The RNTAC continues to serve the country as a reference source on a wide range of noise pollution issues.

The RNTAC has served as the agent of training for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for many years; our certification course is required by law for every noise enforcement officer in the state. People from all over New Jersey have attended our courses, as have people from Colorado, Rhode Island, Texas, New York, Washington State, California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Hawaii, Bolivia, etc., all of which recognize our certification. Recently, we have presented on-site courses in the following US jurisdictions: Jacksonville, FL;  Ossining, NY; DeKalb County GA; City of New York; Seattle, WA; State of Massachusetts; Walton County, FL; and, Anchorage, AK. We've even offered the course internationally in Vancouver, B.C. and Barbados, West Indies.
As far as we know, we are the only certification program in the United States. Aside from training, in the past year alone we have assisted hundreds of individuals, townships, police departments, corporations, health departments, etc. Recently, we've helped the following cities to write and adopt noise ordinances: Fort Lauderdale, FL, New York City, and Juneau, AK.. We have assisted people from Idaho to Canada to New Zealand.

Eric Zwerling, Director of the RNTAC is widely published in the field, including: "Regulation of Amplified Sound Sources," "Turning Down the Volume: Effective Strategies for Community Noise Enforcement,"  "Community Noise Enforcement: Reviving a Moribund Program or Developing One Anew," and "Local Noise Enforcement Options and Model Noise Ordinance With Pre-Approved language for the State of New Jersey." These papers have helped impacted communities to understand that sound level measurement for enforcement purposes is as mature and admissible as breathalyzer and radar.

Mr. Zwerling has delivered numerous invited papers and presentations, most recently, "Noise Primer For Legal Professionals," at the  New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section Fall Meeting (2007), and "Environmental Health and Noise: Issues and Answers," at the New Jersey Environmental Health Association Annual Public Health Conference (2008). He has spoken at conferences including: American Association of Code Enforcement; Acoustical Society of America, New York State Association of Towns; Institute of Noise Control Engineering, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys; International Municipal Lawyers Association, and the Michigan Municipal League. These presentations have titles such as "Effective Strategies for Community Noise Enforcement," and "Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Noise Ordinance."


Eric M. Zwerling, M.S., ASA - Director
Rutgers Noise Technical Assistance Center
Department of Environmental Sciences
14 College Farm Road New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA PHONE: (848) 932-5782
FAX: (732) 932-8644
Phone calls bring the fastest response.

The RNTAC operates within the Rutgers Air and Noise Training Programs 

which are under the direction of:

Dr. Peter Strom, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences