The lawsuit filed March 16 by law firm Murray & Murray on behalf of two residents aims to quiet the piercing noise created by the railroad’s hump yard operations just off State Route 4.
The lawyers in the suit described it as “one of the most macabre forms of environmental contamination, in the form of noise pollution,” according to a report in the Sandusky Register.
The lawsuit states that the “unbearable” noise of classification from the retarders has been going on day and night for two years.
The suit charges Norfolk Southern did not include any noise-abatement at Moorman, and that screeching from the new retarders exceeds 100 decibels, similar to a jet flying overhead.
“Residents are unable to hold conversations, open windows or hear their televisions,” the lawsuit stated. “This has resulted in a nuisance, which has, in turn, decreased property values as well as in stress, adverse health impacts and loss of the enjoyment of life. None of this is necessary because Norfolk Southern has available to it sound-dampening (sic) options at a fraction of the cost of its investment.”
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
Norfolk Southern did not respond to the paper’s request for comment.