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Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet is proud to offer expert noise assistance.

Bob Andres

Noise Control Engineer

Anoise control engineer, will answer technical questions on noise control. Bob is an Engineering and Management graduate of Clarkson University in New York, having served as a manufacturing and plant engineer with General Dynamics prior to founding Oshex Associates, Inc., a Baldwinsville, NY based firm offering facility-wide solutions for noise control, in 1974. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Plant Engineer (CPE), Board Certified Forensic Examiner (DABFE) and a member of the Institute for Noise Control Engineering (INCE-USA). Working under the d/b/a Environmental and Safety Associates, Bob is a consultant and testifying expert in the fields of community, industrial, and building noise and machine safety. Ask Bob Andres questions at [email protected]. Read Bob’s commentary here and here.

Rick Holtsclaw

A 32-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, will take your questions on strategies for getting your local police department and city officials to take action against noise. Officer Holtsclaw holds a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Houston. In 2009, in response to the proliferation of illegally-equipped motorcycles, automobiles, and trucks operating freely in Houston, Officer Holtsclaw began to aggressively enforce anti-noise ordinances. Officer Holtsclaw’s vehicular noise enforcement initiative, though completely supported by relevant laws and legal precedent, was met with tremendous resistance by Houston’s city officials and motorcycle noisemakers throughout the United States. Officer Holtsclaw wrote a letter to the Governor of Texas, outlining his efforts to enforce anti-noise ordinances and the resistance he encountered. Ask Rick questions at [email protected].