The Gila Masonry Silent Turbo Diamond Blade has medium soft bond intended for cutting hard brick/block, cured concrete, reinforced concrete, pavers, natural stone and masonry materials. This diamond blade has specially designed split segments that provide extremely fast and smooth cutting. The unique laser cut resin filled S-Dampeners core provide dramatic noise reduction, making the Gila Masonry Silent Turbo Diamond Blade ideal for meeting EPA Regulations on Noise Control.
The Noise Control Act of 1972 gives the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to establish noise regulations to control major sources of noise, including transportation vehicles and construction equipment.
Inadequately controlled noise presents a growing danger to the health and welfare of the Nation’s population, particularly in urban areas. The major sources of noise include transportation vehicles and equipment, machinery, appliances, and other products in commerce.
In the area of construction noise, two major identified means of addressing noise control are Insulation and Prevention. Insulation is basically using noise-absorbing material that can be placed in the walls of new buildings during construction. However, insulation can be costly, because air conditioning is usually necessary once the windows are sealed. Prevention, however, may have limited options but is still a more cost-effective way of noise reduction. One example of preventive measures is selecting construction equipment that have special noise-reduction features such as diamond blades that have specially designed split segments that provide extremely fast and smooth cuttings as well as a laser cut resin filled S-Dampeners core that provides noise reduction. Another preventive measure is the construction of noise barriers, which can be formed from earth mounds along the road (usually called earth berms) or from high, vertical walls.
Effective control of the undesirable effects of highway traffic noise requires that land use near highways be controlled, that vehicles themselves be quieted, and that mitigation of noise be undertaken on individual highway projects. The first component is traditionally an area of local responsibility. The other components are the joint responsibility of private industry and of Federal, State, and local governments.
The Noise Control Act of 1972 establishes a national policy to promote an environment for all Americans free from noise that jeopardizes their health and welfare. 

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