MPS 2 was produced by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in March 2005 to provide guidance on controlling the environmental impacts of mineral workings. Annex 2 to MPS 2 deals with noise and replaces MPG 11 in England.
Annex 2 identifies the significant effects of noise from surface minerals operations, identifies good practice in controlling noise, and states how the planning system can keep noise emissions within environmentally acceptable limits without imposing unreasonable burdens on mineral operators. Advice is provided on dealing with potential noise issues through the development control process. Recommendations are provided for acceptable noise levels, both for normal site operations, and for short term operations such as soil stripping, baffle mound formation and removal, and site road construction and maintenance. Guidance is also given on compliance monitoring of noise limits and specific examples of good practice in noise reduction are detailed.
MPS 2 makes reference to BS5228: Code of practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites and BS 4142 Industrial Noise.