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Officials announced on Monday that approximately 63,000 residents of Pyeongtaek will receive monthly compensation for noise pollution caused by a military airport in the South Korean city.

According to the government of Pyeongtaek, a city about 70 kilometres south of Seoul, residents of ten administrative units, including Sinjang and Paengseong districts, will begin receiving monthly compensation in August under the military noise pollution compensation act, which went into effect last year, according to Yonhap News Agency.

South Koreans and foreigners who registered as district residents between November 27, 2020, and December 31, 2021, are eligible to apply for compensation.

A monthly settlement of 60,000 won ($50) will be provided to each resident who lives in an area with noise pollution of 95 wecpnl or higher, 45,000 won for pollution of 90 wecpnl to 95 wecpnl, and 30,000 won for pollution of 80 wecpnl to 90 wecpnl.

Wecpnl is an all-inclusive unit for measuring aircraft noise levels.

According to officials, the city’s deliberation committee will review the applications and deliver the results by May.

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