APCD moves closer to dust rule for Oceano Dunes
September 30, 2011
The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District voted to start monitoring and regulating particulate matter in the air downwind from the Oceano Dunes, on Wednesday.
The APCD contends evidence from a scientific study it produced show that off-road vehicles at the dunes are causing an increase in particulate matter downwind on the Nipomo Mesa.
Opponents of monitoring the dunes say the study was flawed and inaccurate and that this is a money grab by the APCD.
If the APCD finds higher levels of particulate matter through its monitoring, it can fine State Parks $1,000 per day.
A public hearing on the issue is scheduled for November 16.