Air board seeks help from Sacramento on implementing dust rule

November 15, 2012

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District Board decided Wednesday to go around State Parks and seek help from the Governor’s Cabinet in implementing its Oceano dunes dust rule. [SLO Tribune]

District officials have accused State Parks of not cooperating in the implementation of the dust rule, which requires the agency to reduce particulate matter blowing from the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area or face fines of $1,000 a day. The air district board of directors chose Wednesday to contact Gov. Jerry Brown’s Resource Secretary John Laird about State Parks’ resistance to the dust rule. Likewise, the air district will inform Brown’s newly appointed director of State Parks, retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Anthony Jackson, about what it considers stubbornness on the part of his agency.

Air district administrator Larry Allen wrote a letter wrote a letter last month to the Off-Highway Vehicle Division of State Parks detailing the division’s “utter lack of commitment” in implementing the dust rule.

State Parks responded with a letter of its own saying that the agency “is working cooperatively with the district” despite questions about the science of the particulate matter studies.

County Supervisor and air district board member Adam Hill compared State Parks to climate change deniers for questioning the science of the studies.

“They’ve denied the science from the beginning, the way the fossil fuel industry has denied climate change,” Hill said.

Allen also received support from other board members.

“State Parks isn’t really interested in mitigating the problem,” County Supervisor Jim Patterson said. “They have not kept their side of the bargain.”

San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx added that State Parks has taken “a scofflaw attitude” toward the alleged health problems caused by dust blowing from the dunes.

State Parks did not send a representative to Wednesday’s board meeting.


6 Comments

  1. Citizen says:

    “They’ve denied the science from the beginning, the way the fossil fuel industry has denied climate change,” Hill said.

    So what does an English instructor from Poly know about science? According to the State of California’s lawsuit against the APCD–nothing. Absolutely nothing. This is just another “Adam Hill meddling in everyone’s business” mess.

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  2. rogerfreberg says:

    Oh… dust? really?

    I guess some people will do anything to keep their job.

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  3. doggin says:

    San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx added that State Parks has taken “a scofflaw attitude” toward the alleged health problems caused by dust blowing from the dunes.
    Bwahahahahahahaha..health problems she says.
    San Luis Obispo now has 6.7 bars per 10,000 population, the most bars of any large city in the state. Guess being a alcoholic is healthy in SLO’s eyes.

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  4. grc says:

    How exactly does this group of politicians think the dunes were formed in the first place? Do they think they were placed there by God? Or maybe it was the WIND. How do they think they will stop the WIND?

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  5. shelworth says:

    The sad part is that after they outlaw all motorized vehicles from the beach and the dust still comes off of the dunes when the wind blows, they will never admit they were wrong. And never will vehicles be allowed back on the beach. Kind of like Los Osos, when the sewer is in and running, and there are still nitrates in the water do you think any of those poor citizens will get a refund? HA!

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  6. racket says:

    I’m telling mom.

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