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Friends of Oceano Dunes awarded $378,273

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By KAREN VELIE The court awarded Friends of the Oceano Dunes $378,273 on Wednesday for attorney’s fees and court costs for litigation the group filed objecting to the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control Board’s (APCD) dust rule. Of... (Continue reading)

Friends of Oceano Dunes sues the Coastal Commission

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By JOSH FRIEDMAN An off-roading organization that is attempting to overturn the Oceano Dunes dust rule has sued the California Coastal Commission over the agency’s role in implementing the controversial regulation. The lawsuit also names California state parks as a... (Continue reading)

Oceano Dunes dust rule still valid, judge rules

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By JOSH FRIEDMAN Less than a year after a California appellate court struck down a key provision of the Oceano Dunes dust rule, a San Luis Obispo judge has ruled the rest of the controversial regulation should remain intact. San... (Continue reading)

SLO County staff seeking denial of Phillips 66 rail spur

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San Luis Obispo County staff is recommending denial of Phillips 66’s proposal to build a rail spur so that crude oil currently delivered by pipeline could be transported to the Nipomo facility by rail. The proposed rail spur project includes... (Continue reading)

State employee demoted after crossing Gibson

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By JOSH FRIEDMAN Succumbing to pressure from San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson, the California Geological Survey has demoted a state geologist who is critical of the science behind a contested local air pollution regulation. The demotion has prompted feuding... (Continue reading)

Fire delays Santa Margarita Elementary School opening day

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Classes at Santa Margarita Elementary School will not start on Wednesday as previously planned, the Atascadero Unified School District announced Tuesday. Approximately 1,000 firefighters are battling a blaze burning on the southwest side of the town. The last estimate, on... (Continue reading)

Rail spur impacts outweigh any benefits

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OPINION By LAURANCE SHINDERMAN and TOM RYAN Who doesn’t like the sound of a train whistle in the distance, or standing by and waving to an engineer as a freight train rumbles through town. So when Phillips 66 proposed a... (Continue reading)

APCD loses another round on dust rule

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By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution District (APCD) lost another round Wednesday when the court sided with Friends of the Oceano Dunes and vacated a previous order that supported the dust rule. In Nov. 2011, the... (Continue reading)

Gibson’s attack on geologist creates dust up

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By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson has used his sway to possibly jeopardize the job of a state geologist who is critical of the Oceano Dunes dust rule, a move that has drawn rebuke from three... (Continue reading)

APCD board split over Oceano dunes dust rule

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By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District is attempting to rehabilitate its Oceano Dunes dust rule, but in the aftermath of an appellate court ruling against the regulation, some members of the... (Continue reading)



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