Dunes air pollution debate continues this week

March 21, 2010

The recent study by the Air Pollution Control District (APCD), linking poor air quality on the Nipomo Mesa to offroad vehicles in the Oceano Dunes, is on the agenda at several public meetings this week.

The South County Advisory Council meets Monday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in the Nipomo Community Services Districton Wilson Street.

On Wednesday, March 24, the Air Pollution Control District has a board meeting in the county Board of Supervisors chamber at 9 a.m.

Also on Wednesday, the Oceano Community Services District meets at 6:30 p.m. in their building on Highway 1.

The San Luis Obispo County Health Commission recently voted to request the Board of Supervisors do everything possible to ban offroad vehicles from the dunes. Meanwhile, the cities of Pismo Beach and Grover Beach have sent letters to the APCD, asking that no action be taken until state officials complete an Environmental Impact Report on the dunes.

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Three OCSD directors at the last OCSD meeting have initiated a concern for this Air Pollution. It is interesting that one of these OCSD Directors rents ATV”s on the Oceano Dunes!

It would appear that the Oceano Community Service District is in favor of banning off road vehicles from the dunes?