Oceano opposes proposed dune regulations
October 28, 2011
The Oceano Community Services District voted 4-0 to send a letter to county air regulators opposing proposed rules that place fines on the state for not improving air quality at the dunes. [Tribune]
Board members voiced concerns over the effect the proposal could have on their community’s economy because the state’s Oceano Dunes off-road vehicle park brings millions of dollars to the community each year.
“This could be a disaster to what’s left of the economy in Oceano,” board member Mary Lucey said.
The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) created a study last year that shows a link between off-road vehicle use on the dunes and unhealthy air pollution levels downwind from the dunes on the Nipomo Mesa.
However, state officials and several local elected officials claim the study is inaccurate and should be invalidated. Board members of the APCD, comprised of members of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors and representatives from the county’s seven cities, voted in favor of supporting the study.
“You need to not only be certain; you need to be damn certain of what you’re claiming,” Oceano board member Matthew Guerrero said in support of the board’s position. “And since there are questions in the air, I think this is appropriate.”