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Dust in the wind?

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SLO County health commissioners want county supervisors to do whatever they can to “stabilize” the Oceano dunes and warn residents downwind of the popular off-road recreation site they might be at risk.

Commissioners were responding to a particulate study recently released by the Air Pollution Control District, which found that off roading at the state-owned park is kicking up high levels of sand into the air. Though there haven’t been any concrete local links between airborne sand from the dunes and respiratory problems, health officials said there are other studies linking conditions like asthma to high levels of such particulates.

It’s unclear what power county supervisors have in addressing the issue, but some opponents of four-wheeled recreation in the dunes suggested the county could shut down portions of the park to off-road vehicles

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