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Oceano deserves an equal opportunity to comment


The city of Pismo Beach wants to build an advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (Central Coast Blue) in Oceano. This is a form of discriminatory land use that disproportionately overburdens Oceano, an underserved community, with inequitable distribution of environmental pollution. The state of California would call it a form of environmental injustice. Oceano has an excellent fresh water supply, does not have saltwater intrusion, and would not benefit from the presence of such plant on our wetland. The Oceano land on which Pismo wants to install its plant is coastal wetland. The California Coastal Commission ordered the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District to move its plant within 30 years because of sea level rise and high risk of flooding. Instead of starting the relocation as soon as possible, the Sanitation District, in concurrence with Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, and Pismo Beach, wants to build even more structures on the site. Underserved communities like Oceano also deserve equitable access to the process where significant environmental and land use decisions are made. As an Oceano resident, I request that the installation of Central Coast Blue in Oceano be stopped and brought to the attention of the Oceano population at large, with conferences, outreach events, and possibly even the chance to vote on it.

Lucia Casalinuovo


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