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Put a moratorium on beach and dunes driving




We residents of Oceano and Nipomo attended the public hearing the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and State Parks held about the particulate matter (PM10) emission from Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA). We clearly heard the State Parks’ expert announce that the PM10 emission from the area on which driving is allowed is twice the amount of emission from the area where driving is not allowed.

Unfortunately, we also clearly heard the APCD tell State Parks to go ahead and pollute our air for another four years while it figures out a way to stop polluting. That’s a mighty long time for us to be still breathing in PM10. The Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Division of California State Parks and Recreation skims millions a month from our gasoline taxes to keep ODSVRA polluting our air and fatten its bureaucrats. I guess that’s reason enough for State Parks to fight the shutting down of ODSVRA. But why is the APCD failing to protect us?

Its plan to deal with PM10 pollution is to give OHV another four years to continue collecting its bounty while we get poisoned. If protecting our health is the APCD’s duty and goal, then it would be reasonable and wise to shut down the polluting facility while it finds a way to stop polluting. I suggest SLO County impose a moratorium on Oceano Beach and Dunes driving activities as soon as possible.

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