Local air pollution officials, State Parks clash over rule on Dunes dust

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the California State Parks Department are at an impasse over implementation of a new rule to curb excessive amounts of dust blowing off Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.

Larry Allen, county air pollution control officer, sent a strongly worded letter Oct. 23 to the Off-Highway Vehicle Division of State Parks decrying an “utter lack of commitment” on the part of the division to carry out the dust control rule that was adopted by the air board a year ago.

“After 11 months of conference calls, personal calls, emails and meetings, State Parks staff continue to dispute, defer or simply ignore significant comments by APCD staff and our consultant on needed revisions” to the State Parks draft dust control plan, Allen said in the letter.

In an Oct. 15 letter to Allen, State Parks Acting Director Janelle Beland said the department will continue to work with the air district but reiterated its opposition to the dust rule.

via Local air pollution officials, State Parks clash over rule on Dunes dust | Environment | SanLuisObispo.com.

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