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Jul 28, 2010 8:43 PM by Danielle Lerner

APCD moves forward with plans to reduce air pollution on Nipomo mesa

San Luis Obispo County's Air Pollution Control District is moving forward with plans to improve quality on the Nipomo mesa.

Board members approved an agreement with State Parks Wednesday, intended to address the high concentrations of particulate matter on the mesa.

It includes developing and implementing pilot projects by March of next year and working with other state agencies who can provide technical expertise.

More than 20 people spoke during public comment.

Many asked the board to take action now by limiting the off-road activity at the dunes.

Still some residents say targeting off-road vehicles is not the answer.

"I have experienced many more sinus and bronchitis infections as a result of living on the mesa," said one Nipomo Mesa resident during public comment.

"The dunes exist without the vehicles, the vehicles aren't causing the sand," said Kevin Rice, who lives in San Luis Obispo County.

The County Board of Supervisors still needs to approve the agreement.

It is on next Tuesday's agenda.

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