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Jan 12, 2010 12:59 PM by Ryan Foran

Oceano dunes controversy going airborne

A soon to be released report about the air quality on the Nipomo Mesa is causing controversy and concern.
The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District is working on a study to determine the source of particulate matter impacting the Nipomo Mesa area.
Some residents say the Oceano dunes and off-road vehicles are to blame.
They aired their complaints to the county health commission Monday night.
As people await the public release of the air quality study concerning the Nipomo Mesa area, Nell Langford, who opposes the use of recreational vehicles on the dunes, tells KSBY News the report will show the dunes are the cause of unhealthy particulate matter in the area.
"The beach is dangerous for children, the dunes are dangerous for people down wind, the whole thing is utterly ridiculous in this day and age," Langford said.
Oceano resident Sherrie Edwards says she has been putting her feet in the sand in Oceano for years, and is wary of those who want the dunes closed.
"These same people years ago bought these homes over here because they had access to the beach. They could take their atvs (all terrain vehicles) out and their cars, and now they've done a 360 and decided that they don't want to share the beach, and they want a private beach, that's what this is about," Edwards said.
Seven concerned neighbors of the dunes spoke before the health commission Monday night asking that it put an item on its agenda and recommend that the county board of supervisors take action.
There is still no word on exactly when the air quality report will be released.
Once the report is published, the air pollution control district will hold a public workshop to discuss its findings.


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