I read with interest The Tribunes July 7 article regarding Oceano Dunes dust rules. I could hardly believe a public official would start a petition that places unnecessary and environmentally destructive recreation above the need for public health.
It seems that Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson believes that just because the air pollution board has replaced a few members, the peer-reviewed science behind its past decisions isnt valid. This attitude doesnt really surprise me. As a 34-year veteran state environmental scientist (retired), I dealt with local politicians on a regular basis. I frequently found these representatives blinded to science by their indebtedness to local economics and special-interest groups.
I believe its time that the public demand their representatives support all efforts to improve public health. Its particularly disappointing that State Parks allows SLO County residents to suffer particulate dust health impacts.
On further reflection, I guess those supporting Petersons petition would have trouble seeing a sand-dust problem, since their heads are buried in it. If they could raise them for a moment, they might see the justification for the air boards efforts to control unnecessary pollution. Those of us with the need to breathe fresh air would appreciate it.