Letter to the Editor

Particulate hazards

Concerned Citizens for Clean Air, Arroyo GrandeJuly 14, 2013 

What impeccable timing Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson has: Following the death of our supervisor and Air Pollution Control District board member Paul Teixeira, now is the time to repeal the dust rule he supported.

Really? Apparently the success of her hotel is more important than the health of 2,500 residents living in the path of the plume. Does looking at new data change the five federal exceedances in the past 12 months? I don’t think so.

Let’s review the health effects of particulate matter exposure. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports elevated levels of particulate matter up to 10 micrometers in the air can lead to decreased lung function, aggravation of respiratory and cardiovascular disease and premature death. The American Lung Association states, “Particle pollution does not just make people die a few days earlier than they might otherwise — these are deaths that would not have occurred if the air were cleaner.” A 2006 Cal EPA report found that for people who died prematurely, their life was shortened by 14 years on average.

Whether it’s a farmer or Oceano Dunes rider disturbing the ground, the property owner is responsible for controlling the dust before it leaves his or her property and enters someone else’s airspace. If you agree, come to the July 24 control district meeting or write the board members.

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