Thank you, Mr. Sneed, for an excellent summary of the Nov. 12 Air Pollution Control District Board meeting, (“Dunes fail to meet air standards,” Nov. 13).
I would like to provide a few details to further the public’s understanding. The $2 million figure was not for any permanent mitigation efforts, only temporary projects. Nothing is on the ground now in the part of the riding area where the majority of the dust is coming from. We have many bad air days: There were 83 state exceedances this year and 93 in 2013. There were two federal exceedances this year; three in 2013 and three in 2012. A maximum of three exceedances over three years is attainment. For several hours on windy days, the hourly PM10 readings at CDF monitor are up to 10 times higher than in SLO. This is very dirty air, with serious health implications.
The easiest and least expensive method to solve the problem is to restore the foredunes on La Grande tract and rotate the riding areas. The foredunes will regrow once fencing is in place. Driving on the beach, camping and OHV riding could all continue.
Unfortunately, the county, which owns the land, is not pursuing this solution. For more information contact Concerned Citizens for Clean Air at ccca10@ charter.net .