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3-26-14: Air District Board Reaches Agreement with State Parks

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA, – On Wednesday, March 26, the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) Board took action to sign a Consent Decree with California State Parks to jointly petition the Court of Appeal to approve the Consent Decree and dismiss all appeals in the pending litigation related to implementation of Rule 1001 (APCD’s Oceano Dust Rule). 
 
Through a four month negotiation process, the California Air Resources Board facilitated discussions with the APCD and State Parks to develop a viable alternative to the standard APCD permit typically used to ensure compliance with air regulations; issuance of such a permit to the Oceano Dunes facility was the primary objection raised in the appeals. The Consent Decree will be filed as a joint motion to the Court of Appeal for final approval. Neither party can predict what action the Court will ultimately take on the Consent Decree, but both parties are optimistic the Court of Appeal will determine the Consent Decree process is reasonable, both procedurally and substantively consistent with the law, and was mutually agreed to in good faith and in the public interest. 
 
If approved, the Consent Decree will replace the permit requirement of Rule 1001 while retaining all other aspects of the rule, including the Air Pollution Control Officer’s enforcement discretion as defined by State law. The Consent Decree creates an effective process for implementing Rule 1001 while preserving the Rule in its entirety. 
 
The Consent Decree establishes a dispute resolution process with more structure at the local level when difficulties arise related to implementation of the rule.  A subject expert, known as a Special Master, will be jointly selected by APCD and State Parks to serve as an independent professional to mediate any substantive dispute over rule implementation. If resolution cannot be reached through this process, the Consent Decree establishes a less costly, expedited mechanism to go directly to an assigned Superior Court judge for a decision on the issue through the Superior Court’s continuing jurisdiction, avoiding repetitious litigation.
 
“The Consent Decree represents a lot of hard work and a shared willingness to develop a process that will work well for all parties,” states Larry Allen, Air Pollution Control Officer. “The Air District is ready to move forward with implementing Rule 1001 and work with State Parks to employ the measures needed to reduce particulate matter from the dunes and protect public health.”
 
The signed Consent Decree is available on APCD’s website at www.slocleanair.org 

Other 2014 Press Releases

3-17-14: Better Breater Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo area

3-10-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Area

3-6-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Area

3-3-14: Backyard Burn Season Begins

2-19-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Area

1-22-14: Air Quality Alert - Air quality has deteriorated due to stagnant conditions

1-8-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts on the Nipomo Mesa

 

2013 Press Releases 

 12-18-13: Air Quality Alert - Deteriorating Air Quality Due to Fire Impacts

10-1-13: Bike & Pedestrian Breakfast to Celebrate Rideshare Month 2013

9-30-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Mesa

9-25-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Mesa

9-20-13: School Bus Grant Program Launched in SLO County

9-17-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Mesa

7-31-13: Smoke from Wildfires Impacts SLO County Air Quality

7-23-13: Notice of Meeting Cancellation

6-18-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

5-29-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

5-28-13: Camp Roberts Prescribed Burn Scheduled for Wedesday, May 29, 2013

5-28-13: Get on Your Bike and Join the Group Commute

5-22-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Mesa

5-3-13:  Air Quality Alert - Deteriorating air quality due to wildfire impacts

4-25-13: Fire Season Begins Dooryard Burnining Suspend

4-22-13: Judge Crandall Rules in Support of APCD's Dust Rule

4-17-13: Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact Nipomo Area

4-16-13: Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-12-13: Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-9-13: Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-2-13: Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

3-21-13 Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

3-18-13 Change in Air Quality Index Scale for Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)

1-14-13 Air Quality Deteriorated Due to Stagnant Conditions

1-10-13 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

1-7-13 South County Community Monitoring Project Public Meeting

 

2012 Press Releases

9-14-12 Odor Advisory

7-10-12 Ozone Levels Expected to Result in Exceedance of Federal Air Quality Standard, Poor Air Quatliy is Forecasted to Impact Eastern San Luis Obispo County

6-26-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

6-07-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

6-05-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

5-29-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact teh Nipomo Area- Exceedance of Federal Air Qualtiy Standards Forecasted for Upcoming Weekend

5-24-12 Blowing Dust Expected to Result in Exceedance of Federal Air Quality Standards

5-21-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

5-09-12 Bike-In Movie and Free Breakfast

5-04-12 Bring the Energy Savings Home

5-03-12 Use Your Purchase Power & Save

5-02-12 Energy Conservation – It Saves

5-01-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

5-01-12 Clean Up Your Commute

4-30-12 Be Air Aware

4-27-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-16-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area Through Thursday

4-09-12 "When We Communte" Music Video Hornored with Two Awards at the Santa Barbara Green Shorts Film Festival 

3-27-12 Music Video Featuring Percy the Penguin and Mr. Eco

 

2011 Press Releases

08-31-11 South County Particulate Matter Workshop

06-21-11 New Grant Programs Replace Old Tractors, Construction Equipment and Heavy-Duty Trucks

02-18-11 Agencies Embrace Streamlined Approach to Reduce Particulate Matter from Oceano Dunes

02-16-11 Grant Workshop Hosted by APCD and the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, February 24, 2011

02-10-11 Climate Protection Curriculum Shared with SLO County Schools

 

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