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10
Mar

Donations needed for latest Oceano Dunes battle

Written by John Stewart, CA4WDC Natural Resources Consultant on Monday, 10 March 2014 15:26.

Members of the Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo 4WD Clubs cleaned up Oceano Dunes in 2013.

The Mesa Community Alliance, a nonprofit activist group representing Nipomo Mesa residents, filed suit against San Luis Obispo County and the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division on Feb. 27, 2014.

The lawsuit seeks to halt OHV activities on the Oceano Dunes SVRA until and unless State Parks complies with the controversial “dust rule.” The county Air Pollution Control District (APCD) enacted the “dust rule,” Rule 1001, in November 2011. The rule gives the district the ability to fine State Parks at its discretion when dust levels exceed state standards on the Nipomo Mesa.

13
Feb

BLM releases Clear Creek decision

Written by BlueRibbon Coalition on Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:47.

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The Bureau of Land Management California State Director announced that yesterday he signed the Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan for the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) in central California.  BLM manages over eighty percent of the 75,000 CCMA, which has been subject to massive closures to all human access based on alleged health and safety fears over naturally-occurring asbestos found in the CCMA. Yesterday's decision, which concludes a process started in 2009, adopts the "preferred alternative" which would continue the closures that were originally imposed by BLM on a "temporary" basis in 2005.  BLM's announcement was published in today's Federal Register, and can be viewed online HERE.

"This is an unfortunate but perhaps anticlimactic step in a 'planning' process that has dragged on for years," said Don Amador, Western Representative of the BlueRibbon Coalition, a group which has long advocated for greater public access to the CCMA.  "Despites decades of regular use, there are virtually no cases of death or injury attributable to exposure to the CCMA's chrysotile asbestos, but BLM made it clear long ago that at the CCMA it will close in fear rather than actively manage," Amador noted.  "We will continue to pursue our administrative, judicial, and legislative strategies designed to restore balanced management to the CCMA," Amador concluded.

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