Thursday, March 29, 2007
This is an alert...the city of San Luis Obispo says that dirt and dust from the nearby desert is causing pollution.
California says that this is because of global warming, and will set out to ban the desert, or at least fine it for polluting the environment.
Nipomo Mesa experiencing dust pollution
A yearlong study has concluded that dust pollution is a serious problem on the Nipomo Mesa.
The study by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District found that persistent winds blowing off the ocean from the northwest are picking up fine sand particles and carrying them onto the Mesa.
The result is that the Mesa regularly exceeds state and federal air pollution standards for coarse and fine particulate matter, said Larry Allen, county air pollution control officer. A state standard for coarse particulates was exceeded on a quarter of the days sampled.
"All fine airborne particulate matter, regardless of composition, can cause respiratory distress when inhaled, especially to the very young, the elderly and those with compromised respiratory systems," the report concluded. "In addition, sand particles are high in crystalline silica, a known carcinogen with a high risk factor."
The air pollution control district board will discuss the report when it meets Wednesday in San Luis Obispo. The board consists of all five county supervisors and a member of each of the county’s seven city councils.
There is little that can be done to reduce the airborne particulates from the beach, but air pollution officials hope they can reduce localized hotspots, Allen said.
"We have more work down in that area," he said.
And this just in from Minnesota: the cold is polluting the environment, and liberals there plan to ban winter.