air pollution

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The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is scheduled to hold a special meeting Thursday to update guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions within the County. Specifically, the District is looking at pollution generated by business and industry.

The APCD's Molly Pearson said Wednesday that members will vote on one of two options for updated guidelines. The public will get a chance to speak prior to that vote.

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KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with San Luis Obispo County’s new 4th District Supervisor, Lynn Compton (R-Nipomo), about her visions and plans for her tenure.

Top issues for the politician include a new rail spur to the Phillips 66 refinery, air particulate matter generated by the Oceano/Nipomo Dunes, groundwater management, and Huasna Valley oil exploration.

Compton is a longtime resident of Nipomo and beat incumbent Supervisor Caryn Ray (D-Arroyo Grande) in the November Mid-Term Election.

Randol White - KCBX News

Projects to reduce the amount of air pollution caused by particulates coming from the Oceano Dunes don't appear to be working. Testing shows the number of days with poor air quality on the Nipomo Mesa held steady, despite the addition of sand fencing and hay bales.

California State Parks spent more than a million dollars on the projects this past spring.

Larry Allen is the Air Pollution Control officer for San Luis Obispo County. He believes the problem can be fixed without putting an end to vehicle access on the dunes, but says some action needs to be taken.

Broadcast date: 9/11/2014

Climate change is threatening the health and well-being of our communities. Locally, increased temperatures are impacting our environment and the Central Coast is experiencing severe drought and reduced air quality. These changes to our environment have the potential to greatly impact our health.

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A pilot program in underway in the Santa Barbara Channel aimed at reducing air pollution and saving migrating whales. The plan calls for large container ships passing through the area to significantly slow down. 

Only a small fraction of the annual shipping traffic through the channel—some 2,500 ships—will be affected by this program initially, but organizers are hoping it will still make a measurable difference.