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State Parks submitted its draft 2022 Annual Report and Work Plan (AWRP) on August 1, 2022, the last day allowed by the Stipulated Order of Abatement (SOA). The draft AWRP reports on the cumulative dust control works completed as of July 1, 2022, and the projected particulate matter mass emissions reduction these controls will have when mature. State Parks included in its projection the estimated benefit of the year-round closure of the Plover Habitat. It is State Parks’ assertion that these measures will eventually achieve a 40.7% reduction in particulate matter mass emissions, which, according to computer modeling, is the reduction needed to achieve the emissions level that existed before significant off-highway vehicle activity disturbed the natural condition of the dunes. Based on this, State Parks proposed to not install any more acres of dust control and stated that it would petition the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) Hearing Board to reduce the ordered mass emissions goal from 50% to 40.7%. On August 23, 2022, Gary Willey, the Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO), advised State Parks that the submitted draft 2022 ARWP was not in compliance with the requirements of the SOA, and therefore, could not be approved. He also required State Parks to submit a revised ARWP by September 14, 2022, and stipulated that it include a dust control work plan that did comply with the SOA requirements as they stood then. On September 13, 2022, State parks did submit a revised ARWP, which included a primary plan that was essentially the same as proposed in the first draft, and a secondary plan that included additional proposed dust control projects acreage for 2023. In response to the second AWRP, Willey has published an application to the Hearing Board to modify the existing SOA and a draft of the proposed modifications. These documents will be submitted to the Hearing Board for consideration at its meeting on October 14, 2022. State Parks’ application to modify the emissions goal is also expected to be heard at this meeting. See all the documents related to the draft ARWP ( click here) and the documents pertaining to the Hearing Board meeting ( click here ).

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