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New air pollution testing site in Sheboygan Co. could help businesses

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - Sheboygan County hopes to improve its air quality numbers, by measuring them away from Lake Michigan. 

Sheboygan and Kenosha counties are the only ones in Wisconsin that don't meet federal limits for ozone pollution. 

Sheboygan blames its numbers on the polluted winds that blow northward from Chicago. 

Because of that, the Sheboygan Press says the county is moving its air quality monitor from Kohler-Andrae State Park -- right along the lakeshore -- to a site a few miles inland off Highway 42. 

Sheboygan Mayor Mike Vandersteen says the current ozone data forces local industries to spend thousands-of-dollars more than they should on pollution control equipment. 

He also says the pollution data might discourage a prospective business from locating there. 

Gail Good of the state DNR says Sheboygan County would need three years of data from its new testing site to have its federal ozone rating changed.