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The state Assembly has passed a bill that asks the federal Environmental Protection Agency to exclude a monitoring site in a Sheboygan County state park from a statewide air-monitoring plan.

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The state Assembly has passed a bill that asks the federal Environmental Protection Agency to exclude a monitoring site in a Sheboygan County state park from a statewide air-monitoring plan.

The bill passed on a party-line vote Thursday. It now heads to the desk of Gov. Scott Walker, having passed the state Senate Tuesday.

The monitoring station is in Kohler-Andrae State Park on the shore of Lake Michigan. If the EPA declines the state's request under the bill, the state Department of Natural Resources could respond with a revised statewide plan that includes the Kohler Andrae monitoring site.

Proponents of the bill include Republicans and business groups. Rep. Terry Katsma, R-Oostburg, said during Thursday's debate that because of the monitoring station's location on Lake Michigan, most of the air pollutants it detects come from out of state, including from Chicago and Gary, Ind.

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Mark Sommerhauser covers state government and politics for the Wisconsin State Journal.