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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 |  Madison, WI: 32.0° F  Overcast
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Lungs up, Problem properties down

UP: Lungs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removes Dane County from its list of areas that are exceeding the safe limits for fine particle air pollution, a distinction it has held since December 2008.

DOWN: Problem properties. The Madison Common Council votes unanimously to make permanent the city's nuisance ordinance, which ended a two-year trial period in September. The ordinance allows the city to target the owners of properties with persistent problems. In eight instances, it has been used to declare a property a "chronic nuisance."

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