Car ferry's future murky as coal ash permit expires

A federal permit allowing the SS Badger ferry to dump coal ash into Lake Michigan has expired, and it's uncertain whether the vessel will be able to operate next year.
AP Wire
Dec 20, 2012

The 410-foot Badger hauls vehicles and passengers across the lake between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis., from May to October. Four years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allowed the company to continue discharging its ash into the water while developing another disposal method or fuel source.

Wednesday was the deadline to stop dumping the ash. The company has applied for another permit, and the EPA said it would make a decision by March 1, 2013, after seeking comments from the public.

The ferry company said it still expects to be in business next year.

Comments

Zegota

Is not the SS Badger ferry a threaten or limited resource, and a positive influence on Lake Michigan, will not jobs be cut? I would think that the King could just add another new law to the land with endless funding the SS Badger. Does not Michigan at least deserve this for making him King again, but the question must be asked will we still be here in four years to enjoy the SS Badger? God Bless the Constitution.

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