Ferry needs fuel alternatives to comply with EPA

The SS Badger car ferry is off and running for another season on Lake Michigan. The ferry's owners said it's the only coal-fired steamship in operation in the United States. But that might have to change in the near future if the ship wants to continue to operate between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations could ban the Badger from dumping coal ash in Lake Michigan at the end of next year. The ship dumps the ash waste during its trips across the lake.
AP Wire
May 27, 2011


The EPA said the water and ash mixture isn’t hazardous, but the agency is being ordered to regulate vessel discharge under the Clean Water Act.

The Ludington Daily News reported the Badger took its first trip of the season on Thursday.


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