“I think it’s an important asset — and once it is gone, it’s gone,” City Councilman Bob Monetza said.
According to The Associated Press, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had given ferry operators a December 2012 deadline for the company to stop the practice of dumping more than 500 tons of coal ash into Lake Michigan during its annual crossings from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wis.
The AP recently reported that federal regulators recently announced that they would let operators of the ferry apply for a permit to continue dumping coal ash into the lake. It was reported that Badger operators could apply to continue the dumping as they study ways to convert the ship to burn natural gas.
“This is something that has been in the news for a long time,” Monetza said.
According to the draft resolution being prepared by Grand Haven, the ash is not classified as hazardous; however, it does contain arsenic, selenium, lead and mercury.
Officials from Grand Haven are expected to pick up the discussion at the next City Council meeting in March after city officials obtain more information and determine where Ludington officials stand on the issue.
To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.