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S.S. Badger Could Get Extension Regarding Coal-Ash Dumping

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The S.S. Badger is the last coal fired ship in regular service in the U.S.  During the summer months it ferries cars between Ludington and Manitowoc Wisconsin.
The S.S. Badger is the last coal fired ship in regular service in the U.S. During the summer months it ferries cars between Ludington and Manitowoc Wisconsin.

UNDATED (WHBL) - The S.S. Badger Car Ferry could get two more years to adopt a cleaner way to get rid of its coal-ash emissions. The federal E-P-A on Friday announced a tentative two-year extension for the 60 year old boat to end the dumping of coal-ash into Lake Michigan.  A previous four-year grace period had expired last December. The E-P-A will hold a 30-day comment period before the extension is final. The Badger carries vehicles and passengers across Lake Michigan between Manitowoc and Ludington Michigan.  It’s the nation’s last operating coal-fired steamship – and Badger officials have been studying ways to either burn natural gas, or find a safe way on board to dump the coal-ash.  E-P-A regional administrator Susan Hedman says the extension is the fastest way to resolve the matter – and the most certain way to halt the ash-dumping.

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