The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that the coal-fired Lake Michigan ferry SS Badger will be allowed to operate — and continue dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan — for two more years.
The Badger, which sails between Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis., has dumped about 500 tons of coal ash into Lake Michigan each shipping season. This has been going on for decades, even though it’s a clear violation of water pollution regulations.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a good summary of the issue, which you can read here.
The ferry’s owners now have two years to solve this problem or mothball the polluting ferry for good. Personally, I hope they find a cleaner fuel to power the historic ship. But this has to be their last chance to solve this problem — the company has been allowed to use Lake Michigan as a trash can for far too long.