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Shipping season for S.S. Badger scheduled to start May 6

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The S.S. Badger ferry sets sail for Ludington, Mich., May 25, 2012. The ferry had been docked in Manitowoc overnight because of engine trouble. (courtesy of FOX 11).
The S.S. Badger ferry sets sail for Ludington, Mich., May 25, 2012. The ferry had been docked in Manitowoc overnight because of engine trouble. (courtesy of FOX 11).

MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Despite not having an operating permit, the S.S. Badger says it'll start its shipping season on May 6.

It's two weeks earlier than previously announced. But officials say the reason is so the S.S. Badger can transport wind tower sections to Michigan.

The coal-fired vessel dumps ash into Lake Michigan. Its permit to continue doing that expired in December.

The EPA is expected to announce a permit decision next month. 

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