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EPA announces two-year extension of permit for S.S. Badger

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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) - 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 EPA 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 EPA 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.

EPA 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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