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.