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Judge approves new agreement to keep S.S. Badger running

MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - A federal judge has approved a new agreement to keep the S.S. Badger car ferry running across Lake Michigan -- while it gradually ends the dumping of coal ash into the water.

The federal EPA and the owner of the S.S. Badger struck a deal last month, in which the ferry will reduce the amount of coal ash it drops into Lake Michigan next year during its five-month season.

Then in 2015, the ferry will have to begin storing all its coal ash on board.

Federal Judge Janet Neff has okayed the agreement.

The S.S. Badger is the last coal powered ferry boat operating on the Great Lakes. It carries passengers and vehicles across Lake Michigan between Manitowoc and Ludington Michigan.