Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:34 PM
TheMightyFavog (13,733 posts)
US Coast Guard Bill to allow SS Badger to dump coal ash into Lake Michigan in perpetuity
A special provision slipped into a U.S. House Coast Guard re-authorization bill would allow the S.S. Badger car ferry to continue throwing its coal ash into Lake Michigan.
That's as long as the nearly 60-year-old boat stays afloat.
The car ferry is the only remaining coal fired steamship on the Great Lakes. But the Environmental Protection Agency is cracking down on the pollution from the coal ash, and the operators havenít invested in an alternative.
The provision was slipped in by Wisconsin Rep. Tom Petri, but is facing opposition in the Senate by Sen. Dick Durbin. The two sides are hammering out the final details of the bill.
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