S.S. Badger http://michiganradio.org en Owner of coal-burning S.S. Badger seeks 5-year reprieve from EPA rules http://michiganradio.org/post/owner-coal-burning-ss-badger-seeks-5-year-reprieve-epa-rules <p>The Lake Michigan car ferry S.S. Badger started what could be its final sailing season today.</p><p>The historic ship burns coal as its fuel and dumps the leftover coal ash into Lake Michigan.</p><p>The EPA has said the ship needs to stop this practice. They&#39;ve given the owners until the end of this year to come up with a solution, but the owners want more time.</p><p>Dave Alexander of <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/05/ss_badger_starts_season_ferry.html">MLive</a> reported on a press conference held by the ship&#39;s owners this morning:</p><blockquote><p>Before the 9:15 a.m. departure from its Ludington dock for the four-hour trip across a lumpy Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, Wis., Lake Michigan Carferry co-owner Bob Manglitz announced his company has made application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to continue its coal ash dumping practices another five years.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/final-season-ss-badger">Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Hulett</a> reported on legislation in the U.S. House that &quot;would allow the Badger to continue to dump coal ash because it&#39;s been nominated as a national historic landmark.&quot; She reports environmental groups are fighting against the designation. Thu, 24 May 2012 17:36:51 +0000 Mark Brush 7603 at http://michiganradio.org Owner of coal-burning S.S. Badger seeks 5-year reprieve from EPA rules