MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Lake Michigan ferry that travels between Wisconsin and Michigan would be allowed to stay afloat even though it dumps 500 tons of coal ash into the lake each season.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Friday that a provision has been added to the U.S. Coast Guard reauthorization bill allowing the nearly 60-year-old SS Badger to remain operating as long as it floats.
The ferry transports cars and passengers between Ludington, Mich., with Manitowoc, Wis., and is the last coal-burning steamship on the Great Lakes.
But without a renewal of its federal permit or an investment to end the ash dumping, the ferry will have to shut down Dec. 19. The U.S. House bill would allow it to continue operating.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.