Friday, September 6, 2013

Delay, Delay - - S. S. Badger Finishing Another Season Of Coal-Ash Overboard Dumping

A discouraging update on a story this blog has followed for more than four years: The coal-fired Lake Michigan ferry S. S. Badger is ending another sailing season of overboard coal-ash dumping - - 3.8 tons a day:

In March the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would accept public comments on the proposal to give LMC two years to complete construction on board the Badger of a means to store the coal ash generated by the coal-fired steamship, the last known to be operating in the United States, and develop a way to transfer and dispose of the ash on land.
Here's a two-and-a-half-year-old link and sample from just one of many on this blog about the issue:
You may remember that I have been writing about the coal ash dumping into Lake Michigan by the S.S. Badger, the last-remaining steamer on the Great Lakes, as it runs between Manitowoc, WI and Ludington, MI.

Twenty-one months ago, I posted this item about an EPA order to compel the ship to remove coal as its boiler fuel, and I've put up any number of follow-up posts - - here, or here, or here - - but while the company touts its compliance intentions it also continues a public relations campaign to prettify the situation.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What fools. Convert the ship to CNG and save money. CNG storage tanks could be placed where the ash bins would be placed.

No extentions. Period.