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EPA: Badger can apply to continue coal ash dumping

The SS Badger car ferry leaves Ludington, Mich., recently en route to Manitowoc, Wis. Operators of the Badger can apply for a permit to continue dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan. (Photo courtesy of SS Badger website)

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators will let operators of the passenger ferry SS Badger apply for a permit to continue dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan.

The Badger typically puts more than 500 tons of waste ash into the lake every year during its crossings between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis. The Environmental Protection Agency previously set a December deadline for the company to stop the practice.

The Ludington Daily News reports that EPA on Tuesday told Badger operators they could apply to continue the dumping as they study ways to convert the ship to burn natural gas.

Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga tells The Muskegon Chronicle that the Badger is a historic vessel that provides jobs on both sides of the lake.

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan also praised the EPA decision.

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