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May 13, 2015

Cleaner SS Badger set to sail Lake Michigan

A coal-fired passenger ferry is set to return to service on Lake Michigan after undergoing a makeover to meet terms of a deal with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jan 19, 2015

Surviving Great Lakes coal-fired ship gets new lease on life

The last coal-fired steamship operating in U.S. waters is undergoing a makeover to meet the terms of a deal with the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate pollution from the disposal of coal ash.

Dec 19, 2014

New EPA rules treat coal ash like garbage

The Obama administration has set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating the leftovers more like household garbage rather than hazardous material.

May 6, 2014

SS Badger gets new system to reduce coal ash

When the SS Badger sets sail May 16, the venerable and historic car ferry will sport new combustion controls that will enable it to burn coal more efficiently. That should result in less coal being burned and less ash being produced by the Badger.

Jul 25, 2013

House passes bill on coal ash

The House on Thursday passed legislation giving states greater control over the management of coal ash, a coal combustion byproduct that poses environmental threats when put in landfills but also is commonly recycled for use in cement, concrete and other products.

May 6, 2013

SS Badger kicks off season, allowed to dump coal ash (UPDATE)

The SS Badger, the nation's last operating coal-fired ferryboat, kicked off its sailing season Monday while awaiting word on a proposed deal with the government over releasing waste ash into Lake Michigan.

Mar 22, 2013

Deal requires ferry to stop ash dumping in 2 years (UPDATE)

The nation's last operating coal-fired ferryboat would stop dumping waste ash into Lake Michigan within two years under a deal with federal regulators announced Friday.

Feb 26, 2013

Coal ash ruling looms as ferry companies feud

On one level, it's a straightforward case of a business seeking a government permit to discharge wastewater.

Dec 20, 2012

SS Badger future murky as coal ash permit expires

A federal deadline passed Wednesday for the SS Badger ferryboat to stop dumping waste coal ash into Lake Michigan, and prospects were murky for the historic vessel that boosts the economy and civic pride in port towns in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Dec 5, 2012

Setback for coal ash-dumping SS Badger

Congress has handed a defeat to owners of a passenger ferry that dumps coal ash into Lake Michigan as it travels between Wisconsin and Michigan.

Nov 30, 2012

Ash-dumping Lake Michigan ferry may stay afloat (UPDATE)

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, under a special provision added to a bill pending in Congress.

Oct 30, 2012

Sandy kicks up 20-foot waves on Lake Michigan; Badger halts service

Superstorm Sandy is so vast it’s kicking up near record-high waves of 20 feet on Lake Michigan, several hundred miles from the center of the storm that’s pounding the East Coast.


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