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SS Badger Reaches Agreement with EPA


Lake Michigan Carferry has signed a Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will require the SS Badger to end its ash discharge into Lake Michigan within two years time.

“The resolution of this issue has taken far longer than we’d hoped, but the end result has been worth the effort,” says Bob Manglitz, president and CEO of Lake Michigan Carferry, which own and operates the SS Badger. “This agreement will save the jobs of our 200-plus employees, as well as many other jobs in the states of Michigan and Wisconsin.”

The SS Badger is the last coal-powered ferry operating in the United States. It contributes approximately $35 million each year to the economies of the port cities of Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. This year marks the Badger’s 60th anniversary in operation.

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