SS Badger Plans 2013 Schedule, But Will It Use It?
The SS Badger announced its sailing schedule for 2013 , although it does not yet have a permit to operate.
The ferry operates between Manitowoc and Ludington, Mich., with the first sail scheduled for May 17.
The SS Badger is a coal-fired vessel, and it dumps coal ash into Lake Michigan. Its previous permit expired last month. It has applied to the U.S. Environmental Agency for a different type of permit, but a decision has not been made on that.
The EPA says it expects to issue a preliminary decision by March 1, and will then ask for public comment about that decision.
With the environmental left (and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin) hellbent on shutting the ferry down, who knows what the end ruling might be. The owners of the Badger have been trying for years to convert to natural gas or diesel, but has lacked the capital needed to make the conversion.
At stake is at least 500 jobs on both side of the lake and millions in tourism dollars for both Michigan and Wisconsin.