Two Wis. lawmakers oppose coal ash dumping
Car ferry going across Lake Michigan may close without waiver
MILWAUKEE — Two Wisconsin lawmakers are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject a request by the owners of the SS Badger ferry to continue dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan.
Representative Jon Richards and Senator Chris Larson, both Milwaukee Democrats, say the coal-fired steamship should not be given a permit extension allowing it to dump coal ash.
The Badger’s owner has asked for an extension beyond December 19th, when its permit expires.
Richards and Larson have asked EPA regional administrator Susan Hedman to reject any attempt by the car ferry firm to continue dumping.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has asked Hedman to temporarily extend the permit.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported it’s estimated the Badger dumps at least 500 tons of coal ash into the lake each sailing season.