"Coal-Burning Ship Wants More Time To Stem Pollution"

"Under fire for dumping toxic pollution into Lake Michigan, owners of the last coal-powered steamship on the Great Lakes promised four years ago they would eliminate its murky discharges in time for the 2012 sailing season."

"But with two weeks left before the Badger car ferry's season ends, they are seeking another reprieve that would allow the ship to keep churning coal ash into the lake every time it sails — 4 tons of waste concentrated with arsenic, lead, mercury and other heavy metals.

In documents filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the owners are asking for five more years to fix the Badger's pollution problems. By 2017, they say, they can install new equipment that stores the coal ash onboard."

Michael Hawthorne reports for the Chicago Tribune October 16, 2012.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 10/17/2012