Ah, the good old SS Badger. The old ferry that takes cars from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI. The historic ship that needs to be granted exemptions from the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act so that the meddling Federal Government doesn't destroy a good old fashioned small business. So what if the Badger spews thick coal smoke and dumps 4 tons of toxic fly ash into Lake Michigan on each voyage? The government shouldn't be in the business of preventing private actors from destroying public goods. So what if the Badger is the last coal burning ship on the Great Lakes? So what if the owners are using the ships historical status as an excuse to not modernize? Isn't that what this country's all about? The ability of private interests to pervert the public process?
The Badger's permit to dump coal ash into Lake Michigan expired earlier this month, but from the sounds of this Journal Sentinel article, it looks like the company is hopeful that it will be granted a new waiver. I hope the EPA doesn't grant it a new permit.