Skip to comments.Deal sought to end ship’s coal ash dumping by 2015
Posted on 09/13/2013 7:20:26 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency agreed to enter a revised consent agreement with a ferry operator that would stop the nations last coal-fired ferryboat from dumping waste ash into Lake Michigan before the start of the 2015 sailing season.
A federal judge has to approve Fridays motion, the Ludington Daily News reported.
Lake Michigan Carferry, operator of the S.S. Badger, wants to install an ash retention system aboard the ship that hauls passengers, vehicles and cargo between its home port of Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis., from May to October. Currently, ash from its boilers is mixed with water and piped overboard. More than 500 tons of ash is released during a typical season.
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Funny thing is that the EPA does approve dumping coal ash down wells as part of the process of sealing them.
The Badger is the last of her kind.
Obama hard at work to end domestic coal and oil use.
This fight over the Badger has gone on since very early in the reign of Obama.
If I recall correctly the Badger’s only competitor was given subsidies to upgrade to natural gas or something but the Badger was denied.
We’ve taken it a couple of times, too. It’s a really cool experience, but they are right. That coal ash is nasty. We made the mistake of trying to sit on the top-back deck on one of our trips. Not a good idea . . .
They spend all their time and energy on this but won’t do a damned thing about ships entering the Great Lakes then emptying their ballists turning loose invasive species of aquatic critters and plants that are destroying natural balance.
Gobies, snakeheads, zebra mussels etc.
From now on, ships are prohibited from dumping ash and must haul ash instead.
I’ve ridden on the Badger. It definitely doesn’t haul ash . . .
It’s a leisurely ride.
Given that Lake Michigan has a volume of approx. 5,000 km3, i.e. 5 billion m3, the annual dumping of 500 m3 of slurry represents a mere one-ten billionth of its total volume, i.e. 100 parts per trillion.
Actually, it's a barn burner compared with its earlier competition. In the '60s I took a trip on the Ann Arbor Railroad ferry from Menomonie Michigan to Frankfurt Michigan. After a leisurely four hours we approached the shoreline. I gathered my belonging and prepared to depart. It took a while to realize that we were not in Frankfurt. We had merely crossed Green Bay, and still had Lake Michigan to traverse. It took another 9 hours to disembark.
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