Ludington — A federal judge has signed off on a consent agreement with a car ferry operator that eventually will stop the country’s last coal-powered ferryboat from dumping waste ash into Lake Michigan.
The Ludington Daily News reports U.S. District Judge Janet Neff on Thursday approved the deal reached last month by the Environmental Protection Agency and Lake Michigan Carferry, which operates the S.S. Badger.
The agreement allows the Badger to continue to operate as it makes modifications. It calls for a reduction in the amount of ash discharged over the five-month 2014 sailing season.
The ferry will have to store coal ash on board by the start of the 2015 season.
The Badger transports passengers, vehicles and cargo between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis., from May to October.