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State Legislative and Legal comments - SS Badger coal ash discharge consent decree April 2013.

State Legislative and Legal comments - SS Badger coal ash discharge consent decree April 2013.

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From distribution of public records by EPA through posting to: http://www.epa.gov/r5water/npdestek/badger/

(July 26, 2013) — More than 7,000 comments have been received on the proposed consent decree in the United States v. Lake Michigan Trans-Shortcut Inc. d/b/a/ Lake Michigan Carferry Service and the S.S. Badger. The comments cover a wide range of viewpoints. EPA and the Department of Justice will consider all comments before moving to enter a consent decree in this matter. All comments are available below.

In March, a public comment period opened on the proposed consent decree that requires Lake Michigan Carferry Service, Inc. (LMC) of Ludington, Mich., to eliminate the discharge of coal ash into Lake Michigan by the end of the 2014 sailing season.

Under the proposed consent decree, the ferry will reduce its discharge of coal ash in 2013 and 2014, and LMC will pay a $25,000 civil penalty for violating mercury water quality standards in 2012.

The S.S. Badger was authorized to discharge coal ash under the 2008 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Vessel General Permit. A permit provision authorized that discharge until December 2012. The Badger is the last coal-fired ship operating on the Great Lakes.

Last year, LMC applied for an individual NPDES permit to allow the Badger to continue discharging coal ash into Lake Michigan. In light of the settlement announced today, EPA does not plan to make a decision on that permit application.
From distribution of public records by EPA through posting to: http://www.epa.gov/r5water/npdestek/badger/

(July 26, 2013) — More than 7,000 comments have been received on the proposed consent decree in the United States v. Lake Michigan Trans-Shortcut Inc. d/b/a/ Lake Michigan Carferry Service and the S.S. Badger. The comments cover a wide range of viewpoints. EPA and the Department of Justice will consider all comments before moving to enter a consent decree in this matter. All comments are available below.

In March, a public comment period opened on the proposed consent decree that requires Lake Michigan Carferry Service, Inc. (LMC) of Ludington, Mich., to eliminate the discharge of coal ash into Lake Michigan by the end of the 2014 sailing season.

Under the proposed consent decree, the ferry will reduce its discharge of coal ash in 2013 and 2014, and LMC will pay a $25,000 civil penalty for violating mercury water quality standards in 2012.

The S.S. Badger was authorized to discharge coal ash under the 2008 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Vessel General Permit. A permit provision authorized that discharge until December 2012. The Badger is the last coal-fired ship operating on the Great Lakes.

Last year, LMC applied for an individual NPDES permit to allow the Badger to continue discharging coal ash into Lake Michigan. In light of the settlement announced today, EPA does not plan to make a decision on that permit application.

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