The Lake Michigan Carferry has issued a press release in regards to updates on their Consent Decree. It is as follows:
"Ludington (MI)– Lake Michigan Carferry (LMC) is very pleased to announce that after a thorough and lengthy evaluation of the more than 7,000 public comments submitted during the Consent Decree public comment period – the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have filed a motion to enter the Consent Decree. The agreement will result in the elimination of the Badger’s ash discharge prior to the start of the 2015 sailing season.
“The consent decree process has been extensive and has taken much longer than we had hoped. This action is a huge milestone on the long road we have been traveling to keep the Badger sailing. This ensures that the Badger will be sailing long into the future,” stated Bob Manglitz President & CEO of LMC.
The Consent Decree requires the reduction of the Badger’s ash discharge in 2013 and during the five-month operating season of 2014. LMC had already started taking action to reduce and ultimately eliminate the ash discharge prior to the start of the Consent Decree process by using coal that produces less ash.
LMC has also been proactive working toward eliminating the ash discharge during the Consent Decree review process by starting the engineering and design work necessary for the installation of a sophisticated ash retention system – a technology never before implemented on a steamship.
Manglitz adds, “On behalf of the two hundred Lake Michigan Carferry employees, we want the people of Ludington and Manitowoc to know that our commitment to providing carferry service between the port cities has never wavered and we thank them for their strong support. In 1992, Charles Conrad had a dream to extend the carferry heritage for another 100 years. Well, we still have 80 years to go to fulfill his dream.”
When asked for a statement on this progress, Terri Brown, Director of Marketing and Media Relations for the S.S. Badger, had this to say:
"We support the decree and LMC looks forward to providing a reliable and valued cross lake experience for many years to come. We have no other comments while the Judge makes his decision.