The operators of the SS Badger ferry will have to wait until at least the end of October to find out if a proposed deal with the federal government to allow it to keep operating will be approved by a federal judge.
The ship's official permit allowing it to dump coal ash into Lake Michigan on its way between Manitowoc and Ludington expired last year. The Badger is sailing this year thanks to a proposed deal with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Dept. Of Justice, announced in March.
That plan requires the SS Badger to eliminate all discharge of coal ash by the end of the 2014 sailing season. The ferry must reduce the amount of discharge both this year and next. And the Badger must pay a $25,000 civil penalty for violating Mercury water quality standards last year.
Thousands of public comments on the plan were accepted earlier this year. Because the federal government is still reviewing those comments, it asked for - and Monday was granted - additional time to review them, according federal court documents. That move gives the federal government until Oct. 26 to ask the judge for final approval of the plan.
For more on the debate about the future of the ship, watch Mark Leland's "On Special Assignment" report .
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