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    S.S. BADGER

    In the Spring edition of Power Ships, the house journal of The Steam Ship Historical Society of America a small article appeared that the request for Federal funding to convert the Lake Michigan car ferry BADGER (S.S. Badger) from steam to diesel was denied. Also the EPA granted exemption that allows her spent coal cinders to be dumped in the lake expires after next year's season. Perhaps the EPA can extend the exemption, but as we all too well know, there are no guarantees from Uncle Sam. Otherwise the cinders will have to be saved for off-loading in Ludington, MI; Manitowoc, WI; or both.

    If a Great Lakes crossing has been pondered, now is certainly the time. The future is certainly unclear.

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    Lake Michigan Carferry has this on their website:

    http://www.ssbadger.com/web_epa_update_311.pdf

    http://www.ssbadger.com/documents/ldn_article031811.pdf

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      #3
      I always thought this paragraph in the Ludington Daily News article was interesting:

      "Cart said the rebuilt (coal) conveyor is more heavy duty and should hold up for many years."

      Sounds like a good indication that they plan to keep her a coal burner for many years. Otherwise, it seems like an unusual investment to make, considering the looming deadline. Things must be looking promising.

      Of course, the high fuel prices these days are working in their favor too, not only because the Badger burns coal instead of oil, but also because of the increase in truck traffic taking the shortcut across the lake to save fuel.

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