MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - The S.S. Badger car ferry made its first trip across Lake Michigan Monday, under a new two-year deal which lets the 60-year-old boat keep dumping waste ash into the big lake.
A crowd showed up Monday morning in Ludington Michigan, as the 410-foot Badger got ready to head to Manitowoc.
About 100 passengers were on board, plus trucks hauling parts of wind energy turbines.
The Badger – the oldest steamship on the Great Lakes – was supposed to shut down after last year, unless it could find a cleaner way to dump its coal ash.
The company which owns the Badger says it’s working on alternatives, but they’re not ready yet.
The federal EPA granted its two-year extension in March.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee’s Lake Express Ferry is scheduled to begin its car and passenger transporting service to Muskegon Michigan and back on Saturday.