The Environmental Protection Agency is set to decide the fate of the S.S. Badger, the Ludington-based car ferry. It must stop sailing at the end of this season, unless the EPA grants an exemption.
Last May, Michigan Car Ferry asked the EPA to allow the S.S. Badger to continue dumping coal ash slurry, a toxic by-product, into Lake Michigan.
The EPA said Friday they are still analyzing the lake water samples to determine whether the company’s application for the exemption is complete. A determination is due any day.
A Michigan Car Ferry spokeswoman says they expect to get the exemption.
Meanwhile, the S.S. Badger has applied for historical landmark and national register of historic places designation. That would mean the car ferry could continue dumping coal-ash into Lake Michigan.