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Car Ferry Polluting Lake Michigan
The S.S. Badger car ferry is the last coal-powered steamship on the Great Lakes. Built in 1953 to carry freight cars for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, the 410-foot ferry today is billed as a nostalgic vacation shortcut across Lake Michigan.

The owners of the S.S. Badger are seeking protection on the nation's list of historic and cultural landmarks, and a National Park Service advisory panel voted Wednesday to approve the ferry's nomination. This status would allow the vessel to continue operating despite the fact that the EPA has required to them to fix their pollution problems.

Unlike other ships on the Great Lakes, the Badger discharges 4 tons of coal ash into the water every time it sails. During its operating lifetime, it has dumped more than 29,000 tons of waste overboard, a figure that environmental groups say runs counter to long-standing efforts to protect the world's largest source of fresh surface water.

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