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Letter from Lake Michigan: Saying farewell to a much-loved old ferry

map of Lake Michigan carferry coal ash discharge

One night in August I unrolled a sleeping bag for the best four hours of sleep in recent memory. The sky was clear, the winds were light and the S.S. Badger, whose open upper deck has become a favorite accommodation, was gliding over the waves toward Ludington, Mich. I could tell by the stars overhead.

Monday morning, coming back, I watched with a heavy heart as the Wisconsin shoreline came into view. I was thinking this was probably my last trip on the old ferryboat.

After decades of special treatment under the nation’s pollution laws, the coal-burning Badger may have to shut down when its 2012 season ends in October. more...

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