MANITOWOC, Wisc. (WFRV) There's a glimmer of hope for the future of the SS Badger.
The owners of the carferry received a formal letter from the EPA that their National Pollutant Elimination System Individual permit has been accepted as complete. They say they're pleased the application has been accepted and view this as an important step in the right direction.
"We are confident in our position and although several hurdles remain, we are now moving forward with the capital investments on the Badger for our 2013 sailing season," said Bob Manglitz, President and CEO of Lake Michigan Carferry.
If the EPA grants the permit, the SS Badger would be allowed to sail for another 5 years, allowing time to convert from coal to a cleaner source of fuel--natural gas.
While they wait for the green light from the EPA, the owners of the SS Badger say they'll begin working on the starboard engine and will also do extensive dock work in preparation for the 2013 season.
"We will continue to provide the EPA with any additional information they request and consider this notification from the U.S. EPA a positive step forward," stated Manglitz.