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Timeline of Actions Related to S.S. Badger

May 2015 - EPA’s inspector confirms that the S.S. Badger’s mechanism to discharge coal ash has been removed and replaced with a system to retain coal ash. The new system will transport ash from the ship’s four boilers to four retention bins on the car deck. EPA required LMC to eliminate the discharge of coal ash into Lake Michigan by the end of the 2014 sailing season.

October 29, 2013 - LMC pays a civil penalty in the amount of $25,000 plus interest as stipulated under the consent decree. 

Oct. 10, 2013 – Court approves the revised consent decree.

Sept. 13, 2013 - EPA announces the filing of a motion to enter a revised consent decree that requires LMC to cease the discharge of coal ash from the S.S. Badger at the end of the 2014 sailing season.

March 22, 2013 — EPA announces the lodging of a proposed consent decree that requires LMC to eliminate the discharge of coal ash into Lake Michigan by the end of the 2014 sailing season.

Sept. 28, 2012 — EPA receives information requested in the Aug. 9, 2012, letter and a Clean Water Act §308 request in a number of submissions. EPA begins the review of the information and works towards preparing a draft permitting decision.

Aug. 29, 2012 — EPA notifies LMC that their permit application is complete. In the letter, EPA identifies information in the application that requires clarification and that would allow EPA to make a final permit decision. EPA requests that LMC provide this information by Sept. 28.

Aug. 16, 2012 — LMC sends a letter to Regional Administrator Susan Hedman stating that they learned of a new and more encompassing approach to ash retention that may make that option for controlling the ash discharge more viab