Coal Dumping Ash Special Amendment Bill Discarded

Coal Dumping Ash Special Amendment Bill Discarded

The special interest amendment that would have allowed the Badger which dumps 3.4 tons of coal ash on every round term on Lake Michigan has been stripped from the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill.

The House is set tomorrow to vote on the bill without the provision shoehorned in at the last minute last year. The notorious provision became the subject of a mayor piece last week by Joanthan Weisman in the new York Times. We are very proud of our representation of he lake Express which has objected to both the provision and Governor Scott Walker’s support of it.
The true hero of the story is Senator Dick Durbin who made it very clear that if the Republican inspired provision was included in the final version of the bill he would object killing the Coast Guard bill for this session of Congress.
This issue was first raised in 1966 by Gaylord Nelson.
The Badger is still seeking a new permit to keep dumping coal in Lake Michigan for another five years. The Badger is the only coal fired ship operating in the US and has steadfastedly refused to convert to diesel something most ships did decades ago

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