Coast Guard Amendment passes without allowing Badger to dump coal ash

Coast Guard Amendment passes without allowing Badger to dump coal ash

Today the House of Representatives passed the Coast Guard Reauthorization without a amendment that would allow the Badger to dump coal ash in Lake Michigan in perpetuity.

It was a bad idea!
Since 1966 when Gaylord Nelson first raised the issues there has been an unsuccessful fight to stop this ridiculous practices. Fortunately Jonathan Weissman of the New York Times wrote last week about an amendment slipped into the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill that would allow the dumping to go on unabated forever.
Senator Dick Durbin insisted that the provision be stripped from the bill and it was
The Badger has applied for a new permit from EPA to allow dumping to continue for another five years. They claim that they need the time to “study” the potential for using Liquified Natural Gas (LGN)
Their current permit runs out on Dec. 19 and no one knows when the EPA will issue their decision.
No matter how EPA rules there will be public hearing and opportunity for the public to offer its opinions on whether dumping 500 tons per year of coal ash in Lake Michigan is a good idea or not

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