- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) - A coal-fired passenger ferry is set to return to service on Lake Michigan after undergoing a makeover to meet terms of a deal with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Ludington Daily News (https://bit.ly/1KIj9vW ) reports the SS Badger is expected to sail Friday from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. It’ll have a new ash retention system as part of a requirement to stop discharging ash into Lake Michigan.

Improvements made to the ship by its operator, Lake Michigan Carferry, have cost an estimated $2.4 million over the last two years.

The 410-foot ferry launched in 1952 and can carry 600 passengers and 180 vehicles. It’s the last coal-fired steamship operating on the Great Lakes.

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Information from: Ludington Daily News, https://www.ludingtondailynews.com

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