March 22, 2013
Statement on EPA Decision Allowing S.S. Badger to Keep Polluting Lake Michigan
Madison—The S.S. Badger was given the green light today to continue dumping toxic pollutants into Lake Michigan for another two years under a proposed deal announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) and Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement in response to the announcement.
“I am disappointed the EPA has been misled by a company that finds excuse after excuse for dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan using technology from the 1950’s,” said Rep. Richards. “For the S.S. Badger to be given another pass to keep dumping arsenic, lead, mercury and other toxic substances into our waters is an assault on reason.”
"The S.S. Badger has run out of excuses. It's unjustifiable that they continue to profit by polluting," said Sen. Larson. "I'm disappointed that Governor Walker has advocated for the continued dumping of toxic coal ash in the very waters that define Wisconsin and Milwaukee. Our Great Lake is worth more than a $25,000 fine."
Richards and Larson wrote to the EPA last year asking the agency to not extend the S.S. Badger’s pollution permit beyond its December 19 deadline. A copy of their letter is attached.