The last coal-powered steamship on the Great Lakes has agreed to stop dumping 500-tons of toxic ash into the lake after the 2014 season, but U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says more guarantees are need to ensure that it does. Durbin wants the public to demand higher fines if the owners of the S.S. Badger car ferry don't comply with the terms of their latest deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The owners had asked for another five years to install new equipment to contain the coal ash onboard, rather than dumping in into the lake. The waste contains arsenic, lead, mercury and other toxic metals.