House eliminates amendment that would have allowed steamship to keep polluting Lake Michigan
(MCT) — CHICAGO—Congress on Wednesday dumped special legislation that would have allowed the last coal-powered steamship on the Great Lakes to keep polluting Lake Michigan.
Under pressure from Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat and assistant majority leader, the House stripped out an amendment to the U.S. Coast Guard budget that would have prevented the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from forcing the Badger car ferry to clean up its murky discharges. The House then sent the budget bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.
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