Congressman Huizenga released the following statement on the EPA missing the deadline to render a decision on the S.S. Badger's permit:
"As one of the elected officials who has supported the Badger, it's disappointing to see the EPA has missed the December 19th deadline. However, I remain hopeful that the EPA will rule in favor of Lake Michigan Carferry, the cities of Ludington and Manitowoc and the thousands of people and companies that travel and transport goods on the Badger every year. The Badger not only has a significant economic impact on Ludington through job creation and tourism, it also has a considerable economic impact on the state of Michigan as a whole. I look forward to the EPA approving the Badger's permit and expect to see the Badger sailing in 2013."