Something in the works in Washington could keep the SS Badger from being shut down for good.
The Badger travels across Lake Michigan from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
A provision has been added to the U.S. Coast Guard reauthorization bill allowing the ship to remain operating as long as it floats.
The Badger dumps 500 tons of coal ash into the lake each season and is the last coal-burning steamship on the Great Lakes.
Without a renewal of its federal permit or an investment to power the ship with a cleaner fuel, the ferry will have to shut down December 19th.
The U.S. House bill would allow it to continue operating.