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The MV Arthur M. Anderson steams into the port of Superior. Staff photo

Disagreement with Feds may close Wisconsin ports to shipping

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A disagreement between Wisconsin and the federal government over how to regulate ballast water has left Great Lakes ship owners facing possible legal action if they enter Badger State ports after Dec. 19.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says a new Environmental Protection Agency pollution discharge permit for ships isn't good enough to protect the state's waters from invasive species carried in ship ballast tanks.

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