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Explosives removal update

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MINDEN, La., (KNOE 8 News) - The ongoing operations to correct the problems at Camp Minden continued yesterday with almost half of the explosives segregated and stored, according to a spokesman on site.

According to the report, slightly less than 372,000 pounds of the M6 explosive had been moved as of sundown yesterday, with operations resuming today.

Approximately 6 million pounds of the explosive is on the site, which leaves about half of the M6 still to be dealt with.

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Another 600,000 pounds of explosives was segregated to magazines and stored as work resumed this week at the explosion site in Minden.

The additional 600,000 pounds brings the total for the 7 days they've been working to 2.7 million pounds according to the information released at the site, leaving just over 3 million pounds yet to be dealt with.

The explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of Doyline has now come under scrutiny for its handling of dangerous materials before.

Reports also allege that the company was also so far behind on rent that the Louisiana National Guard refused to lease it more space this year.

Documents reviewed by The Associated Press show Explo Systems Inc. was cited for safety violations in 2007 after old Army explosives were used in mining operations in West Virginia. A blast there injured one worker and exposed others to toxins.

Explo Systems is currently under investigation for improperly storing millions of pounds of a military propellant at Minden, which prompted the evacuation of Doyline.

The investigation started after the explosion in October. There was another explosion there in 2006.

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