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EPA issues order to Army to address explosives at Camp Minden

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MINDEN, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an order to the U.S. Department of the Army to address 15 million pounds of abandoned explosives and propellant stored on the grounds of Camp Minden.

Chairman of the Louisiana Environmental Quality committee, State Senator Mike Walsworth, says after many months of hard work with different agencies the clean up will finally happen.

"At least 15 months we have been in negotiations with the Army and this week the EPA has ruled that the Army is responsible" says Walsworth.

The Northwestern Louisiana site has been owned and operated by the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana Military Department since 2005. A private company under contract with the U.S. Army had been using the site to improperly store unused explosives and propellant.

As the material ages, it becomes more unstable, increasing the chances of an uncontrolled explosion. EPA's order finds the Army to have contributed to the illegal storage and handling of the waste explosives, thereby creating an imminent and substantial endangerment of public health and the environment.

After receiving the order, the Army must submit a plan for disposing of the material to EPA. The plan must include extensive safety measures for disposal workers and the surrounding area. The order also requires the Army to plan for the health and safety of the local community during and after the cleanup.

Walsworth says this ruling will save the state millions of dollars.

 

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