Concern over open burn method

Courtesy: KNOE
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COLFAX, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Controversy is growing over a company in Colfax Louisiana receiving some potentially hazardous waste material from Camp Minden. The company has made it clear that the hazardous material was not the unstable M-6 propellant, but still many people are concerned with the open burn method being used.

The Open Tray Burn Method is being used by the Clean Harbors, this method has been at the root of controversy when considered in the disposal of millions of pounds of M-6 at Camp Minden. Clean Harbors has asked the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to increase the pounds of weight treated from 410 pounds per hour to 1500 per hour.

The company said the air quality must stay under toxic air emissions limits set by DEQ, but there are many people who are concerned and think that there are better alternatives to the open burn.

Brian Salvatore and Chemistry Professor said, "People are still open burning medical waste, military propellants, military waste. And that's wrong. People need to pay attention to what's happening here."

Before Clean Harbors permit request can be granted, a public comment period must take place.