2015 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:20:02 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: "Government Bickering Clouds Cleanup Effort at Camp Minden" (LA)
An Explosive Crisis: Government Bickering Clouds Cleanup Effort at Camp Minden

By Mike Ludwig
January 30, 2015

More than two years have passed since investigators found 15 million pounds of hazardous and potentially explosive artillery munitions waste known as M-6 at the Camp Minden military facility in northwest Louisiana, but the government's plan for cleaning up the mess is once again unclear as federal regulators haggle with an angry public and the Jindal administration.

On January 15, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Louisiana state officials would have an extra 90 days to choose a contractor and a disposal method for cleaning up M-6 propellant, 15 million pounds of which was illegally stashed at Camp Minden by a private US Army contractor and discovered after a massive explosion rocked the area two years ago. The extension would give authorities time to consider alternatives to the original plan - burning the waste in open trays at the site.

Opposition to the so-called "open burn" had reached a fever pitch. In December, a local scientist pointed out that chemicals within the M-6 have been linked to cancer and birth defects. Fearing that pollutants from the open burn would enter the air unabated and contaminate neighboring communities with cancer-causing vapors, concerned citizens launched a campaign to demand that authorities find a cleaner alternative for disposing of the waste.


For the entire article, see
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/28826-an-explosive-crisis- government-bickering-clouds-cleanup-effort-at-camp-minden


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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