Camp Minden

KATE ARCHER KENT

A permit application to expand open burning of hazardous waste in Grant Parish is being denounced by a group that fought this practice at Camp Minden in north Louisiana.

This week commentator Brian O'Nuanain has a new job in education and gives us an inside look at his class at Camp Minden. 

Kate Archer Kent

Dozens of people met in the Webster parish town of Minden Thursday as part of a work group formed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find a better way to destroy 15 million pounds of explosives stored at Camp Minden.

The five-hour meeting set the stage for a new process that will be transparent. Last year, federal and state officials inked a deal with the Army to openly burn the abandoned M6. Residents were outraged. Ron Curry, the EPA’s region 6 director, called the dialogue committee a positive step forward.

Kate Archer Kent

The Central Trades and Labor Council of Shreveport and Vicinity AFL-CIO was briefed last night on the plan to burn 16 million pounds of abandoned, deteriorating M6 propellant at Camp Minden.

How the M6 will be destroyed is still up for debate. An open tray burn has fueled widespread opposition. About 30 people listened to Rep. Gene Reynolds of Minden and LSU Shreveport chemistry professor Brian Salvatore.

Opponents of a plan to burn 15 million pounds of M6 artillery propellant in storage at Camp Minden say several much safer alternatives should be considered.

State Rep. Gene Reynolds of Minden was among speakers in a teleconference Thursday assembled by the activist group Louisiana Progress Action.

Reynolds is meeting with munitions experts at the Pentagon on Friday. He wants to call a joint meeting of the state’s Homeland Security oversight committee to allow federal and state agencies and the military to testify under oath about the status of the explosives.

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