U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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.

Peter Moskowitz

More than 120 people traveled to suburban Houston Tuesday to attend the final public hearing on new EPA rules that govern the amount of cancer-causing chemicals refineries are allowed to emit.

A busload came from Louisiana where more than 200,000 residents live within two miles of a refinery, according to Katie Moore, research analyst for the activist group Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

Kate Archer Kent

More than a dozen people in Shreveport have started a job training program this week made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It could lead to a full-time job next month. Southern University at Shreveport is administering the grant that provides environmental health and safety training certifications.