Carl Edlund, director of the Superfund division of the Environmental Protection Agency, addresses questions at the public meeting concerning clean up at Camp Minden. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald Illustration

Approximately 15 million pounds of potentially explosive M6 propellant located at Camp Minden will be destroyed using an open control burning process rather than enclosed incineration, and it will take at least one year to completely dispose of the material.

Carl Edlund, director of the EPA’s Region 6 Superfund Division, delivered that message to nearly 150 Webster Parish residents during a



  1. Ms. Meadows-Kerneen, there are good forms of economic development and there are very bad ones. Giving cancer and birth defects to the community is not something I would advise anyone to get involved in. These chemicals can be readily be rendered non-explosive by submersing them in water, and the Army can safely remove them from Louisiana where they can process them in a far more sensible way, elsewhere. Open incineration of chemicals such as dinitrotouene (DNT), which have a hazardous exposure level of 5-50 parts per trillion, is in no way sensible!!! An open air burn of these carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting chemicals will create an environmental calamity on par with what has occurred at other Army munitions sites, like the Badger Ammunition Plant in Merrimac, WI. The residents of north Louisiana have neither the obligation nor the inclination to allow the Army to create yet another munitions environmental disaster near our homes.

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