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Bid to ban open burn advances

by Minden Press-Herald


BATON ROUGE — A bid to end the open burning of hazardous waste and waste explosives in Louisiana narrowly advanced out of a House committee.

Rep. Gene Reynolds, a Minden Democrat, says his bill limits dangerous burning because “there are better ways in which to do things.” The House Natural Resources Committee voted 9-8 Wednesday to send the proposal to a full House debate.

Supporters say the open burning poisons air and drinking water. They say explosions have rattled homes.

Representatives of waste disposal company Clean Harbors opposed, saying they haven’t violated environmental regulations and the bill would limit their business in Louisiana.

The measure excludes burning by U.S. Army personnel and state police, which are involved in an effort to dispose of artillery propellant at Camp Minden.

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