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EPA to talk M6 removal

by Minden Press-Herald

CAMP MINDEN — The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a public meeting at Camp Minden to discuss monitoring results by Explosive Service International, the contractor chosen to dispose of nearly 16 million pounds of M6 artillery propellant.

The meeting will be from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Thursday in building A120.

Col. Pete Schneider says ESI will discuss the results from monitoring the environment as construction of the M6 destruction site continues.

“The contractor is going to be releasing baseline data,” he said.

Schneider says “good progress” is underway on the destruction site construction but gave no date as to when it would be completed.

“We’re working that out now,” he said. “We should have some better data on when it will be complete, and then it should be shipped after that. It’s making good progress from everything we’ve been told.”

In June, the EPA hosted a meeting where ESI explained the destruction process from beginning to end. ESI will use the contained burn method of disposal, which will have a pollution abatement system to stop noxious gases from entering the air.

Once complete, the system will be shipped to Camp Minden and assembled on site.

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