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M6 destruction meeting set for Tuesday

by Minden Press-Herald

The community will now learn about the process of the destruction of the M6 propellant stored at Camp Minden in a meeting set for June 30 at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will take place at Camp Minden in Building A120 where representatives from Explosives Service International and El Dorado will discuss the destruction process from beginning to end. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency will be on hand as well.

The Louisiana Military Department is asking those entering Camp Minden to have their identification and allow extra time to enter.

The contract was signed last week after some discussions over additional requirements by the EPA, which increased the price tag for clean up from $19 million to roughly $35 million.

ESI will use the contained burn method of disposal, which will have a pollution abatement system to stop noxious gases from entering the air.

The alternate method came about following an outcry from the community and surrounding areas when they learned the open tray burn method of disposal would be used to dispose of nearly 16 million pounds of M6 propellant discovered improperly stored at Camp Minden in 2012. A dialogue committee was formed that offered six alternate technologies to use other than the open tray burn.

A community advisory group, or CAG, has since been formed to help oversee the cleanup process and have an active role in communicating the community’s concerns to the EPA as the cleanup takes place.

The next CAG meeting will be at 6 p.m., Monday, July 13, at First Baptist Church in Doyline.

For more information about the community meeting at Camp Minden, call Col. Pete Schneider at 504-278-8286.

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