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Military sending out requests for information for M6 removal bids

by Minden Press-Herald

An email sent out Friday to dialogue committee members by Col. Ron Stuckey saying the Louisiana Military Department is sending out “requests for information” to the four companies who submitted bids for the removal of millions of pounds of M6 propellant.

“This decision was made due to the rapidly deteriorating condition of the material and EPA’s expressed willingness to change the disposal remedy,” he writes. “His intent is to do this concurrently with the Dialogue Committee’s efforts to evaluate the various other methods of disposal.”

On Monday, Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, adjutant general, announced in a senate committee hearing Gov. Bobby Jindal, through an executive order, gave him the go ahead to seek proposals or quotes for the cleanup of the M6 propellant that was improperly stored by the now defunct Explo Systems, Inc.

Stuckey was met with backlash Thursday when, during the dialogue committee’s first session, he suggested putting the open tray burn method of disposal back on the table. Several of the committee members said open burn was not an option.

The dialogue committee is expected to continue to meet through conference calls next week to begin the task of narrowing down a safe, alternative method to the open tray burn.

A rally will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, at the Minden Civic Center. Gen. Russell Honore, with Green Army, will be the featured speaker.

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