From a reader:
“HELP! We need everybody’s help to stop the planned open burn at Camp Minden.
The EPA has given the all clear to get rid of 15 million pounds of M6 propellant in an open air burn. This open air burn is not safe for our area and we want to stop it from happening.
Here is the facebook page that shows more information about the proposed burn and please take a moment to sign the petition.”
Face Book page with Petition
Face Book group: Concerned Citizens of the Camp Minden Explosives Open Burn
HASH TAG = #NoOpenBurn twitter
MINDEN, La. — Members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation are asking the Environmental Protection Agency for assurances that the open burn method for artillery propellant planned at Camp Minden is safe. . .
” . . . M6 is used as an explosive propellant for launching artillery shells.
A subsequent Louisiana State Police investigation led to the discovery of the millions of pounds propellant now stored in 98 bunkers scattered at Camp Minden. M6 is used as an explosive propellant for launching artillery shells.
The EPA in August ordered the Army, which sold the M6 to Explo for demilitarization, to get rid of the material, and an agreement was signed last fall with the Louisiana Military Department. . . “
Louisiana Progress blog –
” . . . Of chief concern in the proposed open-tray burn are the thermal stability and moderate volatility of these aromatic compounds. Both DNT and DBP have modest boiling points (around 300 °C) and both are quite stable to heat, in contrast to some readily combustible hydrocarbons (like those found in gasoline). This means that rather than being combusted in the flames during an open-tray burn, significant amounts of these materials may simply vaporize and become airborne. Once airborne, these chemicals and their partially-combusted toxic byproducts could endanger both human health and wildlife many miles away, not only in Doyline and Minden, but also in Ruston and even the Shreveport-Bossier and Monroe metropolitan areas. . . “
Shreveport Times – Citizens unite to fight M6 open burn
Jan. 19 – Minden Press Herald – LDEQ: EPA endangering M6 contract with Army on Camp Minden clean up
Via LEAN – EPA Agrees to Support the State in Selecting a “more protective remedy at Camp Minden”
After a long and seemingly unproductive meeting on Tuesday afternoon, yesterday, January 14, 2015, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Peggy Hatch and Major General Glenn Curtis of the Louisiana National Guard wrote a letter to U.S. EPA Region IV [sic?] Administrator Ron Curry expressing dissatisfaction with EPA’s decision to burn the M-6 propellant and their failure to effectively communicate with the public regarding the issue. Read the full LDEQ letter here.< it might be Region VI – FC