Camp Minden Cleaned Up

Army TimesAll unstable artillery propellant at Camp Minden burned

“MINDEN, La. — The Louisiana National Guard says a burn chamber used to dispose of thousands of tons of explosive material will not be used again at Camp Minden.

Friday the guard said the company responsible for burning the materials, Explosive Service International, is conducting cleanup activities, which will take approximately 30 days. . . ” (more)

Here’s our old archives on the problem.

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Explosion at Minden (NEW ONE)

The AdvocatePossible explosion reported at Camp Minden, State Police say; no injuries reported

MINDEN (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a hazardous materials unit is on the scene investigating a possible explosion in northwest Louisiana at the same site where a company was previously accused of abandoning 7,800 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant.

Lt. Jeff White says the Troop G office in Bossier City started receiving calls around 5 a.m. Thursday. . . (more)

Explosive Services International of Baton Rouge is working at Camp Minden on the burn operation to destroy millions of pounds of improperly stored M-6 propellant.


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Victory for Colfax Residents! + NEWS

Colfax open-burn request withdrawn; hearing canceled

LiveAmmo Faced with mounting public opposition, Clean Harbors Colfax has withdrawn smile2 its request to be allowed to quadruple its open burning of toxic waste [ and old ammo ]  in Grant Parish. . . .

http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/local/2016/02/15/colfax-open-burn-request-withdrawn-hearing-canceled/80419250/


NEWS

This is about Michigan — but of interest. It was sent in by Keith M.

Mystery black rain hits Michigan town: Tar-like substance falls from the sky and leaves residents bewildered as it covers cars, porches and driveways

  • The black, oily substance first appeared on at least six driveways in Harrison Township, Michigan, on Sunday
  • The mystery substance was seen on resident’s roofs, cars and porches
    Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials collected samples of the substance on Wednesday
  • Residents originally believed that the substance could have come from the nearby Selfridge Air National Guard Base
  • The airbase released a statement saying it was not coming from their area
    It could be at least a week before the city discovers what the substance is

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3452202/Mysterious-tar-like-oily-substance-falls-sky-covers-cars-porches-driveways-Michigan.html

MAP of location   – – let’s hope it isn’t related to Fukushima fallout! If it was we’re sure they’d cover it up.

Dark Matters a Lot (2013) – Where There’s a New Hole, The Wind Will Blow
“Below is a list I have started of notable sinkholes/seismic areas and low pressure systems that approached them.”

Google Hides Flood News + NEWS + Ammo Open Burn Plans

This is just plain BAD!

Shame on Google News for not putting Mississippi River news on the front page!

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NEWS

Corps of Engineers lowers flood-fight response level

Barge accidents rise on flood-swollen Mississippi River

Fourth Barge Incident on the Lower Mississippi

The Advocate Choppy water greets hydrologists taking Mississippi River measurements Friday, data used to determine spillway openings

Wildlife fleeing spillway flood in St. Charles Parish

ATCHAFALAYA BASIN PLAN (2009)

Mining Awareness – Runaway Barges Endanger Nuclear Power Stations-Essential Infrastructure: Life on the Mississippi <— TIP: local residents, remember if electricy goes out gas stations cannot sell gas and cash machines don’t work. Be prepared in advance!

Jan. 19 – 4.2M Frack-Quake in OK

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Colfax, Louisiana needs help!

Clean Harbors Colfax, LLC (a Massachusetts company) is conducting an Open Burn of 500,000 pounds a year near the central Louisiana town of Colfax with the approval of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

The company has made application to increase the amount of hazardous waste to 2 million pounds a year in 2016. Companies from all over the country are shipping their hazardous waste explosives to Louisiana to be burned, releasing toxic chemicals and particles into our air. Federal law prohibits the open burning of hazardous waste; an exception is made only for waste explosives IF there is no alternative disposal method, but multiple alternative disposal methods that are much safer now exist.  LiveAmmo

Oppose the open burning  cry of hazardous waste materials at the Clean Harbors Colfax, LLC facility located on Highway 471, Colfax, LA.

Voice your opposition to the open burning/open detonation of explosives, propellants, warheads, airbags, expired fireworks and other materials that are releasing toxic chemicals into our air, water, and soil Please open web site and sign this petition:

http://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DVkrhUVOfOgWJ2CAsd0mbyiJ1V19yUV8Sz32PPtwcW0/viewform

Registration for the public comments begins at 4pm on February 23 at the Civic Center in Colfax LA. All who wish to speak must register on site. Public comments begin at 6pm and will be conducted by DEQ. Everything is recorded. If you want to send anything back to DEQ in Baton Rouge you may hand that in.

The civic center is located at 1290 Main Street in Colfax.

 

New York TimesInequality in the Air We Breathe?

For years, one of the largest employers in that area was the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, about four miles from Minden. The Environmental Protection Agency eventually listed the plant as a Superfund site because for more than 40 years “untreated explosives-laden wastewater from industrial operations was   ourlivescollected in concrete sumps at each of the various load line areas,” and emptied into “16 one-acre pink water lagoons.” It was determined that the toxic contamination in soil and sediments from the lagoons was a “major contributor” to toxic groundwater contamination.

. . . . Fifteen years ago, Robert D. Bullard published Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality. In it, he pointed out that nearly 60 percent of the nation’s hazardous-waste landfill capacity was in “five Southern states (i.e., Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas),” and that “four landfills in minority ZIP codes areas represented 63 percent of the South’s total hazardous-waste capacity” although “blacks make up only about 20 percent of the South’s total population.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/opinion/charles-blow-inequality-in-the-air-we-breathe.html

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Scary, Scary Methane

Here is a scary video about methane as the sinkhole does its own scary, scary thing.

LINK –  http://youtu.be/QAweFTEyd2c

LINK –  http://youtu.be/5IevqUUWD4o

And … also affecting the atmosphere and everything else in a not nice way at all is Fukushima. Speaking of disasters . . . Gov. Piyush  Jindal is competing with B.P. to be the biggest disaster in the state.
Meanwhile, at Camp Minden [in N.W. Louisiana] – Explo Systems Inc. owners ask state judge to toss charges“Attorney Lyn Lawrence Jr. of Bossier City represents Smith. He said Monday that Louisiana law does not classify the M6 artillery propellant as an explosive.” – that’s why they named the company “EXPLO systems” 🙂


Yellowstone Updated

FUBAR’s Last Stand Thursday

Looks like all the chips have cashed in at Lake FUBAR –

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Julie Dermansky Photos of ruined Bayou Corne:  Ghost Town Left in the Wake of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole in Louisiana

We have to ask: Why aren’t they using infrared mapping at Lake FUBAR to show what is going on with the cap rock and collapsing caverns?  News item: Researchers discover second lost city of Monkey God in Jungle of Honduras

Scientists from the US, the UK, and Honduras using infrared mapping believe they might have discovered a second fabled lost city in the Jungles of Honduras where Monkeys were worshiped as gods.

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Meanwhile – on the Minden ammo dump beatMother Jones magazine picked up the story  smile2

LiveAmmo  The Town From “True Blood” Is Filled With Toxic Explosives the EPA Fears Will Blow Up

            Shreveport TimesM6 committee prepares to narrow disposal alternatives

Lt. General Russel Honoré Keynote 2015 Tulane Environmental Law Summit

LINK –  http://youtu.be/taXaWOcpfZI

Global ResearchShock: Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades

“Unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production.”

“. . . . Alleged fracking links to the contamination of the public water supply and critical aquifers, as well as ties to earthquake upticks near drilling locations that are otherwise not prone to seismic activity have created uproar in the years since the 2005 Cheney loophole,” which allowed the industry to circumvent the Safe Drinking Water Act by exempting fracking fluids, thus fast tracking shale fracking as a source of cheap natural gas.”

Plan to BURN 15 million lbs. of M6 propellant at Camp Minden

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

No Open Burn Petition

P E T I T I O N

Concern grows over method to dispose of M6 propellant at Camp Minden cry

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.    LiveAmmo

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 –

Open Burn at Camp Minden Could Have Negative Consequences Lasting Generations

” . . . 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 TimesCitizens unite to fight M6 open burn

UPDATES

Louisiana VoiceTaking a chance on Chance: or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the proposed M6 open burn at Camp Minden

Jan. 19 – Minden Press HeraldLDEQ: EPA endangering M6 contract smile2 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

2012 archive page on explosion at Minden