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Alternatives suggested to burning propellant at Camp Minden

3 years 8 months 4 weeks ago Friday, January 23 2015 Jan 23, 2015 January 23, 2015 6:05 AM January 23, 2015 in News

NEW ORLEANS  - Opponents of a plan to burn 7,500 tons of M6 artillery propellant at Camp Minden say several much safer alternatives should have been considered.

Craig Williams of the Chemical Weapons Working Group says three are federally certified as safe ways to get rid of explosives. He was among speakers in a teleconference Thursday organized by the nonprofit group Louisiana Progress, which set up links to information about alternatives on one of its websites.

Asked about the list, Environmental Protection Agency spokesman David Gray emailed that the agency is "pleased to learn that people are making the best of" a 90-day extension of its order to dispose of the propellant.

State Rep. Gene Reynolds says he's tentatively scheduled a meeting Friday with explosives experts at the Pentagon.

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