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AP: Bid discrepancies preceded La. town evacuation

3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago February 19, 2013 Feb 19, 2013 Tuesday, February 19 2013 February 19, 2013 6:31 AM in News

The explosives recycling company blamed for the December evacuation of a Louisiana town misstated its storage capacity in seeking an Army contract in 2010.

Less than three years later, the north Louisiana town of Doyline was evacuated when authorities said they found millions of pounds of improperly stored military propellant at Explo Systems Inc.

In the January 2010 proposal, Explo said it had more than 70 million pounds of storage capacity between sites in Louisiana and Kentucky.

The Associated Press obtained the plan through a records request.

Running out of bunker storage at Camp Minden in Louisiana may not have been a problem if Explo could have shipped excess material to the Kentucky facility.

But Kentucky authorities say the company didn't have permits to store explosives in Kentucky.

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