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Concern grows over method to dispose of M6 propellant

1 year 10 months 3 weeks ago January 09, 2015 Jan 9, 2015 Friday, January 09 2015 January 09, 2015 8:44 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

MINDEN - 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.

Republican Rep. John Fleming said he and Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham and GOP Sen. David Vitter sent separate letters to the EPA asking for information about the burn method.

Officials say 15 million pounds of M6 propellant is stored at Minden.

The M6 was abandoned on site by Explo Systems Inc. after it went bankrupt in 2013. An explosion in October 2012 in one of Explo's leased bunkers rattled homes, shattered windows 4 miles away in Minden and created a 7,000-foot mushroom cloud.

M6 is used as an explosive propellant for launching artillery shells.

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