- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MINDEN, La. (AP) - An Environmental Protection Agency official says he will be able to tell Minden-area residents about results of a test burn of artillery propellant.

The EPA is holding its second meeting with area residents Tuesday night at the Minden Civic Center.

The Press-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1swdYvh) the EPA conducted a private test burn of 1,200 pounds of the more than 15 million pounds of illegally-stored propellant left by Explo Systems, Inc. at Camp Minden. EPA spokesman Joe Hubbard said the Dec. 3 test was done to understand the physical and chemical properties and determine air monitor requirements before any large scale burn.

“Now that the RFP has gone out, the Louisiana Military Department can actually answer questions about that,” said Paige Delgado, federal on-scene coordinator for Region 6 of the EPA. “We want to be able to further answer questions from the community about the (burn) process.”

Delgado said EPA has gathered additional materials on the open burn process.

“We know more about effects and protecting the public from the air, water or soil from any type of exposure,” she said. “We touched on a lot of those things at the last public meeting, but we would like to be able to further answer those questions in a little more detail.”

The first meeting with residents, elected leaders and officials from EPA, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana State Police and Louisiana National Guard centered more around incinerator versus open burn for disposal of the explosive material.

Rep. Gene Reynolds, D-Minden, said he was unhappy no public officials were consulted prior to the test burn.

“We were not informed by EPA or DEQ but by a resident of Doyline that noticed the activity,” Reynolds said. “I did point out to (Delgado) that people around this part of the country do not trust the EPA so having complete transparency and complete communication during this process is essential for a smooth completion of the project.”

Delgado said results of the test burn will be discussed Tuesday.

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Information from: Minden Press-Herald, https://www.press-herald.com/


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