- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

CAMP MINDEN, La. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says it has formally approved the system to burn 7,800 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant at Camp Minden, Louisiana.

The regional office in Dallas said Monday that test burns in May showed that the system can safely get rid of the M6 propellant, destroying 99.99 percent of the pollutants that area residents worried about.

EPA’s approval means Explosive Service International of Baton Rouge can begin full-scale destruction of the M6, which becomes more and more unstable with age, and clean-burning igniter.

Officials say the $32 million project should take a year once the contractor begins burning 800 pounds at a time, 24 hours a day.

The materials were abandoned at Camp Minden by Explo Systems Inc. when it went bankrupt in 2013.

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