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Explo legislation to be considered in Baton Rouge

Rep. Jeff Thompson Rep. Jeff Thompson

An Ark-La-Tex legislator is gearing up to take his fight for taxpayer dollars spent on the Explo clean-up to Baton Rouge.

You might recall Louisiana state authorities deemed millions of pounds of M-6 propellant were improperly stored on the grounds of Camp Minden back in 2012.

That discovery lead to the evacuation of Doyline, a criminal investigation, several arrests, and now the company is bankrupt.

The material has been properly secured, but it has not been disposed of. That's another cost that Representative Jeff Thompson from Bossier wants to make sure the federal government takes care of.

"To come down here and spend the $20 to $30 million dollars to get rid of the 14 to 15 million pounds of explosives... I don't have a use for that," said Thompson.

Thompson says he wants to make sure the feds pay for the disposal, so the taxpayer won't, and he's filed some legislation to ensure that happens. That legislation will be introduced to the House as an amendment to the budget.

Thompson has also introduced legislation to strengthen the state rules for handling explosives. That bill will be introduced to a committee next Wednesday.

It's estimated cost of disposal sits at about $20 to $30 million dollars.

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