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Bossier leaders ask Sen. Landrieu to intervene in Camp Minden cleanup

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Authorities have said Explo improperly stored tons of a military propellant at Cap Minden, causing evacuation of the town of Doyline in October 2013. (Source: Louisiana State Police) Authorities have said Explo improperly stored tons of a military propellant at Cap Minden, causing evacuation of the town of Doyline in October 2013. (Source: Louisiana State Police)
CAMP MINDEN, LA (KSLA) -

The Bossier Parish Police Jury is asking Sen. Mary Landrieu to help secure federal funding for the cleanup of millions of pounds of potentially explosive material at Camp Minden.

Louisiana State authorities deemed the "M-6" propellant improperly stored back in 2012, which resulted in a criminal investigation and several arrests.

Since then, the material has been properly secured, but it has not been disposed of. That process is expected to cost millions of dollars.

Police jurors have voted to draft a letter to send to U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in an attempt to request more congressional muscle to get about $30 million from the Department of Defense.

There is a growing sentiment that the M6 propellant once belonging to the now bankrupt Explo is the DOD's mess now, so the DOD should step up and pay for the cleanup. However, it appears a big fight between the Environmental Protection Agency and the DOD is brewing.

Police jury members tell Senator Mary Landrieu in the letter, "With the EPA's finding that responsibility for the cleanup lies with the Department of Defense, we are requesting that you intervene with the DOD and secure the needed funds to complete the project."

The letter also reminds the Senator that time is not on their side, and that the longer they wait, the more unstable the M6 becomes, saying, in part, "...in it's current form the M6 propellant is a ticking time bomb."

We called Senator Landrieu's office, and were told that she has already been fighting to keep the Army at the table and she's already scheduled a meeting with Bossier Parish leaders, and the Louisiana National Guard to discuss the cleanup, and the funding.

Senator Landrieu writes in the email sent to KSLA News 12 ""I will not rest until the people in Minden are safe and the propellant is clean up and disposed of properly and quickly. I look forward to discussing more solutions with the region's leaders in two weeks."

Landrieu's meeting is set for July 17th.

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