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Rep. Thompson to meet with Sen. Landrieu over Camp Minden cleanup

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BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -  A Louisiana representative was in the nation's capital Wednesday to drum up support for funds to clean up a "huge mess" in Webster Parish.

Many might recall the millions of pounds of "M-6" propellant found improperly stored at Camp Minden back in 2012. That discovery lead to a criminal investigation and several arrests.

A couple of weeks ago, the Bossier Parish Police Jury asked U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu to step in and push for funding to clean up Camp Minden.

If Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-La., from Bossier City has anything to do with it, the money would come from the Department of Defense, or more specifically, the U.S. Army. 

"This is a taxpayer issue, a Louisiana issue," said Thompson during a phone interview while en route to the airport. 

According to Thompson, who has sought to secure funding and strengthen law enforcement's ability to inspect sites like Camp Minden, the mess there will be looked at by legislators in D.C. now, and that includes Landrieu.

Thompson will meet with Landrieu, the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense Thursday.

The propellant still sits on the grounds of Camp Minden, becoming more and more unstable with each day.

Cleanup is expected to cost about $23 million.

The company Explo is now bankrupt and facing a criminal trial, and Thompson wants legislators inside the beltway to know that it's now the Army's responsibility. 

"And quite frankly, politically when you have a U.S. state senator who is the same party as the president, she has the ability to get things done on this matter, and I'm putting politics aside. I want to see Louisiana win in this situation," Thompson said. 

The meeting is scheduled to take place Thursday at 9 a.m. 

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