Clean up at Camp Minden to be paid for by U.S. Army

Clean up at Camp Minden to be paid for by U.S. Army

CAMP MINDEN, LA (KSLA) - Paid in full -the cost associated with all the M-6 propellant discovered on the grounds of Camp Minden in late 2012 is no longer an issue. That's according to. U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's office. Landrieu announced Tuesday afternoon that the cost of the disposal will be picked up by the U.S. Army.

According to Landrieu an agreement has been signed that would place the financial responsibility directly on the U.S. Army. The price is expected to be millions of dollars.

Landrieu, U.S. Senator David Vitter, U.S. Representative John Fleming, and State Representative Jeff Thompson have been pushing for the Army to take responsibility for the mess for months. The Company Explo was accused of improperly storing the millions of pounds of propellant, which caused an evacuation of Doyline. A criminal case is pending.

"This propellant has been a threat to the people living near- by and a threat to the long term economic viability of Camp Minden.  I am glad that after I brought the Army to the table, it agreed to clean up the propellant," said Landrieu in an emailed release.

Clean up is expected to begin the first part of 2015.

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