Caddo may take stance on Camp Minden burn chamber

Caddo may take stance on Camp Minden burn chamber

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Caddo commissioners might decide to take an official position on the burn chamber at Camp Minden.

A resolution introduced during the commission's work session Monday would support the Webster Parish Police Jury's request to dismantle the burn chamber.

The burn chamber was brought in to destroy 15 million pounds of explosives at Camp Minden. That project is expected to be finished this month.

Conversations over a possible permanent disposal site have sparked controversy in Webster Parish.

Protesters have environmental concerns. The company in charge says the process is clean and would bring jobs.

Some Caddo commissioners have questions about the resolution, including whether their parish should get involved.

Caddo Commission President Steven Jackson says it never hurts to lend a voice to a neighboring parish.

He also cited the possible transportation of explosive materials through Caddo as one reason for the resolution.

"Those explosives are self-explosives. They can disintegrate, or you can have someone run into the truck that's carrying the ammunition and it can set off a major explosion, which could pollute our airways," Jackson said.

Caddo commissioners forwarded the resolution for more discussion Thursday.

Also on the commission's agenda Thursday is discussion about the Jimmie Davis Bridge.

Another resolution being introduced urges the Louisiana highway department to move faster on building a replacement span.

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