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EPA: US Army Contributed to Illegal Explosives Storage at Camp Minden, Must Clean It Up

aerial photo of improperly stored explosives at Camp Minden
photo by Louisiana State Police shortly after initial discovery of explosives

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an order to the US Army to address 15 million pounds of abandoned explosives and propellant stored on the grounds of Camp Minden.  

The EPA’s order finds that the Army contributed to the illegal storage and handling of the waste explosives, thereby creating an imminent and substantial danger to public health and the environment.

After receiving the order, the Army must submit a plan for disposing of the material to the EPA. That plan must include extensive safety measures for disposal workers and the surrounding area.

The order also requires the Army to plan for the health and safety of the local community during and after the cleanup.

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