All Residents of Louisiana, especially North East Louisiana should be aware that a toxic burn of M6 munitions propellant is planned by the EPA at Camp Minden. The ground water has already been contaminated manufacturing this stuff and now it seems they are going for a twofer by releasing these toxins into the air through an “open burn”. Some of the chemicals released by this form of disposal are known to cause cancer and endocrine disturbances effecting child development. This is the largest burn of this type ever attempted in the US, over 16 million pounds of the stuff.
If you’d like to get involved you can go to the website set up to organize opposition at: Stop the Burn
Here you can find phone numbers to call, petitions to sign and more information about the background and dangers of this “open burn”.
Or if you prefer Facebook you can go here: Stop the Burn Facebook Page
Here is a recent letter from the Louisiana National Guard about the situation and a remedy they are pursuing: Stop the Burn Louisiana National Guard Letter
Here is a an article about recent developments describing how the Region 6 EPA out of Dallas came to the table with Dialogue Committee on the Camp Minden Crisis, LDEQ, and Louisiana National Guard on Feb 12th: Discussion Begins to Safely Remove Chemicals. The Army was a no-show.
There is a meeting on this issue at the Minden Civic Center Monday February 23rd at 7PM.
Here are a few phone numbers if you would like to start calling RIGHT NOW:
Environmental Protection Agency, (202) 272-0167
Sen. Vitter, (202) 224-4623 OR (318) 861-0437
Sen. Cassidy, (202) 224-5824
Rep. Fleming, (202) 225-2777 OR (318) 778-2254
Rep. Abraham, (202) 225-8490
Pres. Obama, (202)456-1111
Gov. Jindal, (225) 342-7015
You can look up contact info for your representative in the Louisiana State Legislature here:
Louisiana State Senator
Louisiana State Representative