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State of Louisiana to determine who will pay for clean-up efforts at Camp Minden

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KTBS) -

The House Homeland Security Committee met in Baton Rouge with leaders of the state National Guard and State Police but the question of who will pay for the clean up of more than 10 million pounds of explosive material is still up in the air.

Two companies tell the Environmental Protection Agency they would like to come get their share of the explosive material which is about 3 million pounds. That leaves about 16 million left and that was brought in by the U. S. Army but they have not responded.

"The Louisiana National Guard and the state have sent three or four letters to the Department of Defense or the Department of the Army asking for assistance with funding or otherwise with no good results" says General Glenn Curtis of the Louisiana National Guard.

General Curtis says his most recent letter dated on October 29, 2013 has still gone unanswered. The state National Guard currently stores the material properly and safely on Camp Minden.

"We're losing money everyday we've got these storage containers filled with product no one is paying for" says General Curtis.

The cost of removing or disposing of the explosive material is currently estimated to be between $21 and $22 million dollars; money Rep. Jeff Thompson of Bossier is adamant will not come from the State of Louisiana because it is the federal government's problem.

The EPA would like to start the clean-up process on January 1, 2014 and expects it to take about a year and a half through the summer of 2015. The National Guard is in constant contact with our state's congressional leaders to try and make some head way in Washington on a state level. Leaders with the State Police and the Louisiana National Guard are working with state reps to create legislation that will give them the authority to have more oversight of explosive material in our state.

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