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Bossier Parish to lend support in effort to clean up explosives at Camp Minden

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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTBS) -

Millions of pounds of improperly stored explosives still sit at Camp Minden in Webster Parish waiting to be removed.

Now, the Bossier Parish Police Jury is lending its support to the effort of getting the clean-up complete, at the request of the Minden Chamber of Commerce and the Webster Parish Police Jury.

But it's an expensive endeavor.

Bossier Parish Attorney Patrick Jackson says an EPA certificate is required to burn it. He adds that companies licensed to incinerate charge about $7/pound, and with roughly 15 million pounds left at Camp Minden, no one governmental entity can foot the bill alone.

"The efforts at Camp Minden are ongoing. The EPA is involved and they're holding those accountable who can be held accountable. And clean-up efforts are underway but there's still millions of pounds left of M6 propellant that need to be cleaned up," says Jackson.

The jury is communicating with Senator Mary Landrieu, as she works to secure funding through the Department of Defense.

"Camp Minden is a vital resource to North Louisiana. Our federal leaders and our local leaders recognize it. If Camp Minden is not cleaned up, it's going to stifle our economic growth," Jackson says.

Landrieu will be meeting with Army and local officials in Washington D.C. in July to further discuss what's next for Camp Minden.

The millions of pounds of M6 propellant was discovered in October 2012, after an explosion rocked Northwest Louisiana and sent shock waves as far away as East Texas and Arkansas.

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