Camp Minden M6 controversy draws national experts opposed to open burn during nationwide conference call 1-22-15

A group of national experts discussed advanced treatment technologies available to replace the proposed open burn/open detonation at Camp Minden, Louisiana of some 16 million pounds of M6 propellant waste, stored at that Army facility.

Note: Here attached is the audio podcast of that conference call, from “Talk of the Town” radio host, Tom Pace.

During that hour-long conference call Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, Craig Williams, Executive Director of the Chemical Weapons Working Group in Berea, Kentucky has said “Advanced treatment technologies already exist that can destroy the hazardous waste at Camp Minden, and these technologies have already been permitted by the EPA and the Army.”

Mr. Williams was on the press call and talked about these advanced treatment technologies, how they work, and who has already permitted them for use destroying our nation’s hazardous waste and weapons stockpile.

National experts also gave phone briefings on advanced treatment technologies available for the destruction of explosive hazardous waste at Camp Minden.

The proposed open burn of 16 million pounds of hazardous waste in Louisiana has brought the environmental issue of the open burning of hazardous waste by the Department of Defense into stark contrast with our nation’s clean air laws.

While the Clean Air Act and our nation’s hazardous waste laws prohibit the open burning of most everything: trash, animal carcasses, manure, tires, medical waste, nuclear waste, and hazardous waste, an exemption from these laws by EPA allows the Department of Defense to burn waste explosives indiscriminately.

However, due to intense pressure from affected communities over the last decade, the Department of Defense and EPA have piloted, studied, and permitted a number of new advanced treatment technologies.

These technologies can destroy waste explosives, munitions, and chemical weapons without the environmental hazards of open burning/open detonation.

“The material the Army, the EPA, and state want to open burn at Camp Minden is extremely toxic and even the smallest of releases into the environment are dangerous to human health and the environment”, states Dr. Brian Salvatore, a chemistry professor at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana who has carefully studied the toxicity of chemicals to be burned.

“The rules which originally allowed these types of waste explosives to be exempt from our nation’s hazardous waste laws no longer apply, now that the EPA and the Army has permitted these advanced treatment technologies.” says Jane Williams, Executive Director of California Communities Against Toxics.

“I feel confident that the federal and state agencies involved in the Camp Minden cleanup will welcome this information that advanced treatment technologies are available, permitted, and already in use, “said Gene Reynolds, a locally elected representative to the Louisiana state legislature.

“The residents surrounding Camp Minden can enjoy the benefits of having the best advanced treatment technologies available, immediately deployed to quickly and safely destroy these unstable, explosive wastes without destroying their environment, their health, and their economy.

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