Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Senator slams EPA over Camp Minden cleanup delay

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) | Contributed photo
in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) criticized the agency for its last-minute delay in approving the plan to clean up nearly 15 million pounds of abandoned M6 propellant at Camp Minden in Louisiana.

State police discovered that the explosive material was improperly stored by defense contractor Explo Systems in 2012. Since then, Vitter has championed efforts to get the cleanup underway, pushing the Department of Defense and the EPA to act, through routine follow-ups such as this letter, as well as legislative efforts.

A final agreement for the cleanup was provided to the EPA, but the agency has not approved it, citing a lack of accounting for its oversight costs. Vitter took issue with this reason.

"The EPA needs to do its job and get this cleanup process going,” Vitter said. “Claiming to now have additional oversight costs is unacceptable – and the health and safety of the nearby residents can absolutely not be jeopardized by an EPA money grab.”

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