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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Elected Officials Demanding Answers from EPA on Chemical Burn at Camp Minden

January 13, 2015
In The News

CAMP MINDEN, La. -- Local congressmen and senators are demanding answers from the Environmental Protection Agency.

It's over concerns of a possible open air burn of a military chemical at Camp Minden, called M6. They're worried and wondering, if it could hurt Louisiana residents beyond Webster Parish.

Congressman Ralph Abraham says as a doctor, it's hard for him to feel comfortable with the EPA's idea to burn the chemical.

"It's amazing the EPA didn't bother to collect data on the first test burn, so now we're in a position where a very small, second test burn is necessary to see where we stand in terms of safety. As a doctor, I never make important decisions about health before I have the data. I may be the new guy on the Hill, but rest assured I will hold the EPA accountable to the people. Sen. Vitter, Sen. Cassidy, Rep. Fleming and I will not allow the EPA to proceed with a full burn if the tests do, in fact, show that it would put the people at risk," Dr. Abraham said.

Click here for the full interview.