Friday, 30 January 2015 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
  • An Explosive Crisis: Government Bickering Clouds Cleanup Effort at Camp Minden

    By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

    It's been two years since investigators discovered 15 million pounds of M-6 artillery propellent illegally and haphazardly stored at Camp Minden. (Photo: Concerned Citizens of the Camp Minden Explosives Open Burn)It's been two years since investigators discovered 15 million pounds of M-6 artillery propellent illegally and haphazardly stored at Camp Minden. (Photo: Concerned Citizens of the Camp Minden Explosives Open Burn)More than two years have passed since investigators found 15 million pounds of hazardous and potentially explosive artillery munitions waste known as M-6 at the Camp Minden military facility in northwest Louisiana, but the government's plan for cleaning up the mess is once again unclear as federal regulators haggle with an angry public and the Jindal administration.

    On January 15, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that Louisiana state officials would have an extra 90 days to choose a contractor and a disposal method for cleaning up M-6 propellant, 15 million pounds of which was illegally stashed at Camp Minden by a private US Army contractor and discovered after a massive explosion rocked the area two years ago. The extension would give authorities time to consider alternatives to the original plan - burning the waste in open trays at the site.

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  • Shedding Light on Three Big Lies About Systemic Pesticides and Bees

    Shedding Light on Three Big Lies About Systemic Pesticides and Bees

    By Maryam Henein, Truthout | News Analysis

    An increasing amount of blatant misinformation is being planted in the media about honeybees and the systemic pesticides that are killing them. Unlike typical pesticides, which are applied topically, systemic pesticides are entrenched in the soil or embedded in the seed so that the poisons are taken up by the plant and transported to all its tissues, including roots, stems, leaves, pollen and nectar.

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  • Progressives Have Hope; Just Don't Ask Jonathan Chait About It

    Progressives Have Hope; Just Don't Ask Jonathan Chait About It

    By Lisa Factora-Borchers, Truthout | Op-Ed

    It'd be easy to dismiss Chait's oddly outdated, half-thunk think piece, which conveniently blames women of color for complicating the social liberal landscape with their demand to be treated as equal stakeholders. But to overlook Chait's self-appointed superiority complex as the work of one anachronistic guy would be to ignore the growing litany of complaints emerging from straight White men.

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