Welcoming a new life into this world is not only a momentous occasion, it’s a miracle. Unfortunately, not all pregnancies or births make it to full term, which can substantially increase a baby’s chances for birth defects and life-long health issues. In Louisiana, the statistics are alarming.
According to the March of Dimes’ website, www.marchofdimes.com, in an average week 1,255 babies are born in Louisiana. Out of those, 194 of are born premature, 136 of them are born with low birth weights and 12 die before reaching their first birthday.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to burn 15 million pounds of M6 propellant stored at Camp Minden in Webster Parish has rightly receiving attention from Lincoln Parish residents.
Camp Minden, about 40 miles west of here, is the former Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, and has faced environmental hazards since 1989, scientists and elected officials familiar with the region say. But the proposed open tray burn may be the most sweeping issue yet.