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Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 8:35am

Ga. Grenade Manufacturer Scolded

Updated: 5 years ago.
The EPA is asking Pyrotechnic Specialties to take what they are calling, "expedited measures to ensure public health." (photo courtesy USDA Forest Service)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a Middle Georgia grenade maker to clean up their property.

The EPA is asking Byron-based Pyrotechnic Specialties (PSI) to take what they are calling, "expedited measures to ensure public health."

The company makes explosive grenades for police and the military.

Back in April EPA officials inspected the site. During their visit the found hundreds of barrels of dangerous chemicals being stored in leaking and corroded containers. The EPA says the materials pose an imminent threat to people and the environment.

More than 150 employees work at PSI.

Officials say the company must inventory and legally dispose of the hazardous waste. Back in 1998 the Georgia Environmental Protection Division tested groundwater at the facility and told the company to stop burning and storing waste.

Company officials told Macon's 13-WMAZ television station the EPA is overstating the problem.

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