Fight over where to place explosives storage facility continues - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Fight over where to place explosives storage facility continues

A Louisville councilman's fight to keep an explosives storage facility out of his district isn't calming down.  The city says viable alternatives are few and far between.

Councilman Doug Hawkins said in July, there were at least 100 safe locations in Metro Louisville to place the explosives storage facility.  The director of Public Works for the city has checked out those locations, and he told the Public Safety Committee of the Metro Council.

"We have not found a property that meets all of the requirements," said Ted Pullen, with Public Works.

The site near the Cardinal Hill Reservoir is the one the city want's.  It's in Hawkin's district, but he and the people he represents say it's a danger and it's too close to the city's water supply.  The Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms had plans to use the facility as well.

"You look across the country at these bomb storage facilities where they are highly visible and you find that they have been robbed and things have gone seriously wrong," said Hawkins.

Hawkins says the ATF moved because there would be too much exposure to the public.  The alternate sites were all but disqualified for things like road access, utilities, restrictions like being on the national register or were in areas that are prone to flooding.

"For them to come back and say the Louisville underground, the Jefferson County Forest, the Outer Loop landfill and Otter Creek Park are not acceptable but inside a residential neighborhood and on top of the city's main water supply is crazy," said Hawkins.

There was also a vote on an ordinance that if passed by the council, would take away money to build the storage unit that failed in the committee.  The full council will vote next week.

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