WHAT ARE METH LAB CLEANUP STANDARDS ?

THE METHAMPHETAMINE "MARKER"

Regulated states require sampling for meth residue as an indicator of contamination.  Meth is a "marker" for all other chemicals; i.e. you test for meth residue instead of testing for other production chemicals (which is extremely costly). Standards for decontamination (visit our corporate website for a detailed listing of regulations) are set on meth residue test levels and are based on the premise that removal of meth residue during decontamination will provide adequate management of other harmful contaminants. 


Below is a listing of helpful definitions related to clandestine drug laboratories:

“Contaminant” means a chemical residue resulting from the manufacturing, storage, processing or use of methamphetamine.

“Illegal drug laboratory (clandestine drug laboratory)” means the areas where controlled substances have been manufactured, processed, cooked, disposed of, used, or stored and all proximate areas that are likely to be contaminated as a result of the manufacturing, processing, cooking, disposal, use, or storage.

"Professional industrial hygienist" is a person possessing either a baccalaureate degree in engineering, chemistry, or physics or a baccalaureate degree in a closely related biological or physical science from an accredited college or university, who also has a minimum of three years of industrial hygiene experience 

“Assessment” is an evaluation of a property to determine the current condition, including the nature and extent of observable or detectable contamination, chemical storage, and disposal.  

"Contaminated property" means real property (home, apartment, motel/hotel, condominium), vehicle, mobile home or  watercraft that has been identified by a law enforcement agency as having been used for the illegal manufacture of a controlled substance or has been proven by assessment to be contaminated.

“Sampling” means the process of collecting measurements of a subset of a population to estimate the characteristics of the whole population.

“Screening level sampling” means an assessment of a property for the purpose of determining whether it is a methamphetamine-affected property.  

"Discrete Sample”  is one sample collected from a single, defined area or media at a given time and location.

“Composite sample” means a sample comprised of multiple samples collected from separate locations. 

"Validated" proven that something is based on truth or fact, or is acceptable. 

“Confirmation sampling” means collecting samples during a preliminary assessment or upon completion of decontamination activities to confirm that contamination is below the decontamination standards outlined by state regulation.

“Decontamination (remediation)” means the process of reducing the level of contamination at meth production or use properties to the standards specified by state regulations.

"Certification" or "certify" means the act of stating the facts about the inspection of a contaminated property stating in writing that the facts are true and accurate. 



Regulated states require sampling for meth residue as an indicator of contamination.

Regulated states require sampling for meth residue as an indicator of contamination.

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Standards of Regulated States (not all are regulated) - Some cities and counties have requirements

Below is a listing of regulated states and their legal standard.  For a detailed listing of regulations, visit our corporate website.

  • Alaska - 0.10/100cm2
  • Arkansas - 0.05/100cm2
  • Arizona - 1.50/100cm2
  • California - 1.50/100cm2
  • Colorado - 0.50/100cm2 (in general)
  • Hawaii - 0.10/100cm2
  • Idaho - 0.10/100cm2
  • Indiana - 0.50/100cm2
  • Kentucky - 0.10/100cm2
  • Michigan - 0.50/100cm2
  • Minnesota - Lab Site - 0.10/100cm2
  • Minnesota - Use Site - 1.50/100cm2
  • Montana - 0.10/100cm2
  • Nebraska - 0.10/100cm2
  • New Mexico - 1.5/100cm2
  • North Carolina - 0.10/100cm2
  • Oklahoma - 0.10/100cm2
  • Oregon - 0.50/1ft2
  • South Dakota - 0.10/100cm2
  • Tennessee - 0.10/100cm2
  • Utah - 1.00/100cm2
  • Washington - 1.50/100cm2
  • West Virginia - 0.10/100cm2
  • Wyoming -0.75/100cm2

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Look-Up Your State Clandestine Drug Lab Regulatory Status

The DEA posts  a  National Clandestine Drug Laboratory Registry.  It contains addresses of some locations where law enforcement agencies reported they found chemicals or other items that indicated the presence of either clandestine drug laboratories or dumpsites. In most cases, the source of the entries is not the Department, and the Department has not verified the entry and does not guarantee its accuracy. Members of the public must verify the accuracy of all entries by, for example, contacting local law enforcement and local health departments.   PLEASE NOTE:  this listing is not considered representative of all illegal drug manufacturing properties .  75% of all testing and decontamination calls to Meth Lab Cleanup Company are regarding properties that are not on ANY federal, state or local listing.  Statistics indicate that only 1 in 10 labs are discovered; in some states, only 1 in 30. 

Look-Up Your State's Disclosure Requirements

Many states have real estate disclosure laws.  For example: any seller, seller’s agent and buyer’s agent must disclose certain facts concerning property in any sale, lease or rental of real property, the fact that the property is or has been:  (a) The site of a homicide, suicide or death by any other cause, except a death that results from a condition of the property;  (b) The site of any crime punishable as a felony other than a crime that involves the manufacturing of any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of methamphetamine; or  (c) Occupied by a person exposed to the human immunodeficiency virus or suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome or any other disease that is not known to be transmitted through occupancy of the property, 

Look-Up Your State Landlord Tenant Laws

Landlord tenant laws require that landlords maintain a property that is free from hazards.  Landlords must also comply with the health and safety codes of the city or county in which the property is located.  if methamphetamine or meth production chemicals are suspected and/or identified, the property owner must assume responsibility for testing decontamination.  Illegal drug operations on rental properties can cause a loos or rent, civil penalties, damaged property, decline in property values, dangerous, threatening tenants and resentful and angry neighbors.  OVER HALF OF RESIDENTIAL DRUG LABS ARE FOUND ON RENTAL PROEPRTY!

Look-Up Your State Health Department Environmental Division

 NACCHO has created a tool to help you search for local health departments in your area. Find contact information for local health departments using this map.  Most clandestine drug lab oversight programs are found within the Health Department's Environmental Division.

Find Your State & Local Drug Task Force

View state and local law enforcement agencies.   High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas are identified here.

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