Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 07:52:32 -0400
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Subject: EPA Releases Meth Lab Cleanup Guide
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EPA Releases Meth Lab Cleanup Guide

Federal health experts in mid-October announced the first national prototype on how to detoxify methamphetamine labs. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invested $1.75 million over 24 months to write the guide, which details ways to cleanse everything from carpets to pipes to clothes in structures that formerly functioned as meth labs. 

Thirty states currently do not require buildings housing former meth labs be cleaned up before new residents take over. Kathy Marshall, an Illinois Department of Public Health environmental toxicologist, was one of many health experts selected by the EPA to provide input for the new federal blueprint. 

"We would not recommend people try to do these cleanups on their own because of the risk of exposures to hazardous chemicals," Marshall stated. 

Nearly 67 percent of meth labs are in residential settings, notes the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Here is the link: th_lab_guidelines.pdf

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