State Clan Lab Decontamination Laws
Twenty-five states have enacted clandestine drug lab assessment or clandestine drug lab decontamination laws, or both. Those states include: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Arkansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, and New Hampshire. Several states have guidelines in place. For more information, visit Meth Lab Cleanup Company's companion website. Many cities and counties in regulated and non-regulated states have also enacted clandestine drug lab decontamination ordinances.
State Clandestine Drug Lab Disclosure Laws
Many state laws across the county require that landlords, hotel owners and car and home sellers to disclose meth contamination to prospective buyers and renters. Only twenty-eight states compel home sellers or real estate agents to tell buyers of previous meth contamination. Just seventeen states mandate landlords tell tenants, and only fourteen states make hotels disclose contamination. In forty-two states car sellers do not have to tell buyers about possible meth residue in the vehicle. In several states if meth damage has been cleaned up, or "remediated," no disclosure is required.
In December 2007, the Methamphetamine Remediation Research Act (Public Law 110-143) was passed, which directed EPA to establish voluntary guidelines for the remediation of former meth labs based on the best currently available scientific knowledge. This document, in addition to new research, serves to meet both the Synthetic Strategy’s and the Methamphetamine Remediation Research Act’s goals of improving “our national understanding of identifying the point at which former methamphetamine laboratories become clean enough to inhabit again. (EPA Guidelines, 2013). PLEASE NOTE: These are only GUIDELINES, not law.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Lab Registry
The U.S. Department of Justice provides a website of clandestine drug lab production sites - the National Clandestine Drug Laboratory Registry. It contains addresses of some locations (house registry) where law enforcement agencies reported they found chemicals or other items that indicated the presence of either clandestine drug laboratories or dump sites. PLEASE NOTE: 75% of all calls to Meth Lab Cleanup Company are regarding properties that are not on the DEA listing nor any state listing. Statistically, law enforcement busts only 1 in 10 labs; in some states 1 in 30 or less. The ONLY way to know for sure if a property is contaminated is to test it.
State Clandestine Drug Lab Listings
Many states post a list of clandestine drug lab contaminated properties. These states include: Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah (Salt Lake County) and West Virginia. Many cities and counties are now amending existing ordinances to address meth lab contamination concerns. Local law enforcement will have records of clandestine drug lab related arrests. Local health departments may also maintain distressed property listings. Check the background information on any properties of interest. Again, keep in mind, not ALL properties get posted by law enforcement. Test to be safe.
Lab Busts (2004-2014)
States Require Disclosure
10s of 1000s
Properties on Listings
Number of Users (2012)