Division of Waste Management

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 08, 2007  
Contact Information:  Kim Leingang, 502-564-6716  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2007) – A list of contractors certified by the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet to cleanup methamphetamine labs is now available from the cabinet’s Division of Waste Management.

Certification of contractors who decontaminate meth labs located on “inhabitable properties,” excluding hotels, is a new requirement under a law passed by the 2007 General Assembly.

The list and other information about the new law including a guidance document and cleanup standard is available by going online to http://www.waste.ky.gov/branches/sf/Meth.htm or contacting Kim Leingang in the division’s Superfund Branch, 502-564-6716, ext. 236, Kim.Leingang@ky.gov

Chemicals and equipment used to “cook” meth in illegal makeshift labs create an immediate danger of explosion and fire. The process also leaves behind waste that contaminates the site – often a house, apartment or other dwelling – and poses a threat both to the environment and the health of future occupants.

The Kentucky State Police has specially trained troopers who remove and properly dispose of the chemicals and equipment found at meth lab sites. However, residual contamination remains that must be addressed. The new contractor certification requirement and a cleanup standard are aimed at ensuring these sites are properly decontaminated.

If you find what you suspect is a meth lab, do not move, touch or smell any container or its contents. Contact law enforcement. The Kentucky State Police hotline is 1-800-222-5555. Extensive information on recognizing meth labs, how to protect yourself and who to call is online at the University of Kentucky’s Health Education through Extension Leadership (HEEL) site  http://www.ca.uky.edu/hes/index.php?p=257