Funding For Meth Lab Cleanup Drying Up

Cleaning up dangerous meth labs is becoming more difficult and could prove to be more costly for local law enforcement.

In February of this year federal funding for meth lab cleanup was cut to our state. And now, just two months later the state says it is running out of clean up funds as well.

Local sheriff offices say it would be extremely difficult to budget for meth lab clean up because the varying costs. It can cost anywhere from a couple thousand dollars to well over $20,000 to clean up a meth lab.

Major Chris Hill with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office says losing state funding completely would mean big trouble when it comes to meth lab cleanup. "We don't have the equipment and we don't have the trained personnel if funding does not come from a state or a federal level we will then have to look in to training our own people or possibly contracting with a private vendor to actually do this type of work."

Major Hill says he's going to inquire what the costs would be so he can be prepared to present funding needs to his county commissioners if they lose state funding.


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  • by dumb lib on Apr 30, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    How bout takin federal money from oil company subsidies to fund it?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    The feds are to busy, borrowing money from China to give it away to foreign countries and letting the taxpayers foot the bill, to worry about things here at home.
  • by LEO Location: eastern NC on Apr 30, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    Mack - Its very true we can confiscate anything used by and for the sale and manifacture of narcotics , the problem with meth labs is the heavy cost of the clean up and the dangers of messing with the lab and chemicals without the proper training and tools to do such . Thats why local angencys when they find one , freeze the scene and call the SBI who has a team that is trained just to deal with such a thing. Clean up of a meth lab can soar into the thousands of dollars.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    Good job anonymous, attack people that live in mobile homes. you are an idiot. and mack= the waste, by-products, and equipment used to manufacture this stuff is highly toxic and dangerous. the only thing to do with it is destroy it correctly.
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      by Anonymous on May 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM in reply to
      No, I was attacking their mentality of burning the meth lab to clean it up. But living in the south you see lots of "burn barrels" and typically they are in the back yards of mobile homes. Since you think I am attacking someone you can go stand downwind of the burning meth lab with no breathing filters or protective clothing.
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        by Anonymous on May 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM in reply to Anonymous
        they said nothing warranting your smart-aleck comments. move back up north
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          by Anonymous on May 1, 2011 at 02:02 PM in reply to
          I've lived in in the south all my life, how bout you? so how can I move back up north?
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Apr 30, 2011 at 06:18 AM
    Bet Ralph and Ryan got 55 gallon barrels in back of their single wide mobile homes, to burn trash. Guess they don't care about possible explosive chemicals or toxic gases from "burning it down".
  • by Ryan Location: Havelock on Apr 30, 2011 at 03:53 AM
    Burns the buildings down. Condem them and burn them down. You can not effectively recover a structure thats been polluted with that mess.
  • by Mack Location: East of I=95 on Apr 29, 2011 at 10:13 PM
    Isn't meth a drug? And can't LEO's confiscate anything used by a drug dealer in their criminal activity? Use that to offset some of the costs.
  • by ralph Location: ahoskie on Apr 29, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    Why do I think that alerting fire fighting instructors that they may want to come play and teach and learn at a quarter past noon, and striking a match at noon, costs what, .0002 cents?
  • by tom Location: greenville on Apr 29, 2011 at 07:41 PM
    let the meth-heads clean it up. Criminals mess up and taxpayers have to continue paying up. What a shame!
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