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.