New rules for cleaning up 'meth' contamination

New guidance has been issued for the cleanup of land polluted by criminals making methamphetamine.

America's Environmental Protection Agency issued the voluntary rules aimed at giving state and local governments 'technical guidance' for cleanups.

The document, called Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup, and includes thebest practices for specific items or materials, sampling procedure, and technical resources.

An EPA spokeswoman said the production and use of meth across the country continues 'to pose considerable challenges'.

She said: "There is a decline in the domestic production of meth in recent years, but vigilance is warranted because of the destructive nature of meth and the environmental hazards caused by meth labs.

"The Methamphetamine Remediation Research Act of 2007 required EPA to develop these guidelines, based on the best currently available knowledge in the field of meth lab remediation."

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