1. #1
    eleanorcaddell
    Firehouse.com Guest

    Default Is There A Meth Lab In Your Neighborhood? and so on

    Is There A Meth Lab In Your Neighborhood?
    Many people may be unaware that they're living near a meth lab. Here are some things to look for:
    o Unusual, strong odors similar to the that of fingernail polish remover or cat urine.
    o Residences with windows blacked out.
    o Renters who pay their landlords in cash. (Most drug dealers trade exclusively in cash.)
    o Lots of traffic - people coming and going at unusual times. There may be little traffic during the day, but at night the activity increases dramatically.
    o Large amounts of products such as cold medicines.
    o Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as: antifreeze containers, drain cleaner, lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained coffee filters, batteries, drain cleaner and duct tape.
    o Unusual amounts of clear glass containers being brought into the home


    • Precursor and main ingredient, of Methamphetamine
    Precursors are substances that, in nature, might be inactive. However, when combined with another chemical the result is a new product. Methamphetamine starts with an inactive or marginally-inactive compound (ephedrine or pseudoephedrine) and other chemicals are added to produce the drug
    The precursor and main ingredient, of Methamphetamine is ephedrine. This chemical is contained in many legal drugs, including bronchodilators, like Vick's Inhalant, decongestants, like Nyquil Nighttime Cold Medications, diet pills, and therapeutic agents like Dioxin. Because of the restraints placed on the sales and possession of ephedrine, operators of Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs started extracting pseudoephedrine from legally produced over the counter diet pills, decongestants, and bronchodilator, such as "Mini-Thins", "MaxAlert", "Sudafed", "Pharmacist Value Suphedrine", etc.. While one or two empty bottles in the trash might indicate a bad cold or sinus problem, anything beyond that is a possible clue of lab activity.
    Other legally purchased items which have been found in Clandestine Labs are Iodine Crystals, Red Phosphorous, (Sometimes extracted from matchbooks), Isopropyl Alcohol, and Red Devil Lye. The Equipment used for manufacturing is as simple as having Coleman stoves, aquariums pumps or Swamp cooler pumps, several pieces of glassware, rubber tubing, Pyrex dishes, and mason jars. Cooking time is reduced, from 24 to 36 hours, using the P-2-P method, to as little as, 4 to 6 hours, using the new cold or matchbook method (which appears to be a unique Utah method).
    • Meth Lab Operators
    Methamphetamine laboratory operators often are well-armed, and their laboratories occasionally are booby-trapped and equipped with scanning devices employed as security precautions. Weaponry, ranging from single firearms to arsenals of high-powered weapons and explosives, are commonly found at laboratory sites. Laboratory operators, or "cooks," frequently display little concern for public safety or the environment. Cooks vary from high school dropouts with no real chemistry education to professionals with graduate degrees in chemistry. Typically, however, these cooks have little formal training. Instead, they follow a handwritten recipe or have learned to produce methamphetamine from underground publications, apprenticeships, or fellow inmates during periods of incarceration.
    Some laboratory operators act as their own chemists, while others hire chemists to run the laboratories for them. Many manufacturers are independent producers who cook for various organized groups. This is particularly true of larger organizations that may hire or contract chemists to manufacture methamphetamine in return for cash, finished product, or a combination of both. Other cooks manufacture for themselves rather than for a particular organization. What To Look For


    Besides those who use meth, small toxic labs are the principal threat to local communities. Many people may be unaware they live near a meth lab.

    Properties used to produce meth will usually be found with a lab-like setting, including containers of chemicals, heat sources and various types of lab equipment. Some other things to look for are:


    Unusual, strong odors such as ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals.

    Renters who pay their rent in cash. Residences with windows that are blacked out.

    People coming and going at unusual times. Or, places that are quiet during the day but see increased activity at night.

    Excessive trash, including large amounts of antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red stained coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape.

    Unusual amounts of clear glass containers being brought into the residence.
    If you suspect a meth lab, leave at once and report it.

    Do not open any coolers.
    Do not touch any items.
    Handling methamphetamine waste residue can burn your skin and eyes, and breathing in the gases can send you to the hospital.
    Handling these chemicals with unprotected skin, or getting the dust in your eyes can cause serious damage.

    What is a CLANDESTINE LABORATORY?

    A clandestine laboratory is a laboratory used for the primary purpose of illicitly (illegally) manufacturing controlled substances, such as cocaine and methamphetamine. Clandestine labs are typically small, utilizing common household appliances, glassware, and readily available chemicals. While some clandestine laboratories may be located in industrial areas, they are most frequently located in residential areas.

    Most clandestine methamphetamine labs are located in remote areas where
    chemical fumes will not alert neighbors or law enforcement.


    Small-scale methamphetamine laboratories are being operated increasingly in single and multifamily residences in urban and suburban neighborhoods, where they pose a significant threat to public health and safety. Traditionally, laboratories are located in sparsely populated or isolated rural areas in order to avoid detection. A substantial number of laboratories, however, are located in urban areas.



    I use to be a bet cook but now I am not been clean from it for at least 2 years it is a really bad world when it comes to that. My baby sitter started me on the drug meth or know as ice and other things. She also was the one that taught me how to cook. But I hate that life. People are so violent and carry major wepons I never carried any but I know others that did. I hope that this was helpful. i got this from some web sights I can not basicaly say it they way any of you would understand it.

  2. #2
    eleanorcaddell
    Firehouse.com Guest

    Default Cleanup Procedures For Structures

    CLEANUP PROCEDURES FOR STRUCTURES
    The removal of lab chemicals and equipment must be conducted by properly trained and equipped law
    enforcement and/or a hazardous materials (hazmat) cleanup team. After a site has been secured and no
    longer subject to criminal investigation, appropriately trained and equipped personnel should be hired
    to cleanup any remaining contaminated materials. If suspicious containers or lab equipment are found
    on a property, untrained personnel should leave the area and contact the local fire department or law
    enforcement agency.
    Since there is no statutory authority for the Department to establish uniform cleanup standards for the
    interior of private properties, site-specific cleanup requirements should be developed in consultation
    with the local health department (refer to the Post Cleanup Assessment for Structures and Reoccupancy
    of Structures sections, following). In rare cases of severe contamination, effective cleanup
    may only be accomplished by demolition of the contaminated structure. In most situations,
    cleanup/decontamination will involve one or more of the following measures. Appropriate personal
    protective equipment (PPE) must be worn at all times during the cleanup.
    Airing-Out
    When solvents and other chemicals that may have soaked into the walls or furnishings are slowly
    volatilizing indoors, proper ventilation may safely reduce contamination and decrease odors. Venting
    should be conducted for several days before cleanup begins to allow volatile compounds to be
    dispersed, and good ventilation should be maintained during all phases of the cleanup. Care must be
    taken to ensure that vented contaminants are exhausted to the outdoors and not to the air intakes of
    adjacent structures. Windows should be opened and exhaust fans set up to circulate air out of the
    structure. During this time, the property should remain off limits unless it is absolutely necessary to
    make short visits to the property. In some cases it may be beneficial to raise the indoor air temperature
    to approximately 85° Fahrenheit for 48 to 72 hours to enhance volatilization. This should be done only
    after an initial period of venting, and after all bulk chemicals have been removed from the property.
    Monitoring of the indoor atmosphere should be conducted to ensure that vapor levels do not approach
    a level that would pose an explosion hazard (lower explosive limit).

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment July 2003
    Page 5
    After clean up, the property should be aired out for three to five days. Then the property should be
    checked for re-staining or odors, either of which would indicate that the initial cleaning was not
    successful and that more extensive steps should be taken.
    Gross Cleanup
    Cleanup and decontamination should be completed under the direction of trained personnel. Residual
    powders and liquids should be tested to determine their corrosivity, toxicity, and flammability. In cases
    where acids or bases are known to be sources of contamination, the potential for harmful effects may
    be reduced or removed through neutralization. Acids may be neutralized with solutions of sodium
    bicarbonate (baking soda), and bases may be neutralized by using weakly acidic solutions of vinegar or
    acetic acid in water. Solids should be scooped up and packaged for disposal. Liquids can be absorbed
    with clay (kitty litter or floor sweep) or other non-reactive material and packaged for disposal. If the
    property is on a septic tank system, the tank liquid should be tested to determine if it contains meth lab
    related chemicals. If meth lab chemicals are present, the contents of the tank should be disposed of as
    either a solid or hazardous waste, based on the results of analysis. Analysis of the septic tank contents
    should be based on chemicals determined to be part of the lab site chemical inventory (developed as
    part of the preliminary assessment).
    During the meth cooking process, vapors are given off that can spread and be absorbed by nearby
    materials. Spilled chemicals, supplies and equipment can further contaminate non-lab items. It is a
    good idea to remove items that are visibly contaminated or have odors.
    Removal
    Visibly contaminated (etched or stained) sinks, bathtubs, and toilets are difficult to clean and may need
    to be removed and replaced. Absorbent materials, such as carpeting, drapes, furnishings, wallpaper,
    clothing, etc., can absorb vapors and may collect dust and powder from the chemicals involved in the
    manufacturing process. Some absorbent materials can be safely washed or cleaned by other methods if
    they exhibit little to no odor or staining, but many stained materials or those with odors will have to be
    disposed of in a solid waste landfill, with prior approval according to the type and degree of
    contamination. Generally, cleaning costs for these items exceed replacement costs. Prior to
    transporting waste to a landfill, the facility should be notified that the waste stream is from a former
    meth lab so that the landfill can take the proper measure to handle it appropriately.
    Detergent-Water Washing
    Some nonporous and semi-porous surfaces (such as floors, counters, tiles, walls and ceilings) can hold
    contamination from the meth cooking process, especially in those areas where the cooking and
    preparation were performed. Cleaning these areas is very important as people may come in frequent
    contact with these surfaces through skin contact, food preparation, etc. If a surface has visible
    contamination or staining, complete removal and replacement of that surface section is recommended.
    This could include removal and replacement of wallboard, floor coverings and counters. If this is not
    possible, intensive cleaning with a detergent-water solution or steam cleaning is recommended.
    Methanol and isopropyl alcohol may also be used, but should only be used in a well-ventilated area,
    and with appropriate PPE. Used wash water should be tested and disposed of properly. Analysis
    should be based on chemicals determined to be part of the lab site chemical inventory (developed as
    part of the preliminary assessment). With approval from the local publicly owned treatment works
    (POTW), it may be possible to discharge the wash water into the sanitary sewer.

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment July 2003
    Page 6
    Cleaning of porous materials that are not discarded will usually consist of vacuuming using a machine
    equipped with a HEPA filtration system, followed by hot water detergent scrubbing. Non-washable
    materials, such as lined curtains, that are not heavily contaminated can be steam-cleaned. In cases of
    mild to moderate contamination, pre-testing should not be necessary, if the cleanup protocol includes
    through detergent cleaning. If property owners wish to avoid cleaning or disposal of goods, pre-testing
    will generally be required. Depending on the material, a sample of fabric may need to be collected for
    laboratory analysis.
    Ventilation System
    Ventilation systems tend to collect fumes and dust and redistribute them throughout a structure. The
    vents, ductwork, filters and even the walls and ceilings near ventilation ducts can become
    contaminated. All air filters in the system should be replaced, vents should be removed and cleaned,
    the system’s ductwork should be cleaned, and surfaces near inlets and outlets should be cleaned.
    In motels, apartments, row-houses or other multiple-family dwellings, a ventilation system may serve
    more than one unit or structure. These connections must be considered when evaluating cleanup and
    testing procedures. One strategy is to take samples from adjacent or connected areas/rooms/units,
    working outward from the lab site until samples show low levels or no contamination.
    Encapsulation or Sealing
    Interior surfaces (e.g., walls, wood flooring, ceilings, and paneling) should be painted with an oilbased
    paint, epoxy, or other material suitable to create a physical barrier capable of preventing contact
    with, or volatilization of contaminants. Complete coverage may require more than one coat. The
    painted areas should be monitored and the barrier maintained to assure that the contamination is
    contained. If staining, odors or discoloration appear after the coating dries, further cleaning or removal
    and replacement of the surface may be necessary.
    Plumbing
    Waste products generated during meth manufacturing are often dumped down sinks, drains and toilets.
    These waste products can collect in drains, traps and septic tanks, and can give off fumes. If staining
    is noted around sinks, toilets or tubs, or if a strong chemical odor is coming from household plumbing,
    the local POTW should be advised that chemicals associated with meth production might have been
    disposed of down the sanitary sewer. Do not conduct any invasive measures to eliminate the odors. If
    air reactive chemicals (such as phosphorus or lithium metal) are present, exposure of these chemicals
    to air may result in ignition. The plumbing system should be flushed with generous amounts of water
    to reduce the concentration of residual chemicals. If contamination of a septic tank or leach field is
    suspected, contact the local health department or environmental health service to determine if the local
    Individual Sewage Disposal System Regulations address such an issue.
    Personal Belongings
    If residence of the structure need to remove personal items, they should do so only after the items have
    been properly decontaminated. As with household items, personal items that are visibly stained are
    hard to clean and may need to be discarded. Items such as clothing, that are not visibly stained, can be
    laundered one or more times to remove any residual chemicals. Non-porous and semi-porous items

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment July 2003
    Page 7
    should be decontaminated using a detergent- water wash, or similar cleaning method, as described
    above.

  3. #3
    eleanorcaddell
    Firehouse.com Guest

    Default more on above

    POST CLEANUP ASSESSMENT FOR STRUCTURES
    Cleanup and sampling of former meth labs should be conducted under the supervision of a properly
    qualified person such as a Certified Industrial Hygienist. Decisions regarding the sampling plan can be
    made based on the preliminary assessment information, chemicals used and duration of lab operation,
    the apparent extent and severity of contamination, and professional judgment. Variations of the
    cleanup and testing process may include:
    • Sampling alone may be necessary when pre-cleaning samples indicate low levels or no
    contamination in some areas.
    • In areas of moderate to heavy contamination, cleanup may be carried out without previous
    sampling if post-cleanup sampling will be conducted.
    • In areas of obviously mild contamination, cleanup may be done without post-cleanup sampling,
    based on best judgment and adjacent sampling results.
    • Pre- and post-cleanup testing should be done if drug manufacture methods are suspected to
    have included the use of mercury (typically mercuric chloride) or lead (typically lead acetate).
    After complete cleanup, small amounts of residual chemicals may remain. Post-cleanup sampling
    should be conducted after residual cleanup and/or the encapsulant has cured. This assessment should
    include sampling for meth residues on surfaces using a wipe sample. Wipe samples of hard surfaces
    will indicate levels of contamination on those surfaces and may also be the best indicator of the
    contamination in adjacent fabrics and other soft furnishings. The procedure for collecting a wipe
    sample is included as Attachment 1. This procedure is in accordance with the OSHA Technical
    Manual (http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_ii/otm_ii_2.html - 3).
    If the amalgam (P2P) method was used, testing should also include airborne mercury and lead, and
    surface sampling for lead. Risk-based exposure limits for lead and mercury are provided in Table 2.
    Bear in mind that the possibility of obtaining false positives for lead and mercury exists because these
    materials used to be commonly added to paints. Homes built before 1978 may test positive for lead
    and homes built before 1990 may test positive for mercury.
    In cases of moderate to heavy contamination, indoor air should be field screened, before and after
    cleaning, for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with a photo ionization detector (PID), flame
    ionization detector (FID) or similar instrument to determine that the lab has been cleaned to reasonable
    background levels (concentration similar to ambient outdoor air). Field screening will provide
    information regarding the concentration of total VOCs in the structure, which is important for
    monitoring exposures for worker protection. Field screening may also provide information regarding
    the severity of contamination and the areas to focus cleanup efforts. If there is sufficient concern about
    residual vapor concentrations after cleanup, indoor air may be tested to determine the concentrations of
    specific chemicals. In most cases, indoor air testing may not be necessary as long as an adequate
    cleanup has been performed. Due to the possibility of detecting background levels of commonly used
    household chemicals, the presence of residual meth lab related chemicals may be hard to distinguish.

  4. #4
    eleanorcaddell
    Firehouse.com Guest

    Default more info

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment July 2003
    Page 8
    Because of the potential problem of background interference, and the relatively high cost associated
    with collecting and analyzing indoor air samples, the use of indoor air concentrations may not be the
    most practical way to evaluate the effectiveness of a cleanup. Sampling surfaces for meth may be a
    more practical tool to gage the effectiveness of cleanup.
    If indoor air sampling is conducted, it should be performed by an environmental professional, familiar
    with indoor air sampling techniques, that is capable of interpreting the data and evaluating the potential
    for background interference. Prior to collecting an indoor air sample for VOCs, the indoor air
    temperature should be maintained at 70 degrees Fahrenheit or above for a minimum of 24 hours.
    Indoor air should be sampled for chemicals determined to be part of the lab site chemical inventory
    (developed as part of the preliminary assessment) and in consultation with the local health department,
    or other oversight agency. Sampling and testing should be performed using recognized standards and
    written procedures designed to ensure accuracy, reproducibility, and relevance to onsite contamination.
    Written documentation showing that the cleanup has been completed should be submitted to the local
    health department, or other agency overseeing the cleanup. The final report should summarize the
    work performed, present data collected during the post-cleanup assessment, and be signed by a
    Certified Industrial Hygienist, or other qualified environmental professional. The local health
    department, or other oversight agency, may review the report and determine whether the property is
    suitable for re-occupancy.
    RE-OCCUPANCY OF STRUCTURES
    In order to determine acceptable risk-based concentrations for meth lab related chemicals, the
    Department reviewed human exposure reference values for chemicals commonly associated with meth
    production. This evaluation included acute (based on high-level, short term exposures), and chronic
    (based on low-level, long-term exposures) minimum risk levels. Acute minimum risk levels may be
    useful for evaluating high-level exposures, such as those associated with the meth cooking process or
    direct exposure to meth related chemicals prior to gross cleanup (as described previously). Chronic
    minimum risk levels may be appropriate for evaluating long-term exposure to residual levels of meth
    related chemicals, after gross cleanup has been conducted. Therefore, chronic minimum risk levels
    were used to develop proposed exposure limits for residual meth lab related chemicals, as shown in
    Table 2. The evaluation process used to develop the proposed exposure limits is described in
    Attachment 2. Acute exposure limits from the NIOSH Pocket Guide are provided in Table 1 for select
    meth lab related chemicals.
    Several other states have established cleanup standards specifically for the residue of meth. After
    communicating with some of these state health departments, it was learned that these levels are not
    health-based. The meth cleanup levels are based on what is believed to be conservative and protective,
    while at the same time achievable by clean-up contractors. Currently, there is not sufficient
    information available regarding the effects of long-term exposure to low concentrations of meth to
    adequately evaluate chronic minimum risk levels. Therefore, the Department is unable to provide a
    health-based exposure limit for meth at this time.
    As discussed previously, there are difficulties related to testing and evaluating the concentrations of
    meth related chemicals in indoor air. Therefore, the use of meth testing to evaluate the effectiveness of
    cleanup may be more practical than the use of indoor air concentrations of other associated chemicals.
    In order to provide a practical measurement to determine the adequacy of cleanup, the Department

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment July 2003
    Page 9
    evaluated the cleanup standards used by several other states. The cleanup levels for meth range from 5
    ug/ft2 to 0.5 ug/ft2. Based upon limited information now available, the 0.5 ug/ft2 standard appears to
    be the most conservative approach. In addition, the cleanup process necessary to reduce the levels of
    meth to 0.5 ug/ft2 should also be capable of reducing the concentrations of other meth related
    chemicals to acceptable levels. Testing for a limited suite of chemicals may be appropriate for “piece
    labs” that produce only pre-cursors or do limited production steps, since meth may not be present at
    these labs.
    If the P2P method was used, testing should also include lead and mercury. Other compounds may also
    be tested for, as deemed necessary based on the preliminary assessment.
    CLEANUP PROCEDURES FOR SOIL, GROUNDWATER AND SURFACE WATER
    If areas of potential outdoor contamination are identified or suspected, further investigation of outdoor
    contamination may be necessary. Small areas of outdoor contamination may be dealt with by removal
    or treatment of contaminated soils or water (i.e., small areas of ponded water). Contaminated soil or
    water removed from the site must be characterized to determine if it contains a characteristic or listed
    hazardous waste, and must be disposed at an appropriately licensed solid or hazardous waste disposal
    facility. Analysis should be based on the lab site chemical inventory and manufacturing method used.
    If large areas of soil, surface water or groundwater contamination are present, characterization and
    cleanup of these areas should be conducted by a professional environmental contractor, in consultation
    with the Department’s Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division. In general,
    characterization and remediation of soil, surface water or groundwater impacts would include the
    following:
    Source Identification
    It is important to tie site characterization to the chemical storage and waste disposal information
    gathered on the site to ensure that assessment efforts look for potential contaminants in the places they
    are likely to be. This type of information can be gathered from observations made by law enforcement
    or hazmat personnel, or by conducting a site tour to note the property’s condition, looking for evidence
    of contamination such as stained soil or stressed (dead or dying) vegetation.
    It is important to evaluate both natural features and manmade structures, such as drainage systems,
    local topography, utilities, surface water bodies, easements and locations of buildings, because these
    features can influence the migration of contaminants and restrict access to portions of the site during
    remedial efforts. This information is used in conjunction with information regarding the subsurface
    characteristics at the site to evaluate contaminant migration pathways.
    The amount of information that may need to be gathered will depend largely upon the characteristics
    of the release and the local hydrogeology. Relatively immobile contaminants (such as metals) that
    may have been released onto the ground surface will require considerably less subsurface data
    collection than a release involving relatively mobile contaminants (such as solvents). The subsurface
    characteristics will need to be defined to the degree necessary to provide a clear understanding of
    potential migration pathways for the purpose of defining the extent of contamination.

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment July 2003
    Page 10
    Sampling And Analytical Methods
    All samples must be collected using professionally accepted equipment and methods. These are
    described in either ASTM Phase II environmental site assessment documents or EPA site investigation
    guidance documents. All samples must be prepared and analyzed in strict accordance with the
    methods described in EPA’s “Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste (SW- 846)” or other method
    approved by the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division. The SW-846 Manual is
    available online at http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/test/sw846.htm. In a limited number of
    instances, the Division has established alternate procedures that vary from those set forth in SW-846
    (e.g., sample preservation and analysis of indoor air samples).
    Remediation
    The results of the site characterization effort and the desired cleanup goals will define the level of
    remediation that may be required. Outdoor contamination may be dealt with using one or more of the
    following measures: 1) waste removal, 2) site controls (e.g., fencing), 3) drainage control, 4)
    monitoring, and 5) removal or treatment of contaminated soil or water (i.e., surface water or
    groundwater).
    Soil Cleanup Levels
    The Hazardous Material and Waste Management Division has established soil cleanup levels for a
    limited number of chemical compounds associated with meth labs, as provided in Table 3. For
    compounds that do not have established cleanup levels, a property owner may propose the use of an
    appropriate cleanup level for soil, using either background concentration, the method detection limit,
    or a risk-based concentration calculated in accordance with the Division’s “Proposed Soil Remediation
    Objectives Policy Document.”
    Groundwater Cleanup Levels
    Cleanup standards for groundwater may be found in Water Quality Control Commission’s Regulation
    No. 41 “The Basic Standards for Ground Water.” A list of State groundwater standards for select
    compounds associated with meth labs is provided in Table 3.
    For those contaminants for which State standards have not been established, the facility may chose to:
    • Use EPA’s Clean Water Act maximum contaminant levels (MCL) or maximum contaminant
    level goals (MCLG),
    • Calculate a health-based drinking water standard using an MCL-equivalent methodology, or
    • Calculate a health-based standard using the Water Quality Control Commission’s policy 96-2
    “Human Health-Based Water Quality Criteria and Standards”.
    Surface Water Cleanup Levels
    In the event that activities have resulted in the contamination of surface water, the remediation goal
    should be the most stringent of one of the following cleanup levels:

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment July 2003
    Page 11
    • The appropriate surface water standard, as established by the Department’s Water Quality
    Control Division, for that surface water body. This applies only to those surface water bodies,
    primarily rivers and interconnected ponds and lakes, for which water quality standards have
    been established.
    • A health-based concentration that is protective of human health using a drinking water
    exposure scenario (unrestricted use designation).
    • A concentration that is protective of aquatic life or other wildlife found in the area.
    CONTACTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    To report a known or suspected meth lab, contact your local law enforcement agency or drug task
    force.
    For general questions regarding meth lab cleanup, call the Hazardous Materials and Waste
    Management Division’s Customer Technical Assistance line at 303-692-3320 or toll-free at 1-888-
    569-1831 ext 3320. This number should also be called if you suspect that there may be potential
    environmental contamination from a meth lab (i.e., disposal to surface waters or dumped on the
    ground).
    Suspected disposal down the sanitary sewer should be reported to the local wastewater treatment
    authority. The public works department or other city offices can assist in determining how to contact
    the local wastewater treatment authority.
    For questions regarding health effects of meth lab-related chemicals or by-products, please contact the
    Department’s Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division at 303-692-2700.

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment July 2003
    Page 12
    REFERENCES
    Corrective Action Guidance Document. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,
    Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division. May 2002.
    http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hm/caguidance.pdf
    Cleaning up Former Methamphetamine Labs. Koch Crime Institute. 12/2000.
    http://www.kci.org/meth_info/meth_cleanup.html
    General Cleanup Guidelines for Clandestine Drug Labs. Minnesota Department of Health. May 2002.
    Generator Requirements of the Colorado Hazardous Waste Regulations. Colorado Department of
    Public Health and Environment, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division. March 1998.
    http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hm/handbk01.pdf
    Guidelines for the Contamination Reduction and Sampling at Illegal Drug Manufacturing Sites.
    Washington State Department of Health, Office of Toxic Substances. June 1996.
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/ts/CDL/CDLGuidelines.pdf
    Guidelines for the Cleanup of Clandestine Drug Laboratories. Drug Enforcement Administration
    (DEA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Washington DC. 1990.
    Guidelines for the Cleanup of Former Methamphetamine Labs. Missouri Department of Health,
    Section for Environmental Public Health. September 2000.
    Memorandum: Health Guidance Values and Clean-up Guidelines for Illegal Methamphetamine Labs.
    Kansas Department of Health and Environment. October 12, 1999.
    NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for
    Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. DHSS
    Publication No. 2001-145. August 2001. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npg.html
    Property Owner Guidelines for Cleaning Up Former Methamphetamine Labs. Kansas Department of
    Health and Environment, Meth Lab Cleanup Program. July 1, 2000.
    Proposed Soil Remediation Objectives Policy Document. Colorado Department of Public Health and
    Environment, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division. December 1997.
    http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hm/soilplcydraft.asp
    The Basic Standards for Ground Water, 41.0 (5 CCR 1002-41). Colorado Department of Public
    Health and Environment, Water Quality Control Division.
    http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/op/reg...regs/100241.pdf

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Log in

Click here to log in or register