Illegal methamphetamine home laboratories (meth labs) have been a problem throughout Colorado. Meth production contaminates surfaces, drains, ventilation systems and furnishings with hazardous chemicals. Residual toxins may pose serious health threats to persons exposed to the meth lab environment and to discarded materials.
In the past, the majority of illegal meth labs were reported by law enforcement following busts. In recent years, meth labs have been increasingly reported during real estate transactions either by a potential home buyer, seller or real estate agent.
In 2009, Senate Bill 09-060 (PDF) was enacted to expand the definition of illegal drug laboratory. As a result many more properties are being reported.
The Colorado Regulations pertaining to the clean up of methamphetamine labs (CCR 1014-3) have been revised with an effective date of December 14, 2014. Individuals and companies involved in meth lab assessment, sampling, and decontamination are now required to attend and complete approved training and certification requirements.
Upon request, Tri-County Health Department can provide oversight on the cleanup of meth labs, while working closely with other local agencies, property owners and certified cleanup contractors to ensure that the affected property is properly cleaned.
Certified contractors performing cleanup activities must be properly trained. Post-cleanup sample results must meet the state cleanup standard of less than or equal to 0.5 ug/100cm². A final clearance sampling is conducted by Tri-County Health Department prior to allowing re-occupancy.
Regarding cleanup procedures, requirements and Tri-County related costs, contact Lisa Oliveto at 303-439-5914.