ATLANTA — Federal money for cleaning up toxic methamphetamine labs has run out, leaving police agencies across Georgia wondering how they’re going to pay a tab that amounted to more than $500,000 last year, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had $2 million at the start of the fiscal year to reimburse local governments for meth lab cleanup costs, and Congress was expected to appropriate an additional $10 million through the remainder of the fiscal year, the article stated.
But because of the federal budget crisis and the rising number of meth lab busts across the country, the money was exhausted about a week ago, the article noted.
According to the article, future funding is unlikely because the program was eliminated in the budget proposed by President Barack Obama.
Georgia, the nation''s ninth largest state by population, accounted for the tenth largest portion of the cleanup funds the DEA distributed last year, with $519,020, the article added.
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