Cleaning up meth labs: A dirty, dangerous job
September 15, 2010
HARRIMAN, TN — The hazardous-materials crew that responds when police seize a methamphetamine lab removes the lab and its components only, so any further cleanup becomes the responsibility of the owner - who turns to a cleanup specialist, according to the News-Sentinel.
Kelly Mynatt spent six years removing methamphetamine labs for Eagle-SWS, which handles most local removals for law enforcement: Last year, she started her own company, Eco-Ethics, the article noted.
"The main concern is always the safety of the next person," Mynatt said. "Unfortunately, some houses and cars just can''t be saved."
Sometimes she finds a few surprises: A walk-through a quarantined meth house last week on Oakdale Highway turned up discarded lab components and other leftover drug gear — including needles scattered among children''s toys on the floor, the article stated.
Cleanup costs depend on the level of contamination, set by police at the time they seize the lab: Officers base their decision on the lab''s size, methods and how long it''s been in use, the article added.