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Funds for meth lab cleanup in question

March 1, 2011

BOWLING GREEN, KY — Federal funding for cleanup of methamphetamine labs is being cut off and affected law enforcement agencies are on edge about how to pay to clean and dispose of waste from the labs, according to the Daily News.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) administers grant money for a program that helps pay for the cleanup of meth labs and disposal of the toxic waste that accompanies them, the article stated.

Rich Isaacson, a spokesman for the DEA''s Detroit division, which includes Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan, said the federal drug agency anticipated the funding for the meth cleanup program would be exhausted at the end of this past week.

"Decisions about funding in the future rest with the United States Congress," Isaacson said.

According to the article, the development comes at a time when meth labs have hit an all-time high in Kentucky.

Figures recently released by the Kentucky State Police showed that authorities found 1,080 labs making the addictive stimulant throughout the state last year, the article noted.

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