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Meth lab cleanup a profitable niche

March 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Methamphetamine (meth) laboratories are more than just dangerous and illegal; they leave an environmental hazard that, according to Indiana law, must be cleaned up, according to The Indianapolis Star.

Meth cleanup is no easy task, as it requires a special process, certification and inspectors who scour the property in full-gear Hazmat suits and respirators to do the dirty work, the article stated.

According to the article, Indiana ranks in the top five for meth production and currently has 22 companies certified by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to decontaminate properties, and business for those companies is booming.

"It''s such a growing epidemic. It''s everywhere — from a high-dollar house in downtown Indianapolis to these rural counties," said Donetta Held, chief executive officer (CEO) of Crisis Cleaning in Bloomfield.

This, unfortunately, means lots of revenue for meth cleanup companies, the article noted.

Most companies charge about $2 to $3 per square foot to do a cleanup, and depending on the size of the property and how many rooms need to be decontaminated, the cost can range from $5,000 to $10,000, the article added.

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