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The dirty truth of meth lab cleanups

August 19, 2010
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CHARELSTON, WV — A study at West Virginia University (WVU), one that will continue until next April, will try to determine just how clean methamphetamine laboratory sites really are after they''ve been cleaned up, according to Metro News.
"We have an idea, but we don''t know in great detail and there are several groups that are doing research on trying to understand that process, so we''re just going to contribute to that effort," said WVU Assistant Professor of Forensic and Analytical Chemistry Dr. Suzanne Bell.
A $77,400 grant will pay for the research Dr. Bell is doing with the help of five WVU students, an effort that involves the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the article stated.
According to the article, the study is asking a number of questions, including: "How does the methamphetamine react with detergents that are used to clean the site or how do the other compounds and chemicals that are left react with cleaning agents and what happens over time."
"It''s a real issue. How do you clean these up? Can you clean these up? How do you validate that it''s been cleaned up? They''re really very important questions because people end up living in these areas," Dr. Bell added.
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