Larsen Praises House Passage of Bill to Help Communities Clean Up Methamphetamine</A

Feb 7, 2007


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) today praised the passage of the Methamphetamine Remediation Act of 2007 by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“In the process of cooking a batch of methamphetamine, hazardous chemicals seep into the interior of a home.  Often, innocent families move into former meth labs, completely unaware that their new home was once used to cook meth.  It isn’t until they become ill that they learn something is terribly wrong.”

“DEA reported over 12,000 meth lab busts in 49 states in 2005, but there are currently no federal standards or health-based guidelines to determine when a former lab is safe to inhabit.” 

“This bill will create the research to determine when a former lab is safe to inhabit and how these hazardous substances impact the health of families exposed. We owe it to the children found in meth labs each year to learn how their health has been affected and how best to treat them.”

“As a Co-Chair of the Meth Caucus, I am proud to have supported this important legislation, and I’m proud that the House passed it today.”