12/26/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Tennessee – Reports suggest the cleanup of meth labs in homes is a growing industry, with little oversight for cleanup contractors. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), with tens of thousands of homes having been used as meth labs in recent years, a new industry has emerged from the need for them to be cleaned up.

Dick Cochran, who owns a Memphis home where a renter was charged with making meth, leading to an explosion, is quoted by the AP as stating of the cleanup process for these circumstances, “The process is extremely cumbersome but I think it’s necessary… You don’t know how bad a house can be contaminated.”

As noted in the report, making a meth home safe requires removal and replacement of all contaminated materials, including air conditioning vents, by a certified contractor. Tests of the home by a certified “industrial hygienist must follow.

Many homeowners are required to spend thousands of dollars to restore the safety of their home if it has been used as a meth lab. A number of homes whose owners cannot afford the costs of fixing them end up in foreclosure the report notes. Cochran’s wife, Nancy is quoted as stating of the issue with many properties in the Memphis area, “I’ve been by a few and they’re just boarded up… Evidently no one has the money to clean them up.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Tennessee Legal News

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