EMSL Analytical provides chemical testing solutions to ensure safe outdoor and indoor air quality (IAQ) for building occupants after meth labs have been discovered.
Cinnaminson, NJ, September 16th, 2010
Earlier this week the Alabama District Attorneys Association completed their 2010 Methamphetamine Summit. Discussed at the conference was the damage that meth use causes to society and what can be done to combat its use.
Not only does meth use cause addicts to destroy their lives, but people involved in the manufacturing of the illicit drug often create environmental hazards in homes used as drug laboratories. These homes are often being used as a family residence even during the drug manufacturing process. Even after a drug lab has been shut down they remain a health hazard to future residents.
The aftermath of meth laboratories can be extremely dangerous. The ingredients used to make the drugs are toxic by nature and when they are combined can cause fires, explosions and release toxic fumes. Common ingredients include ether, anhydrous ammonia, hydrogen peroxide and lye.
Vapors from the manufacturing process often leach into building materials. Hazardous waste materials from the drug manufacturing process are also often dumped in drains or outdoors which can contaminate the environment and drinking water supplies.
Due to the serious nature of the problem the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year released the Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup. The guidelines provide technical guidance for state and local personnel responsible for the cleanup of clandestine meth laboratories.
EMSL Analytical, one of the nation’s largest environmental testing laboratory networks, has a long history of helping law enforcement and property owners ensure safe environments after the discovery of a clandestine laboratory. “Meth labs are known to create around 5 to 7 pounds of trash for every pound of meth,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL. “Much of that waste is toxic and ends up being poured down drains, or dumped on properties creating health hazards.”
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of quality environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.