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1 Clandestine Drug Lab Cleanup Presented by Jonelle Fenton-Wallace, R.S. Environmental Health Specialist Snohomish Health District Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force

2 Snohomish Health District Is involved with meth lab investigations because we are required by law to do so

3 Washington Legislature l Chemical contamination at meth lab sites l Residue could harm tenants or buyers l Decontamination by certified contractors

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7 Chapter RCW CONTAMINATED PROPERTIES Chapter WAC DECONTAMINATION of ILLEGAL DRUG MANUFACTURING or STORAGE SITES SHD Sanitary Code Chapter 11 Supplemental Rules & Regulations Chapter RCW CONTAMINATED PROPERTIES (Effective 1990) Chapter WAC DECONTAMINATION of ILLEGAL DRUG MANUFACTURING or STORAGE SITES (Effective 1991) SHD Sanitary Code Chapter 11 Supplemental Rules & Regulations (Effective 2003)

8 Local health jurisdictions must l Post a warning on suspect meth properties

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10 Hazardous by drug lab law l Hazardous substances as defined in RCW D.020 –flammable solvents, acids, bases, etc. l Precursor substances as defined in RCW –ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, etc.

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13 Local health jurisdictions must l Assess the property – Presence of chemicals –Glassware & paraphernalia –Meth presence exceeds state standard

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19 Local health jurisdictions must l Issue an unfit-for-use Order –To property owner and occupants –Filed with county auditor l Notify the state Department of Health –DOH lists contaminated properties:

20 Local health jurisdictions must l Oversee decontamination –DOH-certified contractor only –Department of Health guidelines –Model Toxics Control Act –State solid & hazardous waste regulations

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24 Local health jurisdictions must l Confirm decontamination –Check contractor report & records –Post-cleanup tests

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26 Property owners l Responsible for activity on their property l Pay meth lab cleanup costs

27 Property owners l Can prevent illegal drug activity l Know the signs of an illegal drug lab: –Unusual odors –Excessive garbage –Blackened or covered windows –Many cars at all hours

28 Methamphetamine lab identification

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