House agrees to require meth lab cleanup

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill requiring cleanup of former methamphetamine labs passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

House Bill 382 would require apartments, hotels or houses to be cleaned up to Department of Environmental Conservation standards before they can be rented again.

If the property is to be sold, the seller would need to either clean it up or notify the buyer of the contamination.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Gretchen Guess, D-Anchorage, said hazardous chemicals used in meth labs can pose serious health risks, especially to children.

The bill passed unanimously and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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