Information for Indiana
The meth lab and meth use epidemic has spread across the continent in recent years affecting urban and rural communities alike. The Indiana Administrative Code Title 318 governs the required clean up of properties that have been designated clandestine meth labs. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has a contractor certification program and a list of these contractors that provide testing and/or clean up services can be found online. However, the standards do not provide the contractors with information on how to decontaminate a property for meth, only that a property is considered decontaminated when test results show levels of 0.5ug/100cm2 or lower. The other option is to demolish the structure, which is an option most property owners do not wish to entertain and is no longer necessary. Some of the local health departments, counties or cities may also have specific requirements concerning decontamination procedures.
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Title 318, Article 1 is called the Inspection and Cleanup of Property Contaminated with Chemicals Used in the Illegal Manufacture of a Controlled Substance. Requires owners to cleanup former drug labs, sets standards for inspection, testing, and decontamination, and sets criteria for contractors to become listed as qualified inspectors. State provides training and exams every six months to become a qualified inspector however a 40 HAZWOPER is required before training. The contractor completing the decontamination does not have to be on the state list if they are performing the decontamination under the supervision of someone who is a qualified inspector on the list. Porous materials need to be removed and properly disposed of including carpet/carpet pad, drapery, furniture, clothing, paper/textiles, food, and other household goods. Before issuing a certificate of decontamination under 318 IAC 1-5-9 post testing results must meet the state standards of <0.5 ug/100cm², samples can be composite samples up to 400cm² (ceiling, floor, and two walls). The kitchen composite sample needs to include countertop, sink, stovetop, and floor in front of the stove, other appliances remaining still need to be tested as well. The bathroom composite samples need to include countertop, sink, toilet, and shower/bathtub. If highly textured or coarse surfaces are present (i.e. concrete, brick, wood, or textured ceiling) they may need to be removed, sampled using the vacuum sampling method or a 100cm² section removed for analysis. The regulations do not particularly outline how to decontaminate but they do list the EPA guidelines as a resource.
The DEA has kept a catalog of properties since 2004 across the nation of locations of clandestine meth lab busts completed by their department, check to see if your property is on their list:
EPA Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup