Information for Iowa
The meth lab and meth use epidemic has spread across the continent in recent years affecting urban and rural communities alike. Iowa is currently one of the many states that has no legal requirements for methamphetamine clean up or testing. There are meth drug lab clean up guidelines posted online at the Iowa Department of Public Health. However, there are no requirements to use an environmental clean up company or a certified industrial hygienist (CIH), these are only suggestions. Make sure to check local requirements/ordinances, the city of Burlington has some specific requirements.
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No Regulations at the time of this printing, check with state and local health departments.
However they do have a pdf called Guidelines for Cleaning up Former Methamphetamine Labs. This lists basic steps including air out the property, remove porous materials, wash and rinse surfaces, clean HVAC system, flush plumbing traps, let dry. They do recommend hiring a hazardous materials contractor and completing post testing but it is obviously not required. No state standards for meth levels are listed.
Iowa Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health
321 East 12th Street, Des Moines IA 50319-0075
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