LANSING – Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, is troubled by reports that federal funding for meth lab cleanups has run out.
“With the federal funding gone to clean up this toxic material it could put the public in danger. Meth labs leave a lot of toxic chemicals behind,” said Jones. “Who will pay to clean up the homes and apartments where the labs are found when the criminals are sent to prison? Who will clean up the farmers’ fields, parks or state forest land where the stuff is dumped? The funding was just stopped in the last few weeks and could lead to a crisis. Today I have contacted members of Congress and asked that the funding be restored.”
When the sheriff or police find a working meth lab they have a very toxic problem that needs clean-up. Meth labs are usually cleaned up by people in protective plastic suits and the toxic material must be disposed of properly. As a former sheriff, Jones has worked with Michigan State Police Detective First Lieutenant Timothy Gill of the Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad on this type of problem.