Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:44 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
BATON ROUGE- If you're in the market for a new home, a new tool can help you make sure your dream home isn't someone else's meth home.
More than three years after a new law called for creating a list of meth-contaminated houses, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has posted the beginnings of that list. The agency also has a set of cleaning guidelines to get houses off the list posted online.
In February 2011, a News 2 investigation uncovered the 2008 law hadn't been followed. At the time, DEQ told News 2 it had started work, but that was slowed by hurricanes and air quality control changes. Today, a year later, the agency acknowledge News 2's story helped get the ball rolling again.
Now, when law enforcement finds a meth lab, authorities turn over the address to DEQ to post online. But meth-clean up experts say the forms need to require more information for the public, like what kind of meth lab was found. Larry Douglas with Xtreme Cleaners says having that information will also tell people how extensively a home needs to be remediated. He says the cleaning guidelines should also be tailored based on the type of lab.
DEQ says it had to start somewhere and the process is fluid. It's still letting law enforcement around the state know how to turn in their lists of meth-contaminated homes. Representatives are also meeting with the state's Sheriffs' Association next month to get feedback and make changes from there.