What happens to homes after a meth lab bust?
ST. AMANT - Another residence in Ascension Parish is about to be added to the list of "meth lab" houses on the Department of Environmental Quality's website.
Two people accused of operating a meth lab were arrested on Wednesday at their home on Highway 936 in St. Amant, and now that house is considered a biohazard. The DEQ keeps a registry of structures where meth lab busts have been made, and the process of making sure the property is safe again is tightly monitored.
According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the property owners now must obtain a certificate of remediation that must be presented to the DEQ. The house must pass inspection in order to be removed from the list, and it is up to the homeowners to get the job done.
According to Xtreme Cleaners, a cleaning service that contracts with area police departments to clean up hazardous materials, once the police calls them out to the initial crime scene to clean it up, it's up to the homeowner to have the home cleaned from there and to get a certificate of remediation to get the house off of the list.
To browse the list of houses that have been the site of past meth lab busts, check out the DEQ's website.