APRIL 29, 2004 - Posted at 7:43 a.m. CDT
KANSAS CITY, MO - Governor Holden says a new system of disposing of meth lab waste is saving millions of dollars for state government. He says the procedure also has reduced the chances of environmental damage from toxic chemicals used to make meth.
At a Kansas City meeting yesterday Holden discussed the Clandestine Drug Lab Collection Station Program, set up by the Department of Public Safety. It's available to any public agency in the state.
The program has 20 specially designed facilities. Each is stocked with equipment and supplies ranging from chemical test kits to protective clothing.
The collection station opened at the Sedalia Fire Department in 1988.
And since then, Holden said, hazardous waste from 6,700 meth labs has been cleaned up. He said the savings to the state over the traditional cleanup approach totals $15 million.