Berry Votes to Clean Up Meth Labs

FEBRUARY 7, 2007 - Posted at 3:34 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON - Today, 1st District Congressman Marion Berry voted in favor of HR 365, known as the Methamphetamine Remediation Research Act of 2007.  The bill, which passed in the House this afternoon, charges the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the development of health-based guidelines to assist state and local authorities in cleaning up former meth lab sites and the toxic messes they leave behind.

Congressman Berry is a co-sponsor of the bill.

Because meth can be made with commonly found ingredients, the drug is plaguing poor, rural areas.  In addition, production of the drug creates toxic residue and vapors that collect on countertops and floors and be absorbed into furnishings, posing a health hazard to future residents who are often unknowingly exposed to the dangerous chemicals.