Plan To Protect Public From Meth Labs Introduced
Proposal Holds Property Owners Accountable For Cleanup Costs
May 22, 2012
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Columbus - 
Legislation was introduced today to tackle illicit methamphetamine production across Ohio and hold property owners accountable for costs associated with meth lab cleanup. Sponsored by State Senators Frank LaRose (R - Copley) and Bill Beagle (R - Tipp City), the measure directs the Ohio Department of Health to study and create rules to standardize meth house cleanup so that they may become safe for future use. Legislation to crack down on meth lab activity has been in the works for over a year. The recent death of a 17-month old Akron child from meth poisoning is further proof that immediate action is needed. "Our goal is to protect innocent people of all ages from being exposed to these deadly chemicals," LaRose said. "By seriously addressing the use and production of meth, we will be able to insulate more Ohioans from accidental exposure." Harmful chemical residue from such labs is often left behind after illegal meth production is completed. Currently, state and local officials are tasked with the costly clean up to ensure public safety. Under the proposal, property owners will be responsible for any cleanup costs that are needed to address the lingering presence of meth-related chemicals. Updated rules and procedures will also be established to identify homes that contain the harmful byproducts of meth production. "In addition to public safety, we're working to ensure that communities do not become shackled by the presence of meth labs," said Beagle. "New standards for identification and cleanup will allow for more efficient and expedient remediation so that these homes can get back onto the market and used safely by new residents."
"Senator LaRose represents the 27th Senate District which includes part of Summit County. He currently serves as Chairman of Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review and Vice Chairman of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee. Senator Bill Beagle serves the people of Ohio's 5th Senate District, which includes Miami County and portions of Montgomery and Darke Counties."
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