The discovery of a a shake-and-bake meth lab on Sunday at the Holiday motel on South Lee Highway necessitated the evacuation and relocation of close to a dozen motel guests, when officials determined that their rooms had also been contaminated.
Officials believe that fumes from the meth lab traveled to the other dozen or so rooms by traveling through a shared heating and air-conditioning duct system.
Under Tennessee law, all of the motel rooms that have been contaminated will need to be placed under quarantine, making them “off limits” to the public until a professional decontamination has been completed, a post-test shows that the contamination has been removed, and a “certificate of cleanliness” has been issued by the state of Tennessee.
Determining whether the property is fit for inhabitation after the discovery a meth lab in TN means that post-tests should meet or exceed the following cleanup criteria:
(1) “Methamphetamine shall not exceed .1 microgram /100cm2 on any hard surfaces.
(2) Volatile Organic Compounds shall not exceed 1ppm in air as measured under normal inhabitable ventilation conditions.
(3) If it is determined that lead or mercury were used in the lab process, the standard for cleanup of lead on any surface shall not exceed 40ug/ft2, and mercury shall not exceed 50 nanograms/m3 for indoor air.
Under the law, the owners of the motel are also financially responsible for all of the costs associated with the decontamination of the property as well as the cost of testing.
*Pictured: Examples of shake-and-bake meth labs are shown for educational purposes and do not include a picture of the actual shake-and-bake meth lab that was discovered at the motel.