North Liberty City Iowa: A new meth lab cleanup ordinance in North Liberty City will hold property owners responsible for meth lab cleanup costs. Previously, property owners were asked to perform meth lab cleanup on their private residences or rental properties, but there was no legal requirement for them to do so. The new ordinance, which passed on Tuesday, will prohibit anyone from living in a contaminated meth lab house until the property has been properly decontaminated. Although, it is not yet known, what those decontamination standards will be, it is expected that North Liberty City will follow in the footsteps of other Iowa communities such as Marion, Burlington, and Washington.
According to The Gazette, “Burlington’s ordinance requires landlords of meth properties to have the buildings tested by a certified industrial hygienist to verify there is less than 0.1 microgram of residue per 100 square centimeters before the building can be reoccupied.” Burlington property owners must also notify any future buyer or renter if meth was present in their real estate property for 3 years after it tested positive for meth. The city of Marion extends the meth lab cleanup regulations to vehicles, as well, as real estate structures.
North Liberty’s meth lab cleanup ordinance is not a guarantee
While North Liberty’s meth lab cleanup ordinance will help clean up some of the city’s former meth houses, the public should be aware that the ordinance can only be applied to properties where police have discovered meth labs. Due t the fact that most meth labs are housed in small bottles these days, buyers and renters should keep in mind that police often don’t find them. In fact, law enforcement officers across the country estimate they find only 1 to 3 out of every 10 meth labs. You should also keep in mind that someone doesn’t need to make meth to contaminated a property. Smoking meth can also contaminate a structure, according to environmental health studies about meth lab contamination.
In addition to the passage of a meth lab cleanup ordinance, the North Liberty City Council also approved the creation of a meth lab house registry . The registry will list any properties where meth lab busts have taken place.