Meth Lab Clean Up Costs May Change Hands


WAYNESBORO, Va. -- There have been a few meth lab busts in Waynesboro this year and currently the city has to pay for the clean up.

City leaders are trying to have the offenders pay for the chemicals they leave behind.

A public hearing will be held regarding this change Monday night.

The ordinance will later be voted on by council members at the first business meeting in November, there is no set date yet.

The clean up costs vary, depending on the lab.

The city outsources the clean up due to the unstable nature of meth labs, which can sometimes add up to $5,000.

Leaders would like to change the city code so that people convicted of manufacturing meth would have to pay the costs themselves.

Sgt. Brian Edwards said that there's no budget for cleaning up labs, and that people who are convicted of making meth may not have the funds to pay it all back, "They're looking at long incarceration times, they're looking at fines and costs that go with court. They may not have a lot of resources. So let's say the possibility of getting money from them, it's kinda slim."

The change wouldn't cover clean up costs for land owners who rent property to the convicted criminal.


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