NC SBI Could Soon Run Out Of Money For Meth Lab Clean Up
The federal government has paid for meth lab clean up for more than 10 years, but that money ran out in February. Since then in North Carolina, the State Bureau of Investigation has been footing the bill. Soon that money will run out too. SBI Director Greg McLeod has requested emergency funds from the governor. He says it would be unwise to put the burden on local governments. "What we're seeing in other states where this funding is left to the locals, because the locals are so strapped from a budget standpoint, they're more or less operating in a way that if they run across a meth lab, they'll certainly deal with it, but they're not engaging in a pro-active law enforcement posture like we are in North Carolina," says McLeod. Since February the state has spent $133,000 to clean-up meth labs. The average cost of cleaning-up the hazardous and explosive by-products of meth production is about $4,000. If the extra money doesn't come through, local agencies will have to begin paying for clean ups on May 10th. That's how South Carolina municipalities have been operating since February.