On April 18, 2012, Governor McDonnell approved legislation, introduced as House Bill 796, which required the Board of Health to establish guidelines for the cleanup of residential property formerly used as clandestine methamphetamine laboratories. On March 20, 2013, Governor McDonnell approved additional legislation, introduced as House Bill 1615, which expanded the scope of the guidelines to all residential properties where methamphetamine was manufactured. House Bill 1615 also established residential property disclosure notifications which have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2014.
The guidelines are based on input from the stakeholder working group, nationally recognized cleanup standards and relevant peer-reviewed literature. The purpose of the guidelines are to provide cleanup procedures and standards determined by the Board of Health to be "best practices" reasonably calculated to assure that current and future property owners and occupants who follow the guidelines can remediate methamphetamine contamination to a level that does not pose a threat to persons occupying residential dwelling units in Virginia. The standards and procedures contained in these documents are guidelines; guidelines do not have the force of law and adherence is voluntary.
The Board of Health and its designees do not conduct inspections of residential properties to document or enforce compliance with these guidelines.
Links and Documents
- Guidelines for Cleanup of Residential Property Used to Manufacture Methamphetamine
- EPA Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup
- Section 32.1-11.7 of the Code of Virginia
- Section 55-225.17 of the Code of Virginia
- Section 55-248.12:3 of the Code of Virginia
- Local Health Districts
- Office of Environmental Health Services – (804) 864-7473
- Office of Epidemiology, Toxicology – (804) 864-8182