Rep. Sykes to introduce legislation outlining meth lab remediation standards 

COLUMBUS— Today, Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) announced she will partner with Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) to introduce legislation establishing procedures for the remediation of Ohio properties on which a meth lab has been discovered. The bill comes after a 17-month old Akron child tragically died as a result of poisoning from chemicals found on a former meth lab site.

“Summit County law enforcement stands among Ohio’s best in identifying meth labs in our communities,” said Rep. Sykes. “Remediation of these sites is the next step in the process of reclaiming our neighborhoods. I look forward to working with Rep. Anielski to ensure identified meth houses are cleaned up properly and put back to use in ways that strengthen our communities and provide for the safety of our friends and neighbors.”

The proposed legislation establishes identification and cleanup procedures for sites that contain harmful meth-related chemicals.  It also requires the Department of Health to develop process-based standards and procedures for meth lab remediation standards. Furthermore, it calls on local enforcement officials, local boards of health, certified cleanup specialists and property owners to work to protect the health and safety of Ohioans.

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