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Marijuana and Meth Lab Cleanup

Clandestine marijuana and methamphetamine labs are a source of contamination that is spreading very quickly throughout buildings. Products used in clandestine labs are highly volatile and have a destructive effect on our health.


The decontamination process developed by Decon Progreen saves the buildings from demolition, and especially to make the environment safe for people.














“Anthrax-killing formula proves effective in meth lab cleanup


Sandia’s decontamination formula, developed more than a decade ago and used to decontaminate federal office buildings and mailrooms during the 2001 anthrax attacks, is now being used to decontaminate illegal methamphetamine labs.


Mark Tucker, a chemical engineer in Sandia’s Chemical & Biological Systems Dept. and co-creator of the original decontamination formula, said it renders all types of typical chemical and biological agents harmless.


Tucker said many cleaning methods don’t remove methamphetamine and the chemicals used to produce it. Incompletely or improperly cleaned surfaces, such as floors, countertops and drywall, can remain contaminated for months or even years, even after many cleanups.


Sandia’s decontamination formula includes a collection of mild, nontoxic and noncorrosive chemicals found in common household products, such as hair conditioner and toothpaste. It contains both surfactants, which lift agents off a surface, and mild oxidizers, which break down the agent’s molecules into nontoxic pieces that can be washed down a household drain like detergent or dish soap.


 In experiments from a few years ago, John Martyny, associate professor and industrial hygienist at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center’s Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and a national expert on the effects of meth exposure on children, compared the effectiveness of common cleaners, such as detergent and bleach, on methamphetamine cleanup. Martyny included Sandia’s decontamination formula in the testing. His experiments showed that, after cleaning, the methamphetamine present on tested surfaces was likely oxidized to another compound and was non detectable.


In most instances, the formula reduces the levels to .02 μg/100 square cm (microgram/sq. cm) or less, which is considered non detectable.


 Another advantage of this cleanup method is that some other methods are destructive or use more corrosive substances and the resulting chemical residues are themselves toxic. The formula is rendered nonhazardous and nontoxic, requiring only a surface wipe when finished.


 Sandia’s decontamination formula was developed with funding provided by the DOE and NNSA Chemical and Biological National Security Program (CBNP).”