Toxic Waste Cleanup

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Law enforcement officials are increasing their efforts to create a statewide standard for cleaning up toxic waste left by methamphetamine labs.

Lobbyists for landlords, hotel owners and other groups defeated a bill before the legislature last session requiring them to decontaminate their properties if they were used as labs.

But state Representative Mark Cloer says he'll introduce a similar bill in January.

Making methamphetamine creates toxic vapors that can seep into wood, carpeting and walls. Exposure to the toxins can cause serious health problems, especially with the respiratory system.

Ninety-five meth labs have been found in El Paso County already this year, up from 75 during the same period in 2002.