A Message from IACP President Mark Marshall RE: Clandestine Meth Lab Cleanup Funding Exhausted

Dear IACP Member:

Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) informed state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies that funding to assist in the cleanup of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories has been exhausted and, at this time, there is not an expectation of additional funding.

The IACP has learned that if additional funding becomes available, it will be a very small amount. However, the DEA has stated that any additional funding that may become available will be provided to those states that have hazardous waste container programs. Once that funding is expended, DEA will no longer be able to assist state, local and tribal law enforcement with contractor support for hazardous waste removal from approved container programs or clandestine lab sites.

Up until FY 2010, Congress appropriated funding for state, local and tribal clandestine lab cleanups under the Community Oriented Policing Services program (COPS). In FY 2010, the COPS office was authorized to transfer $10 million to DEA to continue to administer the program; however, this level of funding was not adequate to address the increasing demands on the program. The IACP has learned that the DEA has pursued alternative funding streams for lab cleanup and will continue to do so.

The IACP understands that this is an important issue for the law enforcement community and is closely monitoring the situation. The IACP will work with DEA, Congress and our other law enforcement partners to find a successful solution to this critical problem.

It is imperative that chiefs contact their member of Congress on this critical issue. It is also helpful for IACP to hear from members regarding the challenges you are facing in your state or locality because of the lack of these funds. Please contact Meredith Ward in IACP’s legislative affairs office at WardM@TheIACP.org.


Mark A. Marshall