RICHMOND, Ky (WKYT) - It's a danger that some people may not even know about. Now city leaders in Richmond say they're working on a new ordinance that would keep people safe from the remnants of meth labs.
"I realized that people could be busted for meth and move back in within two hours of when they get out of jail," said city commissioner Laura King
According to Kentucky's Department for Environmental Protection exposure to the chemicals used in making meth can cause burns, tissue irritation, dizziness, nausea and other adverse health effects.
King says currently in Kentucky homes where meth labs were located are treated no differently than any others. They can be lived in, they can be rented, they can even be sold.
At Tuesday's city commission meeting King introduced a new ordinance would require code enforcement to respond with police and declare the homes uninhabitable until they're cleaned and decontaminated professionally.
In the case of apartments or hotels the individual room would be labeled and others living or staying in the building would be notified.
"You couldn't have someone unknowingly move in there and be contaminated," King said.
The ordinance could go in effect as soon as two weeks from today.
The Drug Enforcement Administration keeps a list of all registered meth labs in America. That document can be viewed at: http://www.justice.gov/dea/clan-lab/clan-lab.shtml