Lawmakers restore $12.5M in meth cleanup funds

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The war on methamphetamine has gotten some
support from Congress - millions of dollars to clean up the toxic
waste generated by clandestine meth labs.

President Barack Obama signed a wide-ranging appropriations bill Friday that included the restoration of $12.5 million for meth lab
cleanup.

Funding for meth lab cleanups through the Community Oriented
Policing Services program ran out in February and was not renewed.
The program provided $19.2 million for meth lab cleanup in 2010.

The result this year was devastating for some parts of the U.S.
hit hard by meth. An Associated Press investigation in August found
that without federal cleanup money, many local police and sheriff's
departments were far less likely to seek out labs they couldn't
afford to clean up.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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