State, feds should help with funding

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 2, 2002

No doubt Mower County and city officials in the area breathed a little easier when the state explained that local entities will not be footing the bill for Minnesota’s push to clean up methamphetamine labs.

In its response, the Minnesota Department of Health said the concerns were unfounded, but officials still want counties to join the fight in passing local ordinances requiring the cleaning of meth labs after they are busted by authorities. The effort would, primarily, protect the environment and the health department suggests property owners cover the cost.

The health department is correct in pushing for the provisions. The deadly chemicals used to produce meth can seep into walls, floors and eventually the soil.

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The problem needs to be solved, especially in an area like Austin. Methamphetamine use is a growing problem that just isn't going away.

County and city officials would be wise to support the state’s effort. If not financially, then politically.