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Methamphetamine Labs

Methamphetamine lab materials

Clandestine methamphetamine (meth) labs may leave contaminaton on hard surfaces like walls, countertops, sinks or heating and air conditioning ducts, and be absorbed into soft surfaces like furniture, drapes and carpeting. 

Often found in small amounts, meth lab contaminants may still pose health risks to persons exposed to them. 

Statutes and regulations were established that require clandestine meth labs be cleaned up in accordance with cleanup standards established by the State Board of Health, or the property owner may elect to demolish the property instead. 


The statute includes a provision that a property owner who cleans up a property in compliance with the regulations has immunity from civil lawsuits by future owners, occupants or neighbors related to the meth lab as long as verification testing is conducted by a qualified professional and a copy of the results provided to the local governing body (as defined in statute). 


Meth lab properties that do not meet the regulatory requirements are deemed a public health nuisance.


NEW  We are holding a stakeholder process  to make necessary changes to the meth lab cleanup regulations.  Refer to the "Stakeholder Process" tab for more information.


The revisions will involve updates to the existing regulatory language and the creation of a training and certification program for individuals involved in meth lab cleanup as required by 25-18.5-102 C.R.S.


We have completed the work group process and have scheduled the following general stakeholder meetings to disucss the draft regulation. Additional meetings may be scheduled if warranted.


Meetings will be held at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Campus Location, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246. Participants will need to check in at the Security Desk located in the main lobby of Building A. The security guard can provide directions to the meeting room. Map pdf file




Date Time Location
June 26, 2014 9:30 - 11:30 AM CDPHE, Building C, Room C1E
August 5, 2014 2:00 - 4:00 PM CDPHE, Building C, Room C1E


The proposed draft regulation will be posted approximately a week before the June 26th meeting.


Senate Bill 13-219 pdf file     Concerning the Remediation Performed on Property Contaminated by an Illegal Drug Laboratory


Sign-Up to participate in the stakeholder process.



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    • Title 25 Article 18.5 Part 1

Regulations Pertaining to the Cleanup of Methamphetamine Labs 

6 CCR 1014-3


Department Regulations


The following guidance has not yet been updated to reflect changes in regulation. However, much of the information is still useful and relevant. Please use these documents in conjunction with the regulations.



To report a known or suspected meth lab, contact your local law enforcement agency or drug task force. 


To report suspected disposal down the sanitary sewer, contact the local wastewater treatment authority.  The local public works department or other city offices can assist in determining how to contact the wastewater treatment authority.


To determine if there is a local oversight program for meth lab cleanup, contact your local health department, building department or law enforcement agency.


For questions regarding health effects of meth lab-related chemicals or by-products, contact the Department's Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division at 303-692-2700.


For general questions regarding meth lab cleanup or if you suspect environmental contamination from a meth lab, call the Division's Customer Technical Assistance line at 303-692-3320.