Roe Inquires about Meth Lab Cleanup Funding
Sends a letter to the Director of COPS
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) wrote a letter to the Director of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to inquire about funding for the methamphetamine lab cleanup grants in the COPS budget.
“Due to all the challenges our local law enforcement have had while trying to obtain funds for methamphetamine lab cleanup, I sent a letter to the Director of COPS to inquire further,” said Dr. Roe. “This funding is essential for our local officials, and I will continue to investigate so our local officials can get the funding they need.”
The following is a letter sent to Mr. Melekian, the Director of COPS:
I am writing to express concern about the availability of funding for methamphetamine lab cleanup grants in the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services budget. As you may know, Tennessee is among the hardest-hit states with a methamphetamine crisis, and the clean-up grants have been imperative for eliminating this hazardous material.
It is my understanding that P.L. 112-4 provides $415,000 towards these grants, yet local law enforcement agencies in our district are being told no grant money will be made available. I would appreciate any information you can provide about the status of funding for this program.
I have also heard widely varying degrees of the cost of cleaning a lab. In some press reports, I have seen states that have an average cost of $550 to clean a meth lab, and in other reports, I have seen that the average cost in Tennessee is around $2,500 per site. While there is no question the complexity of the clean-up at individuals sites depends on the extent of the clean-up required, it surprises me that average awards in different states would vary so widely. So I would like to know whether there are any guidelines or criteria for these grants that affect the size of these awards.
I am keenly aware of the budget challenges that even the most worthwhile of programs will face because of necessary spending cuts, but it seems as if the meth lab cleanup program has been fortunate enough to maintain the current funding levels. It is unclear to me why the meth cleanup program specifically cannot continue if Congress has not cut funding for that program. Again, any clarity you can provide on this situation would be greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at 202-225-6356 should you have any additional questions. Thank you in advance for your consideration of my request.