Green Bay (WQOW) – Attorney General Brad Schimel announced in Green Bay on Monday that six meth chemical storage containers will be placed across Wisconsin to assist local law enforcement with meth lab cleanup.
The containers will be placed in Barron, Brown, Dane, Eau Claire, Marathon and Vernon Counties.
According to Schimel, these special containers will save local law enforcement time, money and increase safety and security during a lab response. Schimel said it is estimated the containers will reduce cleanup costs by about 90 percent.
In a press release from Schimel, he said a FBI report from 2017 estimates that from 2011 to 2015, methamphetamine use in Wisconsin likely expanded between 250 and 300 percent. From 2012 to 2015, 73% of Wisconsin counties have had at least one meth lab; each pound of meth produced creates five to six pounds of hazardous waste. The remediation of meth labs is very costly and dangerous, requiring highly specialized equipment and personnel. DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) estimates from 2014 to 2015 meth lab cleanup costs exceeded $235,000.