Kalamaoo County

Environmental Health

METHAMPHETAMINE ACTIVITIES

Condemnation and cleanup requirements of dwellings are incorporated in Article IX of the Kalamazoo County Sanitary Code to protect current and future residents from methamphetamine residue and hazardous chemical by-products from illegal methamphetamine production and/or use.


Methamphetamine Seizure Summary (As of August, 2016)

Numbers: 1108 Total Seizures in Kalamazoo County since 2004
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1060 Cleaned/Closed (95%)
0 New Seizures for August 2016

Summary:
2004: 4 total meth seizures
2005: 122 total meth seizures
2006: 48 total meth seizures
2007: 33 total meth seizures
2008: 122 total meth seizures
2009: 154 total meth seizures
2010: 97 total meth seizures
2011: 78 total meth seizures
2012: 92 total meth seizures
2013: 85 total meth seizures
2014: 113 total meth seizures
2015: 102 total meth seizures
2016: 37 total meth seizures so far

Please note: All seizures have been added, including vehicles, fields, & misc.



Methamphetamine Seizure Status for Kalamazoo County


The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners adopted regulations pertaining to methamphetamine activities on May 16, 2006. These regulations are contained in Article IX of the Kalamazoo County Sanitary Code. The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services, Environmental Health Division is responsible for the administration of these regulations when notice is received from local law enforcement agencies of the existence of any property or building having suspected methamphetamine activities. The regulations require that minimum standards of cleaning and testing are met before permitting occupancy.

ARTICLE IX: RESIDUAL METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION CLEANUP REGULATIONS

CHAPTER 23a: PURPOSE
The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners has determined that it is necessary to ensure that buildings that have been used for methamphetamine activities are "safe" to reoccupy and has authorized the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department to establish standards for the cleanup of methamphetamine laboratories used to manufacture and/or use methamphetamine. Pursuant to these regulations, property owners or any person seeking to occupy a building or to offer for occupancy a building, are required to meet all of the requirements set forth in these regulations before permitting the use of a building that has been used for methamphetamine activities, except that a property owner may elect instead to demolish the affected building.

CHAPTER 24a: APPLICABILITY
The requirements of ARTICLE IX apply: (1) when an owner of property has received notification from the Department that chemicals, equipment, or supplies indicative of a methamphetamine laboratory or smoking of methamphetamine have been identified at the property, or (2) when a methamphetamine laboratory is otherwise discovered, and the owner of the property has received notice.

CHAPTER 32a: LIFTING OF CONDEMNATION
Upon receipt of a copy of the Post-Decontamination Report or a Preliminary Assessment Report that states that contamination no longer remains or is not present in the building, the Department shall lift the condemnation and vacancy order by sending written notification to the property owner. Copies of the written notification shall also be sent to the township/municipality and consultant.

Helpful Links:

Owner Remediation Guidelines
DEA Methamphetamine Facts
Silent Observer
MDHHS Cleanup of Clandestine Drug Laboratory Guidance




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