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Legislator Calls for Broome County Meth Database

By Fox 40 Staff.
Would you like to know if a home you're looking to buy or an apartment you're looking to rent could have been home to a meth lab?

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that for each pound of meth produced, between five and six pounds of highly toxic waste is generated. Broome County Legislator Jason Garnar is calling for the Broome County Sheriff's Office and Health Department to create an on-line database of meth labs in the county. This would also include mobile labs, often what's called one-pot labs, which can be anywhere from cars, to parking lots, to homes.

"I would like to know certainly if a house has meth or an apartment has had a known meth lab. But I also think it's important to know if a parking lot has had a meth lab so I know that's a place that maybe I want to keep my kids away from or I want to be away from," said Garnar.

"It could be a good idea. We'll take a look at it as we've responded back to Mr. Garnar in my email. We'll let him know what we think from there," said Broome County Sheriff David Harder.

In February, Senator Charles Schumer called for federal legislation that would require home sellers and landlords to disclose whether a home had once been used to make meth.