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Guidelines for Cleanup of Residential Property Used to Manufacture Methamphetamine

Guidelines for Cleanup of Residential Property Used to Manufacture Methamphetamine


On April 18, 2012, Governor McDonnell approved legislation, introduced as House Bill 796, which required the Board of Health to establish guidelines for the cleanup of residential property formerly used as clandestine methamphetamine laboratories. On March 20, 2013, Governor McDonnell approved additional legislation, introduced as House Bill 1615 , which expanded the scope of the guidelines to all residential properties where methamphetamine was manufactured. House Bill 1615 also established residential property disclosure notifications which have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2014.

The guidelines are based on input from the stakeholder working group, nationally recognized cleanup standards and relevant peer reviewed literature. The purpose of the guidelines are to provide cleanup procedures and standards determined by the Board of Health to be "best practices" reasonably calculated to assure that current and future property owners and occupants who follow the guidelines can remediate methamphetamine contamination to a level that does not pose a threat to persons occupying residential dwelling units in Virginia. The standards and procedures contained in these documents are guidelines; guidelines do not have the force of law and adherence is voluntary.

The Board of Health and its designees do not conduct inspections of residential properties to document or enforce compliance with these guidelines.

Links and Documents

VDH Contacts

Local Health Districts

Office of Environmental Health Services - (804) 864-7473

Office of Epidemiology, Toxicology - (804) 864-8182

Other Important Contacts:



Methamphetamine Site Seizure and First Response

Virginia State Police








(800) 522-0962

(800) 582-8350

(800) 572-2260

(800) 572-4510

(800) 522-9965

(800) 542-5959

(800) 542-8716

Health Hazards and Concerns

Health hazards, exposure routes, exposure risk.

Virginia Department of Health, Office of Epidemiology, Toxicology

(804) 864-8182


Environmental Contamination, Waste Disposal

Outdoor contamination and remediation (soil, water); waste disposal.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality


Glen Allen






VA Beach

(276) 676-4800

(804) 527-5020

(540) 574-7800

(434) 582-5120

(804) 698-4000

(540) 562-6700

(703) 583-3800

(757) 518-2000


Last Updated: 11-21-2013

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