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06/20/11 — Cleanup costs concern county

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Cleanup costs concern county

By Gary Popp
Published in News on June 20, 2011 1:46 PM

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This photo shows the aftermath of a methamphetamine lab explosion that destroyed part of the former Goldwater Motel on U.S. 117 South Alternate in March. Paying for the cleanup of such toxic sites has been placed on local governments, and Wayne County officials are looking for ways to find the money to cover the costs, which can run as high as $3,000. Wayne is one of the top counties in the state in terms of meth labs discovered.

State and federal agencies cut off funding for cleaning up methamphetamine manufacturing and dump sites earlier this year, pushing the cost down to local officials. With the average cost of cleaning up such sites about $3,000, and Wayne County...

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