Mon., 11:05am: New Ohio hazmat containers to aid meth lab cleanup

NORTH CANTON – The state attorney general says new hazardous material containers at five sites around Ohio will help authorities more quickly clean up methamphetamine labs they bust.

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Monday announcement in North Canton comes amid a spike in the number of meth labs seized by authorities in Ohio this year. His office says law enforcement agencies have reported a record-high 770 lab seizures during this federal fiscal year.

DeWine says the hazardous material containers will help to reduce the time required to clean up those labs and the costs associated with those efforts.

DeWine has said the number of labs has apparently increased, and law enforcement agencies have become more aggressive about targeting them. State officials also have noted that making the drug is relatively cheap and easy.