Alexander Praises Funding for Meth Cleanup Program That Will “Help States Win the Fight Against the Meth Epidemic”

At hearing last month, Alexander urged U.S. Attorney General Holder to continue helping states with cleanup

Posted on April 23, 2012

“Tennessee ranks second in the nation for meth lab seizures, but is only one of many states struggling to cope with cleanup costs.” –Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today praised the inclusion of funding to help states cleanup methamphetamine labs in the fiscal year 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

“I am pleased that the Department of Justice will continue to assist states in the very difficult and often dangerous efforts to clean up meth labs, and help states win the fight against the meth epidemic. Tennessee ranks second in the nation for meth lab seizures, but is only one of many states struggling to cope with cleanup costs.”

The bill includes $12.5 million for the Drug Enforcement Administration to help states with their meth cleanup and continue the “Container Program”

At a hearing last month, Senator Alexander asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to continue supporting meth lab cleanup:

Alexander said. “Last year the Department found money to support the work against methamphetamine and I complement the Department for that, I know it has been increasingly harder. In our state we had the second highest number of meth lab seizures in the nation; the money is running down, the state is increasing its funding. Would the Department again be able to try to help states that are working on this as you were able to do last year?”

Holder replied, “We are certainly going to try to do as best we can… Tennessee is a leader in that effort.”

Alexander is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies and voted Thursday to approve the fiscal year 2013 bill during the Senate Appropriations Committee markup.  The bill is now ready to be considered by the full United States Senate.

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