Langley drug lab site ordered cleaned up

Environment Minister Mary Polak has ordered cleanup of the orphan site that was once a drug lab.

An illegal drug lab at 20668 72nd Ave. was dismantled in April 2014.

The site and neighbouring properties were found to be contaminated.

Neighbours were frustrated by the lack of action by any level of government. (No government action on drug lab toxins, April 30, Langley Advance).

Now the Ministry of Environment will step in, hire a contractor to do the work – to start later this month – and send the bill.

Complicating the issue was the fact that a tenant had the drug lab.

Despite repeated attempts by the ministry, the owner and tenant responsible for the drug lab failed to complete the required remediation and are in non-compliance with the Environmental Management Act.

Under the provincial legislation, the owner and tenant will be held responsible for any costs related to cleanup or remediation at the site as well as on any neighbouring properties.

Toxic runoff from drug lab worries neighbours

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