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Meth lab clean-ups cut from fund

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia property owners would no longer get paid by the state for the costs of cleaning up meth labs found on their property, under changes to the state's crime victim compensation awards approved by Legislature on Saturday.

The bill would eliminate compensation for meth lab cleanup. In the past, property owners could seek up to $10,000 in compensation if a meth lab was discovered on their land.

Amid the high number of meth labs across the state, the crime victims' compensation fund has been depleted, falling from $60 million down to $2 million.

The bill now goes to the governor.