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New standard set for meth contamination

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017

A file photo of meth seized in police drug bust © Phil Walter/Getty Images A file photo of meth seized in police drug bust After months of controversy and apparently needless evictions, a new standard has been set for methamphetamine contamination in homes.

It sets a higher level than previous guidelines, and Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith says it will save millions in unnecessary decontamination work.

The new standard is 1.5ug/100cm2 compared with 0.5ug/100cm2 under the guidelines.

"The new standard is a huge step forward in helping home owners and tenants deal with the risks of methamphetamine contamination," Dr Smith said on Thursday.

He explained that the guidelines focused on the risks presented when there had been a clan lab in a house causing the contamination.

"The new standard results from a better understanding of the health risks," he said.

It will be legally enforceable when legislation is passed by parliament later this year.

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