The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has commissioned Environmental Risk Sciences Pty Ltd (enRiskS) to derive appropriate investigation levels (ILs) to be used in the assessment and remediation of clandestine drug laboratories (clan labs).
Residual contamination associated with the manufacture of illicit drugs have the potential to be present as residues or dust on non-porous surfaces, absorbed by furnishings, walls and ducting etc in the vicinity of the clan labs, with other base chemicals and/or wastes (by-products and intermediates) having the potential to leak or be dumped into drains or directly to soil. These contaminants can in many instances persist within the building or in soil such that they have the potential to pose a risk to persons occupying the premises in the future or the environment.
ACC is developing guidelines for the assessment and remediation of sites where contamination has occurred as a result of the operation of a clan lab or other illicit drug process/laboratories. The guidelines are relevant to addressing adverse impacts the clan labs may have on the natural and built environment. They are to be applied after initial police operations have been completed and evidence and bulk chemicals/wastes have been removed from the premises.
The ILs derived in this report are intended to be included in the ACC guidelines.
Derivation of Risk Based Guidelines for Website
Cite as: Environmental Risk Sciences (2009). Derivation of Risk-Based Investigation Levels, Clandestine Drug Laboratory, Site Investigation Guidelines. Prepared for the Australian Crime Commission, Ref: ACC/09/R001, 6 October 2009.