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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)– North Carolina is struggling to dispose of dangerous substances found in methamphetamine labs since the federal government quit funding such cleanups two months ago.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that Attorney General Roy Cooper will ask the North Carolina Council of State to authorize emergency funding to continue the work. Law enforcement officials estimate they will need to deal with 400 meth labs during 2011. The State Bureau of Investigation has
spent $140,000 since federal funds were eliminated in February.

SBI Director Greg McLeod says the agency can no longer afford the cost of the cleanups, which can run from $2,000 to $20,000 per site. Hazardous chemicals involved include acids, metals and salts that can cause a wide range of ill health effects.

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