Nebraska Meth Rules Delayed

Coming up with rules on how in-home meth labs should be cleaned up to protect the public from toxic chemicals is proving difficult for Nebraska health officials.

They've missed the deadline for approving the rules by two years. The deadline is in a state law passed about three years ago.

Some local health officials say the lack of rules hasn't presented much of a problem because in-home labs have become somewhat rare.

But Jeremy Eschliman, environmental health specialist at the health department that covers Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties, says that “if something did pop up, we wouldn't have guidance from the state.''

A public hearing on proposed rules is scheduled for Thursday. Hearings also were held last year.