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Montana meth cleanup laws lagging behind other states


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Pictured is a "meth home" in Missoula.

It was a perfect home for their growing family. James and Josephine Slack had purchased a small house in a rural neighborhood on Mill Road just north of Helena, Mont. The home had a big yard surrounded by mountains in the distance, ideal for the Slack's two young daughters and soon-to-be born son.

They also had no idea it was toxic.

It was 2005, the same year methamphetamine use and manufacture pushed states like Montana to enact its first series of laws regarding the cleanup of meth contaminated properties.

It was also the year the federal government adopted the Combat the Methamphetami...

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