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Santi-Kleen

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Santi-Kleen

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Nations, PTT Sept 1 2005

www.fcpotawatomi.com, 1 Sept 2005 [cached]

"It turned out we have the same equipment that you need to clean up clandestine drug labs," said Santi-Kleen president Cindi Newcomb. The apartment job in Sioux Falls will be the fifth meth lab the company has cleaned up, she said. Such projects usually cost $5,000 to $8,000, Newcomb said.Some places such as mobile homes can be so contaminated that it makes more financial sense to tear them down, she said. "I'd sure like to see the business dry up and go away.We moved here to South Dakota from Oregon 10 years ago because the meth problem was getting bad and we didn't want to raise our kids there.And now the problem is bad here," Newcomb said. The Sioux Falls apartment lab is rare because most South Dakota labs are found in rural areas, far away from people who can detect the stench of the chemicals. "Rural landlords are really the ones that need the education because they own the property that is perfect for these drug manufacturers," Newcomb said.


One concern is that innocent homebuyers ...

www.argusleader.com, $reference.date [cached]

One concern is that innocent homebuyers could be liable for cleanup, which could run as high as $16,000 or more, said Cindi Newcomb, owner of Santi-Kleen, a Marion-based remediation company.

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Meth-lab cleanup companies in South Dakota have lobbied lawmakers to mandate cleanup, create more stringent cleanup laws and outline who should pay for decontamination, Newcomb said.There also should be additional protections for homebuyers, she said.
"What if they made it so every home sale, in that long list of things you have to pay for, is a meth test," Newcomb said."There needs to be some way for the cost of the cleanup to be accounted for.And the people in the house are not necessarily the ones that contaminated the home."
Public money could be made available to those who cannot afford cleanup, Newcomb said.


KFYR-TV North Dakota's NBC News Leader

www.kfyrtv.com, 31 Jan 2006 [cached]

"Once that truck backs up and you see people in Tyvex suits getting out," says Santi Kleen owner Cindy Newcomb.

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"We did some research and found that the same equipment that we use for our professional cleaning service can be used to clean up the drug labs," Newcomb says.
Cindy Newcomb has been cleaning up after dangerous drug labs for two years."We`ve been out cleaning five times," she says.But the job isn`t for amateurs."The suits provide a little barrier so you don`t get the residue on your clothes, we`re also using one of these which is the most critical part of the equipment which is a respirator," she explains.After all of the protective gear is on they get to work, first throwing out everything but the kitchen sink."We`ll remove all of the personal property, the carpet, the drapes, light fixtures, molding from the house then wash it down twice," Newcomb says.
And with the help of an air purifier, they test the house one last time for residue to make sure there`s no trace of the chemicals.All of their hard work brings in a big payoff."$4,000 to $12,000," she says.A job they hope they`ll never have to do again."We would like to work our way out of the business completely, and never have to clean another drug lab or drug contaminated property again," Newcomb says.
Newcomb is working with a testing lab to try to promote at-home testing kits for landlords.She says she needs a grant to make a how-to video that teaches property owners how to wipe areas for residue then send it to the lab.She says by testing tenants every so often, it might eliminate them from trying to use drugs or manufacture them in the home altogether.


Santi-Kleen

www.marionsd.com, 17 June 2006 [cached]

Cindi Newcomb, Owner


KSFY.com - Stories - Cleaning Up After Meth Labs A Messy Job

www.ksfy.com, 30 Jan 2006 [cached]

"Once that truck backs up and you see people in Tyvex suits getting out," says Santi Kleen owner Cindy Newcomb.

...
"We did some research and found that the same equipment that we use for our professional cleaning service can be used to clean up the drug labs," Newcomb says.
Cindy Newcomb has been cleaning up after dangerous drug labs for two years."We've been out cleaning five times," she says.But the job isn't for amateurs."The suits provide a little barrier so you don't get the residue on your clothes, we're also using one of these which is the most critical part of the equipment which is a respirator," she explains.After all of the protective gear is on they get to work, first throwing out everything but the kitchen sink."We'll remove all of the personal property, the carpet, the drapes, light fixtures, molding from the house then wash it down twice," Newcomb says.
And with the help of an air purifier, they test the house one last time for residue to make sure there's no trace of the chemicals.All of their hard work brings in a big payoff."$4 to $12,000," she says.A job they hope they'll never have to do again."We would like to work our way out of the business completely, and never have to clean another drug lab or drug contaminated property again," Newcomb says.
Newcomb is working with a testing lab to try to promote at-home testing kits for landlords.She says she needs a grant to make a how-to video that teaches property owners how to wipe areas for residue then send it to the lab.She says by testing tenants every so often, it might eliminate them from trying to use drugs or manufacture them in the home altogether.

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