Sandia Labs' foam used for meth cleanup

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials at Sandia National Laboratories say decontamination foam developed more than a decade ago by lab scientists is now being used to clean up methamphetamine labs.

Chemical engineer Mark Tucker says the foam renders all types of typical chemical and biological agents harmless.

The foam was used in 2001 to decontaminate federal office buildings and mailrooms during the anthrax attacks.

Federal officials say the meth cleanup problem is a big one. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's meth lab registry lists thousands of locations where drug labs or dumpsites have been found.

EFT Holdings is licensing the Sandia formula and selling it to remediation companies that specialize in meth cleanup.

Sandia has also licensed the formula to other firms that use it for everything from mold remediation to disinfection of hospitals and schools.