Methamphetamine or Fentanyl Contaminated Property Cleanup Act

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AB-1596 was enacted in 2019 to establish interim cleanup standards for closed fentanyl labs & guidance for local municipalities. Three years later no permanent standards exist.

Today California Attorney General Bonta cited the success of the CA Department of Justice-led task force regarding illegal fentanyl since April 2021.: 

  • 4 million fentanyl pills
  • nearly 900 pounds of fentanyl powder
  • 217 suspects arrested since April 2021

The Attorney General also cited the various designated funds, some newly legislated, to reduce the effects and flow of fentanyl as

AB-1673 California Fentanyl Abuse Task Force.

January 2022 - An act to add and repeal Section 11455 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to controlled substances.

May 2022 - In committee: Held under submission.

The bill would require the task force to be chaired by the Attorney General, or their designee, and would specify the membership of the task force. The bill would require the first meeting of the task force to take place no later than March 1, 2023, and would require the task force to meet at least once every 2 months. The bill would require the task force to report its findings and recommendations to the Attorney General, the Governor, and the Legislature by July 1, 2024. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2025.

Family’s Plea Transforms Riverside County Fentanyl Fight – NBC Los Angeles


However, no mention was made of AB1596 signed by Governor Newsom October 2019. the Methamphetamine or Fentanyl Contaminated Property Cleanup Act further protects the community once arrests and confiscation have occurred, but the lab sites remain to be dealt with to further protect the community.

  • Established interim standards for the cleanup of fentanyl labs until permanent standards can be developed by the state or federal government.
  • Local health officers will be provided with directions on how to provide adequate notice to property owners and renters of property contaminated by fentanyl
  • Local health officers will be provided with guidance on overseeing the cleanup of these properties.
  • The law also requires homeowners to notify potential renters or buyers that an overdose occurred on the premises

No timeline was suggested or established for permanent standards.

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There is no easily found public centralized resource for statistics of Fentanyl confiscation and arrests - so the totals Attorney General Bonta suggested. Although most are the result of Federal Border agents.
$ Mil Agency County When Powder lbs Pills
State Task Force Riverside Sep 2022 110,000
LA Interagency Metro Police 52 
1.5 Riverside County Gang Impact Team Riverside Jun 2022 5 kg 40,000
4 Alameda County Sheriff's Dept Alameda Apr 2022  92
20 US DEA Los Angeles Jul 2022 1,000,000
8 US Customs & Border Protection San Diego Jul 2022 260
12.9 US Customs & Border Protection San Diego Aug 2022 127
Alameda May 2022 15
US DEA Kern Apr 2021 15,000
1.3 US Customs Riverside May 2022 107
.7 US Customs San Diego Aug 2022 50
US Customs San Diego Sep 2022 212
US Customs San Diego Aug 2022 110
US Customs San Diego Sep 2022 30


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