UPDATE: Meth Contamination at Ratekin Tower


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Officials with the Grand Junction Housing Authority said this all started when they received information, which led to the testing of the first unit, and the situation grew from there.

The Grand Junction Housing Authority said it has notified all residents of the Ratekin Tower individually.

Scott Aker, Chief Operating Officer with The Grand Junction Housing Authority said, “The safety and the health of residents at all Grand Junction Housing Authority’s properties is paramount to us and that the use and production of methamphetamine, whether it’s by a resident or any of their guests, will not be tolerated.”

The initial discovery seven weeks ago led to further testing, which resulted in four units testing positive for meth residue.

Those four units were occupied at the time and the GJ Housing Authority said it’s handling each situation appropriately.

Aker said, “Very low levels of residual contamination have been found in most of the hallways and we are in the process of testing many additional units to see if there’s any additional contamination.”

So far, a fifth unit has tested positive for low levels of meth residue, and officials are still waiting on results from units on three of the six floors.

A walk-through with three remediation companies happened Thursday to put together proposals for the remediation process. From there, the housing authority will make a decision and move forward with remediation.

The Grand Junction Police Department said it wasn’t involved in any of the testing and no arrests have stemmed from the contamination.

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