Standing near the site of a recent meth lab bust in Dewitt, Senator Charles Schumer introduced legislation that would require home sellers and landlords who know a home was used as a meth lab to alert potential buyers or renters.

Those who don't comply would face a civil penalty.

Schumer says it's critical for buyers or renters to be aware that meth was once made in their home because the chemical remnants from the meth-making process are hazardous to health and often seep into carpets and walls.

He says the cleanup could cost as much as $10,000, a major expense for families once they realize the sitiuation.

23 states have enacted similar laws, but Schumer says a strong federal standard is needed.