Reporting to the federal government has fallen off over the last several years, however.
Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman Rusty Payne said reporting meth labs to the federal government is not mandatory. He said agencies might report lab busts months afterward, "or they may not report it at all."
"We don't claim that it's 100 percent accurate," he said.
The statistics used to provide a more accurate picture of meth lab incidents. Congress, for the last two decades, provided grants through its Community Oriented Policing Services program to help states clean up meth labs.
The Drug Enforcement Agency administered those grants and, each time a police agency would call to request funds, the DEA would enter that meth lab into its database.
Congress allowed funding for the cleanup grants to run out in 2011, however, so police agencies stopped calling the DEA to request funding.
As a result, the agency received far fewer reports of meth labs, Payne said.
Funding for the grant has since been restored, but Payne said the money is now prioritized for states with meth lab container programs.
Those programs allow police to dump each discovered lab in a central container to later be cleaned up, rather than cleaning each individual lab site.
West Virginia does not have a container program, so it does not receive as much cleanup funding from the DEA.