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Are Crematoriums Harming the Environment?

by Staff

in Cremation

Lately several states, the most notable of which is California, have appeared in the news after having banned new crematoriums from opening. The reason behind this, officials claim, is because of the environmental impact of cremating a body, specifically, those with silver or lead tooth fillings, which can supposedly send mercury and other toxins into the air through the cremation process.

However, according the EPA, crematoriums nationwide send a mere 320 pounds of mercury into the air each year. Compare that with large industries, such as power plants run by coal, that release over 100 tons of that same toxin into the atmosphere. And that is just the amount from power plants; imagine how many pollutants are sent into the environment by other types of industries!

No matter the state, crematoriums have to abide by environmental laws. As an example, crematoriums in Ohio have to have an EPA-issued air pollution control permit, and have to follow solid waste incinerator regulations, waste evaluation requirements, and water discharge laws. Plus there are permits needed to install the equipment, as well as permits to operate. A crematorium is not as un-regulated or as harmful as officials would have you believe.

So, no, crematoriums are not as harmful to the environment as you may think. The fear of getting mercury poisoning from a crematorium or from the cremated remains themselves is unfounded. The amount that is released into the air is minimal, and due to EPA regulatory standards, the emissions from crematoriums are highly regulated and checked.

Therefore, as long as it is not banned by your religion, you do not have to worry about the environmental impact that will result from getting your loved ones cremated. In fact, cremation is better for the environment than the chemicals and other compounds produced by the embalming process.

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