New Method For Disposing of Human Remains Recomended by Committee

human remainsThe House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee is recommending the House vote on HB 316-FN on Wednesday which would allow alkaline hydrolysis for the disposal of human remains. The process is seen as an alternative to cremation and has been used for disposing animal carcasses for the past 20 years.
Hydrolysis disposal causes the body to be liquefied by being placed in a mixture of water and lye and heated before being broken down into its chemical components. The process takes about three hours and leaves the remains, brown and the consistency of oil with strong ammonia smell. This bill requires a facility to be licensed and provides rule making authority for the board of funeral directors and embalmers.

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