Crematorium plan draws opposition for environmental worries

BETHEL, Conn. (AP) — A proposed crematorium in Bethel has generated opposition over environmental concerns.

The Connecticut Post reports that Shawn McLoughlin plans to cremate one or two bodies a day in a new building adjacent to a concrete business he owns. He says pollution is “virtually nothing” and that more pollution comes out of the stack of his diesel trucks than from a crematorium

John Holbrook, co-owner of nearby Holbrook Farm Market and Bakery, dismisses assurances the crematorium will not pollute. He says mercury or dioxin residue would force him to shut his business.

One concern might relate to vaporized mercury released from dental amalgam used to fill cavities in teeth.

Crematoriums are regulated by the state Department of Public Health, which requires the businesses to obtain a permit and submit to occasional safety inspections.


Information from: Connecticut Post,

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