Flush and bone: the future of alkaline hydrolysis in Virginia

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The Roanoke Times
Roanoke VA
November 11, 2012

By Phil Olson
Assistant Professor
Department of Science and Technology in Society
Virginia Tech

Thanks to modern chemistry, new alternatives for the final disposition of the formerly living are emerging. If you haven't thought about having your body dissolved in a mixture of water and alkali, you soon might. But Brenda Pogge would rather you didn't. On Jan.10, Pogge, a Republican delegate representing the 96thDistrict in Virginia, introduced House Bill379 to the commonwealth's Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee. The bill would have made it a class one misdemeanor for anyone to dispose of human remains using a relatively new disposition technique called alkaline hydrolysis. The bill did not make it out of committee, but you can rest assured that Virginia's lawmakers soon will resurrect discussions about alkaline hydrolysis.

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Thanks to the FCA of Virginia Blue Ridge (Blacksburg VA) for alerting us to this article.

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 November 2012 14:45 )  

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