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Formaldehyde in Soil

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
IPCS INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME ON CHEMICAL SAFETY
HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDE NO. 57
FORMALDEHYDE
HAZARDS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND THEIR PREVENTION

Formaldehyde is widely present in the environment, as a result of natural processes and from man-made sources.  Most of the formaldehyde enters the atmosphere, where it is rapidly degraded by photolysis and photo-oxidation by hydroxyl radicals.  Formaldehyde in soil [i.e., cemeteries] and water is also biodegraded in a relatively short time.  In water, one pathway of degradation is rapid hydration to methylene glycol.

Formaldehyde is toxic for several aquatic organisms, but its ready biodegradability, low bioaccumulation, and the ability of organisms to metabolize it indicate that the impact of formaldehyde on the aquatic environment is limited, except in the case of major pollution.  Similar considerations apply to the atmosphere and the terrestrial environment where hazards will only occur when massive discharges or releases lead to major local pollution.  The non-persistence of formaldehyde means that effects will not be permanent.

The main feature in the prevention of hazards for the environment is the control of the emissions, release, and disposal of formaldehyde.

Read the full report at WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 January 2013 14:22 )
 

Environmental Impact of Death

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RESOURCES: SevenPonds Blog

Learn about your choices when deciding your or a loved one's disposition and how it impacts the environment.

Things to Know
What is the environmental impact of “traditional” burial?
What is the environmental impact of embalming?
What is the environmental impact of cremation?
How much vaporized mercury is released through cremation?
How can I reduce the environmental impact of my cremation?
Are there any alternative forms of disposition?
What about Natural or Green Burial?

Read the full article at SevenPonds Blog

 

Death---It's a Living

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CNBC is airing the hour-long documentary "Death, It's a Living," on Thursday, January 31 (check your local listings). FCA executive director Josh Slocum is interviewed as a critic of the funeral industry. The piece looks at embalming, funeral trade shows, cremation, cemeteries, and more. A two-minute preview shows what looks like a pretty entertaining hour of TV. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 March 2013 13:33 )
 

Nice-looking booth!

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FCA national board member Karen Smith (also on the board of the FCA of East Tennessee) put together this great-looking display for a local expo. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Check out this cool mini casket----perfect for donations!

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 January 2013 19:40 )
 

Rabbi Prevails-Pennsyvlania Can't Stop Private Religious Funerals

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Josh Slocum, Executive Director 

What would you say if a state agency said you were required to hire a licensed supervisor for your son’s Bar Mitzvah? Or engage a “Certified Celebration Director”* to oversee the events at your daughter’s Quinceañera? You’re probably laughing, but that’s exactly what the state of Pennsylvania tried to do with funerals. But outspoken Pittsburgh Rabbi Daniel Wasserman put the kibosh on this unwarranted intrusion by settling a case against the Commonwealth on December 17, 2012. The State Board of Funeral Directors and the Department of State agreed in a memorandum that laws requiring funeral director licensure do not apply to individuals or religious communities that carry out funerals privately without profit or payment.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 January 2013 15:15 ) Read more...
 


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