Ohio Bans Liquefication Of The Dead

1300895381990What is the simplest, cheapest, and most environmentally friendly option for dealing with a cadaver? Easy: turn it into a coffee-colored liquid which “can safely be poured down the drain.” Ohio has ordered a funeral parlor to cease liquefying corpses, however, though there is no law against it, Associated Press reports:

An Ohio funeral home that is the first in the nation to use a cremation alternative that dissolves bodies with lye and heat has effectively been blocked from using the procedure by state regulators.

Edwards Funeral Service in Columbus is the only U.S. funeral business offering the procedure called alkaline hydrolysis to the public, according to Jessica Koth, a spokeswoman for the National Funeral Directors Association. The process is touted by proponents as being better for the environment than cremation. While funeral homes in other states are moving toward the method, Edwards’ owner, Jeff Edwards, told the Columbus Dispatch that he has used the method on 19 bodies since January.

But a memo issued last week by the Ohio Department of Health has left Edwards unable to continue using the procedure. The health department’s memo directed local officials not to issue permits required for disposing of bodies or accept death certificates when bodies are to be disposed of through alkaline hydrolysis. Edwards told the newspaper he is considering legal action. “There’s no law that says you can’t do this,” he said.

Alkaline hydrolysis was developed in the U.S. in the early 1990s as a means to get rid of animal carcasses and has been used to dispose of human cadavers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Also known as resomation, alkaline hydrolysis uses a solution of water and lye, 300-plus degree heat and 60 pounds of pressure per square inch to destroy bodies in big stainless-steel cylinders. Left behind is a coffee-colored liquid that has the consistency of motor oil and a strong ammonia smell. Proponents say in most cases it can be safely poured down the drain and that, unlike cremation, the process does not involve fossil fuels or emissions.

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  • Me

    If open air burials didn’t sound so appealing i might give this a shot.

  • Me

    If open air burials didn’t sound so appealing i might give this a shot.

  • Drinky McGee

    When liquefication is outlawed, only outlaws will be liquefied!

  • Drinky McGee

    When liquefication is outlawed, only outlaws will be liquefied!

  • http://twitter.com/OutsiderInfo Outsider Industries

    I can imagine one day people will have their dead liquefied then rendered drinkable and mixed with whiskey and/or other liquor.

    Drink the Dead.

  • http://twitter.com/OutsiderInfo Outsider Industries

    I can imagine one day people will have their dead liquefied then rendered drinkable and mixed with whiskey and/or other liquor.

    Drink the Dead.

    • New, from Campbell’s…

      Soylent Green Soup!

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Soylent Green Schnapps….

        • Simiantongue

          Soylent green floats. Add a scoop of your favorite ice cream to the dearly departed’s tin cup.

          With a crazy straw of course.

  • New, from Campbell’s…

    Soylent Green Soup!

  • Anonymous

    Soylent Green Schnapps….

  • Anonymous

    It probably makes great fertilizer. Pouring it down the drain seems somehow dangerous -not to mention gross. Makes more work for water treatment plants probably…

  • GoodDoktorBad

    It probably makes great fertilizer. Pouring it down the drain seems somehow dangerous -not to mention gross. Makes more work for water treatment plants probably…

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    So…no wakes held in the bathroom in the nearby future?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    So…no wakes held in the bathroom in the nearby future?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    So…no wakes held in the bathroom in the nearby future?

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    The best part is freezing the resultant liquor afterward and making Mourning Pops! Tastes just like your dearly departed*!

    *and lye

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_26BPFCBD4QSYREPAZYFTDJ2IFI Scott

      A friend who’s dealt with this says the liquid smells like cat piss. Wouldn’t make a great pop.

      • Alex

        ………….poop.

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    The best part is freezing the resultant liquor afterward and making Mourning Pops! Tastes just like your dearly departed*!

    *and lye

  • edgazvoda

    Jeff purchased CycledLife’s first system. We now only manufacture and sell Coffin Spa. Go to http://www.CycledLife.com for more details on this process.

  • Anonymous

    Jeff purchased CycledLife’s first system. We now only manufacture and sell Coffin Spa. Go to http://www.CycledLife.com for more details on this process.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Soilent Green smoothie anyone?

  • E.B. Wolf

    Soilent Green smoothie anyone?

  • http://twitter.com/kendallthegirl Kendall Billman

    Dude, isn’t that just cycled back into our water supply? That sounds gross. Do not want to drink your dead.

    • http://www.facebook.com/winterisoverrated Fabian_Ramos

      I can think of a few other disgusting things that get poured down the drain…

  • http://twitter.com/kendallthegirl Kendall Billman

    Dude, isn’t that just cycled back into our water supply? That sounds gross. Do not want to drink your dead.

  • Mikman62

    I like the idea, but this article lacks an explanation of the materials specific interaction with water. Also, the statement,”unlike cremation, the process does not involve fossil fuels or emissions.” cannot be correct. How are they generating 300-plus degrees of heat without using fossil fuels?

    • Gergith

      Seriously? granted you could argue they aren’t using solar power probably. But in terms of heat within the chamber, there are more then one ways to get heat….. Hence why you have electric and gas ovens…. Do you really think an electric stove/oven (at least in terms of the kitchen) uses fossil fuels? It ISN’T possible to power your home, that stove included, with solar panels and wind turbines? No fossil fuel….

      • Alex

        Don’t be silly, where do you think most electricity (49%) comes from? Burning coal, the world’s most abundant FOSSIL FUEL. Not saying it isn’t possible to power a home without it but that’s not what we’re doing.

  • Mikman62

    I like the idea, but this article lacks an explanation of the materials specific interaction with water. Also, the statement,”unlike cremation, the process does not involve fossil fuels or emissions.” cannot be correct. How are they generating 300-plus degrees of heat without using fossil fuels?

  • Mikman62

    I like the idea of dividing the liquified remains into lava lamps for each one of my kids.

    • ArgosyJones

      Except that the lamp would be full of a poo-coloured liquid instead of bright colored waxes, that sounds nice.

  • Mikman62

    I like the idea of dividing the liquified remains into lava lamps for each one of my kids.

  • http://www.facebook.com/winterisoverrated Fabian_Ramos

    I can think of a few other disgusting things that get poured down the drain…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_26BPFCBD4QSYREPAZYFTDJ2IFI Scott

    A friend who’s dealt with this says the liquid smells like cat piss. Wouldn’t make a great pop.

  • Gergith

    Seriously? granted you could argue they aren’t using solar power probably. But in terms of heat within the chamber, there are more then one ways to get heat….. Hence why you have electric and gas ovens…. Do you really think an electric stove/oven (at least in terms of the kitchen) uses fossil fuels? It ISN’T possible to power your home, that stove included, with solar panels and wind turbines? No fossil fuel….

  • Alex

    Don’t be silly, where do you think most electricity (49%) comes from? Burning coal, the world’s most abundant FOSSIL FUEL. Not saying it isn’t possible to power a home without it but that’s not what we’re doing.

  • Alex

    ………….poop.

  • ArgosyJones

    Except that the lamp would be full of a poo-coloured liquid instead of bright colored waxes, that sounds nice.

  • Simiantongue

    Soylent green floats. Add a scoop of your favorite ice cream to the dearly departed’s tin cup.

    With a crazy straw of course.

  • MaureenReilly

    This is a process that takes human bodies and liquifies them into a thick liquid – then sends them via the sewer to the wastewater treatment works that uses a highly energy intensive technology to extract the solids from the liquid to make sewage sludge. Heavy energy use at the plant includes rags removal, grit chambers, fat skimmers, clarifiers, and air bubblers.

    Then the sewage sludge goes into digesters …also high energy.

    Then the sludge may be trucked distant landfills, incinerators, or farm field
    All at public expense.

    With the huge energy footprint of sewage and sludge managment, the claims that there are no emissions and no fossil fuels involved in alkaline hydrolysis must be critically scrutinized.

    Other issues:
    Will the fatty syrupy corpse liquids resolidify in the cold and acid environment of the sewers?
    Will it clog the sewers?

    These issues need to be researched and addressed.
    What policies should govern how we treat the dead?
    What policies should govern what is allowed in the sewers?

    And what agency should examine the claims that this process is “green”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

      thank you for actually breaking down the list of questions this article fails to address.

  • Anonymous

    This is a process that takes human bodies and liquifies them into a thick liquid – then sends them via the sewer to the wastewater treatment works that uses a highly energy intensive technology to extract the solids from the liquid to make sewage sludge. Heavy energy use at the plant includes rags removal, grit chambers, fat skimmers, clarifiers, and air bubblers.

    Then the sewage sludge goes into digesters …also high energy.

    Then the sludge may be trucked distant landfills, incinerators, or farm field
    All at public expense.

    With the huge energy footprint of sewage and sludge managment, the claims that there are no emissions and no fossil fuels involved in alkaline hydrolysis must be critically scrutinized.

    Other issues:
    Will the fatty syrupy corpse liquids resolidify in the cold and acid environment of the sewers?
    Will it clog the sewers?

    These issues need to be researched and addressed.
    What policies should govern how we treat the dead?
    What policies should govern what is allowed in the sewers?

    And what agency should examine the claims that this process is “green”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Siragusa/682282532 Mark Siragusa

    I had not heard of this until now, probably wouldn’t have it done anyway

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Siragusa/682282532 Mark Siragusa

    I had not heard of this until now, probably wouldn’t have it done anyway

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Siragusa/682282532 Mark Siragusa

    I had not heard of this until now, probably wouldn’t have it done anyway

  • Cosmic Litter

    I want my carcass shot into space. No box. No bag. Just my dead nakedness catapulted into the cosmos.

  • Cosmic Litter

    I want my carcass shot into space. No box. No bag. Just my dead nakedness catapulted into the cosmos.

  • Fhfjdsrr

    I think the issue is they don’t want the “mess” to mix in with the public water supply. They will probably be required to treat it as hazardous waste, which I tend to agree with.

  • Fhfjdsrr

    I think the issue is they don’t want the “mess” to mix in with the public water supply. They will probably be required to treat it as hazardous waste, which I tend to agree with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

    thank you for actually breaking down the list of questions this article fails to address.

  • Mmharris2

    Jeffery Dahmer would be proud

  • Mmharris2

    Jeffery Dahmer would be proud

  • Iclavdivs

    Thermal depolymerization would be a better bet.

  • Iclavdivs

    Thermal depolymerization would be a better bet.

  • kkjdroid

     SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!!111one

  • Anonymous

     SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!!111one

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