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Disaster bags burned in Crematories
As follow up to the original assistance request I e-mailed you all, I
have an area of concern we should a be looking for a solution on and
addressing with our local crematories. During our Air Quality
Division's investigation of the crime scene/crematory/disaster body
bags, it was discovered that the bags that appear typically used in the
industry are 39% chlorine by weight! I believe the allowable level is
somewhere in the 3% range. This is an ozone depletion issue,
considering nationwide cremation is more popular today than ten years
ago. I have been unable to find a safe alternative to these body bags.
If I do, I will share the information with the rest of the group. In
the meantime, if anyone out there finds a vendor with a safer bag,
please let me know so I can pass the information on to our air staff.
Tammy L. Allen
Senior Environmental Specialist
Pinellas County Environmental Management
512 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33763
Fax (727) 464-3174