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Cremation or burial? - Bill Bilkovich's death

In an effort to find in Bill's record the names of those who I should notify
of his death, I found this sadly ironic message related to cremation that
Bill wrote recently.  I thought this might be the appropriate vehicle to

Bill Bilkovich died in an automobile accident very near his home on Thursday
December 30, 1999.  The cause is not yet clear.

I have attached an obituary our son Wilson wrote in an effort to share this
information with those of you who would like to know.

Bill was interested in so many subjects throughout his life, and deeply
committed to pollution prevention.  I think this shows through clearly in
thoughts like the one below.  I wish you all the greatest success in
carrying this committment into the future.

Sincerely,  Rebecca Martin, Bill's wife.

----- Original Message -----
From: William Bilkovich <bilko@electro-net.com>
To: Kelly Moran <kmoran@tdcenvironmental.com>; p2tech
Sent: Sunday, October 17, 1999 12:34 PM
Subject: Re: Cremation or burial? -Reply

When I was younger, I was fascinated by Coleoptera.  Road kill was a great
place to watch the succession of life as the body decomposed.  Every night
after school (in warm weather) I would bike out to my latest find to see
what beetles had shown up.  I have always wanted to follow the same path in
death as those dogs, racoons, and possums of my youth.   Just drop me in the
woods and let the bugs have at me.
But what's the relative impact?  Does anyone know the annual biomass of
roadkill in the US?  It may be comparable to human deaths.  (For example,
the State of Michigan reports that there are 50,000 deer/auto collisions
each year.)
I had all my mercury fillings removed 10 years ago so I think I just have to
remove the chlorinated organo-metallic compounds from my armpits and I'm
ready to go.
Bill Bilkovich
Somewhere on the road to California
----- Original Message -----
From: Kelly Moran <kmoran@tdcenvironmental.com>
To: p2tech <p2tech@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Friday, October 15, 1999 11:58 AM
Subject: Re: Cremation or burial? -Reply

While I hate to add to this much too long chain, I have to post a
correction to the misconception that "there is not much mercury in
dental fillings any more".  That's simply not true.  Depending on the
data source, I have seen estimates that 40 to 70% of fillings placed are
amalgam fillings.  The basic mercury content of such fillings has not
changed significantly.  Here in the San Francisco Bay area, we recently
discovered that emissions of mercury from crematoria may be one of the
most significant sources of current mercury release to San Francisco Bay
(for which there is a health alert for consumption of certain fish due
to elevated mercury levels).  There is a way to prevent these mercury
emissions, but no one wants to talk about it.
Kelly Moran
TDC Environmental

Ralph Cooper wrote:

> There is not much mercury in dental fillings
> anymore and the cremation process should fully
> incinerate any formaldehyde, which is an
> oxygenated fuel!  Population control, via birth
> control and plain old abstinence, is a needed
> solution for much of the human generated
> pollution -- population causes pollution -- note
> that all high density population areas have
> pollution problems including air pollution --
> people off gas continually, and frequently
> discharge liquid pollutants and solid waste!
> Ralph
> Ralph E. Cooper, Ph.D., J.D.
> 14139 Woodstream
> San Antonio, TX 78231
> 210-479-5490
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lin K. Hill <l_hill@des.state.nh.us>
> To: p2tech@great-lakes.net
> <p2tech@great-lakes.net>; K968048@kingston.ac.uk
> <K968048@kingston.ac.uk>
> Date: Friday, October 15, 1999 8:16 AM
> Subject: Cremation or burial? -Reply
> >Isn't birth control the real P2 answer to this
> problem....?
> >
> >An interesting aside- I have been told that in
> many places in Germany
> >there is limited space for burial plots, so you
> can bury someone in a
> >graveyard, but you only "rent" the space for 25
> years. Then they figure
> >you have returned your carbon to the earth, and
> they plop someone
> >down on top of you. Interesting reuse of the land
> at any rate.
> >
> >Burial also eliminates the volatization of the
> mercury in dental fillings into
> >the air... not to mention the formaldehyde for
> preservation. But then they
> >don't get to sprinkle your ashes anywhere
> interesting either.....
> >lkh
> >