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(Fwd) MSWG--Fw: Cemetery granted ISO 14000!
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- Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 16:14:06 -0500 (EST)
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I thought P2techer's might be interested in the following:
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From: "Marci Carter" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "marci carter" <email@example.com>
Subject: MSWG--Fw: Cemetery granted ISO 14000!
Date sent: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 08:55:11 -0800
> BRAZILIAN CEMETERY IS THE WORLD'S FIRST AND ONLY CEMETERY TO BE
> GRANTED AN
ISO 14000 CERTIFICATE
> Cemiterio Parque Sao Pedro is the only cemetery in the world to
> be granted an ISO 14001 certification, which establishes
> environmentally friendly business management guidelines. With it,
> the cemetery has attained a quality standard that will serve as a
> benchmark for similar businesses throughout the world.
> Cemiterio Parque Sao Pedro, built six years ago in Curitiba,
> Brazil's ecological capital, was designed according to
> environmental standards. It is Brazil's only cemetery that has
> monitoring wells and deep and superficial drainage mesh, which
> encompass a 120,000 square-meter area. The drainage system,
> proposed by an environmental impact study (EIA/RIMA), sends water
> from the "necro liquid waste" graves through a biological filter,
> thereby preventing the contamination of the region's rivers.
> An improved public image is among the benefits derived from
> implementation of such a quality program. Ronaldo Vanzo, Parque Sao
> Pedro's Marketing Director, said that the main objective in
> obtaining certification is to make Parque Sao Pedro a leader in
> quality standards as well as to offer an environmentally safe
> service, without interfering with the water-bearing stratum, thus
> preserving the quality of water in Curitiba's rivers.
> By satisfying all the necessary requirements for certification, the
> Cemiterio Parque Sao Pedro is one of the few Brazilian companies
> with ISO 14000 certification. According to analyses, there are
> indications that the cemeteries in Curitiba and the metropolitan
> area may be polluting streams and water-bearing strata and are
> becoming a threat to public health. According to Sergio Luiz
> Cordoni, from the Centro de Apoio Operacional das Promotorias de
> Protecao do Ambiente (Operational Support Center for the District
> Attorney Office of the Environmental Protection), most of the city's
> cemeteries are old. Consequently, they were built without the
> necessary geological, hydro- geological or topographical
> characteristics. "We are trying to make sure that the necessary
> inspections are carried out in these places. It is a preventative
> measure: we want to prevent body contact with the water," Cordoni
> The burial, for example, should be done two meters above the
> water-bearing stratum, since bacterium and virus proliferating
> from decomposing bodies may reach nearby rivers. Diseases such as
> tetanus, typhoid fever, bacillary dysentery and hepatitis A could be
> transmitted by contaminated water.
> According to Geologist Leziro Marques Silva, a professor at the
> University Sao Judas Tadeu, in Sao Paulo, nearly 75% of Brazilian
> cemeteries pollute the environment. This is a consequence of not
> taking the necessary steps when burying corpses or because of their
> location in inappropriate sites.
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Sherry J. Davis, CHMM
Industrial P2 Specialist
133 Ward Hall,KSU
Manhattan, KS 66506-2508