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(Fwd) MSWG--Fw: Cemetery granted ISO 14000!

I thought P2techer's might be interested in the following:

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From:           	"Marci Carter" <marci.carter@uni.edu>
To:             	"marci carter" <carterm@uni.edu>
Subject:        	MSWG--Fw: Cemetery granted ISO 14000!
Date sent:      	Mon, 30 Oct 2000 08:55:11 -0800

 >  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
 > said.
 > 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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