Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Anderson-McQueen funeral home in St. Petersburg, Florida is now equipped with the first commercial “alkaline hydrolysis” unit. The unit dissolves a person’s body in a heated solution of potassium hydroxide pressurized to 10 atmospheres. Makers of the unit claim it is a green alternative to cremation because it uses a seventh of the energy and produces a third less greenhouse gas.
The funeral home could only install the unit after the Florida state legislature approved its use. Florida is now one of seven U.S. states that have legalized the use of alkaline hydrolysis as a means of corpse disposal.
See Neil Bowdler, New Body “Liquefaction” Unit Unveiled in Florida Funeral Home, BBC News, Aug. 30, 2011.