An alkaline hydrolysis machine

 

Written By Mark Shenefelt, Standard-Examiner

 

Will you choose burial, cremation or alkaline hydrolysis?

 

The third option is a process of dissolving human remains inside a sealed tank with lye, water, heat and pressure. Relatives receive an urn of the remains, consisting of powdered bone material.

 

The liquid left over is disposed of in the sewer system.

 

More than a dozen states have legalized and set up a regulatory process for the hydrolysis method. The Utah Legislature will consider a bill in 2018 to allow mortuaries to begin offering the service here.

 

“It is a new, greener way of disposing of human remains,” said Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, who first introduced the bill in the 2017 legislative session.

 

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