Mr. Jackson at The Brunswick News
A report that L.A. is temporarily suspending air quality standards in order to facilitate the cremation of a backlog of bodies that have died of the virus, prompted me to look into the cremation industry here. As best I can tell we have three active crematoria (Edo Miller on Route 17, Southeast on Joyce St off Rt 17 and the Martin facility on G Street). There are three or more funeral homes that use the Southeast facility. Do not know what Chapman on the Golden Isles Pkwy does with their bodies. You might inquire whether the pandemic has prompted an uptick in cremation instead of burial for people who die as a result of other causes. Georgia law also allows a water-based process (a greener alternative) that is, however, not being used. In California, a major concern seems to be the release of mercury into the air from the combustion of people’s teeth. We already have a lot of mercury from Brunswick cellulose because their stacks do not have scrubbers. I have smelled the odor near the northwest corner of the airport and where the Parkway intersects Rt 17. Much depends on the direction of the wind. Before Pinova made improvements we could smell it on the Island when the wind is out of the west.
Oddly, the air permit for Brunswick Cellulose specifies that the Okefenokee Preserve and Wolfe Island are not to be affected. Wildlife merits more protection than people’s lungs whenever commerce is involved.
Monica Smith, aka Hannah