The Associated Press March 23, 2011, 3:03PM ET

Regulators: Ohio funeral home can't liquefy bodies

Regulators in Ohio have blocked a funeral home from using a new cremation alternative that dissolves bodies with lye and heat.

A spokeswoman for the National Funeral Directors Association says Edwards Funeral Service in Columbus is the only U.S. business offering alkaline (AL'-kuh-lyn) hydrolysis (hy-DRAHL'-uh-sis) to the public, but that directors in other states are moving toward using the method.

The process turns soft tissue into a thick liquid that proponents say can be safely poured down the drain.

The Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors has called it unauthorized, and the Ohio Department of Health last week issued a memo directing local officials not to issue permits or accept death certificates if the process is used.

Edwards' owner, Jeff Edwards, tells The Columbus Dispatch he has used the process on 19 bodies since January and is considering legal action.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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