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Terms reached for 'Bio Cremation' in Angus

Posted June 17, 2019

A draft agreement more than two years in the works would permit Georgian Bay Cremation Services Ltd to perform "Bio Cremation" at Bridges Funeral Home at 207 Mill Street in Angus.

"Bio Cremation" is a trademarked process that "replaces the use of flame with the utilization of water, blended with an alkali solution of potassium hydroxide (KOH)."

"The human body is placed into a pressurized stainless steel cremation chamber where water and alkali are automatically added and the temperature is raised to 350°F. Water, alkali, heat and pressure working in harmony are gently circulated over the body; causing a reaction that begins and completes the cremation process," according to the company's web site.

Essa's approval is required because the remaining liquid would be discharged into the Angus sewage treatment plant, but the proposal exceeded the limits.

- Sewage, of which the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) is limited to a maximum of 35,000 mg/L;
- Sewage, of which the Total Suspended Solids (TSS) is limited to a maximum of 15,000 mg/L;
- Sewage, of which the Total Phosphorous (TP) is limited to a maximum of 250 mg/L; and
- Sewage, of which the Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN) Is limited to a maximum of 750 mg/L .

The company would pay the Township 26 cents per kilogram that exceeds the limits.

"All costs to collect samples and complete analysis of wastewater samples will be at the sole cost of the Company. Samples of wastewater will be collected five times within the first quarter to determine the average BOD and TSS concentrations in the discharge. These concentrations will be used as the BOD and TSS concentration value used in the Excess Loading calculation. Once the average is established, samples of wastewater will be collected on a quarterly basis during the first year, and if the Township is satisfied with the sampling results, sampling can continue semi-annually. At any time, the Township may request the Company to conduct more frequent sampling if the Township deems it necessary."

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by Tony Veltri