Bell tolls for polluting Danish crematoria

Working group recommends closing up to two-thirds of facilities following order to fit mercury filters

A working group on mercury emissions from Denmark's 31 crematoria has recommended that at least eight and up to 20 of the facilities be shut down, Denmark's ministry of ecclesiastical affairs has announced.  The group investigated the issue following a recent decision by the environmental protection authority (EPA) that mercury filters should be installed in all crematoria, at an estimated cost of DKr150m (€20m).  In 2001, it is estimated that about 180kg of mercury went to crematoria.  Almost all of it would have been emitted in crematoria without mercury filters.  See press release and the report.

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