After the body is dissolved in the solution, the leftover water is disposed of in the waste water system, and the bones are pulverized into ashes and preserved. Sen. Zahra Karinshak, D-Duluth, expressed concern about the possible environmental implications of the process.
Heath said it is environmentally safe. “There has been a lot of research done on this,” he said.
He also said that those performing aquamation have to follow similar regulations to those used in fire cremation.
Heath said the bill was inspired by a constituent who purchased a device for aquamation for her funeral home but was denied a crematory licence because she didn’t have a furnace.
“The truth is people who are smart and understand this don’t have an issue with it,” Heath said during the floor debate.
If the bill passes the House, it will take effect on July 1st.