20 States Are Dumping Human Remains In Sewer Systems

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Over 20 states have legalized the process of Alaklaine Hydrolysis which has been deemed by most environmentalists as “biomation”.  Alkaline Hydrolysis essentially breaks the body down into liquid and amino acids but where that extra liquid can end up is very alarming.

According to Wikipedia, the liquid can either be dumped into local sewage systems which are then recycled in wastewater treatment plants, or can be used as a type of liquid used for plants to grow. The idea that the cup of water you drink out of your faucet could have once been human remains is quite jarring.

Just so you can have a better understanding of the process of alkaline hydrolysis, here’s a brief explanation of it. It’s when a human body is placed in a lengthy chamber made of stainless steel that is filled with a heated solution consisting of 95% water and 5% sodium hydroxide that is circulated over and around the body. The body is then broken down over a period of 14 to 16 hours during the low-temperature version of alkaline hydrolysis.

However, during the higher-temperature variant of the procedure, in which the combination hits 300 degrees Fahrenheit and produces greater pressure, the body is broken down in four to six hours. At the alkaline hydrolysis facility, the procedure breaks the bonds that are present in the tissues of the body, which ultimately results in the production of a sterile, liquid combination of amino acids, peptides, salts, sugars, and soaps.

This mixture is then flushed down the drain which ends up in your local municipal sewer system. After that, the bones are pulverized into a powder and given back to the people who survived the dead person, exactly as the ashes that are made from the bones that are left over after flame cremation are given back to the family.

The latest state to legalize the process was the state of Washington. Gov. Jay Inslee 2019 signed SB 5001, which made  Washington the first state in the U.S. to permit human composting. The new law, which took effect May 1, 2020, officially authorized “natural organic reduction” and alkaline hydrolysis as approved ways of disposal for human corpses.

According to AZFCCA here is the list of the states that have already legalized the practice:

ALABAMA 2017 statute added alkaline hydrolysis to definition of cremation
CALIFORNIA 2017; takes effect July 1, 2020
COLORADO 2011 legislation
FLORIDA 2010 legislation
GEORGIA 2012 legislation
IDAHO 2013 administrative regulation
ILLINOIS 2012 legislation redefined cremation to include alkaline hydrolysis
KANSAS 2010 legislation redefined cremation to include alkaline hydrolysis
MAINE 2009 administrative regulation redefining cremation
MINNESOTA 2006 legislation
NEVADA 2017 legislation; became effective January 1, 2018
NORTH CAROLINA 2018 legislation
OREGON 2009 statute added alkaline hydrolysis to definition of final disposition
UTAH 2018 legislation
VERMONT 2014 legislation
WASHINGTON 2019 legislation; takes effect May 1, 2020
WYOMING 2014 legislation

Many environmentalists are pushing for the practice of both human compositing and alkaline hydrolysis to be legalized in all 50 states but many religious leaders in the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities are against the practice. Residents in communities that already have water crises like Flint, Michigan are against the methods too.

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