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Lead Pollution (Cremation)

Volume 24: debated on Monday 17 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what quantity of lead is emitted into the atmosphere from cremation (a) from human remains and (b) from low-grade oils sometimes used in the burning process.

No data are available but calculation indicates that the quantity of lead emitted through the cremation of human remains would be negligible. Virtually all crematoria are gas-fired.