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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Burial at Sea

Inspired by the ceremonies surrounding Hunter Thompson's recent service, the BBC posted a piece on the changing nature of burials. Estimating that in England about 50 people per year choose the maritime option.

"David Hughes, of the Maritime Volunteer Service, helps bury people at a licensed spot eight miles off Newhaven, and says it is not a choice confined to old sea dogs." BBC

Here in the states, those in the Service can turn to the United States Navy Mortuary Affairs Burial At Sea Program which offers final disposition from Naval Vessels.

For the rest of us the EPA requests that we follow Code 40CFR229.1 and notify them within 30 days.

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