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Summary of References on Mercury Emissions from Crematoria
January 12, 2015
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In July 2000, the Dane County, WI Board of Supervisors banned the sale of fever and basal thermometers containing mercury. As a follow-up to that action, a survey was done of other issues related to mercury in products and it was learned that cremation was a little known, but potentially important source of mercury to the environment. Thus began a summary of information sources of mercury from cremation, which has been periodically updated since then.
It is not a goal of this compiler to determine the accuracy, precision or value of the information described in this paper. Data are from sources as diverse as peer-reviewed journals, newspaper articles, telephone conversations and email correspondence, and as such can range from the higher levels of scientific certainty to purely anecdotal information. There is no assumption by the compiler that all data are equally valuable. It is up to the reader to decide how useful the data are and what use can or cannot be made of the information provided. The reader will also note that there are many types of data that would be important that are lacking. Additional sources of information are always welcomed by the compiler.