Extension will prevent mercury contamination

Woodlands Crematorium
Woodlands Crematorium
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A new extension to Woodlands Crematorium to prevent harmful mercury used in dental fillings contaminating the atmosphere when bodies are cremated has been approved by Scarborough Council.

The council’s planning committee went with its officers recommendation when it met last Thursday to back the building of the £640,000 extension, which will house specialist filtration equipment to meet Government and European Union environmental targets.

Mercury emissions are not a problem in Scarborough in isolation, according to the council, but there is concern about the cumulative effect nationally, with crematoria responsible for 13 per cent of the country’s emissions each year.

The new building will be screened by removable fences and will be built in such a way as to not disturb visitors.