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NH considers lifting ban on chemical cremation

CONCORD, N.H. — A chemical cremation process that dissolves bodies into a soapy liquid is gaining support in mortuary science, and more than 10 states, including neighboring Maine, have already adopted the practice, the head of a group representing New Hampshire funeral homes told the state Senate Wednesday.

Peter Morin of the New Hampshire Funeral Homes ­Association told lawmakers that with sufficient regulatory oversight, the process known as alkaline hydrolysis is a safe and acceptable method for disposing of human remains.

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