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Planning Commission Recommends Crematory Ordinance Approval

The planning commissioners took a vote on Thursday night.

The Peters Township Planning Commission voted to recommend the adoption of the revised crematory ordinance.

Peters Council is now expected to vote on the measure at a public hearing on Monday, Jan. 21.

Some of the revisions in the ordinance include:

  • A crematory must be 750 feet from existing residences.
  • Air emissions will be required to be monitored and studied by a third party.
  • Operation is only allowed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • No halogenic plastics can be burned.
  • A certified crematory operator is required.

"Let me be clear, there are no facilities proposed in the township as we speak," Planning Director Ed Zuk said.

The planning commission chairman read a letter at Thursday night's meeting from a former opponent of crematories in the township. The letter was in agreement with the revisions.

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the Peters Township website homepage to find the link to the entire proposed ordinance.

What are your thoughts on the revised crematory ordinance? Tell us in the comments below.

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Ted Taylor 4 January 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Thank you Becky for The Real-Time Planning Commission Update within 24 hours of the meeting! It is greatly appreciated! :-)
LB Kauffman January 11, 2013 at 02:30 PM
How many days do you think it will be before there IS a facility proposed in the township?? Probably not very many...
Joseph January 11, 2013 at 07:31 PM
I understand why some folks would not want a funeral home or crematory near their home. But if the only concern is air pollution, give me a break. The power plant in Elizabeth and the mill in Clairton can be smelled almost every morning. Furthermore, second hand smoke just walking the sidewalk in front of the stores at Donaldson's Crossroads makes me sick every time.
Daniel Verakis January 12, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Do you think you would enjoy eating your breakfast outdoors on your back porch with the odor of bodies being burned? Thant what residents living near the facility will have to endure.
Nnnnnnick January 12, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Crematories do not give off any sort of odor.

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