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PDFWAC 246-500-055

Human remains reduced through natural organic reduction.

(1) Other than the provisions of this section and WAC 246-500-010, this chapter does not apply to human remains after natural organic reduction.
(2) A natural organic reduction facility operator shall:
(a) Collect material samples for analysis that are representative of each instance of natural organic reduction using a sampling method such as described in the U.S. Composting Council 2002 Test Methods for the Examination of Composting and Compost, Method 02.01-A through E;
(b) Analyze each instance of reduced human remains for physical contaminants. Reduced remains must have less than 0.01 mg/kg dry weight of physical contaminants which include, but are not limited to, intact bone, dental filings, and medical implants;
(c) Analyze, using a third-party laboratory, the reduction facility's reduced human remains according to the following schedule:
(i) The reduction facility's initial twenty instances of reduced human remains for the parameters identified in Table 500-A, and any additional instances of human remains necessary to achieve twenty reductions meeting the limits identified in Table 500-A;
(ii) Following twenty reductions meeting limits outlined in Table 500-A, analyze, at minimum, twenty-five percent of a facility's monthly instances of reduced human remains for the parameters identified in Table 500-A until eighty total instances have met the requirements in Table 500-A;
(iii) The local health jurisdiction may require tests for additional parameters under (b) and (c) of this subsection.
(d) Not release any human remains that exceed the limits identified in Table 500-A; and
(e) Prepare, maintain, and provide upon request by the local health jurisdiction, an annual report each calendar year. The annual report must detail the facility's activities during the previous calendar year and must include the following information:
(i) Name and address of the facility;
(ii) Calendar year covered by the report;
(iii) Annual quantity of reduced human remains;
(iv) Results of any laboratory analyses of reduced human remains; and
(v) Any additional information required by the local health jurisdiction.
(f)
Table 500-A
Testing Parameters
Metals and other testing parameters
Limit (mg/kg dry weight), unless otherwise specified
Fecal coliform
< 1,000 Most probable number per gram of total solids (dry weight)
or
 
Salmonella
< 3 Most probable number per 4 grams of total solids (dry weight)
Arsenic
≤ 20 ppm
Cadmium
≤ 10 ppm
Lead
≤ 150 ppm
Mercury
≤ 8 ppm
Selenium
≤ 18 ppm
(3) A local registrar, in cooperation with the Washington state funeral and cemetery board, may issue a burial-transit permit for disposition of human remains reduced through natural organic reduction. The permit for the disposition of remains reduced through natural organic reduction may be used in connection with the transportation of remains reduced through natural organic reduction by common carrier or other means.
(4) The local registrar or the department of health may issue a burial-transit permit for the disposition of human remains reduced through natural organic reduction which have been in the lawful possession of any person, firm, corporation, or association for a period of ninety days or more. This permit will specify that the disposition of remains reduced through natural organic reduction must be consistent with Washington state laws and rules.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 (2)(f). WSR 21-01-039, § 246-500-055, filed 12/7/20, effective 1/7/21.]
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