East Oakland Residents Still Opposed to "Mega Crematorium"

Neptune Society's 3,000-body-a-year crematorium not popular.

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, Dec 2, 2013  |  Updated 11:52 AM PDT
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Crematorium Controversy

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Crematorium Controversy

In the eleventh hour, the Oakland City Council stopped a crematorium from being built in East Oakland. The Neptune Society of Northern California has already purchased the property on Kitty Lane near Oakland International Airport. But as NBC Bay Area's Kimberly Tere tells us, the city council stepped in to block the building permit on the same day it was issued.
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The "mega-crematorium" that's proposed for East Oakland has backing from a judge but not from the neighborhood, where residents are still opposed to burning bodies near their homes, according to Oakland Local.

Western Alameda County is without a major crematorium after the Apollo Crematorium closed in Emeryville, the Web site reported.

The closed crematorium's owner, Service Corporation, one of the biggest providers of funeral and burial-related services, has been eyeing a spot on Kitty Lane near Oakland International Airport as a place to begin burning 3,000 bodies a year.

Outcry over the crematorium led an Oakland City Council member to pass an emergency law requiring crematoriums to pass through an extra zoning hoop -- a move that led to litigation from Stewart Enterprises, owner of proposed crematorium Neptune Society, which is being bought out by Service Corp.

A judge agreed with the litigation, but Oakland activists still want the crematorium to at least get the same permits required of urban farms, Oakland Local reported.

A "number" of activists turned up Thursday at the Neptune Society's current location on Grand Avenue to protest the new "mega-crematorium," the Web site reported.

They don't believe that the crematorium will produce jobs -- only pollution.
 

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