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.