Saturday, February 23, 2002

State to begin inspecting crematoriums

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — State inspectors will start making unannounced crematory inspections later this year to assure that incidents like the human remains found in Georgia do not occur in Kentucky.

        Attorney General Ben Chandler on Thursday met with leaders of Kentucky's funeral industry.

        “We believe that we are in actually very good shape in Kentucky,” Mr. Chandler said. “That being said, there are some things that we think we can do.”

        Kentucky law requires that the state's 14 crematories be licensed and that they file annual reports accounting for each body they receive.

        Mr. Chandler said he will initiate development of a new regulation requiring state inspection of crematories. He said the regulation will require that some inspections be unannounced.

        “We think that ought to give people more confidence than they may have right now,” Mr. Chandler said. “I think most everybody throughout the country who has some role in regulating crematoriums is concerned about what happened in Georgia.”


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