Crematory in downtown Mt. Vernon, Illinois = No!

Last updated May 22, 2016

Hughey Funeral Home Ltd. proposes to build a crematory at 1309 Harrison Street in downtown Mount Vernon, Illinois. This was rushed through quickly and approved by the city council with assist from the city manager. There was significant opposition from neighbors who started a petition which gathered over 30 signatures on short notice, but was apparently ignored. If this continues and is actually built, many of us will oppose it ad infinitum and do our best to get it closed down. Burning human (or animal) remains produces the most toxic chemicals known to science: dioxins and furans, as well as mercury and other poisons! They do not degrade naturally and accumulate over time. There is no "safe" level. They definitely cause cancer and other serious illnesses. So a crematory is certainly not suited for a densely populated residential area such as downtown Mount Vernon -- also near several churches, schools, and children's playground areas.

Local links:
Mt. Vernon Register-News - crematory news (posted 9/9/2015)
WSIL-TV - crematory news before-vote (9/8/2015)
WSIL-TV - crematory news after-vote (9/8/2015)

State links:
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
(IPCB) - ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY: (415 ILCS 5/) Environmental Protection Act. [as of Jan. 1, 2014]
PUBLIC HEALTH: (410 ILCS 18/) Crematory Regulation Act. [Jan. 1, 1993]
Illinois Crematorium Human and Animal Permit Guide (PDF)
(IDC) - Registration of Smaller Sources (ROSS) Program

Other links:
How to Stop a Crematory Add-on to Neighborhood Funeral Home
Summary of Successful Crematory Opposition


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“This is such a stupid project. Follow the money. Who is making money on this? Who are they? Ask the chamber of commerce or the group that tries to bring business or tourists to the area. How would they like a headline on their promotional brochure? "Come visit downtown Mt Vernon and breathe in toxic fumes of burning human bodies" What about the EPA? They make some rules that are more than radical re clean air and water. Something like this should be in an unpopulated area.” -- [M.J. 9/18/2015]

“I hope more people wake up to the dangers of what they're going to do with that proposed crematory. There was one of them in Sarasota, and when I lived there I used to avoid driving through that area because of the awful, sickening smell. I don't know if it's still there or not -- that was back in the 1980's. Nasty smell!!!!” -- [P.S. 9/22/2015]

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.” by Frederick Douglass, author, former slave (1817-1895) -- [B.R. 9/22/2015]

“Adolf Hitler also favored crematoria for disposal of human bodies. Here are photos of Nazi crematoria at Dachau, Buchenwald, and Mauthausen. Many were built by J.A. Topf and Sons, who continued building crematoria until sometime after 1975 (that's right, 30+ years after WWII ended!)” -- [J.T. 9/22/2015]

“The Pope just made an extensive speech at the White House today on the importance of "clean air" -- sounds like a good time to contact the Catholic Church/School [just across the street from the proposed crematory site] while the topic of clean air is "hot" (no pun intended) :) I think the Pope is speaking to a joint session of Congress tomorrow, and the "environment" is probably going to be a big part of it. The timing of promoting safe air in Mt. Vernon is aligning perfectly with national attention to the topic. The scary thing when children breathe in this poison is that we don't KNOW how much it will affect them in the future. People tend to pay attention when you talk about the well-being of their little ones!” -- [M.M. 9/23/2015]

“Success is inevitable with this. Sounds like great ideas!” -- R.S. 9/26/2015

“Following the money is important. One question I have is... How much money are they going to make? Also, how big an area are they going to service? What towns or counties? Maybe other counties don't want one in their area, so the company that provides the equipment found a weak link in the chain in Mt Vernon.” -- [H.R. 10/28/2015]