Embalming, which is not required by the state of Alaska, is the process of sanitizing and preserving human remains eliminating excess bodily fluids. Approximately 50 percent of people who are buried on the Kenai Peninsula are not embalmed. Current cremation rates in the area are approximately 70 percent.
Studies relating to soil and groundwater quality indicate that memorial parks do not significantly contribute as a source of contamination to soil and groundwater. Formaldehyde, the same chemical found in embalming fluid, is also found in agricultural practices, tanning practices, manufacturing of plastics and insulation and is even found in drinking water.
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