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Oceanport Backs Bill That Would Require Towns To OK Crematoriums

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OCEANPORT: With the possibility of one coming to the borough, the council has chosen to support a bill that would give municipalities the final say when it comes to whether or not a crematorium from being built.

The Oceanport Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting Assembly Bill-4374 which prohibits a crematory from being built without prior approval from the governing body of the municipality in which the crematory will be located.

"The current law does not expressly provide that the construction of a crematory requires approval of the municipality," the resolution states. "This bill requires approval from both the municipality in which the crematory will be located, as well as the (cemetery) board."

The bill is sponsored by State Assemblyman Robert Clifton, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and is still in its early stages as it was introduced in late 2016 and has been referred to the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee.

The matter is relevant to Oceanport as there was a plan by Woodbine Cemetery, located on Maple Avenue, in 2014 to build a crematorium. The cemetery would also need an approved air pollution control permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Air Quality Division if it receives approval from the Cemetery Board. As of this month, there has been no movement on either application.

The resolution comes from Manalapan which is facing a similar issue with a crematory.

"This legislation is in the best interest of the residents of the Borough of Oceanport and any Municipality where a crematory plans on locating," the resolution states.

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