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Rockingham Co. OKs Permit For Green Cemetery

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors has approved the development of an ecologically friendly cemetery.

A special-use permit approved Wednesday allows Kyger Funeral Homes owner Kenny Kyger to establish the 8-acre Duck Run Natural Cemetery on a former dairy farm in Penn Laird.

Bodies will be buried without embalming fluid, concrete vaults or gravestones. Bodies could be placed in a biodegradable casket but people may choose to be wrapped and buried without one.

Farmers and other adjoining landowners opposed the plan. They argued that the bodies could contaminate the water supply.

Supervisor Dee Floyd said research conducted by staff didn't find any potential problems.

Information from: Daily News-Record, http://www.dnronline.com
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