A Queensland company, Pet Angel Funerals, wants to convert a solar energy supplies workshop into three pet cremators burning at up to 1000 degrees. Its development plan to Newcastle City Council has received more than 130 submissions in protest .If approved, the business would cremate about 30 to 40 cats and dogs every weekday from 7am to 5pm. It would store animals in a cool room for up to 48 hours before they were cremated.
Nearby resident Leanne Lowe is coordinating community opposition to the project, which is across the road from houses on the edge of an industrial estate.
She is quoted in the Newcastle Herald staing "There's quite a few chemicals that are quite a bit of concern, something we don't want to be breathing in. It's just not something you want to be stuck right on top of."
She also questioned whether the crematorium was needed, fearing pet owners would dump animals at the business if they could not afford to pay for cremation.
A consultant's air-quality analysis prepared for the proponent listed 19 pollutants associated with the crematorium but assessed that emissions would fall within EPA-approved guidelines.
Pet Angel planning documents lodged with Newcastle council say the cremator comprises three chambers which can operate simultaneously.