PA Senate Approves Lowering Cremation Temperatures

June 12, 2024

Fantastic news comes today as the Pennsylvania Senate approved Rep. Steve Maligari’s HB 1246, which lowers the mandated temperature for cremation in the state from 1800 degrees Fahrenheit to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit, and it has now been sent to the Governor’s desk for signature

The bill passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in May with bipartisan support. We thank Senator Wayne Langerholc Jr. (R) and Representative Steven R. Malagari (D) for their steadfast support of this initiative.

As you know, PCCFA has been a strong supporter of this bill, as lowering the temperature requirement to 1600°F would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by crematories across the state. The 1600°F temperature has been deemed sufficient for complete cremation by industry experts.

While the bill has not been signed into law yet, its passage through the Senate is a positive development. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as soon as the Governor takes action on Senate Bill 43. Passage of this bill will help providers with equipment longevity, lower costs for consumers and be more environmentally friendly. Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to our industry.

Please write and thank your representatives who supported this bill.