Virginia is fortunate to be home to some of the most beautiful scenic area in the country. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.


Suggested Locations for Scattering;


  • Peaks of Otter - Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Smith Mountain Lake
  • Kerr Lake (Clarksville Va. area)
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean (off the coast of the Eastern Shore of Virginia)
  • Atlantic Ocean (off the coast of the outer banks of North Carolina)


Many hold special memories of locations in Virginia. Scattering your loved ones ashes at that special place reminds us of those special times.



EPA REQUIREMENTS FOR SCATTERING ASHES AT SEA

DISPOSAL LOCATION AND MEASURES OF CREMATED REMAINS

Cremated remains shall be buried in or on ocean waters without regard to the depth limitations specified for non-cremated remains in the above paragraph provided that such burial takes place at least three nautical miles from land.

DECOMPOSABLE FLOWERS AND WREATHS

Flowers and wreaths consisting of materials that are readily decomposable in the marine environment may be placed at the burial site.

NOTICE TO EPA WITHIN 30 DAYS

 All burials conducted shall be reported within 30 days to the EPA Region in writing. The following information should be included and mailed or faxed to the appropriate contact at the bottom of this page. You can copy the information below.

NAME OF DECEASED:
DATE OF BURIAL/SCATTER:
TYPES OF REMAINS:
Cremated (  ) Non-Cremated (  )
LOCATION OF BURIAL/SCATTER
  Latitude:    
  Longitude:    
  Distance from shore:
(minimum of 3 nautical miles)
  Depth of water:    
VESSEL NAME:
VESSEL POINT OF CONTACT
  Name:
  Phone:
PORT OF DEPARTURE:
DIRECTOR OR PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR BURIAL ARRANGEMENTS
  Name:
  Phone:

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION IN REGION 3

 

Region 3:

District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

Renee Searfoss (searfoss.renee@epa.gov )
Burial At Sea Coordinator
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-2137