CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A New Hampshire lawmaker wants the state to rethink a ban on a new mortuary science that uses lye in hot water to dissolve bodies as an alternative to cremation.

The state decided last year to reverse a two-year-old law that allowed alkaline hydrolysis – a process now used on human cadavers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Alkaline hydrolysis was legal in New Hampshire until a law passed banning it.

Manchester funeral director Chad Corbin asked a House committee Wednesday to let him provide the service now that a study has been done that determined the ban should be ended.

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