How Can I Arrange for Burial at Sea in the Mid-Atlantic?
Burial at Sea in Other Areas
Check with the local coroner's office or a local funeral home in the area of the port from which you plan to depart to see if any permits are required. EPA only requires that the following information be submitted within 30 days after the burial. You may submit this information via the web or though the mail (address below).
- name of deceased
- type of remains (cremated or non-cremated)
- date of burial
- location of burial (including latitude, longitude, distance from shore in nautical miles, and depth of water)
- name of vessel carrying the remains
- name of the Port from which the vessel departed
- for non-cremated remains, a statement whether or not the remains rapidly sank to the bottom
- photocopies of burial or any other permits required by appropriate civil authorities
Burial at sea is covered in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Section 229.1 (PDF) (1 p, 146KB, About PDF ).
For burials in the Atlantic Ocean off of Delaware, Maryland, or Virginia or in Lake Erie off of Pennsylvania, send the burial information to:
Renee Searfoss (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coastal Science Team
Office of Monitoring and Assessment (3EA50)
Environmental Assessment and Innovation Division
US EPA Region 3
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029