New Oakland crematorium will pollute air, lawsuit says

A lawsuit says Oakland failed to consider the health impact of burning 3,000 bodies a year when it approved a crematorium in East Oakland.

Filed Wednesday by Communities for a Better Environment, it claims city planners wrongly designated the Neptune Society crematorium a general manufacturing facility that could be approved without a public hearing.

Residents say they are worried the crematorium will add to pollution that already exists because of a nearby freeway and airport.

Neptune Society spokesman Mike Miller tells the San Francisco Chronicle he hasn't seen the suit so he wouldn't comment.

The city approved a crematorium in 2012 after air quality management district said there wouldn't be enough pollution to put the community at risk.