SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A bill before Oregon legislation would make it the second state to allow human composting as an alternative to traditional burial or cremation.

The 2574 House Bill, sponsored by Representatives Pam Marsh and Brian L. Clem, would allow bodies to be disposed of through alternative methods, including natural organic reduction – an accelerated breakdown process that turns bodies into soil in weeks, KOIN reported.

In addition, the rules for alkaline hydrolysis, known as aqua cremation, are specified and other privileges and responsibilities of the funeral industry are expanded to include natural organic reduction.

A public hearing on the bill has been scheduled for Monday afternoon in the House Committee on Economy and Labor.

Almost 100 people had given a written testimony on Monday morning, most of which spoke in favor of the bill. Most cited environmental reasons for wanting to be composted. Cremation uses more energy than composting, and traditional burial involves harsh chemicals and takes up land.

“Knowing that my remains could benefit the environment that has given me so much joy over the years gives me peace,” wrote Darin MacRae, who lives in Milwaukie.

If passed, the law would come into force on July 1, 2022.

Washington was the first state to allow natural organic reduction in 2020. At the end of December, two institutions began carrying out the service.