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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Some Cape Fear residents are now missing a chunk of hair… but they’re one step closer to finding out how much mercury is in their bodies.

The hair testing is a national effort by the Sierra Club with local help from Stop Titan Action Network. According to North Carolina Sierra Club’s Carina Barnett-Loro, one in six women have enough mercury in their bodies to harm their unborn children.

The Sierra Club and Stop Titan are trying to raise awareness about the harmful effects of mercury and the potential hazards of the Titan Cement plant.

“One is in the combustion of fossil fuels, so in their case, of coal, and then there’s also mercury released in the limestone mixing process. So, coal-fired power plants obviously admit a lot of mercury as well, but with cement kilns, you sort of have the double-whammy of both the coal and the limestone,” said Barnett-Loro.

Hair samples are being sent to the University of Georgia’s Marine Extension Lab for testing. Curious citizens should have their results in a month.

Fore more information, visit http://stoptitan.org/.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Look at the Sierra Club… A group born out of concern for enviorment and maintaining its beauty. They are not fear mongers. They are pro people: not pro pro-fits. Regulations are in place because of concerns. Those concerns are scientifically based. The rules are in place to insure safety and to eliviate concerns about risks. EPA keeps raising the standards for cleaner air because why… THATS THE 64.00 ISSUE.
Harmful affects of chemicals are a known risk. Rivers are polluted, fish can not be eaten… do not put your head in the sand. Be informed as well as concerned. BE VERY CONCERNED.

2015 years 8 months ago

Do we have the Sierra Club and Ms Darrell both perhaps trying to incite by twisting issues? Ms Darrell and some of the stop titan folks are trying to make a slander and libel suit by Titan a free speech issue. Let’s look at Ms Darrell a bit more closely. Did she use the stop titan facebook page to push her agenda and her candidates- always ultra liberal. Did she disclose contibutions she made on that webpage so others could judge her objectivity? This should be about BOTH parties having their day in Court. While many of us are no fans of Titan and supportive of the worthy goals of Stop Titan- we do not condone the effort of some to make stop titan very partisan- which is not suppose to be the case. STOP TITAN SHOULD BE NON-PARTISAN.Both Titan and Ms Darrell are entitled to their day in court. Will the facts show that this is a suit by Titan to intimidate opponents- or did Ms Darrell overstep approprriate boundaries? Let a court decide that- not those who talk free speech but would deny Titan their rights too

2015 years 8 months ago

Once again the Sierra Club is using a radical approach to pursue its agenda. They are intending to create fear where no problem exists. Send them packing.

2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t really think the Sierra Club is using a radical approach. Does Titan have a God-given right to pollute the air that we all share? I missed that one in the Bible!

Thank God there are some people who are willing to stand up to these giants of industry who feel that usurping the common property of the people for the profit of themselves and their shareholders is something that deserves close scrutiny from the public. Those of you who feel this is all right for them to do please breath deeply and filter a little more of that mercury out of the air to protect the rest of us.


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