Public hearings to be held this week on Titan's draft air permit
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CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) -- The N.C. Division of Air Quality issued a draft air permit to Titan last month. Now they’re looking to the public to help them decide whether to alter it or deny Titan the permit altogether.

Three public hearings will be held this week to discuss the permit, which would regulate how much pollutants Titan will be allowed to emit.

“We'd like for the division of Air Quality to take a hard look at this permit and realize that it's not the right thing for Southeastern North Carolina,” said Kemp Burdett, who is a part of the Stop Titan movement. “We're going to make the point that we don't think the plant is safe for the community. We're going to say if you look at what this plant is going to put out into the air, it's not going to be good for people.”

Burdett says it’s important for people to make their voices heard.

“Are we going to speak up about this big polluting industry that is really not going to be good for the community, or are we just going to let it happen,” asked Burdett.

Tom Radewicz, with the Castle Hayne Steering Committee, says he understands Stop Titan’s point of view, but believes that the DAQ will make right decision for the community when deciding whether to issue the permit.

“What I think doesn't count,” said Radewicz. “I'm not an expert. I'm not a geologist or scientist, nor are they, so in the end we all have to rely on the same people we were going to rely on in the very beginning.”

Two public hearing will be held this Tuesday, one from 3p.m. to 5 p.m. and another from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Both will be at the McKeithan Center on the North Campus of Cape Fear Community College.

The third hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday in the Kenan Auditorium at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 S. College Road.

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Titan has a proven record of lobbying Congress to reduce pollution standards, paying fines and using the court systems to delay following guidelines and laws. No name change or "GREEN" buttons you wear on your shirt can change that. They also sue US citizens for speaking in public against them. Why a foreign corporation is even allowed to do this in our country proves how much our so called public servants have sold out, and the law firms that handle crap like this should be tried for treason, but that is another issue. On the issue of badly needed jobs for our area, HOW MANY jobs are going to be given to people that live in this area that are not already employed by Titan? What is the payscale for these jobs. That Titan is unwilling to give out this information speaks volumes about what kind of corporation they really are. Why did Titan try to get a waiver added to the bill for Castle Hayne becoming a town that would have done away with the 5 year wait on new towns forming a zoning board? Was this an attempt to buy favor with the new council had this happened? I am so grateful Castle Hayne voted against this. Bottom line is this: New Hanover County is the second most polluted county in the state, no further pollution should be added. This plant will be right next to an already polluted river. Do you now clean up rivers by adding more pollution? Why can't they use natural gas instead of coal to operate this plant? This would make it cleaner. There is a real possibilty of wells going dry in this area, if Titan is allowed to dig this pit, will Titan be willing to pay for new wells, or would they sue homeowners for daring to use water they need? They are a foreign corporation that sues US citizens for speaking out against them in public, how can anyone dare to not agree with them? This proposed plant will be extremely close to 2 schools, and even if you can jusitify putting profits ahead of the health of adults, can you also do the same for children? Remember the just say no to drugs campaign? We need to just say NO TO TITAN ALSO!!! That this air permit was issued causes me to wonder who was promised what to make this happen. It would be refreshing if our public leaders just once did what was right and sent Titan packing!