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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A recent report says Columbus County is tops for toxic air pollution in the Tar Heel State.

The report from the Southern Environmental Law Center says Columbus County industries released nearly four million pounds of toxic air pollution. Three-point-nine million of that came from the International Paper plant in Riegelwood.

Columbus also ranked number one in the amount of carcinogens released.

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  • Robo

    Of course if there is a manufacturing plant, there will be emissions. But no one is suffering from these, and the plant is supplying many needed jobs. If we listen to the EPA, all industry will be shut down.

  • SurfCityTom

    why aren’t all the anti-Titan proponents beating the drum to shut them down or force expensive modifications which could cause International Paper to shut down the plant and move to SC?

    Isn’t carcinogin the same chemical associated with the water system problems aboard Camp LeJuene?

  • Guest20

    I would think it’s because Titan would be located in New Hanover County, not Columbus County. Let each county fight for themselves. If we fight everyone else’s battles all around us, we won’t have enough time or energy to fight our own battles right here in our own county.

    International Paper is in Columbus County. Let the citizens of Columbus County handle it. Titan is potentially coming to New Hanover County, so New Hanover County citizens should be the aggressors in that battle.

  • guesty

    Columbus County was finally ranked #1 in something.

  • SurfCityTom

    International Paper’s emissions are air borne. Titan’s would be water borne.

    While Titan’s could impact areas adjacent to water; INternational Paper’s would impact every area to which the winds blow.

    There is a difference.

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