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Titan site in Castle Hayne wins Energy Star award

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- As opponents continue to fight a proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne because of environmental impacts, the plant's parent company has won an environmental award.

Titan America's Roanoke Cement Company says four of its distribution terminals have achieved the the US EPA's Energy Star Challenge for Industry. It recognizes plants that demonstrate a commitment to the environment by achieving a 10-percent reduction in energy intensity within five or fewer years.

The facilities that got the award include the terminal in Castle Hayne. It's the same site for the proposed Carolinas Cement plant. The terminal also received the SHARP award by the NC Department of Labor in September.

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What about emissions reductions or water efficiencies?

This award is solely based on energy efficiency and it has nothing to do with their air and water impacts. I did some serious searching on the EPA Energy Star web site for specific examples or best practices that industries use to decrease their energy consumption but I could not find any. Too bad the reporter didn't ask that question.

If only Titan would spend as much time and effort working with EPA to decrease their proposed air emissions. Instead Titan's CEO spends millions to lobby Congress under the Portland Cement Authority to gut the Clean Air Act. http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000000442&year=2011