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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Debate over the proposed Titan Cement Plant in Castle Hayne has been going on for years and Tuesday night, Cape Fear residents got a chance to listen to possible health impacts from the plant, which include respiratory diseases and premature death. The independent consulting firm, ICF International performed the study and the results were discussed during a public meeting.

“You’re going to see more people having respiratory problems, more people getting sick and more people going to the hospital,” said Geoff Gisler, a spokesman for ICF’s study. “These are going to be real people that are really hurt from the emissions from this facility.”

“These are real lives,” said Kelly Stryker, who lives in Wilmington. “These are children and adults and the health and the millions of dollars that this community is going to have to bare. Many parents like myself are especially concerned if titan builds there facility, what are the impacts going to be, to not just the community that lives around the cement plant but specifically to the kids that are in the schools.”

The study used modeling software to analyze the projected health impacts from Titan during the five month period from May to September, when Ozone levels are at their highest. Gisler says the study predicts a dramatic increase in healthcare costs from Titan’s emissions.

“The cost can either be spent by the company, really making a genuine effort to reduce their emissions or they’re going to be born by the public who is going to pay for it in their hospital bills or when they go to see their doctor,” said Gisler.

“Our concerns are real,” said Stryker. “The physicians concerns are real and parents like my self have a right to be concerned and here are the numbers to show why we’re concerned.”

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12 Comments on "Study finds Titan project detrimental to health, could cause premature deaths"

2015 years 9 months ago

…how when YOU pay for a study, you get exactly what YOU want.

It’s exactly the same with expert witnesses in court. The defense expert will be a prosecution expert next time, if the state is paying more money.

2015 years 9 months ago

is trucked in here in powder form and mixed at these plants, it is NOT mined or produced here. These plants mix it and deliver it.xerp edulysi

2015 years 9 months ago

I know you asked for cement companies but here are four concrete companies in the area. The cement Titan will make could go into the concrete that is made here as well.

1) Ready Mixed Concrete Locations in Wilmington and Castle Hayne
800 Sunnyvale Dr, Wilmington, NC 28412

2) S & W Ready Mix
2209 Monroe St, Wilmington, NC 28401

3) Polecat Concrete On-Call
1220 S 12th St, Wilmington, NC 28401

4)S T Wooten
220 Sutton Lake Rd, Wilmington, NC 28401

2015 years 9 months ago

Please name these 4 CEMENT companies that are here. I like you your arrogance about the stupid thought…preceded by ignorance.

2015 years 9 months ago

Yes, f-o-u-r CEMENT companies are listed as being in the Wilmington area when you google “Cement Companies in Wilmington, NC”:

Port Royal (Wilmington)
Dixie Cement (Rocky Point)
Roanoke Cement (Castle Hayne)
S&W Concrete (Wilmington) Even though it has “concrete” in its name, it’s listed under “cement companies” in google)

If you have a problem with that, take it up with Google.

You should be careful who you’re calling ignorant, dummy.

2015 years 9 months ago

I think GuestReality was referring to Anne’s #2 post about the cigarettes as being stupid (which Anne herself admitted to); not the #1 post about the cement/concrete.

Too funny! Now who’s ignorant?

Tell me truthfully, when someone asks you your name, are you stuck for an answer? LMAO!!!

2015 years 9 months ago

I don’t think he really wanted to know. He was just trying to be a smart*ss.

He’s very smart, you know. He has brains he’s never used.

2015 years 9 months ago

These people have some valid concerns and I don’t dismiss them easily but I do have a couple of questions:

(1) how many of you live in houses with driveways that have cement driveways? Do you think the cement just appeared out of thin air? Someone had to make it and someone had to pour it. Would you be willing to pay alot more to have it brought in from somewhere else if you needed it? And what about the neighborhoods where your cement came from? Did you think of them?

(2) As I looked at the faces in the meeting, and this is a stupid thought I will concede so don’t fuss at me, but how many of them in the audience are/were smokers and had no thought about their second hand smoke affecting us in restaurants, on planes or other places? Just asking!

2015 years 9 months ago

(1) There are at least four cement companies that I am aware of in Wilmington already. There’s no shortage of cement.

(2) You’re right. It was a stupid thought, so I won’t address it.

2015 years 9 months ago

…..has a cement driveway. There are no cement streets. They are concrete……..generally by volume 3 parts gravel, two parts sand and one part Portland cement. Cement is a bonding matrix used in concrete, brick mortar,thinsets and other masonry products. The price of cement in Wilmington is not going to go up or down just because there is a cement plant here.
There is a surplus of cement in the world today.

Having said all that I don’t really care how much limestone Titan pulls out of the mine….what concerns me more than anything about Titan is that they will be pulling 8 to 9 million gallons of water out of the aquifer daily and simply throwing it away into the Cape Fear River. Down the road……CFPUA infrastructure will have to be built to make up for this waste and it will be on the backs of the taxpayers not Titan. There is the real travesty of Titan.

2015 years 9 months ago

Seriously? It’s alarming that you took the time to attend the meeting, but clearly no time in finding out so much as, what cement is, or how it’s used. And it seems as though you’re entirely missing the idea of the meeting if you think the topic of discussion should be “what about those other people and other neighborhoods? ever think of them?”

And you’re right, your second point was very stupid but not more so than your first.

You should by a donkey, move into the mountains and never speak to anyone again.

2015 years 9 months ago

I am an elderly adult with respiratory problems already. PLEASE don’t build this plant. It will kill me. It will kill children. Please don’t put this curse on us.


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