Mothers United holds kickoff event
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A group of Wilmington mothers is not happy about the pollution levels in New Hanover County. Mothers United, a group branching off of Stop Titan, held its first event today to promote a healthy environment for area children to grow up in.

"We have the second most toxic county in the state and it's very upsetting," said Tracy Kellogg-Brodeur, an organizer of Mothers United. "It's going to effect our children's health in the short term and especially in the long term."

Mothers United started in December after they met at a Stop Titan meeting. Their kickoff event was called "Rally Round the Children".

Due to the weather the event was moved indoors but that did not stop kids from having a good time and parents from learning how they can make a difference.

"We want to give them opportunities to get together, make action, write letters, make noise, and make appointments with commissioners," said organizer Jamie Walker. "We want them to get active."

As Mothers United works towards ensuring a healthy environment they also want the youth to know that they can help.

"They can do something. If there is an issue that's important to them and they stand up for it, that's going to make a difference," said Kellogg-Brodeur. "They can be proud of their parents for standing up and they can be proud of themselves for doing something to make the world a better place."

The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA lists New Hanover County as the number one toxic emitting county and the second most polluted county in the state.

Mothers United says not only are they concerned, but they want it to end.

"I'd rather work on cleaning this up and having a safe place for our kids than moving because I love it here and we have roots here," said Julie Travis, a Mothers United member.

Mothers United also hosts "Moms' Night Out" every month so mothers can get together and strategize how the group can protect children's health in the county.

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I am so happy to see a group of people getting families together to help improve the health of our community! It is refreshing to see a group that is so obviously family AND community focused! I think it's great that they are working with their children in a positive atmosphere that teaches their children to always try to do the right thing:) I'm sure these children will grow up to be happy, community oriented adults who are willing to do the hard work necessary to make this world a better place, just like their parents! Thank you for covering this!

I detect an intentional vagueness and paucity of information relative to objectives or specific goals. We know they want to stop Titan, but what other local facilities are they preparing to harass? The chemical plants on 421? Riegelwood? The Leland Industrial Park? GE?

How many jobs are they willing to destroy "for the children?"

its never about the children...its just a liberal way to get a response...the same liberals that are for the children are the same ones who think partial birth abortions are OK ....how for the children is that?