WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Over a hundred residents of New Hanover County gathered today to rally in opposition to Titan. The cement company took a significant step towards coming to Castle Hayne earlier this week when they were issued an air quality permit by the DAQ. Protestors say they are not happy with the permit and plan to end the momentum that Titan is building.
“Why invite more pollution into our environment,” said Kevin Murphy, a local business owner. “We’re already one of the most polluted counties in the state, there’s no reason to continue this.”
Protestors say this permit will allow over 12,000,000 more pounds of pollution to enter the environment.
Doctor David Hill says these chemicals are strong contributors to human illness.
“They cause lung disease, they cause heart disease, they cause cancer,” said Hill. “We have newer evidence suggesting that they cause strokes. They seem to contribute to pre-mature birth and even spontaneous abortion. So I’m very concerned anytime somebody comes in and wants to increase the levels of those pollutants in our area.”
Titan Cement still has to go through a long local permit process, including trying to get a special use permit from New Hanover County before any of this comes to fruition.
Despite that, this group of concerned residents say they have reached a breaking point.
“There’s a lot of smart people out here and they understand what it’s going to mean to this community to bringin another polluter,” said Kayne Darrell of Stop-Titan. “We’ve just decided enough is enough.”
WWAY spoke to many people from Castle Hayne earlier in the week who say they welcome Titan Cement and the jobs that will come with the company.