One issue that has not been brought up much is the possibility that titan could use this facility as a toxic waste incinerator. The plant in Florida is operating at approx. 35% because demand is low for concrete at this time. This is titan's report, not a guess by me. I do not know what the future demand will be, but if demand is not enough to cover costs and show a profit, what then? Then you look to other ways to become profitable. This is just smart business. I have asked this question on public forums. I have asked this question of Bob Odom. I have asked this question of the Governor. I have not received one single reply from anyone. This has been a big issue from the start. Titan refuses to answer any questions, ever. Back to the toxic waste. I am not concerned about the incineration of the toxic waste, I am concerned about the storage this close to the river and the transportation of it to the site. A major hurricane hits this area, stored toxic waste would be a big issue. Anyone believe we will never have another hurricane? If so, remove your head from your lower extremities and face reality. Nothing has been covered about how much of this waste could be stored at the site and what the requirements of the storage containers would be. The next big issue for me is the transportation of the toxic waste. Anyone truly believe there will never or has never been an accident on the roadways involving toxic waste? I do not want this traveling through my community. Titan could end this particular conversation by going on public record with an answer, yes or no.
The overall issue is this. People have concerns. People have questions. Titan refuses to address any of the concerns or questions. If they refuse to answer the concerns or questions now, can you really think they will if they are allowed to build and operate this plant? For everyone talking about jobs, please ask them how many jobs will be offered to people that live here right now that are not already hired by them. Ask them what the job requirements are. Ask them to break it down into the different crafts by qualification and what the pay scales will be. Then you will have information instead of speculation to base your opinion as to whether this proposed plant with all of its downside is a good fit for this community. You will also know if these are “good paying” jobs. You might want to consider that these jobs are at least 4 years away.
Titan will add pollution to an already polluted area and river. The amount can be argued about, but they will add more. We need to start the cleaning process, not continue to add to the pollution. The Governor sold out. Division of Air Quality sold out. They both have joined titan's code of silence. All the bitching, name calling, finger pointing, does not, and will not change this: The people that live in this community have the right to have their questions answered by a company that wants to set up shop in their neighborhood, and questions answered by their elected officials. Transparency, truth and communication might change peoples minds. Failure to do this proves to me that titan is afraid for the public to know the truth. I can not ever remember such arrogance shown by a company. This might be how they do it in Greece, but not here.
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