The WECT "report" which was actually advocacy for Titan:
failed to talk to pediatricians, obstetricians and school health officials in Roanoke, even though they knew that over 200 of New Hanover County vicinity doctors and medical professionals oppose the Titan project because of the danger it poses, particularly to children, expectant mothers, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
failed to point out that the Greek cement plant in Roanoke is in a dry, hilly area with NO wetlands and NO real rivers and has resulted in the destruction of ONE hill, while the New Hanover county location for the Greek cement strip mine and furnace will permanently destroy thousands of acres of wetlands, through blasting, strip mining, and toxic emissions; is just a few feet away from the NE Cape Fear river which, through normal tidal action - twice a day - exchanges water with tens of thousands of acres and the Cape Fear river, the Black river, the Brunswick river, the InterCoastal waterway and our beaches! A huge difference they totally ignored.
failed to grant anonymity to Roanoke residents, and spoke only with officials of this foreign corporation and people who directly benefited from its activities.
failed to have a fish dinner from the little fishies in Titan's public relations pool, stocked with starving trout so they could put on a show for the gullible media. I challenge WECT to have a fish dinner from the catfish that live at the bottom of this pond.
failed totally to analyze the job situation. Now that Titan has refused the $4.5 million from the County and the State (to avoid local review under SEPA), it is no longer required to hire locals. WECT failed to ask for a complete, detailed list of all 161 jobs, showing the job title, requirements to qualify for each position, the salary/wage associated with each position, exactly how many will be local (within say 30 miles) hires; how may have already been promised to its Virginia and Florida employees as those plants become unprofitable; how many jobs are promised to those who have helped or will help them in the permitting process; how many have been promised to work visa (green carded) Greeks and other foreigners, etc.
failed to consider the devastating consequences to the Castle Hayne aquifer, as this foreign corporation blasts down 70 feet, right on top of it, and drains it for use as process water. This corporation has been sued for benzene in potable water at least at one of its other locations.
failed to consider the impact of blasting and strip mining just a few feet from Elementis Chromium's huge mercury retention pond. Cracks in the limestone, and calcareous materials could easily provide pathways to the river and the aquifer. Elementis is another foreign corporation that dumps hundreds of thousands of pounds of pollutants into the NE Cape Fear river.
Are a couple of janitor, clerk, truckdriver, yardman jobs worth sacrificing this natural heritage FOREVER?
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