A large group gathered to protest the proposed Titan America cement plant in Castle Hayne before Monday’s NHC Commissioners meeting. A UNCW group called ECO, which stands for environmental concerns organization, organized the demonstration, but many community members joined them. The group said they have a few goals they want to accomplish through this demonstration. Firstly, they want to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions regarding the environment. Secondly, to show support for a recent bill proposed by Senator Julia Boseman, which would put a moratorium on cement plants in North Carolina. They also want to raise awareness about clean air and water, and promoting green jobs. “This is the wrong thing to do and we need to keep the environment as safe as possible,” said Rosemary Toumey, who was protesting the cement plant. Demonstration organizers asked people to speak up during the public comment period of Monday’s meeting.
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