NO NO NO!
It is NOT worth risking our children's health!
This is our chance to avert an environmental disaster! Very few jobs for so much damage which will lessen our quality of life, as well as our attractiveness to tourists & investors.
No, to Titan; it isn't worth it and it adds nothing of value to New Hanover County or to Pender County. Why would you take a beautiful area like Wilmington and pollute it with the likes of Titan?
From what I hear, Titan would only be bringing about 60 jobs to the area. What about all of the tourism jobs - hotels, food industry, area attractions - that will shrivel up when New Hanover County is no longer a gorgeous, healthy place to visit (or live, for that matter?) I just don't see how it is worth it!
IS CANCER THE PRICE WE HAVE TO PAY IF TITAN HAS THEIR WAY!
If you want to know what kind of jobs will be created by Titan just think about it. Of course their are the number of low-wage jobs at the plant itself, and maybe even a few engineering jobs at the plant. But the real number of jobs this place will create is in the health care and funeral home industries -to take care of and lay to rest all of the sick people. Thousands of jobs that will ultimately be paid for by the tax payer, not by Titan.
We'll need more doctors, more nurses, morticians, radiologists, insurance agents, etc., etc.
Who do you think pays these salaries in the end? Certainly NOT Titan. Our community will have to support all of this while Titan reaps huge profits.
Wilmington is poised to be a major player in a green economy, where we can attract more TOURISM, our "bread and butter" industry. Bringing in a gargantuan polluter like Titan will destroy jobs in our major industry and create the need for more subsidized medical activity.
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Titan should not be allowed in our backyards. My family and I left New York City almost 8 years ago to find a healthier place to live for our then 2 year old. If Titan has their way Wilmington will become just as unhealthy as New York. We have the right to live in an environment that is clean. You cannot avoid all of the polution, but if Titan is not allowed to build here we can at least avoid all of the dangerous contaminants that they will emit. IS CANCER THE PRICE THAT WE WILL HAVE TO PAY IF TITAN HAS THEIR WAY! Titan does not have the type of jobs that we need here!
If anyone feels that same way that my family and I feel, please make your opinions known. TITAN IS NOT WANTED OR NEEDED HERE!
THE GREED OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL -
WHO IS PROFITING HERE???? TO LET THIS DAMAGING POISONOUS TOXIC MONSTER INTO OUR ENVIRONMENT IS AN ATROCITY.
- WE NEED TO SAVE OUR HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND CHILDREN !
HOW DARE ANYONE EVEN CONSIDER BRINGING THIS FILTH INTO OUR CITY.
ANYONE WHO SAYS YES TO THIS HAS NOT BEEN EDUCATED ON THE SEVERE NEGATIVE IMPACT IN AREAS WHERE TITAN IS PRESENT. DO SOME RESEARCH!
All news organizations should be talking about the impact of pollution on our Tourism Industry. We have more to lose than we have to gain. What is 60 jobs compared to losing a significant part of our tourism.
The only way to keep the Wilmington area worth living in, is to keep BIG DIRTY BUSINESS OUT!! TITAN and companies like them have no regard for the environmental impact that they have...they only care about how much money they are going to make. So if you care about clean air and water- tell the politicians to MAN UP and refuse to let them move into our backyard!! The idea that this has gotten this far is just disgusting!!!
I can see the draw to bring jobs - but not at this cost. Our ecosystem, our clean air and water, is one of the current biggest draws to the area - especially Topsail and Wrightsville Beach. My husband and I would have NEVER chosen to live in Hampstead had this plant already been built. He has asthma and a compromised immune system. This is simply not the right match for our beautiful region.
The smell from Titan's smokestacks might mask the smell of cat urine from that chemical plant on 421, or even the Riegelwood paper plant.
There are no benefits to the citizens of this region generated by the approval.
There are a multitude of health, financial and quality-of-life hazards generated by an approval.
A good decision will be based upon research of Titan's track record and concern for your life.
I don't want my children to deal with our problems/carelessness of today
Is this really being debated? Our health and the health of our children is nothing to play around with. We can stop this!
If cement plants are so great, every city in America should be courting Titan to build in their area! Of course the costs outweigh the benefits of having Titan in your town. It is well documented that unsuspecting citizens and environmental and healthcare agencies at the local, federal, and state levels pick up the tab for the cement industry's toxic business practices - where ever they set up a plant.
What few jobs will be created by Titan is not worth the harm it will cause in the long run. We have other options such as EcoTourism that would create jobs while leaving our area beautiful.
I live here for the natural beauty of the area and the opportunity to swim in the ocean daily. Please don't ruin that for me! Anything that brings a fraction of damage to this home of mine is a true enemy, now and forever!! If it is about money for you, don't you see that pollution will ruin our tourist industry in the long run? I don't care what your motivations are, just keep Titan out of our area! And out of our state for that matter!
PLEASE USE YOUR HEADS.....Big business is NEVER worried about the environmental impact they have on an area, as the bottom line for them is making a buck. If Titan is allowed into the Wilmington area life as we know it will change and NOT for the better. Politicians in Raleigh better MAN UP and refuse to be bought, because if they give in to Titan, they will have a large number of North Carolina residents very angry and demanding answers!
The trade off in air quality vs jobs is unacceptable. The air quality is already bad enough with the pulp mills and other industries around Wilmington, start by cleaning those up before adding more pollutants. We all know these are hard times, but these are not the type of jobs we should be creating. It simply is not worth our health and our future.
NO ON TITAN! I don't think the community can say it any louder! NO, NO, NO!
I heartily agree with the other comments. The potential jobs that would be created by Titan locating in our area is far outweighed by the potential damage to our air and water quality.
We own a small business and will seriously consider relocating if Titan is allowed to open a cement plant in Wilmington. It is not worth risking the health of our children to stay in a community that values 100 jobs more than the health of its residents. We find it sad that any officials could think it makes sense to put a school campus so close to a pollution source from a company that has repeatedly shown its willingness to violate current EPA guidelines and pay fines later. We hope our elected officials come to their senses and protect the residents of Wilmington from a business that does not belong in a thriving beach community.
No, no, no!! Titan coming here is not worth the problems it will cause. I live only about 5 miles from where it would go up and i am TERRIBLY worried about the health of my four children. i worry about the damage to our environment, and although we may not see it right away, the damage will show itself sooner or later. I don't take this plant going up lightly at all. I won't take the words of people who are only concerned with lining their pockets or getting more votes. i won't take the chance of one day learning that one of my children has some kind of serious illness because of their exposure to the toxins that WILL be emitted by Titan. Not to mention the damage to beautiful Wilmington, the waterways, the wildlife... I am seriously considering selling and moving from Wilmington if Titan comes. I've already looked into other living options, because to me money/jobs mean nothing if you don't have your health.
It's amazing to me that we, the people, have to fight so hard to keep "dirty industries" such as Titan cement from setting up shop and operating in a mostly residential area. We also have several local schools just a few miles away from this toxic monstrosity and yet SOME people actually think that a small handful of labor jobs is worth it. I am greatly opposed to having this plant come to Castle Hayne and will seriously consider moving if it does. Hopefully, my land value won't decrease too much!
I just don't think many people want to believe how our bodies are already being bombarded by "pollutants" from our food, our air and our water. Just because cheerios is made from oats doesn't mean it is a healthy breakfast. Our regulations are often politically/economically motivated and can't always be trusted. We have to learn and listen to many sources to get the truth. It is often just easier to turn a blind eye...
As a resident, I do not want my health or my family's health damaged by this polluter. Add to this that Wilmington attracts more business because of its natural beauty than it does for any other reason. If Titan destroys the natural beauty of this area, and the health of its full-time residents then we are all losers.
We do not need or want this major polluter in our area. People, including myself and my wife, moved here for the moderate seasons and quality of life, which would be severely changed with this cement plant nearby. I grow up in mercury-producing coal country, and as a result, have only one-half of one kidney. No more mercury, please!!
Please do not allow further polution to our environment and our children. They are both too valuable!
I don't care how low Titan claims that its emissions will be, or how many jobs they claim that they will provide. This sensitive environment, its residents, and its seafood absolutely do NOT NEED ANY MORE mercury. Polluting heavy industry is totally inappropriate for this area and its inhabitants, many of whom are retirees seeking to spend their remaining years in a clean, healthy environment. Please take your pollution somewhere else.