I am asmatic and suffered for days of our recent fires when no one else could smell the smoke. I had massive chest pains just from the pollution of the fires........can you image living with that everyday from Titan dumping there "invisible" waste into our air.
Why isn't the county focusing on luring the tourist industry to our area instead of heavy polluters? The Cape Fear River already has unacceptable mercury levels, and if you can already smell the mill across the river, then you're certainly going to be breathing the tocic air from Titan (even if you can't smell it). Our children and our own health is not worth the creation of a few jobs.
Please please please vote NO on the proposed Titan plant. It would destroy our air quality, filling it with pollutants. We all love the Cape Fear and Southeastern North Carolina - let's keep the environment as clean as possible for us, our children, and grandchildren.
Just say NO to Titan. We DO NOT need another polutant in our area. Titan doesn't promote tourism for our area.
When this Co filed a lawsuit against two of our citizens was when I knew they were not to be trusted. NEVER TRUST A BULLY!!!
What is really sad is in the end it will make no difference. Titan is pouring so much money and influence in Raleigh "We the People" will once again not have our voices heard. Our sad democracy is lined with greed. The GOP and the Dems are all the same. Who has the most money wins. Titan will open for business, and we will once again put our health and town at risk for someone else gain millions. I do applaud the efforts of StopTitan.org
don't stop sitting on your tumb, to applaud anything
You have a valid point. Normally, this would be the general outcome. But if you resign to that end of course it will be the outcome. We must keep trying harder and harder!
"Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
"Act as if what you do makes a difference.It does." ~William James
"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito." ~Betty Reese
You are WRONG Shawn. We CAN and WILL win this fight.......
We DO NOT need titan here. One of best reasons for living in Wilmington is the beauty of the beaches, rivers and plentiful seafood. We do not need to be tampering with such a delicate ecosystem that could reduce or contaminate our seafood population, pollute the rivers and estuaries, and wreak havoc on the natural beauty of the area. We need to protect our children and elderly from the possibilites of developing asthma and other lung diseases. We need to be protecting our water quality. Bringing 100 low paying jobs in the area at the expense of the people in New Hanover Co. is not worth it. No amount of money can substitute can make up for your quality of life and for yours and other person's health. Please stand up to this company and don't let them take these things away from us.
The good jobs are already promised in return for ;<)
The toxic emissions will get in your lungs, eyes, food, on your children and parents, and schools and beaches etc - and YOU - for the next 30-50 years!!!
Thousands of acres of wetlands will be destroyed forever through blasting and strip mining, and much more will be poisoned with mercury, for millenia !
Titan Cement (Greek) will be right next door (literally) to Elementis Chromium (British) and the latter dumps over 800,000 pounds of pollution into the NE Cape Fear annually, and itself is a mercury emitter !! This is according to their own reports in the EPA site! Between these two foreign corporations, Castle Hayne and the NE Cape Fear river will be destroyed.
Good Ol' Boys don't seem to mind selling our their and their childrens' heritage for a couple of janitor and yardboy jobs. Bubba -- It ain't worth it! Stand up and fight.
The last thing we need in New Hanover County is more pollution.
The very air we breathe is at stake
Yes, Titan would create a few jobs, but not enough to give our area much of a boost, as they would have us believe. The cost to our children's health is way too high - vote NO.
I employ 15 people in the local area. If this plant is approved we will likely be relocating and taking our business with us. I do not want to raise my children in a polluted environment.
This in an unsuitable industry for the area in which they are proposing. I for one vote a LOUD NO !!!!!
vote no to titan - this is OUR community
I've been unemployed since February so I understand what people mean when they say they need jobs. But I'm not willing to exchange something we cannot replace, our environment, just because some company promises to bring us a handfull of jobs. Surely we aren't so desperate and short sighted that we can't see that these rich business owners are just trying to take advantage of us.
Vote no!! do not give these guys an inch! Titan will cause more harm then good, they're a disater waiting to happen.
Our area has too much pollution already! Let's not make a bad situation even worse! I vote no!
Our vote is a resounding NO! Titan has attempted to subvert every step in the permitting process, spent millions of dollars to buy our lawmakers, hoodwinked local public and private officials , and really has only one goal -- their bottom line. When I read about how Titan they will "follow all steps in the regulatory process," and then learn how far they will go to avoid ALL steps, I am revolted. This foreign corporation has NO business building their toxin-spewing behemoth in our beautiful community and putting our health at risk. We were utterly astounded and disgusted with those in the air-permitting business who let this latest step go forward. WHERE IS THEIR INTEGRITY??? HOW MUCH HAS TITAN PAID THEM????
I VOTE NO for Titan in this area, due to the air quality and mercury.
I have lived here for over 50 years.We had several cement plant facilities in our area through the years.I don't know of any bad situations with these facilities.I dont really understand why everyone has their panties in a wad.First of all there are many regulations that these companies have to abid by.Someone mentioned other industries in the area,GE,Corning and federal paper.If some of the know it alls would do your research you would find that there is a many permits that are more complex at these plants than at Titan.I think you need to do all research before trying to say one plant is going to kill everybody.
Those" plants" (only one of which was even an actual plant ) PALE in comparison to THE 4TH LARGEST CEMENT PLANT IN THEUNITED STATES. The environmental implications and the health implications of a plant this size would blow your mind IF you would take the time to understand them. Please please take the time to learn the real story and have a real understanding of this. If you love this community then you owe it to yourself and your neighbors.
I think that the pollution that you have already processed into your system has already done damage to your brain.
you clearly have no idea of how an ecosystem works and what it can do to the nature in the area. try talking with a few doctors and marine biologists in the area and ask to see their scientific evidence of what a cement plant can do. you might think twice when you can no longer breath or drink the water.
We actually had just one cement plant here, which closed in the early 80's. The section of the Cape Fear River near the plant is now mercury contaminated - most likely from the Ideal plant. I also have spoken with many people who lived near that plant and can still remember the blasting that went on day and night and the cement dust that was all over everything. One 3rd generation farmer told me about how he remembers no one would buy his father's produce because it was covered with the dust. We've never done a health study of the area, so who knows what damage was done there. Most importantly, as the fourth largest cement plant in the nation, the old Ideal plant would be dwarfed by Titan, with a 500 ft smokestack (the Statue of Liberty is 152 ft) emitting much greater amounts of pollutants and toxins than anything else here - with a much more densely populated county. Their mine would cover over 1000 acres of wetlands and be over 70 ft deep - potentially depleting and contaminating our water supply. A judge in Florida ordered a mine closed at Titan's plant down there because of evidence Titan leaked benzene (a carcinogen) into area wells - All the regulations in the world can't take that benzene out of the water supply, can it? Our county is facing unacceptable levels of sulfur dioxide and ground level ozone from those "other plants" - the regulations haven't stop that from happening either. So Titan doesn't "abide" by the rules. There is a plethora of scientific and medical research that states the regulations do not do enough to protect the citizens from emissions by these heavy polluters and that our children are especially susceptible. I and many others have been to Washington to work on better legislation at the nation level.While there, I have met the people who already live under these smokestacks and they ARE the "know it alls" because they are living with the reality every day of what we are warning about here. I would suggest YOU do your research, you will find that the negatives far outweigh any positives (a measly 40 jobs) that Titan could possibly bring.
I can understand your viewpoint if you are not aware of the environmental pollution these industries cause to the environment. We already have lots of mercury and arsenic pollution in Wilmington waters. Yes, these companies have permits to pollute because the government allows them too. The issue is the pollution ends up in the environment, (soil, water and air) and since we are at the top of the food chain we consume everything that is polluted. The vegetables we grow pick it up from the soil; the oysters are bottom feeders and pick it up from the much and water. Ask the oncologist docs if cancer is unusually high in Wilmington and you will probably get a yes to that answer, particularly brain cancer in young children and adults. Wilmington is at the end of the line to many polluters dumping into the Cape Fear River (many of us drink water from the Cape Fear River collected near Elizabeth town) hence this is a problem. We don't need mercury polluters here on the coast especially when they want to put Titan directly over a drinking water source, the Castle Hayne aquifer. The Greeks don't allow their own company Titan to operate in their country which is a coastal community b/c they know they pollute. Mercury polluters should not be place in a coastal community, period, end of story.
Are you serious? The cement plants of yesteryear were tiny compared to what Titan plans to do. And just because something was "okay" years ago, does not make it right now. Slavery. Child Labor. Need I go on? When we know better, we should do better.
As for research, clearly you have not been following this story. The research is there which is why more than 400 health professionals, including more than 200 local physicians, oppose this plant. Research and documentation are available at one convenient website: http://stoptitan.org/
Name calling is not really helpful. As for regulations, are you aware that at the same time Titan was promising to comply with regulations, they were lobbying Congress to lower the standards? Yes, this Greek company was lobbying our Congress to lower regulatory standards in our country - affecting our air, our water including The Cape Fear. So much for good citizenship.
Titan has never come clean with the citizens. They were a no-show at the first "public" meeting at the Northeast Library. They have lied, bullied and poured money into Raliegh. Make Titan follow ALL the rules.