Reported by Joe Mauceri. Titan Cement may be holding its final information session Monday night, but for some local residents that's not enough. For them, seeing is believing. Whether it is the potential impact on the Cape Fear River, or the hazards that come with construction, there were plenty of questions about Titan's plan to reopen the old Roanoke cement plant in Castle Hayne. With many residents concerned about Titan's potential impact in the area, it is very important to find out what some local residents think about the cement plant. NewsChannel 3's Joe Mauceri tagged along with a group of people from our area, as they travelled to Troutville, Virginia, to learn about Titan's operation there. The plant is located just outside Roanoke in Botetourt County Virgina, about the same distance Castle Hayne is from downtown Wilmington. Just after the first presentation, visitors from our area say they were already getting answers. “It's an open atmosphere here. They could ask any question. If they did have any concerns they could either be shown or explain exactly what's going on,” said Milton Packard, a Hampstead resident. DeAndre Corniffe of Wilmington also made the trip. He said, “The CEO of the company came by and talked with us, and I got all of the questions answered that I had.” After a quick lesson on the cement making process, a bumpy trip to the rock quarry, and a tour of the plant, residents say the trip helped ease their concerns. We will hear from some of Titan's Virginia neighbors Monday on NewsChannel 3 at 6:00 and 11:00 pm.
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