WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Carolinas Cement Company and Titan America announced Thursday they would decline $4.5 million worth of taxpayer incentives.
In a letter sent to Governor Bev Perdue Monday, the companies state they plan to withdraw their appeal to a judge's ruling that would delay them from getting an air pollution permit. Instead, they said they want to focus on the necessary approvals for the proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne.
Carolinas Cement plans to go forward with their original plans to obtain an air quality permit while complying with all state and federal regulations.
Carolinas Cement General Manager Bob Odom said in a statement, "the plant will not be constructed until the studies have been completed and permits have been granted."
Titan America proposed to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne in 2008.
Supporters say the plant would boost the economy and provide dozens of local residents with high-paying jobs. Opponents say the plant will threaten the area's vulnerable environment by polluting the air and producing mercury.
Read the statement from Bob Odom:
Carolinas Cement Company announced today that we will decline incentives from the State of North Carolina and the tax rebate extended by New Hanover County as economic development incentives to construct a cement plant in Castle Hayne.
We decided to forego the incentive money to expedite the project and bring much-needed jobs and economic enrichment to the community.
Carolinas Cement Company will proceed with our original plans to obtain an Air Quality Permit while fully complying with all State and Federal regulations. We will satisfy all requirements and studies specified under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an exact mirror of SEPA. The plant will not be constructed until the studies have been completed and permits have been granted.