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Titan bill goes before state lawmakers

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The battle over a proposed cement plant in New Hanover County will be front and center at the state capitol Tuesday.

Titan America wants to build a new plant in the Castle Hayne area of New Hanover County.

The group, "Stop Titan," and several doctors will load up a bus of activists and head to Raleigh as the bill is being discussed.

They plan to spend the day meeting with state lawmakers in both the House and the Senate, lobbying for the bill Senator Julia Boseman introduced last week.

The proposal would put a one year moratorium on any permits for the Titan project.

"We need to know more about them and I don't think there should be any draft permits issued until we're sure this is not going to be as detrimental as I believe it's going to be to our environment," said Boseman.

Local doctors have already signed a petition to stop the Titan project.

"Everybody's concerned about the health affects of it," said Dr. Fred Opper.  "This is a monstrous plant that they plan to locate here."

The general manager for Carolina Cement says they will be good neighbors and plan to meet all environmental standards.

"I think some people may be overreacting," said Bob Odom.  "We think it's unfortunate that she's [Boseman] doing this and we said we will always do the right thing, whatever the regulations may be."

Others say following the regulations may not be enough.

"We think it will be catastrophic for the fishing industry and tourism," said Dr. Opper.  "Once that happens it's a great economic blow to the community and not a help at all."

Odom says his company will be an economic boost, not a blow.

"We have no doubt that we'll be located here," said Odom.  "We're going to do the right thing, so we can supply jobs for the area, much needed well paying jobs."

Carolina's Cement says there will be a report coming out at the end of this week or beginning of next week with more information about their plans.


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