Concerned residents to speak out against Titan

Posted by Debra Worley - email

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Pender County commissioners heard from two groups Monday morning regarding concerns about the Titan Cement Plant planned for New Hanover County.

Commissioners said they wanted to hear from both sides and the meeting was for informational purposes only.

The Pender Watch Titan committee are against the plant and want commissioners to get more involved since the plant would be located near the New Hanover/Pender County line.

"The pollution is going to go down wind, the prevailing winds around are west to east," said resident Allie Sheffield.  "Hampstead is east. Surf City is east. Topsail is east. We're all about ten miles from the site. All that pollution will blow our way."

Sheffield asked commissioners to write Gov. Bev Perdue, asking her to support delaying the proposed Carolinas Cement Plant.

"I'd like to think the governor will soon get the budget done, get health issues that were involved with the budget done," said Sheffield.  "And then she'd be able to focus on this and look after the citizens of our state and county."

Bob Odom, who would run the Carolinas Cement Plant, also spoke to commissioners about the jobs the company would bring to the area.  He assured commissioners the Titan-America subsidiary will meet every safety and environmental requirement.

"We are going to be presenting all the facts," said Odom.  "Again the federal EIS gathers this information they work with the state and local governments getting their input also. So it's all going to be out there no questions asked."

Area residents gathered Monday afternoon to speak out against the cement plant.  The protest was held by the Stop Titan Billboard at 5601 Castle Hayne Road.

The group suffered a setback in Raleigh last week when a State Senate committee voted 11-5 against a bill introduced by Senator Julia Boseman.

The bill would have put an 18-month moratorium on all new cement plants in the state.

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