Majority oppose Titan plant in New Hanover County

Published: Apr. 25, 2011 at 10:48 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2011 at 9:13 PM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A majority of voters in New Hanover County oppose the opening of a cement plant in the area, according to a recent survey from Public Policy Polling out of Raleigh.

Titan America first proposed building a cement plant in the Castle Hayne area in 2008.  The process has been in the permitting phase for months.

The survey of 649 "New Hanover County voters" shows that 52% of those polled oppose building the plant.  36% support it and 12% are not sure.

The survey was conducted from April 4th through April 6th.

People living in the area are pretty aware of the project.  90% say they have heard about Titan America's plans.

73% of respondents said they support the governor delaying state permits until the "full environmental and human health effects are known."  That compares to 21% who oppose that idea.

When considering why they support or oppose the Titan project, the biggest factor appears to be the environment for voters.  38% of those responding say environmental effects are the biggest issue.  Jobs came in second at 30%.

36% rate the local government's handling of Titan as "fair."  32% say its poor.

We have posted the full poll results on the related link to the right of this story.

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