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Another Super Tuesday: Obama wins again! -- Encore, March 22, 2016

Despite not being on the ballot, President Obama posted a big Super Tuesday victory in North Carolina this year. March has been another good month for our much-maligned Community Organizer-in-Chief, for Stop Titan, Ocean Alliance and community activists everywhere—even for 2009 Nobel Laureate in Economics, Elinor Ostrom.

Todd Miller: In North Carolina, Plenty Remains to Be Done As Titan Calls It Quits -- Louis Bacon, March 17, 2016

Eight years ago a business lobbyist who had formerly worked for then N.C. Governor Mike Easley called just as I was leaving the office for the day. He said he wanted to give me a “heads-up” that a major new industry was about to announce plans to locate in Wilmington, and that it would be a wonderful economic stimulus for southeastern N.C. He assured me that the company would be a good coastal steward, and encouraged the North Carolina Coastal Federation to welcome the project.

Titan America Pulls Plug on Plans to Build New Cement Plant -- TWC News, March 14, 2016

CASTLE HAYNE, N.C. -- Some residents in Castle Hayne are celebrating Titan America’s decision not to build a cement plant there. The company's CEO said the reason they have decided to pull out is driven by project economics. Costs to build a new plant have risen in the past few years, however they still own the property. That has some residents worried the company may change their mind in the future.

Titan America: Market conditions, escalating costs quell N.C. greenfield mill -- Mining Media International: Concrete Products, March 14, 2016

After years of permitting and pre-construction activities, Titan America has shelved plans for a Castle Hayne, N.C., cement plant with up to 2 million tons’ annual capacity, but will maintain a terminal on the site, located just outside the coastal town of Wilmington.

Editorial, March 13: Titan was one giant civics lesson -- StarNews Online, March 12, 2016

NC_Wilmington - The debate over the cement plant proposed for northern New Hanover County is over. Debate over issues surrounding the plant will -- and we think, should -- continue. Few economic and environmental issues have sparked as much controversy as Titan America’s plan -- announced in 2008 -- to manufacture cement at a facility along the Northeast Cape Fear River in Castle Hayne.

Firm scraps controversial plan for cement plant near Wilmington -- WRAL, March 11, 2016

Castle Hayne, N.C. — After years of wrangling with neighbors and environmental groups over plans to build a cement plant near Wilmington, Titan America LLC has finally thrown in the towel. Titan announced Thursday that it was abandoning the idea of a new cement plant in Castle Hayne, citing the cost of getting the plant up and running, a slowdown in the domestic market and global competition.

Local environmental groups, residents happy with Titan announcement -- Port City Daily , March 11, 2016

A call to the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s coastal advocate Mike Giles on Thursday afternoon found him in a jubilant mood. “I’m having a great day!” he said. That’s because Titan America, a company that manufactures building materials, announced earlier in the day that they were pulling out of a cement plant project in Castle Hayne. “It’s the best news I’ve heard in eight years,” Giles said.1 He’s not the only one excited about the news. Other environmental groups are calling it a win for the citizens of the area. “It’s great news for New Hanover County for sure,” said Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper and Executive Director of Cape Fear River Watch. “It would’ve been a pretty awful project for New Hanover County.”

Opponents Celebrate Titan Decision -- Coastal Review, March 11, 2016

CASTLE HAYNE – Titan America’s unexpected announcement yesterday that it was abandoning its controversial plans to build a cement plant here was welcome news to opponents who have been fighting the plans for almost a decade.

Though Titan's Out Of Picture For Now, Special Use Permit Concerns Remain -- Wilmington Biz, March 11, 2016

While one controversy is over for now, a related debate remains. Now that the name “Titan” will likely exit conversations about economic development, the term “Special Use Permit” as it relates to potential industrial projects and job creation, continues to be a source of concern.

Titan America announces that economics no longer support new cement plant -- World Cement, March 11, 2016

Titan America LLC has announced that project economics no longer support the construction of a cement plant in Castle Hayne, NC. According to company officials, the evolution of supply and demand balances in the specific regional market no longer support the significant cost involved in constructing a new cement plant.

Titan Cement make Q4 loss -- World Cement, March 11, 2016

According to the latest report by Reuters, Titan reported a fourth-quarter loss on 10 March, damaged by an impairment charge for stopping the construction of a plant in the United States. The company made a loss of €2.4 million in the final quarter of 2015 compared to a profit of €0.4 million during the same period in 2014. Titan announced that it booked a €12.4 million charge last year, after halting the construction of the cement plant in North Carolina, in the United States.

Titan says no plans to sell or develop Castle Hayne property -- StarNews Online, March 11, 2016

CASTLE HAYNE -- The morning after an announcement that Titan America LLC would abandon plans for a Castle Hayne cement plant, it was business as usual at the company's site off Holly Shelter Road. Trucks rolled down an all-cement road to a terminal facility -- run by Titan subsidiary Carolinas Cement Company -- and nothing there hinted at the eight-year battle that had unexpectedly ended the day before.

Titan to cancel construction of Castle Hayne cement plant -- Global Cement, March 11, 2016

US: Titan America has cancelled the construction of a cement plant in Castle Hayne, North Carolina. It said it made the decision on economic reasons. Supply and demand balances in the specific regional markets did not support the cost of building a plant.

Company abandons plans for polluting cement plant in eastern North Carolina -- Sothern Environmental Law Center, March 10, 2016

In a major development for a longstanding threat to North Carolina's coastal communities, Titan America Cement has abandoned its plans to build a new cement plant that would have been a major source of air pollution in New Hanover and Pender counties with significant health impacts.

Plan for Titan cement plant called off, company says -- WWAY-TV, March 10, 2016

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Titan America LLC said they no longer have plans to build a plant in New Hanover County. According to the news release, they cite economics as a reason they no longer plan to build the cement plant. Company leaders said the supply and demand don’t support the cost of building a new plant.

Titan abandons plans for Castle Hayne cement plant -- Lumina News, March 10, 2016

Titan America today announced that it would abandon controversial plans to build a cement processing plant in Castle Hayne, as the company said the economics behind building the plant did not support the high cost of construction. Meanwhile, environmental groups hailed the decision as a victory for those who fought construction of the plant on concerns over pollution.

Titan America ends effort to build Castle Hayne cement plant -- StarNews Online, March 10, 2016

CASTLE HAYNE -- Titan America on Thursday announced it was pulling the plug on its proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne -- a project it had been pursuing since 2008. The company, in a release, said “project economics no longer support the construction of a cement plant.”

Titan America LLC Announces That Economics No Longer Support Building of New Cement Plant in Castle Hayne, NC -- Business Wire, March 10, 2016

NORFOLK, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Titan America LLC announced today that project economics no longer support the construction of a cement plant in Castle Hayne, NC. According to company officials, the evolution of supply and demand balances in the specific regional markets does not support the relatively high cost of constructing a new cement plant.

Titan America pulls out of Castle Hayne cement plant -- Port City Daily , March 10, 2016

After years of negotiations and legal battles, Titan America LLC announced today that they are pulling out of a project that would have brought a new cement plant to Castle Hayne. According to a news release, economics was the main factor in the company’s decision.

Titan America pulls plug on plan for $450 million cement plant in North Carolina -- Triangle Business Journal , March 10, 2016

One of the country’s largest cement and concrete producers, Titan America, announced on Thursday that it is canceling plans to build a $450 million cement production facility near Castle Hayne in northern New Hanover County, a project that had been in the works for more than eight years.

Titan Cement pulls plug on new facility in Castle Hayne; opponents of project declare victory -- WHQR-FM, March 10, 2016

Titan Cement has scrapped its plans to build a new cement manufacturing facility in northern New Hanover County. In a statement released midday on Thursday, Titan America's CEO, Bill Zarkalis, said basic economics no longer support the project. That’s partly because the cost to construct a new cement plant in the United States has risen substantially in the past few years, according to the statement, and new coastal capacity in North Carolina could erode the market with cement imports – likely, says Zarkalis, because of the strong U.S. dollar, the global cement supply, and low ocean freight costs.

Titan Drops Plans For Castle Hayne Cement Plant -- Wilmington Biz, March 10, 2016

A company that has been at the heart of an economic development controversy for several years has decided not to pursue its plans to build a facility in New Hanover County. Titan America LLC officials announced Thursday that the firm will "suspend construction" of its proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne. The project no longer makes financial sense for the company, officials said.

Titan scraps plan to build cement plant in Castle Hayne -- WECT 6, March 10, 2016

CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WECT) - Titan America announced Thursday that it is shutting down plans to build a years in the making cement plant because, "project economics no longer support the construction of a cement plant in Castle Hayne."

Drinking Water: An Imperiled Resource -- Coastal Review Online, January 27, 2016

More than three million N.C. residents rely on groundwater as their primary drinking-water supply. In the state’s coastal plain, 55 percent of the population depends on groundwater for drinking, according to the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. More than four million N.C. residents rely on surface-water supplies, according to the state Division of Water Resources. Groundwater and surface water are connected.

2015 (+)
Cement plant moving ahead in Brady -- Standard Times, November 21, 2015

"BRADY, Texas - The Brady City Council voted to authorize two proposed sales tax rebate incentives for a proposed cement plant that would be built in McCulloch County, during a meeting Tuesday."

The EPA’s threat to NC regulators -- The News & Observer, November 21, 2015

"It’s another stellar day for North Carolina’s intentionally weak environmental regulators. After clearly showing a disinterest in public input that questions industrial pollution or the potential thereof, the state Department of Environmental Quality now faces a takeover of the state’s regulatory program by the federal Environmental Protection Agency."

Forging a Water Alliance -- November 20, 2015

“Water, water every where … nor any drop to drink,” goes the famous verse from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. With increasing demands on the lower Cape Fear region’s surface and groundwater supplies, some officials are concerned that, despite being surrounded by water, the area could see inadequate water resources to support growth if they don’t take steps soon.

Economic Scorecard Reveals Region's Strengths, Weaknesses -- November 17, 2015

"The region’s economy gets high marks in some areas but shows room for improvement in others, including a lack of large businesses that produce goods and services to be sold elsewhere, officials said Tuesday as they presented the first Wilmington Regional Economic Scorecard."

Pressure builds on NC governor to veto far-reaching anti-environmental bill -- Facing South , October 20, 2015

"Environmental advocates in North Carolina are stepping up pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to veto a bill they say is the most anti-environmental of the 2015 legislative session — and possibly of McCrory's tenure"

Long-Term Exposure to Air Pollution May Pose Risk to Brain Structure, Cognitive Functions -- May 19, 2015

Air pollution, even at moderate levels, has long been recognized as a factor in raising the risk of stroke. A new study led by scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine suggests that long-term exposure can cause damage to brain structures and impair cognitive function in middle-aged and older adults.

Environmentalists appeal judge’s ruling on Titan permit -- Lumina News, April 28, 2015

Environmental advocates are appealing a lower court ruling they say prevents North Carolina residents from challenging air quality permits issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The March 25 Superior Court ruling “has no basis in existing law,” said Geoff Gisler, a lawyer with the Southern Environmental Law Center. The center represents the N.C. Coastal Federation, Cape Fear River Watch, the N.C. Sierra Club and Pender Watch and Conservancy.

Titan responds to activists’ appeal -- WWAY, April 28, 2015

A cement maker that’s been working for years to build a plant in New Hanover County is responding to the latest legal challenge trying to stop it. Yesterday the Southern Environmental Law Center announced it will appeal on behalf of several other environmental action groups what it called a judge’s ruling that would deny people the right to challenge air pollution permits.

Activists file new appeal in fight against Titan Cement Plant -- WWAY, April 27, 2015

Environmental activists are taking another stand against a cement plant coming to Wilmington. The Southern Environmental Law Center, SELC, says they will appeal a judge’s ruling that would deny folks the right to challenge air pollution permits. It’s a ruling that would effectively end challenges to the proposed Titan Cement plant in New Hanover County.

Appeal filed in case involving air permits -- Star News, April 27, 2015

The Southern Environmental Law Center Monday appealed a court decision that environmental groups say muzzles residents from challenging state-issued air permits.

Cape Fear River project showcases environment, wildlife -- Star News, April 14, 2015

A doe and her spotted fawn wade through shallow waters. An owl swoops over brush. A black bear cub scales a tree. Photo Galleries Trail Cam Those images of wildlife are among 50,000 photographs captured during a two-year project centered on the Northeast Cape Fear River. The collaboration between the N.C. Coastal Federation, the Cape Fear River Watch and the Wildlands Network aims to attract interest in the importance of the Northeast Cape Fear River, said Mike Giles, a coastal advocate with the federation.

County Limits -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, April 14, 2015

Since 2011, no one has received the special use permit required, in some cases, to establish a business in New Hanover County’s unincorporated industrial zones. But despite the failure of efforts last year to change the county’s special use permit ordinance adopted in 2011, the issue remains a topic of conversation and debate among members of the local business community and other area stakeholders.

Labored breathing as NC lawmakers seek to relax air pollution rules -- News & Observer, April 10, 2015

As we sat in the audience of the NC BREATHE Conference in Raleigh a few weeks ago, we sensed a certain amount of schizophrenia between the science and policy of air pollution in North Carolina. On the one hand, we were surrounded by physicians and scientists who relayed data about the link between air pollution and common human ailments such as asthma, emphysema and pneumonia and who talked about the state-led, bipartisan innovation – the NC Clean Smokestacks Act – that connected science and policy and resulted in reduced emissions, cleaner air and better public, environmental and economic health.

Letter to the Editor - Keep air clean -- Star News, April 8, 2015

This is pollen season in North Carolina. You can go outside and write your name in yellow on your car window or picnic table. Take a deep breath and, after you cough, realize that should the Titan cement plant go on line, you will be breathing not only pollen each spring, but their ... air contaminates all year long!

Titan: What will we eat? (reposted from 12/4/2014) -- FawnPattison.com, April 7, 2015

Down in Castle Hayne, North Carolina, on the Cape Fear River, there’s a dark cloud looming. The air here is crisp and salty, just a few miles from stunning beaches. The folks who live in the area depend largely on tourism for their livelihoods, whether they run fishing boats, hair salons or auto repair shops.

N.C. Coastal Federation cruises the Northeast Cape Fear River, talks economic development -- WECT, March 31, 2015

The North Carolina Coastal Federation plans to take several members of the public on special boat trips up the Northeast Cape Fear River this week. Mike Giles, an advocate for the federation, said that the purpose of the trips is to discuss the potential environmental impact of new industries coming to the area, as well as the importance of the river.

River cruises highlight value of nature, threat of development -- Star News, March 31, 2015

Noting that everyone likes the beach and ocean, coastal advocate Mike Giles pointed out of the boat to the Northeast Cape Fear River.

Letter to the Editor - The Big Picture on Water Needs -- Star News, March 26, 2015

House Bill 186 directs a study of North Carolina's water needs and availability over the next 50 years and is a smart and timely call for action. Potable water is becoming an increasing challenge for local N.C. governments and a growing population.

Proposal calls for study of Cape Fear River water usages, future demands -- Star News, March 17, 2015

As communities grow throughout the Cape Fear River basin, a bill recently introduced in the N.C. General Assembly calls for a study of how rising water demands will affect the basin's long-term supply.

Letter to the Editor - Rules unheeded -- Star News, March 2, 2015

Duke Energy is now facing multiple criminal charges for years of alleged illegal pollution from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina plants. Federal prosecutors have validated what the riverkeepers have been saying for years, and Duke is finally being held accountable … That is a good first step.

New Hanover officials want residents' input for long-term plans -- Star News, February 26, 2015

Marion Kreh wants to see agriculture remain in the Castle Hayne area. Emerson Whitted hopes to see more recreational areas in the northern end of New Hanover County so kids aren't playing in the streets. JoAnn Swart also stresses the importance of more recreational sites in that area. MaryAnn Werner wants to see Castle Hayne given the opportunity to grow while maintaining its low-density character.

EPA Launches Investigation of North Carolina for Civil Rights Violations -- Waterkeeper Alliance, February 25, 2015

Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has accepted a complaint filed against the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, and will proceed with an investigation of the State agency.

CoastLine: Unpacking Three Comprehensive Plans - City, County, Tri-County Region -- WHQR, January 28, 2015

Three Comprehensive Plans are simultaneously taking shape in the Cape Fear region. The tri-county region, made up of Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender County, is widely expected to undergo a steep upward trend in population over the next 25 years. Some estimates put the number at more than a quarter of a million new residents. What would happen if area leaders just allowed the region to grow by default? Without establishing any sort of comprehensive road map? There are smarter ways to grow, contend planning experts, which include plotting a course based on community values.

Coastal group assembles, economic development approaches -- Lumina News, January 21, 2015

An effort to foster cooperation and pursue economic development policies that can be embraced by all sectors of the local community is underway. Organized by the N.C. Coastal Federation, a group of community representatives met for the first time Jan. 16 to discuss ways the county can direct economic development, including the current practice of awarding special use permits as well as alternatives to the special use permit.

Analysts: Mercury rule review could impact Duke Energy -- Charlotte Business Journal, January 14, 2015

Sanford C. Bernstein analysts say Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) numbers among the U.S. power companies that could benefit most if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down or significantly delays federal mercury standards it now has under review.

Letter to the Editor - Take a Stand on Titan -- Star News, January 9, 2015

With the installation of two new county members of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, it is time to ask Commissioners Skip Watkins and Rob Zapple their position on Titan Cement.

Coastal federation announces new series of talks to inform, inspire -- Lumina News, January 7, 2015

Whether learning which native plants to use in a backyard garden or how to effectively engage elected officials, a second year of the Coastal Speakers Series at the N.C. Coastal Federation’s Wrightsville Beach office aims to outfit local citizens with the information needed to enact change.

2014 (+)
Letter to the Editor - Petty partisanship rears its ugly head -- Star News, December 31, 2014

At Monday's New Hanover County Commissioners meeting it took almost no time for partisan politics to become business as usual again. Commissioner Beth Dawson reached across party lines in the spirit of doing what is best for the community and not necessarily what is best for a political party by nominating Jonathan Barfield as chairman.

The benefits of regulation -- News & Record, December 29, 2014

Sen.-elect Thom Tillis was clear about his top priority in a recent interview with the Associated Press: "I think most of my focus will be very similar to our focus when we first came into the legislature — get the regulatory environment back to a level where the cost of doing business and the uncertainty is reduced ..."

Titan: What will we eat? -- FawnPattison.com, December 4, 2014

Down in Castle Hayne, North Carolina, on the Cape Fear River, there’s a dark cloud looming. The air here is crisp and salty, just a few miles from stunning beaches. The folks who live in the area depend largely on tourism for their livelihoods, whether they run fishing boats, hair salons or auto repair shops.

CoastLine: NHC's Special Use Permit - Environmental Gatekeeper or Economic Liability? -- WHQR, November 19, 2014

The Special Use Permit is only about three years old in New Hanover County. Since its creation in 2011, it’s served as a gatekeeper – giving local officials the final say over whether an industry can set up shop within the County. But the County recently paid nearly 100-hundred thousand dollars for an economic development study entitled Pathways to Prosperity: New Hanover County’s Plan for Jobs and Investment. Also known as The Garner Report, the study concludes that the SUP is a major deterrent to potential investment.

Saltwater Moves Into Drinking Water Aquifers -- Coastal Review Online, November 6, 2014

Saltwater has migrated inland into freshwater aquifers that supply hundreds of private and public wells in the New Hanover County area, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. Water levels in some areas of the aquifers from which residents, businesses and industries in the county draw their drinking water have also dropped several feet below sea level, according to the recently released study initiated by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

Opinion: Protecting Water Strengthens American Economy -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, October 29, 2014

Water sustains a strong American economy. Streams and wetlands are crucial for fishing, hunting, tourism, agriculture, recreation, energy, and manufacturing—and businesses depend on clean water for basic operations. Without Clean Water Act protections, there's often nothing stopping sewage, toxic chemicals, or other harmful pollutants from threatening our waterways—not just lakes and rivers, but the streams and wetlands that feed them.

Wilmington Riverfront Garners Top Spot In National USA Today Contest -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, October 22, 2014

Wilmington was rollin' on the river Wednesday with the announcement from USA Today that it has been chosen America's Best Riverfront location in the publication's 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest. "This prestigious 10Best Readers' Choice travel award shines a spotlight on Wilmington's vibrant riverfront with more than 200 shops, restaurants, attractions, tours and cruises within easy walking distance," officials with the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau said in a news release Wednesday.

Film supporters, environmental advocates picket energy summit -- Port City Daily, October 9, 2014

Thursday’s Coastal Energy Summit drew a mix of protesters who converged on the downtown Wilmington Convention Center. Some were environmental advocates taking issue with companies represented at the summit and practices such as seismic testing and hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” Others were supporters of the local film industry who directed their ire at Gov. Pat McCrory.

Gov. McCrory at energy summit: ‘We need to participate in our energy independence’ -- Port City Daily, October 9, 2014

Untapped potential for oil and gas exploration and wind and solar energy in coastal North Carolina—both offshore and onshore—could significantly contribute to the country becoming energy self-reliant and breaking free of its dependence on foreign energy sources. But those industries face challenges in governmental policies, economic conditions and public perceptions to fully take advantage of those resources that are turning their attention to the Carolina coast.

Groups gather to support clean industry -- Lumina News, October 9, 2014

Chants of “More film, less frack” and “Take pride in a clean tide” could be heard as about a hundred protesters looped around the Hanover Street cul-de-sac beside the Wilmington Convention Center on Oct. 9, where Gov. Pat McCrory was preparing to speak about offshore energy exploration at the 2014 Coastal Energy Summit. Wilmywood Daily blogger Sheila Brothers was one organizer behind the rally. A handful of groups, including the film industry, local education supporters, the Stop Titan Action Network and the University of North Carolina Wilmington Environmental Concerns Organization (ECO), joined forces over shared support for clean industry in Wilmington.

New Hanover County candidates square off in forums -- WECT, October 8, 2014

Nearly all of the candidates running for local office in New Hanover County met at the Senior Resource Center Tuesday night, taking part in candidate forums sponsored by WECT and the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear.

NHC Commission Candidates on the Special Use Permit -- WHQR, October 7, 2014

Four candidates competing for two seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners met Monday night in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery to distinguish themselves from their opponents. In preparation for the Candidate Forum, listeners emailed questions. The most-submitted question, hands-down: where do the candidates stand on the future of the Special Use Permit?

New Hanover Co. Commission candidates square off in forum -- WWAY, October 6, 2014

Candidates for New Hanover County Commission aired their views in a forum tonight. The four candidates are competing for two open seats on the commission. The forum was sponsored by WHQR and WWAY.

Can the Cape Fear Take More Mercury? -- Coastal Review Online, October 2, 2014

A cement company’s vow to adhere to stricter federal mercury emissions rules will not benefit the lower Cape Fear River, according to a university professor who has researched the water’s chemical contents. Steve Skrabal, a chemistry professor and associate director for education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science, said the mercury-impaired river does not need an additional mercury source.

Fighting to keep Titan Cement air quality monitor in place -- blue nc, September 27, 2014

For Castle Hayne air advocates, the most worrisome proposals from the Legislature came this year. State legislators proposed to eliminate all air monitors that are not specifically required by federal environmental regulators and to limit citizens' ability to challenge air permits in court, taking away two important tools used by citizens to challenge projects they deem risky to public health. The changes were never enacted.

Letter to the Editor -- Star News, September 26, 2014

I am a graduate student at UNCW. I moved to the Wilmington area for many of the same reasons that thousands of young adults flock here – the opportunity to receive an outstanding, environmentally focused education and a chance to find a job in this beautiful community. I came here with the naïve assumption that a vibrant coastal community would never be interested in tarnishing its own reputation nor damaging the health of its own communities and ecosystems.

NC clean air law saved lives, study finds -- Charlotte Observer, September 3, 2014

North Carolina’s 2002 crackdown on power plant emissions may have saved 1,700 lives a decade later, UNC Chapel Hill researchers say. The Clean Smokestacks Act, adopted in 2002, was aimed at pollutants billowing from coal-fired power plants. Power plants are major sources of the fine sulfate particles the study targeted.

Editorial - Let's act on economic development recommendations -- Star News, August 28, 2014

The time for study and brainstorming is done. Now Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders must lead – by acting decisively on a series of recommendations to spur economic growth and community investment. The taxpayers spent $100,000 for those recommendations, and they deserve their money's worth.

Coastal Federation To Fund Collaborative Look At Economic Development -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, August 21, 2014

In anticipation of an effort by Wilmington and New Hanover County to move ahead on economic development recommendations from the "Pathways to Prosperity" Garner Report, the N.C. Coastal Federation wants to develop a model for that development process.

Environmentalists don't want to lose special use permits to New Hanover development -- WWAY, August 21, 2014

Environmentalists say New Hanover County should be able to improve economically without jeopardizing quality of life.

Group of Local Leaders Proposes Alternative Special Use Permit Process -- WHQR, August 21, 2014

Local government representatives are joining with environmental advocates and business leaders to create an alternative to a controversial recommendation from the Garner economic development report. Instead of doing away with the special use permit process, they hope to cut the red tape for some industries.

Activists, officials, residents gather in support of Clean Power Plan -- Star News, July 29, 2014

Environmental activists, elected officials and a handful of area residents gathered in downtown Wilmington Tuesday morning to encourage support for a federal proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

Duke scientists report air pollution controls linked to lower NC death rates -- Charlotte Observer, June 23, 2014

Stronger emission controls in North Carolina may have saved lives by reducing deaths from respiratory illness, according to an academic study published Monday.

Letter to the Editor - Get the real details from Titan -- Star News, June 23, 2014

The StarNews took a Titan press release/conference and turned it into a front-page headline in the June 14 issue. As a longtime (18 years) subscriber, I am very disappointed. …

North Carolina ranks 9th for toxic waterways in the country -- Triangle Business Journal, June 19, 2014

Of 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals released into United States waterways in 2012, 8.8 million pounds of toxic chemicals were released into North Carolina’s waters.

Building permit for new cement facility underway -- Lumina News, June 11, 2014

Carolinas Cement Company announced plans to apply for a building permit to construct a cement packaging facility on the Castle Hayne site where the company intends to build one of the country’s largest cement production plants.

My Turn: Repairing New Hanover County's Special Use Permit process -- WECT, June 10, 2014

I am disappointed that after waiting about six months to, what I'll call, repair New Hanover County's Special Use Permit, the vote by the county commission ended in a tie and nothing changes.

Letter to the Editor - Titan Cement Still Untrustworthy -- Star News, June 9, 2014

Dear Editor, Titan Cement/Carolinas Cement has requested a building permit from New Hanover County to construct a packaging facility on their property in Castle Hayne. On the surface this request might seem innocent and trivial. I hope the community will remember that over 6 years ago, this company promised that they would not begin any construction until all of their permits are approved.

Carolinas Cement plans packaging facility at Castle Hayne site -- Port City Daily, June 6, 2014

While the fate of a cement plant proposed for the site remains to be decided, the local subsidiary of Titan America is looking to build a packaging facility there in the meantime.

Cement Company Requesting Permit To Develop Packaging Facility -- Wilmington Biz, June 6, 2014

A request from Carolinas Cement Company to New Hanover County could result in creation of a $5 million packaging facility on Roanoke Cement Company’s site in Castle Hayne, according to a news release from the company Friday. Carolinas Cement is asking the county for a building permit to upfit and equip a large warehouse on its property so that it can package cement into bags for distribution, said Bob Odom, general manager of development for the Castle Hayne operation.

Titan applies for building permit -- Star News, June 6, 2014

A unit of Titan America said Friday that it is applying for a building permit to construct a cement packaging facility in Castle Hayne. Carolinas Cement Co. plans to build a $5 million packaging facility on the site of an existing cement storage and handling terminal owned and operated by another Titan subsidiary, Roanoke Cement.

Editorial - AWOL Berger prolongs special-use issue; ‘revisions’ need more revision -- Star News, June 4, 2014

The lack of a clear resolution in the case of proposed revisions to New Hanover County’s industrial special-use permit requirement illustrates the damage that is done when one commissioner is not pulling his weight.

Proposed SUP changes meet county stalemate -- Lumina News, June 3, 2014

Revisions to the county’s special use permit failed to gain majority approval from the New Hanover County Board of Commission during a June 2 meeting after two dozen citizens signed up to speak on the changes. Planning and Zoning Director Chris O’Keefe said the changes would bring clarity to the permitting process while upholding the original intent of the permit. The New Hanover County Planning Board unanimously approved the revisions during a March 6 meeting.

Amended SUP Subject to NHC County Commission Vote—And Public Hearing -- WHQR, June 2, 2014

New Hanover County could finally adopt a less stringent special use permit—or SUP—which is what industrial businesses need in order to operate. Tonight, after several months and multiple drafts, the county planning department is bringing its final version—which was unanimously approved by the planning board--before the county commission. But before they vote on it, citizens will be granted a public comment period. And, both champions and opponents of the new draft are anticipating big crowds and vehement participation.

Split votes result in no decisions on special-use permit, Porters Neck development -- Port City Daily, June 2, 2014

An evenly divided, even-numbered board of New Hanover County commissioners resulted in no clear decisions Monday on two high-profile items of business: a planned mixed-use development in the Porters Neck area, and proposed revisions to the county’s process for awarding special-use permits for industrial uses.

Vote split on special use permit process -- Star News, June 2, 2014

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners voted 2-2 on amendments to the county's special-use permit process, after more than two hours of discussion Monday night. The split vote means that the changes did not pass.

Special-use permit, Porters Neck development on county agenda Monday -- Port City Daily, June 1, 2014

Two hotly debated items of business, both continued from meetings earlier this year, will be revisited at Monday’s meeting of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. New Hanover County Historic Courthouse. Photo by Jonathan Spiers. Monday’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse, 24 N. Third St. in downtown Wilmington. Proposed revisions to the county’s process for awarding special-use permits are on the agenda, two months after County Manager Chris Coudriet recommended more time for commissioners to review the proposals.

Letter to the Editor - New Hanover County Special Use Permit (SUP) - Not Ready to be Voted On -- Star News, May 30, 2014

It's hard to believe that anyone would undermine an industrial SUP that benefits our community. Heck restaurants and dry cleaners undergo SUPs. 90% of the counties that contribute to North Carolina's GDP have Special Use Permits for heavy industry. New Hanover County should too.

Special Use Permit talks continue in New Hanover County -- WECT, May 30, 2014

A public hearing on the special use permitting in New Hanover County will be held during the NHC Board of County Commissioner's Monday evening. At their agenda briefing Thursday afternoon, the commissioners spoke about changes to the permitting process.

Letter to the Editor - Special Use Permit Revisions -- Star News, May 29, 2014

New Hanover County adopted a Special Use Permit (SUP) for industry in 2011. This zoning revision was the first improvement in almost 40 years. With pressure from business groups New Hanover County Planning Board and Staff will offer major revisions for the County Commissioners vote on June 2nd. The 2011 SUP was not perfect and might require minor clarifications but now is not the time for major revisions.

Bill Would Restrict Permit Challenges -- Coastal Review Online, May 23, 2014

The N.C. General Assembly got down to business in its first full week of the short session with the state Senate pushing through key environmental bills, including a sweeping 62-page set of regulatory changes that would limit people’s ability to challenge air and coastal development permits, virtually eliminate state protection of certain wetlands and allow the governor to bypass environmental safeguards in rebuilding coastal roads during an emergency.

Coal Ash, Budget Dominate Opening Day -- Coastal Review Online, May 15, 2014

The state would set a deadline for Duke Energy to submit cleanup plans for four major North Carolina coal ash sites, including the Sutton Power Plant in New Hanover County, under a proposal developed by the Gov. Pat McCrory and introduced yesterday on the opening day of the legislative short session.

Letter to the Editor - A Mother's Fight Against Titan -- Star News, May 15, 2014

As the NHC Commissioners consider revisions to the Special Use Permit in June, I pray our family’s story gives them a reason to protect the SUP. I am the mother of three children all born with asthma. My oldest has severe persistent asthma and my younger two have moderate persistent asthma. Our story began seven years ago when the medical management of their asthma was failing.

Letter to the Editor - Keep Community Involved in Development Planning -- Star News, April 18, 2014

The recommendation by Garner Economics to eliminate New Hanover County’s Special Use Permit to further economic development is puzzling. By the County’s definition a special use is one that must be regulated to “promote public health, safety, morals, or general welfare” in the County. How can that stymie economic development? It clearly supports healthy development.

Consultant to present economic analysis today -- Port City Daily, April 2, 2014

Eight months after announcing a joint effort to refine their economic development efforts, New Hanover County commissioners and Wilmington City Council will receive a key component of that effort—an analysis of the area’s economic allure—in a special meeting today at 2 p.m.

County taking more time on proposed permitting changes; hearing delayed until June -- Port City Daily, April 1, 2014

New Hanover County will take two more months to review proposed changes to its special-use process before presenting them to commissioners for their consideration. The first of several pages of an overview of proposed revisions to New Hanover County's special-use-permitting process. The first of several pages of an overview of proposed revisions to New Hanover County’s special-use-permitting process. A public hearing that was scheduled for the board’s next meeting has been continued to June 2 at the request of the county manager, who contends more time is warranted for commissioners to review the proposed changes before considering them for potential approval.

Report Questions Titan Dewatering -- Coastal Review Online, April 1, 2014

Mining operations at a proposed cement manufacturing plant in Castle Hayne could have far-reaching impacts on groundwater supplies in New Hanover County, according to a review sponsored by the N.C. Coastal Federation.

Letter to the Editor - Good-ol’ boys won’t protect us -- Star News, March 27, 2014

Land, water and people who live within at least a 23-mile radius of the proposed Titan strip mine and furnace – including gated communities and private islands – will, for the next 30-plus years, have to endure the effects of a fine poisonous powder wafting from Titan’s smokestack.

Live Local, Live Small: Voicing opinions is more important now than ever -- Encore, March 25, 2014

“People come and go so quickly here!” says Dorothy Gale in “The Wizard of Oz.” It is starting to feel that way around here. We are no longer a sleepy little town at the end of a small state highway. I-40 changed that in the late ‘80s, and now life is dramatically different. How does one keep abreast of all that is important in our fair community—let alone our beautiful state?

Groups Ask Court to Dismiss State Suit -- Coastal Review Online, March 24, 2014

A state lawsuit challenging stricter federal limits on a type of harmful air pollutant was filed three years too late, according to lawyers for three N.C. environmental groups. The N.C. Coastal Federation, the Clean Air Carolina and the Western North Carolina Alliance filed a motion on Thursday asking the federal appeals court in Washington to dismiss the state Department of Environmental and Natural Resources’ lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The groups are represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Editorial - Legislature shouldn't let corportate lobbyists write state laws -- Star News, March 18, 2014

Thanks to dogged reporting by the Associated Press, we now know just how active Duke Energy lobbyists have been in crafting state law. According to the AP report, which culled the information from documents and interviews, Duke lobbyists convinced Republican lawmakers last year to "tweak" a state law to save the utility from the cost of cleaning up coal-ash ponds that have a tendency to leak toxic metals into the groundwater.

Letter to the Editor - Who's protecting you? -- Star News, March 18, 2014

As a physician opposed to the proposed Titan Cement plant, this story gives me more reason to continue to oppose the project because of its risks to public health and the environment. If you think, as Titan executives are quick to say, that state law will protect you with existing regulations and they should be allowed to do business as proposed, read the article.

Editorial - Customers should not be on hook for Duke Energy's mistakes -- Star News, March 15, 2014

You've got to be kidding. That's a natural first reaction to Duke Energy's insistence that customers pay the estimated $1 billion cost of digging up and reburying coal ash stored in ponds at 14 sites. How arrogant of this $50 billion company to try to saddle customers with the cost of fixing its flagrant mistakes.

New Hanover Planning Board advances special-use permit revisions -- Star News, March 7, 2014

The New Hanover County Planning Board approved revisions to the county's special-use permit process Thursday night, but chose a version created by one of its own instead of the county staff. After two hours of discussion, the board voted to go with revisions drafted by board member Ted Shipley. Board member Tamara Murphy was not in attendance and former member Andy Heath resigned last week.

Permit debate moves on to county commissioners -- WECT, March 7, 2014

After two hours of discussion and debate, the New Hanover County Planning Board approved text edits for its Special Use Permit (SUP) legislation. The debate has been going for months. The topic was tabled at a public hearing in January and then postponed a second time due to inclement weather.

Planning Board Recommends Changes to SUP Application Process--Including More Public Hearings -- WHQR, March 7, 2014

Industrial businesses looking to call New Hanover County home may soon be required to hold public meetings as part of the special use permit -- or SUP – process. And the SUP is what they need to launch or expand operations. This is one among several changes that the county planning board unanimously recommended at last night’s public hearing on the most recent SUP draft—an update of a version that was tabled in January. And community stakeholders on both sides of the issue—business leaders and environmental advocates—say this new draft presents a compromise they can live with.

SUP amendments approved with several revisions -- Lumina news, March 7, 2014

After a two-hour discussion and several additional changes, text amendments to the special use permit zoning ordinances will head before the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners for a final decision. New Hanover County Planning Board Member Ted Shipley wrote his own draft, differing from the staff’s revised draft of the text amendment. Shipley’s draft was made available shortly before the meeting and was approved unanimously, 5-0, with multiple revisions by planning staff and board members during the end of the first March 6 meeting agenda item.

County to revisit special-use-permit process revisions in hearing tonight -- Port City Daily, March 6, 2014

The New Hanover County Planning Board will revisit proposed revisions to the process for awarding special-use permits in a second public hearing scheduled tonight. The board faced a packed house and heard from more than a dozen speakers in an initial public hearing held in January. In light of comments received that night and in the weeks that followed, the proposal was continued to this month’s meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. at the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse.

Planning board endorses revised special-use process, industry requirements -- Port City Daily, March 6, 2014

Despite opposition and repeated requests for delay, the New Hanover County Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday night to recommend adoption of proposed changes to the county’s process for awarding special-use permits, including those required for industrial uses. After two hours’ worth of discussion that included a hearing continued from its January meeting, the board endorsed changes that included the removal of a provision requiring applicants to list significant impacts their industry could cause on the community and the environment.

Editorial - Coal-ash incident raises questions about DENR's record -- Star News, March 4, 2014

North Carolina can be both "customer friendly" and a staunch environmental watchdog, but the latter requires an administration that empowers professional employees to enforce the rules vigorously and without fear of stepping on the wrong toes.

Letter to the Editor - Public Hearing -- Star News, March 4, 2014

Anyone who is interested in preserving the water and air quality that we currently enjoy should step forward and get involved in the county planning process. I understand that sitting through public meetings can be tedious at times, but we owe it to ourselves and future generations to make our concerns known to our elected and appointed officials.

Letter to the Editor - Choose Science Please -- Star News, March 3, 2014

In the last few days I have had conversations with several individuals regarding the proposed changes in the Special Use Permit Process for permitting new industries in our area. This item is on the agenda for the New Hanover County Planning Board this Thursday night. In the course of these discussions I have heard very valid concerns brought up by intelligent business and environmental interests. It would be very disturbing if the powers that be choose to ignore these and pass the regulation as currently proposed.

Regulators accuse five more Duke plants of violations -- Star News, March 3, 2014

State environmental regulators have accused Duke Energy of mishandling coal ash storage at five more power plants, including the Sutton plant just north of Wilmington. The plants don't have federal permits to discharge stormwater, according to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The alleged violations were issued late Friday, according to the agency.

Op-Ed by Kemp Burdette: Industry has made weakening environmental regulations top priority -- Star News, February 25, 2014

It's clear that industry has made weakening environmental regulations a top priority – because weak regulations mean more industry profits.

DENR Moves to Block Groups in Lawsuit -- Coastal Review Online, February 21, 2014

Environmental regulators have asked a federal judge to block environmental groups from intervening in a state lawsuit that challenges stricter federal limits on a type of harmful air pollutant. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources earlier this week requested the federal appeals court in Washington bar Clean Air Carolina, the N.C. Coastal Federation and Western North Carolina Alliance from intervening in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Letter to the Editor - Taking Issue With Titan -- Star News, February 19, 2014

As a lover of the Cape Fear area since childhood, I just had to try and get my thoughts out about the Titan Cement Plant. Even though I don't get to go to Wilmington very much anymore, I'd hate to see the place marred by such an industrial polluter as this. I think about the birds and the wetlands, not to mention the people that could be harmed, and I just don't want to see it. I'd just like to say that, as a person whose fondest memories come from being around the Cape Fear, I support any efforts against the building of the Titan Plant.

Letter the Editor - Adverting Another Coal Ash Disaster -- Star News, February 17, 2014

When the blame game is over for the Dan River spill, there won’t be a winner. The question will become what steps can we, the residents of the Cape Fear Region, take to advert another disaster at Sutton and 14 other ticking time bombs across the state. We must support legislators who already back a safer Cape Fear River. State Senator Tom Apodaca and Representative Chuck McGrady have pledged to sponsor legislation to remove coal ash dumps. But what about our representatives?

Proposed sand mine in Castle Hayne met with opposition -- Star News, February 16, 2014

Family owned Hilton Properties Limited Partnership is looking to rezone 62 acres off Castle Hayne Road to allow for a sand mine operation – a proposal that has nearby residents up in arms. Hilton Properties in conjunction with Sledge Industries is seeking conditional-use rezoning from rural agricultural to heavy industrial and a special-use permit from New Hanover County to operate a sand mine at 4117 Castle Hayne Road.

Sand mining expansion raises concerns with residents -- Star News, February 16, 2014

For most people, sand mining is an invisible step in the construction process. The mining is typically tucked away in industrial corridors, and the sand is used in construction projects long before the first viewing of a building takes shape, keeping sand mines out of sight and out of mind.

More info sought on proposed sand mine in Castle Hayne area -- Port City Daily, February 7, 2014

Plans for a sand mine in the Castle Hayne area have been held off a month, if not longer, as the New Hanover County Planning Board wants more information on the proposed operation and its potential impacts. At their meeting Thursday night, board members said they like the idea of a sand mine in the location proposed—a 63-acre site in the middle of a 4,000-acre woodland tract northwest of the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy facility—but they said more details are needed before an approval could be granted, opting instead to continue the request over a 60-day period.

New Hanover County Planning Board postpones sand mine decision -- Star News, February 6, 2014

After listening to passionate arguments from both sides, the New Hanover County Planning Board ultimately postponed a decision on a new sand mine in Castle Hayne, citing a lack of information.

Saving a Piece of the NE Cape Fear River -- Coastal Review Online, February 6, 2014

Two families have preserved more than 2,300 acres of forestland along the Northeast Cape Fear River in northern Pender County, the N.C. Coastal Land Trust announced yesterday.

Hearing on special-use changes for New Hanover delayed to March -- Port City Daily, February 1, 2014

The debate over how New Hanover County awards special-use permits for specific land uses will continue for at least one more month. A hearing scheduled for next Thursday’s meeting of the county planning board has been rescheduled for the board’s regular meeting in March, according to a notice released Friday afternoon.

Discussion about New Hanover's special-permit changes moved to March meeting -- Star News, January 31, 2014

Proposed text changes to the special-use permit process will no longer be discussed at Thursday's New Hanover County Planning Board meeting, according to a county news release. The proposed changes specifically outline the permitted uses for the special-use permit and which types of businesses in which areas would automatically require a special-use permit.

County planning board to revisit special use permit changes -- Lumina News, January 29, 2014

The New Hanover County Planning Board will consider changes to the county’s zoning ordinance, which holds major implications for the future of heavy industry in New Hanover County, during its next meeting. The board, which will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the NHC Historic Courthouse, will be discussing revisions to the county’s special use permit process, which currently allows the county commissioners the ability to reject a company’s application on the basis of its compatibility with other interests in the county.

New Hanover County to Come Up with SUP Draft Revision in February -- WHQR, January 20, 2014

The New Hanover County planning department has a month to revise the most recent draft of the special use permit--or SUP--which is what new industrial companies need to operate. Last week’s presentation of the SUP to the planning board sparked controversy among local environmental advocates, pro-business groups and members of the public--many of whom claimed they didn’t have adequate time to consider the new draft.

Letter to the Editor - Environmental protections -- Star News, January 19, 2014

When I first moved to Castle Hayne, I wasn't aware that the community I love abuts an area zoned for heavy industry. Over the years, Castle Hayne has continued to grow. … As our county becomes more crowded, progress continues to march northward.

Letter to the Editor - Rollback of SUP protections no mystery -- Star News, January 17, 2014

In 2011, New Hanover County adopted a Special Use Permit (SUP) process for heavy industries. This process, used in over 50% of North Carolina counties, gives our elected leaders the first ever local review and decision-making for industries with the greatest potential to pollute our air, creeks and water supplies. Why, then, would county staff draft major changes to this process in 2013, before the first project is considered?

Input sought on debated revisions to New Hanover special-use-permit process -- Port City Daily, January 16, 2014

New Hanover County is inviting public input on proposed revisions to its process for reviewing and awarding special-use permits. Comments will be accepted until noon next Friday, Jan. 24—in advance of the planning board’s next regular monthly meeting on Feb. 6, when the board will revisit the revision proposals. Those changes were debated at the board’s January meeting, which drew a standing-room-only crowd for a public hearing that featured more than a dozen speakers.

County planning board open to change -- Lumina News, January 15, 2014

The special use permit for new industries in New Hanover County is being given a hard look, with the county planning board taking a major step toward approving controversial revisions in the zoning ordinance at its Jan. 9 meeting.

Editorial - Ordinance ‘clarifications' lead to justifiable public suspicion -- Star News, January 15, 2014

Words matter, which is why some New Hanover County residents are upset about so-called clarifications to the county's special-use permit ordinance. County officials may mean one thing, but the draft amendments seem to say something quite different.

County Seeks Public Input Before Drafting Next SUP Ordianance -- WHQR Public Radio, January 14, 2014

The board asked the county to consider expanding its proposed timeline to review special use permit applications from 45 to 55 days. Board members also seek more information about the proposed role of state and federal permits in special use permit approval; namely, whether these will be sufficient to address local concerns. But, the county won’t be tackling those two sections for a couple of weeks. First, says assistant county manager Tim Burgess, the planning department will collect—and examine--written input from the public.

County planning commission votes to continue discussion on special use permit -- WECT, January 10, 2014

Crowds packed the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse Thursday evening for a public hearing held by the New Hanover County Planning Commission. After nearly two and a half hours of debate, the issue was continued to be discussed at a meeting next month.

Packed house prompts board to continue special-use-permit process decision -- Port City Daily, January 10, 2014

Facing a standing-room-only crowd that packed the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse chambers, the county planning board voted 4-2 Thursday to continue proposed amendments to the process for awarding special-use permits to next month’s meeting.

Board tables special use permit amendment -- WWAY, January 9, 2014

After nearly three hours of heated debate the New Hanover County Planning Board tabled a proposed amendment to their Special Use Permitting process so that the public had more time to understand the changes.

Concerns precede hearing on special-use-permit revisions for New Hanover -- Port City Daily, January 9, 2014

Proposed revisions to the process for awarding special-use permits in New Hanover County are continuing to draw concerns from observers, some of whom contend the changes will make it easier for industry to be permitted while diminishing the public’s involvement in the process.

New Hanover Planning Board tables decision on special-use permit process -- Star News, January 9, 2014

After more than two and a half hours of discussion, there still was no resolution on changes to New Hanover County’s special-use-permit process and officials eventually decided to table the issue.

NHC Planning Board To Tackle Special Use Permit Ordinance -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, January 9, 2014

Additional changes to New Hanover County’s special use permit for industrial projects could be headed to the county commissioners, despite opposition from some groups contending that changes to the ordinance are not necessary. County planning staff will recommend changes to several sections of the special use permit ordinance during Thursday evening’s planning board meeting. Groups for and against the proposed changes are expected to attend the meeting, having discussed talking points with members in recent days about the issue.

Proposed Change to Special Use Permit Language in NHC Raises Questions Among Stakeholders -- WHQR, January 9, 2014

Proposed changes to New Hanover County’s Special Use Permit are the subject of heated discussion among stakeholders on all sides. Advocates for the environment, economic development groups, and county staff seem to be at odds over the significance of one particular element in the draft.

NHC to Host Public Hearing on Special Use Permits -- WHQR, January 8, 2014

Tonight, New Hanover County’s planning department is holding a public hearing about some newly-proposed changes to the special use permit. At a November work session, the planning department offered a draft that would require applicants to address their long-range impact on the community and environment. The latest changes are meant to clarify requirements, but some are saying the new language also stands to modify them

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New Hanover working on update to zoning ordinances -- Star News, December 7, 2013

The special-use permit process and Titan have been inextricably linked during most zoning changes and discussions, but now county officials are asking the public to take a step backward and help create a larger comprehensive plan.

Letter to the Editor - A mistake to build plant -- Star News, November 23, 2013

Aside from being one of the most pristine areas in the county, the proposed site lies in an area affecting the aquifers for the entire region. New York state did not control what was allowed to develop on the Hudson River, and it took the better part of 50 years (and a ton of work) to bring it back to the clean state it is in now. Why don't the powers that be in the Wilmington area see the writing on the wall, and learn from New York's mistake?

Special use permit: A smart way forward -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, November 22, 2013

For the first time, heavy industries must provide information on their potential effects and demonstrate that the proposed facility will not endanger public health or safety, meets all required conditions of the zoning ordinance, will not substantially harm surrounding property values, and will be in harmony with the area and in general conformity with the plan of development for New Hanover County.

PSR Physician Visits Wilmington, talks Titan, climate change -- WHQR Public Radio, November 17, 2013

When Kanter visited Wilmington, he heard about the Stop Titan movement – a grassroots organization formed in 2008 to prevent Titan Americas from building a cement manufacturing plant in New Hanover County. “Cement plants are the third-largest polluting industry. They not only create a lot of air pollution and local effects related to heavy metals and sulfur dioxide and all these things that might be exposed to people around – but they also produce a huge amount of carbon dioxide – at a time when the planet is nearing the tipping point.”

Letter to the Editor - Why add more emissions here? -- Star News, October 26, 2013

In this beautiful country of ours, we have been very fortunate. We have been fortunate for many reasons, but on a recent boat ride to view the site of the proposed Titan Cement plant, I was reminded of one reason in particular.

Letter to the Editor - Keep speaking out about Titan -- Star News, October 22, 2013

I fear silence on this subject could easily come to be viewed as consent … Our public officials need to hear from us on the subject regularly. The multiple threats posed by Titan's planned cement plant make the subject too dangerous for us to be lulled into silence.

Letter to the Editor - Titan Cement Air Quality Permit -- Star News, October 1, 2013

The science is clear: particle pollution is deadly. It is well documented that particulate matter – which Titan Cement was just granted a permit to emit more of – leads to an increased risk of asthma attacks, emphysema with chronic obstructive bronchitis, infant mortality, heart disease, and ischemic strokes. It may even lead to lung cancer.

Titan wins in state court, groups challenge new permit -- Lumina News, September 25, 2013

The new permit allows Titan to emit more partilcuate matter than its initial air quality permit. Geoff Gisler, an attorney with the SELC, discusses the new lawsuit filed against this revised air quality permit. The new petition states, "DAQ failed to demonstrate that the previous permit limit was no longer achievable at the Facility." After the previous SELC lawsuit was rejected on September 23rd, the case now goes to the N.C. Environmental Management Commission, which could take up the case as early as November. While Gisler identifies an approach that combines three permit challenges to target the DAQ's analyses; Gisler also suggests there are new things introduced by the new permit that need be addressed before they make a final decison on how to approach the case moving forward.

Letter to the Editor - Officials must speak out -- Star News, September 24, 2013

Since 1975, a chromium plume was discovered contaminating groundwater at the Elementis chromium plant, next to Titan property. To contain this, Elementis has been pumping contaminated water from the aquifer. Lowering of the water level caused by Titan may undermine this.

Letter to the Editor - Don't Let Titan Pollute -- Star News, September 22, 2013

I was a junior in high school when the first wave of "Stop Titan" signs popped up at Wilmington intersections. I'm now a junior in college, and I'm dismayed to see this battle has continued. When it comes to human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, cement plants are responsible for 5 percent of worldwide pollution. Carbon dioxide has been identified as a main cause of global warming.

Letter to the Editor - Citizens' Concerns Ignored -- Star News, September 12, 2013

I read that the Division of Air Quality approved the newest permit application for Titan. What a waste of taxpayer money, to hold an open meeting to hear the opinions of the citizens. I was at that meeting, and I was in attendance at the first set of meetings. A conservative estimate of opinion against Titan would be 90 percent – at both meetings. … It seems obvious to me that the government is listening to the voice with the most money, not the citizens who will have to live with the results of their decision. … Titan has brought in big bucks and spread it around. … The company filed a nuisance lawsuit against two of our citizens for daring to speak out against them.

Stop Titan is Dealt a Blow, but Organizers Say the Fight Goes On -- WHQR Public Radio, September 11, 2013

For the Stop Titan Action Network, the fat lady hasn't yet sung. Sarah Gilliam, a spokesperson for Stop Titan, says the group is planning a meet-and-greet on Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 PM at Cape Fear River Watch, to talk about education and outreach opportunities.

Air permit in hand, Titan has far to go to win over the community -- Star News, September 4, 2013

Will Titan keep its promise, or keep trying to change the rules once it is here? Given its track record, which includes suing two people who dared to speak out in a public meeting, there's reason to wonder.

Proposed Titan cement plant awarded revised air quality permit -- Port City Daily, August 30, 2013

Despite significant public sentiment opposing the project, the N.C. Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has awarded a revised air quality permit for the proposed Titan cement plant planned near Castle Hayne.

Pelican Award: Cliff Cash -- Coastal Review Online, August 20, 2013

Cliff Cash just won a Pelican Award from the N.C. Coastal Federation for his extraordinary commitment to stop a cement plant from opening in nearby Castle Hayne. But, he doesn’t think he deserves the recognition. Even after five years of fighting Titan Cement, fundraisers, scrap metal drives and comedy shows, the N.C. native still thinks he could do more.

A Particulate Matter -- Letter to the Editor - Star News, August 12, 2013

Fine particle pollution has been shown repeatedly to contribute to hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease, strokes, lung disease, and preterm birth, among other things. Fine particle pollution has even recently been linked to autism. -David L. Hill, MD, FAAP

Just say no to Titan -- Letter to the Editor, August 10, 2013

The article on the public hearing for Titan Cement’s air permit extension and the hearing itself missed the most important point. Both kept coming back to the technical questions of whether Titan is “following the rules” (which Titan helped to write) rather than the question of a community’s democratic right to preserve its quality of life. If the turnout and testimony at the hearing is any indication (and they are), then the overwhelming majority of citizens in the Lower Cape Fear do not want the plant built.

Hundreds flock to hearing on Titan air permit extension -- Star News, August 6, 2013

Hundreds of people attended a public hearing Monday night to speak about an air permit extension application from Titan America, the latest episode in a five-year battle between residents, environmental activists and supporters of a proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne.

It's not jobs vs. environment -- Letter to the Editor - Star News, August 5, 2013

I attended the public hearing on Titan Cement's proposed air permit revision. The debate amounted to a concern, on one side, for the environment and, on the other, for jobs. But this dilemma is false. Granting Titan's application to emit more pollution would not result in more jobs.

Public Hearing on Titan Permit Set -- Coastal Review Online, July 29, 2013

The state Division of Air Quality wants to hear from the public before deciding whether to grant Titan America’s request for a permit extension, one that asks to increase the amount of pollutants emitted from its proposed Castle Hayne cement plant.

Cameras Capture Wildlife Along River -- Coastal Review Online, July 25, 2013

Nestled among public streets and private property, the ubiquitous hidden camera is there to record what once went undetected. Even animals that roam the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River can no longer escape the watchful eye of technology.

The Cost of Titan -- Letter to the Editor - Star News, July 12, 2013

How much is our community willing to sell our clean water and air for?

NC agency move would allow 9 times more arsenic in our air -- News & Observer, July 11, 2013

The agency charged with protecting North Carolinians from air pollution – the N.C. Division of Air Quality – has quietly proposed changes that will allow more arsenic in our air. Nine times more arsenic, to be exact.

Endangered Wetlands slow flooding -- Letter to the Editor-Star News, July 1, 2013

In response to the article titled “Report ranks Wilmington No. 7 for risk of storm-surge damage,” I would like to point out that the 28411 ZIP code, listed in the top 10 Wilmington area ZIP codes at risk, is directly adjacent to the proposed Titan Cement plant and limestone mine. This heavy industrial project would destroy (1,000) acres of irreplaceable wetlands that naturally hold and soak up floodwaters.

DAQ to hold public hearing on Titan's request to modify air quality permit -- WHQR.org, June 28, 2013

“Both the company and the Division of Air Quality have already determined that they don’t need to emit this pollution, that they can meet the limit that’s in the current permit, that this pollution is entirely avoidable. So that, I think, is the big key point here. They’re asking to pollute at a level that’s unnecessary even by their standards and what the Division of Air Quality has determined.”

Hearing to be held on revised air quality permit for proposed Titan cement plant -- PortCityDaily.com, June 28, 2013

The N.C. Division of Air Quality has scheduled a public hearing Aug. 5 to receive comments on a revised air quality permit for the Titan America cement plant proposed in Castle Hayne. The hearing will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Kenan Auditorium at UNCW, 601 S. College Road.

Could Titan use natural gas instead of coal in its proposed cement plant? -- MyReporter.com, June 21, 2013

Q. Titan is proposing a coal-powered plant in New Hanover County. As a compromise, could they put in a natural gas powered plant instead, the thought being there would be fewer bad emissions? A. Bob Odom, general manager for Carolina Cement LLC, ruled that out in an e-mail statement.

Coastal Federation, Fisherman’s Post Team Up For Inshore Fishing This Summer -- Coastal Review Online, June 19, 2013

It was a great match-up last year, and it’s even better this year. On Friday and Saturday (June 21-22), Fisherman’s Post, Wilmington’s weekly saltwater fishing newspaper, and the nonprofit North Carolina Coastal Federation will hold the second of five fishing tournaments, planned through to mid-September, looking to crown a local fishing champion based on an aggregate weight of flounder caught during the events on the 2nd Annual Inshore Tournament Trail.

Titan Asks to Increase Pollution Limit -- Coastal Review Online, June 11, 2013

The company pursuing construction of a cement plant in New Hanover County wants to increase the amount of pollutants allowed from the proposed facility. In its request for an 18-month extension on its air permit, Titan America asks to increase its potential release of particulate matter, or PM, at its proposed cement kiln in Castle Hayne on the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River.

Titan Files for Air-Permit Extension -- Star News Online, May 30, 2013

The company behind a proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne has filed for an extension on its air permit, saying an ongoing lawsuit made it difficult to adhere to the required construction timeline.

A Tale of Two Wilmingtons -- StarNews Online, May 17, 2013

Wilmington is at an economic crossroads. A rapidly-changing marketplace, both globally and locally, offers our region a choice between two distinct cities.

‘Stop Titan’ supporters address county board, mark five years fighting proposed cement plant -- Port City Daily, May 9, 2013

Five years after Titan America first proposed a cement plant in the Wilmington area, supporters of the grassroots group “Stop Titan” are continuing their fight against the project—and made that known to New Hanover County commissioners at their meeting earlier this week.

Citizens Against Titan reflect on five years -- Lumina News, May 1, 2013

The front lawn at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market was packed with citizens commemorating the five-year anniversary of their fight against Titan America.

Stop Titan’s 5th Anniversary -- Lumina News, April 24, 2013

In this letter to the editor, Wrightsville Beach resident Julie Hurley states, "We need more local tools like New Hanover County’s recently enacted Special Use Permit to help us plan for a safer and healthier future. A big thank you to those honoring this 5-year mark with the rally on Sunday."

Rocky Point High-School Student Wins Contest -- Coastal Review Online, April 23, 2013

Anna Brodmerkel likes wetlands. She appreciates their beauty and recognizes the threats to them. Because of that, she’ll have an extra $1,000 to take with her this fall to Chapel Hill A senior at Heide Trask High School in Rocky Point, Brodmerkel won a statewide high-school essay contest that was sponsored by Cape Fear River Watch and the Stop Titan Action Network, or STAN. Her essay was chosen from 51 entries for top prize of a $1,000 scholarship. Brodmerkel plans to attend the University of North Carolina in the fall.

Stop Titan members promote cause at Earth Day event -- WECT.com, April 20, 2013

Members of the Stop Titan group, one of the largest activist networks in southeastern North Carolina, are continuing their efforts to gain more support. This week marks their five-year anniversary.

Titan Fight Approaches Benchmark -- Coastal Review Online, April 19, 2013

Five years have passed since a handful of residents and environmentalists sat in the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners’ chambers to learn more about a company’s plans to build a cement plant just outside of Wilmington.

Ancient Greek Scientists and Titan Cement -- Star News, April 13, 2013

In a Letter to the Editor, John R. Spruill states that "It is a sad irony that a Greek corporation, Titan, wants to move down a path that will do great damage to three of those "elements" -- earth, water and air -- here in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties. To allow Titan to do this would be very bad public policy."

Why Not a Titan Resolution -- Star News, April 11, 2013

Bruce Holsten reaches out to local city and council officers to openly disapprove of Titan and the company's future pollution in the area, similar to the officer's disapproval of deep well disposal in the region. In his Letter to the Editor, the author reveals the need to acknowledge Titan's capacity to release mercury into the region and ultimately, cause massive air and water pollution.

Northeast Cape Fear River -- Coastal Review Online, April 4, 2013

Andy Wood leads our two-person pilgrimage to see a 1,000-year-old cypress along the Northeast Cape Fear River. The mighty tree has lost her neighbors. One went down with Hurricane Fran in 1996. Hundreds more have dropped away from pollution and saltwater intrusion. It used to be a more robust-looking canopy. Ten years ago, it looked better than that,” Wood admits. “She’s one of the last of the big ones here.

Editorial - Titan debate only small piece of bigger conversation that’s needed -- Star News, March 17, 2013

Woody White is right that discussing New Hanover County's future isn't about Titan Cement – at least, it's not only about Titan. Where he went wrong was in asserting that the proposed cement plant doesn't have a place in the discussion.

Titan Talk -- Star News, March 13, 2013

UNCW Environmental Studies professor Dr. Anthony Snyder expresses his opinion on our elected officials' recent assessment of the Titan discussion in the region.

Not Just Talking Titan -- Star News, March 12, 2013

Justin Murphy discusses Commissioner Woody White's and Mayor Bill Saffo's recent conversations about Titan and halting the Titan talk.

Silence the public as an agenda item -- Star News, March 12, 2013

In response to the recent comments on stopping Titan talk, Cheryl McGraw explains the significance of the Titan conversation. Cheryl explains the negative effects the proposed Titan cement plant would have on the area, especially on local landowners like herself.

So glad the discussion exists -- Star News, March 12, 2013

Paige Woodruff reinforces the importance of discussing Titan in the local community. In the letter, Paige explains the positive outcomes of talking about Titan.

Officials ask community to put Titan discussion on hold -- Star News, March 11, 2013

During a panel discussion Friday morning, city and county officials asked the community to turn the conversation away from Titan.

CoastLine: does a Titan Cement plant fit the landscape of the Cape Fear Region? -- WHQR.com, February 28, 2013

On this special edition of CoastLine, host Rachel Lewis Hilburn spoke with Coastal Scientist Tracy Skrabal of the NC Coastal Federation, Kate Queram, environmental Reporter for the StarNews, and Dr. Craig Galbraith, Professor at UNCW's Cameron School of Business. The topic: does a Titan Cement plant fit the landscape of the Cape Fear Region?

Environmental film forum tackles big questions -- Star News, February 20, 2013

Can mushrooms save the planet? Can a car really run on water? Those are some of the questions to be fearlessly pursued by the Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum, coming up Friday and Saturday, mostly at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The forum will start off with a bang Friday with a 7:30 p.m. screening of "Clashing With Titans," a work-in-progress documentary about the proposed Titan Cement plant in Castle Hayne.

It's Time to Improve Our Quality of Life -- Star News, February 17, 2013

Douglas Darrell explains the dangerous facts surrounding Sodium dioxide in the Cape Fear Region and how Titan could add to an already hazardous problem in the area.

Titan plant lands Cape Fear River basin on endangered list -- Star News, February 7, 2013

The Southern Environmental Law Center is out with its latest list of the most endangered places in the Southeast, and the Cape Fear River basin is on it because of the planned Titan cement plant.

Special Use Permit is a Green Flag for Community -- Star News, January 29, 2013

Emma Bogdan highlights the need for our county commissioners to do their job protecting our well-being and quality of life by keeping our new Special Use Permitting process intact

Filmmaker hopes to shed light on Titan America with new documentary -- WECT.com, January 17, 2013

The fight to stop a cement plant from opening in Castle Hayne could be heading to the silver screen. A documentary is in the works that will shed light on the project, efforts to bring it to Wilmington and the battle from citizens against it, according to www.clashingwithtitans.com.

Titan: Past-Present-Future -- Letter to the Editor - Star News, January 3, 2013

Is This Titan’s and Elementis’ legacy? Destruction of aquifer and productive wetlands, and poison spread across our communities so they make huge profits, and leave an ungodly mess for you and your kids? You want this?!?

2012 (+)
News: 2012 Year in Review -- Lumina News, December 26, 2012

Kayne Darrell was awarded the Lumina News 2011 Person of the Year for her active work in the grassroots Stop Titan movement. Darrell has been fighting against the coal-burning Titan America’s Carolina’s Cement plant since 2008.

Wilmington filmmakers raise funds for local documentary -- Lumina News, December 12, 2012

For almost as long as Titan America has been around, there have been people carefully watching, tracking and even filming each step of the way. This Monday marks the first preview of “Clashing with Titans” and the fundraising push to completion.

Anti-Titan a minority? -- Letter to the Editor - Star News, December 10, 2012

Monday morning in an extensive interview with WHQR, Bob Odom, Project Manager for the Titan Cement Plant, commented that the Stop Titan organization was a ..."small vocal minority" which he implied did not represent the majority of the public. As an environmental professional with 25 years working with a Fortune 100 company, I have been appalled at the actions of Titan Cement toward the local community.

Event to focus on economic impacts of cement plants -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, November 26, 2012

The Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC) this week will discuss potential economic development impacts of Titan America’s cement plant planned for Castle Hayne.

2012 Pelican Award: Lumina News -- Coastal Review Online, November 14, 2012

As a small coastal community, Wrightsville Beach packs in countless ongoing debates and issues surrounding the area’s tourism appeal, local wildlife habitat preservation and restoration efforts and quality of life of its residents. Whether it’s another vote to ban smoking on area beaches, which recently passed in the 2012 elections, or an update on the multi-faceted issue of the Carolinas Cement project, Lumina News continues to offer award-winning coverage to its readers.

Keep our air healthy and safe -- Letter to the Editor - Star News, November 4, 2012

My family and I lived in Castle Hayne on the Northeast Cape Fear River for more than 12 years. We were a little over two miles as the crow flies from Elementis Chromium and just a few more from the proposed Titan Cement plant. My husband pieced together our 3,000-square-foot home over the years from repurposed materials, transforming a 900-square-foot cabin into a rustic castle.

You Now Have a Vote -- Letter to the Editor - Star News, October 29, 2012

The future growth and prosperity of New Hanover County depends on maintaining a healthy environment. Clean air and abundant ground water are more important to our economy and quality of life than 50 new jobs at a foreign owned cement plant.

Commissioners take action against saltwater intrusion -- PortCityDaily.com, October 16, 2012

Beside its impact on public health, county commissioners noted tainted wells may also affect property values and attempts to sell homes.

Candidates daydream about ways to spend $37 million, come clean on Titan Cement -- Lumina News, October 10, 2012

Before their closing statements, candidates gave their perspectives on Titan Cement and the incentives given for that type of industry.

Pelican Award Winner: Lovey’s Cafe Owners -- Coastal Review Online, October 10, 2012

As you step through the doors of Lovey’s Natural Foods and Cafe in the Landfall Shopping Center, you are transported to another era; to a time when buying food was more than just a determined walk through aisles of product in search of just what you needed. You’re not in a supermarket, but in a marketplace, where not only can you buy, but eat it as well. You can chat with the proprietors and greet friends and neighbors. You can linger as varied intoxicating aromas fill your nostrils. Baked bread, fresh fish, cooking meat.

Regulations vs. Deregulation -- Letter to the Editor - Star News, October 6, 2012

We should remember that most regulations are in place because someone or a group of companies has decided that they can make more money if they come up with a “new” idea to balk the public. Environmental regulations, for the most part, are in place for our health. Locally, just think of the cost to Titan and Progress Energy to conform to the current regulations. They would be very happy and more profitable if the regulations were rolled back.

Toxic Air Battle Joined Anew -- Coastal Review Online, September 23, 2012

A battle that began earlier this year over legislation cutting back the state’s air toxics program starts up anew this week when state regulators seek public comment on changes to regulations on toxic air emissions. Legislators passed a bill in June that exempts from state law the emissions of toxic pollutants covered under a similar but not as extensive federal law. The bill was one of the most significant accomplishments in the N.C. General Assembly’s ongoing effort to roll back regulations.

Letter to the Editor: Putting our water at risk -- The Star News, September 1, 2012

Wilmington resident Brady Bradshaw points out the potentially disastrous consequences of Titan's expected water withdrawals from the Castle Hayne aquifer.

Where's the water? -- Star News, August 22, 2012

Disappearing wetlands in northern New Hanover has officials, residents concerned

As EPA considers looser regulations on cement kilns, some locals worry about implications for Titan -- WHQR.org, August 17, 2012

The tighter regulations were set to go into effect next year. But in June, the EPA proposed amendments to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants in response to lobbying efforts from the Portland Cement Association – an advocacy group for the cement industry.

Polluting our brains -- Citizen-Times, August 13, 2012

Some recent scientific findings in more than half a dozen studies present both fascinating and frightening perspectives on the effects of pollution on the human mind. Air pollution has been linked to impaired brain functioning in both older adults and children.

Could Titan and tourism coexist? -- Lumina News, August 8, 2012

If our air and water quality are compromised by Titan's facility on the Northeast Cape Fear River, our tourism industry could be impacted.

Having a vision about growth -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, August 3, 2012

Decision by decision, year after year, we have sacrificed our coastal resources, that natural backdrop that sustains both marine life and represents our legacy for future generations. Our future will be decided by the daily decisions influenced by our elected leaders, our public officials and most importantly by a growing community voice that insists upon involvement and collaboration among all interests in the region and ensures that our great plans become reality.

Letter to the Editor -- The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing -- Star News, July 30, 2012

Beware the corporations in sheep’s clothing. It’s up to us to disrobe them before the wolf is loose.

The Cost of Titan -- Letter to the Editor - Star News, July 12, 2012

How much is our community willing to sell our clean water and air for?

Cape Fear River Watch offers scholarship essay contest -- Cape Fear Native Blog, July 11, 2012

Cape Fear River Watch is offering a Scholarship Essay Contest to promote interest in environmental conservation and sustainability, with particular interest in the Titan Cement issue. This contest was created to engage students pursing college majors in environmental sciences, biology and wildlife and habitat conservation, as well as to give financial aid for tuition for the college-bound student. For more info on the scholarship, click here: http://www.capefearriverwatch.org/education/college-scholarship-essay-contest

Aquifer may be imperiled by well water usage -- Lumina News, June 20, 2012

"One of the problems is we added a lot more withdraw inland so now it is not just Wrightsville Beach but from the county well field and irrigation wells," Commissioner Rick Catlin said. "While it was never sustainable before, now we are accelerating the decline of our aquifer."

Titan court proceedings scheduled for September -- Star News, May 25, 2012

The challenge, filed in April by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of a handful of environmental groups, alleges that state regulators "failed to act as required by law or rule" in issuing an air permit for a cement plant to begin operation in Castle Hayne.

Environmentalists host business event -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, May 22, 2012

The North Carolina Coastal Federation will host an event next week for the business community. UNCW Cameron School of Business professors Craig Galbraith and Curt Stiles will present on their findings from an economic study that includes the potential impact the proposed Titan cement plant could have on area business.

Life with Titan -- Lumina News, May 3, 2012

A crowd of families and opponents of the proposed Titan Cement plant came to enjoy a sunny afternoon by the Cape Fear River. Among them was one question: Will the community’s health be safe if Titan were to construct its plant in New Hanover County? The visitors from the cement towns warned them that it would not.

The Cavalry arrives to take on Titan Cement -- NCPolicyWatch.org, April 28, 2012

When it comes to using the power of the law to protect North Carolina’s water, air and land, no organization does it better than the Southern Environmental Law Center. That’s why I was so excited to get their announcement via email today, challenging the permit recently granted to Titan Cement. Titan, a foreign-owned business with a sordid history of putting profits over people, has tangled with the wrong people.

Titan's air quality permit challenged -- Star News, April 27, 2012

"By allowing the cement company to emit unnecessary and harmful levels of pollution, the state's permit for Titan's pollution fails residents and visitors of North Carolina and violates state and federal law," stated Geoff Gisler, an attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center who represents the groups, in a release. "Ignoring available pollution controls, the state granted Titan's toxic recipe to pollute the air we all breathe."

Titan opposition reacts to air permit -- Lumina News, March 8, 2012

The issuance of Titan’s air permit by the North Carolina Division of Air Quality came as a blow to many who oppose the proposed cement plant; however, Stop Titan Action Network and other local environmental groups anticipated the state department’s decision and are now refocusing opposition efforts.

Valley of the Titans -- Naturally ILM, March 7, 2012

The river’s water flows with a dark, black sheen due to the nature of the vegetation, making it an uncommon blackwater river. This unique piece of North Carolina’s geography has been central to the area’s economy and ecosystem since before America was founded. One boat ride up the northeastern branch will reveal stunning old oaks, lush wetlands, and a hulking, smoking cement plant – soon to possibly be made into an even bigger hulking, smoking cement plant.

Hard lessons taught by Titan -- Star News, March 6, 2012

In a letter to the editor, Tracy Skrabal reflects on how the Titan project has heightened the Cape Fear region's awareness of local and state issues, and reminds us that this year's elections will prove especially significant for our community's future.

Air permit issued for proposed Titan Cement plant in Wilmington -- WECT, February 29, 2012

The NC Division of Air Quality officially issued Titan an air quality permit for the proposed Castle Hayne cement plant. Dr. Robert Parr, an area physician, and Mike Giles of the Coastal Federation voice their concerns with the state agency's failure to fully examine the associated health impacts.

Getting Sued for Speaking Out Against Titan -- Coastal Review Online, February 24, 2012

Kayne Darrell and Dr. David Hill believed that they were armed with solid research when they spoke at a New Hanover County Board of Commissioners meeting in Wilmington on Feb. 1, 2010, about the alleged negative health and environmental effects a proposed cement plant would have in the area.

Letter to the Editor: Governor Perdue we are waiting -- Star News, February 12, 2012

Sherry O'Daniell calls on Governer Bev Perdue to consider the independent, peer-reviewed ICF International health study showing the damaging health effects of Titan's proposed plant for our community.

Apples, Oranges, and Titan -- WilmingtonRants.com, February 11, 2012

Castle Hayne resident and blogger Rick Wilson expresses concern with local media coverage of the Titan Cement issue and has a few questions of his own for government and Titan officials.

Letter to the Editor: A German's comments about Titan -- Star News, February 10, 2012

Renate Gray responds to a previous letter to the editor by highlight the considerable gap between German and American environmental standards. Concerning heavy-polluting industries in the US: "If the perpetrator get caught the profits far outweigh the fines assessed."

Activist Lois Gibbs inspires Stop Titan movement -- Lumina News, February 8, 2012

Lois Gibbs, the director of the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, helped energize a packed room of New Hanover citizens with her inspiring story of standing up to business and government when leaders were failing to respond to health problems associated with the toxic waste leaking into her home community of Love Canal, NY.

Passion reigns on both sides of the Titan fence -- Star News, January 30, 2012

The last of the Star News' three-part series on Titan weighs economic arguments for and against the plant. Tom Looney, a local business executive, blasts Wilmington Industrial Development for being "hopelessly out of touch" with the area's long-term economic future.

Titan trying to calm environmentalists' fears -- Star News, January 29, 2012

The second article in the Star News' three-part series about the proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne looks into some of the pollutants and associated health problems.

A closer look at Titan's cement operations in south Florida -- Star News, January 28, 2012

The Star News' first article in their 3 part series describes Titan's Pennsuco plant and some of its impacts on the surrounding area. "The trees at the gate are the only evidence that the plant is in Florida. The rest of the surrounding area looks like the surface of the moon – created by the company's massive earth movers and dump trucks."

Titan report presented to public and state -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, January 27, 2012

Results from a health study conducted by the independent firm ICF International are presented at a free public hearing. A summary of the report, which focused on particulate and ground-level ozone pollution, can be found here.

Alternatives to Titan -- Star News, January 18, 2012

In a letter to the editor, Sarah Gilliam asks Governor Perdue to stop punting the Stop Titan issue. After spending the last three years "waiting on the science," perhaps our top state official will finally listen.

2011 (+)
#3 News Story of 2011: Titan America -- WHQR, December 29, 2011

Michelle Bliss of local public radio station WHQR names the Stop Titan effort the #3 news story of the year.

Lumina News Person of the Year 2011 -- Lumina News, December 29, 2011

Kayne Darrell of Citizens Against Titan is honored as Lumina News' 2011 Person of the Year.

News Year in Review -- Lumina News, December 29, 2011

"The Titan Cement proposal for a plant in Castle Hayne continued to spur controversy despite New Hanover County commissioners’ attempts to back away from the issue. Chairman Jonathan Barfield rejected recent criticism about playing golf with Bob Odom, general manager of Titan’s subsidiary Carolinas Cement."

Editorial: Caution in report on Titan permit wise -- Star News, December 21, 2011

The editorial board of the Star News commends Patrick Butler's recommendations to Division of Air Quality director Sheila Holman, while noting the sizable gap between Titan Cement's words and actions.

Report on Titan draft air permit ready -- Star News, December 20, 2011

Patrick Butler, a regional supervisor at the NC Division of Air Quality, has issued his recommendations to the agency's director. Among the recommendations was the question of whether federal law precludes the agency from issuing the permit until a more comprehensive review is conducted.

Stop Titan and the damage it will cause -- Star News, December 18, 2011

A letter to the editor by Ed Scott, a longtime Stop Titan supporter and resident of Castle Hayne, discusses just a few of the negative impacts of more heavy industry in the Cape Fear region.

Court upholds cement kiln regulations -- Lumina News, December 15, 2011

A federal court rejected an attempt to repeal EPA regulations that place limitations on pollutants emitted from cement kilns by the Portland Cement Association, an industry group chaired by Titan Cement's CEO.

Titan’s ties to New Hanover County pre-date incentives -- Lumina News, December 8, 2011

Titan Cement may have had interest in locating a large cement manufacturing plant in Castle Hayne decades before it was offered $4.2 million in incentives from New Hanover County to locate here in 2008. New Hanover County property records and corporate filings with the North Carolina Secretary of State indicate that subsidiary companies of Titan Cement have existed in New Hanover County since 1990.

Jobs not all Titan Cement might bring to citizens of Cape Fear area. -- BlueNC.com, December 5, 2011

According to a new report conducted by a leading industry consultant based in Fairfax, Virginia, the Titan plant will be creating much more than jobs for the good citizens of the Cape Fear region. The study issued last week details a host of serious public health impacts, as well as millions of dollars in health care costs associated with Titan’s pollution.

Sophia Bush takes us behind the scenes -- Wilma Magazine, December 1, 2011

Sophia Bush, star of One Tree Hill, speaks out against Titan Cement, which would affect the local film industry.

Titan-ic Questions -- NewsObserver, November 25, 2011

Opinion editorial by Marvin Woll of Raleigh, NC.

Titan from the river’s perspective -- Lumina News, November 3, 2011

Tyler Roberts takes a trip up the river in Castle Hayne with Mike Giles, Coastal Advocate of the NC Coastal Federation and Kemp Burdett, River Keeper of Cape Fear River Watch. Read more about his trip and what he learned about the river and potential Titan Cement site.

Industrial zoning regulations will affect Titan -- Lumina News, October 13, 2011

Planning and zoning manager, Jane Daughtridge says Titan Cement is not an existing business and they will have to apply for the special use permit!

Robert Parr - It is imperative that we protect the air we breathe -- Star News, October 5, 2011

Middle Sound resident Dr. Robert Parr discusses the real costs of the legislature's reckless attack on the EPA.

Distasteful and Offensive -- Star News, October 4, 2011

Letter to the Editor from Shannon Gentry who, however grateful for the final vote and outcome, found Vice Chairmen Thompson's closing remarks to citizens at the County Commissioner's meeting out of line.

NHC commissioners approve zoning amendment -- WECT, October 3, 2011

Zoning amendment approved with SUP adoption!

Opinions on Titan Still in Stark Contrast -- WHQR radio, September 28, 2011

Michelle Bliss discusses DAQ comments on WHQR

Proposed Titan plant draws strong opinions at forum -- Star News, September 27, 2011

The first of three public hearings regarding a draft air permit for the proposed Titan America cement plant went off with little fanfare Tuesday, as roughly 100 people came to listen to and speak about the pros and cons of the project.

Public hearings scheduled for Titan cement permit -- Charlotte Observer, September 27, 2011

CASTLE HAYNE, N.C. The first of three public hearings on the new draft air quality permit for the proposed Titan American cement plant in New Hanover County will be held in Castle Hayne.

Public to weigh on proposed New Hanover County Cement Plant -- News 14 Carolina, September 27, 2011

A second round of public hearings reignites a debate surrounding a proposed cement plant in New Hanover County. Last month, the North Carolina Division of Air Quality released a new draft air quality permit for the proposed Titan America plant in Castle Hayne and now it's time for public hearings. Opponents even looked to Gov. Bev Perdue for help and support. They asked her to freeze all permits until a comprehensive review was completed but she said she is staying out of the debate because the plant would be on private property, not state property. "At the end of the day on private property, the science has to rule the permits," said Perdue. Titan said they won't start building until they have all the needed permits.

Stop Titan activists rally against draft air permit -- Lumina News, September 22, 2011

In the week prior to the Division of Air Quality public hearings regarding Titan Cement’s draft air permit, anti-Titan activists sought to rally support with local grassroots organizers and scientists making appearances at local meetings sharing concerns with other New Hanover residents. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Stop Titan leaders held a public information session at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Students and citizens attended, and county commissioner Brian Berger was recognized at the meeting’s opening and received applause for his attendance.

Open Eyes to Titan -- Raleigh News & Observer, September 12, 2011

At the end of this month, the coastal communities surrounding Wilmington will get a visit from the Raleigh-based Division of Air Quality, as the state regulatory agency hosts two days of public hearings for the controversial Titan Cement plant. Doctors, business owners, radio hosts, Republicans, Democrats, mothers, fathers, surfers and students have all been fighting like crazy for over three years to keep Titan from building one of the nation's largest cement manufacturing and strip-mining facilities in our community.

County could have more control over large industries in our area -- WECT, September 1, 2011

Opponents of a proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne are one step closer to getting another road block set up in front of Titan. The New Hanover County Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend changes to current zoning regulations. Those changes would allow the county to have more control of what large industry locates to the area. County commissioners now have to approve the measure on Oct. 3rd.

The Titan Controversy: I am ashamed for my community -- Carolina Talk Network, August 29, 2011

The proposed Titan America Plant under consideration in New Hanover County, if built, will be the 4th largest cement facility in the US. This project came about through negotiations kept secret from the public – by a publicly funded organization. In short…this is the most uninformed, dangerous, incompetent decision ever made by our local officals and the public organizations we fund for business and economic development. I am ashamed that my community would be put in this position…I am ashamed that each and every one of the local officials that approved, stood silently by, or who have offered ‘excuses’ as to this mess have not been run out of government as of yet….we – the people of this community – are better than this….its time to put an end to this controversy – NOW!

Proposed amendment to county industrial zoning districts on board's table -- Star News, August 28, 2011

The New Hanover County Planning Board will consider a proposed amendment to the county industrial zoning districts Thursday after failing to vote on the changes last month. The amendment is part of the county's zoning ordinance improvement effort. Started two years ago, it is the first overhaul of the county's zoning ordinances since 1969.

Hearings scheduled on permit for Titan project -- Star News, August 26, 2011

The N.C. Division of Air Quality has scheduled three public hearings in September on the new draft air quality permit for the proposed Titan America cement plant in New Hanover County. The first two hearings will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the McKeithan Center on the North Campus of Cape Fear Community College, 4500 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne. The third hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Kenan Auditorium at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 S. College Road.

Titan's public hearing dates set for September -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, August 26, 2011

Three public hearings for the proposed Titan Cement plant’s new draft air quality permit have been set for September. Carolinas Cement Co., a subsidiary of Titan America, has applied for an air quality permit to construct and operate a Portland cement manufacturing plant at 6411 Ideal Cement Road in Castle Hayne.

Rep. Carolyn Justice challenges Governor on Titan issue -- Star News - Watchdogs Blog, August 18, 2011

State Rep. Carolyn Justice is taking Gov. Beverly Perdue to task over the Titan Cement issue.

Should the state approve the air permit for cement plant in NHC? -- WWAY Straw Poll, August 11, 2011

Should the state approve the air permit for a cement plant in New Hanover County?

Titan the bully -- NC Policy Watch, August 10, 2011

Titan America is back in the news, winning a draft air pollution permit for it proposed cement factory near Wilmington. Citizens in southeastern NC have kept up a vigorous campaign to force the company to play fair, but Titan apparently believes the free market means its competitors should shut up and trust them to do the right thing. The Wilmington Star News says that government officials are largely going along, even though Titan has a record of making misleading statements, if not lying.

Toxic Titan -- BlueNC.com, August 10, 2011

In recent months, North Carolina's coastal areas have been caught in a swirl of threat from two well-heeled industrial polluters, PCS Phosphates and Titan Cement. In the face of massive public resistance to its plans to operate on public land, the leaders of PCS Phosphates wisely backed down, deciding to search for a location where, we hope, their toxic impacts will be less damaging. Titan Cement, on the other hand, has given the old one-finger salute to the people of North Carolina, and more specifically, to the residents of the Cape Fear River basin.

Titan's America: We know best -- Democracy North Carolina, August 9, 2011

The NC environmental agency says it “had to issue the draft permit, based on state law and scientific models of the potential impact,” because computer models “showed that plant emissions would not exceed health standards outside the plant’s property line.” But why trust Titan to supply correct information to go into those models?

Even with lastest permit from state, status of Titan project still up in air -- Star news, August 8, 2011

For the second time, the state has issued a draft air quality permit for Titan America's proposed Carolinas Cement plant at Castle Hayne. But it is still not clear whether the emissions restrictions in the permit are etched in concrete, or merely cement dust.

New Hanover Co. Planning Board Considers Industrial zoning changes -- WHQR Pulblic Radio, August 8, 2011

The New Hanover County Planning Board is reviewing changes to industrial zoning regulations written more than 40 years ago. WHQR's Michelle Bliss reports that after a public hearing late last week, the board has agreed to postpone a vote until final revisions are made.

Special Use Permit Needed Yesterday -- Letter to the Editor -- Star News, August 6, 2011

For the second time in as many months, the New Hanover County Planning Board tabled a decision on the proposed zoning rule changes to require a Special Use Permit for intensive industries who wish to locate in our community.

Titan Cement issued draft air quality permit -- News Channel 14, August 6, 2011

After review, a new draft air quality permit has been issued for the proposed Titan America Cement Plant in Castle Hayne. Hundreds for and against plans to build the plant in New Hanover County have spoken out before and will get the chance to again now that the Division of Air Quality has drafted the permit.

Board delays vote again on more county control over industry -- WECT Channel 6, August 5, 2011

Dozens of concerned citizens attended a New Hanover County Planning board meeting Thursday evening. The board heard from residents considering changes to current zoning regulations to allow the county to have more control of what large industry locates to the area.

Proposed NC cement plant gets permit scrutiny -- Raleigh News & Observer, August 5, 2011

North Carolina's environmental agency is reopening the debate on whether to allow a proposed cement plant near Wilmington that environmentalists fear would increase mercury pollution. The state Division of Air Quality on Friday released a new draft air quality permit for the Titan America cement plant proposed along a river already tainted with mercury. The step allows the proposal to get a public review that will include hearings in the Wilmington area in September.

Titan issued draft air permit for Castle Hayne cement plant -- Star News, August 5, 2011

The controversy over Titan America's proposal to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne moved back to the front burner Friday when the N.C. Division of Air Quality issued a draft air permit for the project.

Double Standard on Coastal Polluters? -- Blue NC, August 3, 2011

Dear Governor Perdue: My reaction was one of surprise when I read how you swiftly and effectively stepped in and stopped PCS Phosphates from building their plant in Morehead City. Try to imagine how coastal residents like me would feel reading a story about how our governor intervened to protect the citizens because she “was responding to concerns of local residents ... about overwhelming opposition to the proposal”. Imagine how the thousands of folks living here in New Hanover County who have written you letters, called your office, rallied, volunteered, pleaded with your staff, gathered petitions, collected supporting scientific data and asked you to meet with them feel after reading this news.

New Hanover should follow neighbors’ lead on process for heavy industry -- Star News, August 2, 2011

Residents of New Hanover County should be able to air their concerns about plans for heavy-industrial plants, including, but not limited to, the proposed Titan Cement plant at Castle Hayne. After tabling the proposal last month to allow for more study, on Thursday the New Hanover County Planning Board will consider recommending zoning amendments to make that possible.

Proposed industrial zoning amendment creates layer of review for county -- Lumina News, July 28, 2011

A New Hanover County Planning Board workshop was held last week in an effort to clarify and further define a proposed industrial zoning amendment. The proposed changes to zoning in the county’s industrial district classify certain types of industry that would require a special-use permit to operate. In order to receive this permit, new industries would present to the planning board and the board of commissioners in two separate public hearings.

Titan proposal creates cracks in the business community -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, July 22, 2011

A proposed cement plant is stuck in the middle of one of the major debates of our times: How to create new job opportunities in ways that don’t harm the environment?

Letter to the Editor - Changes Needed -- Star News, July 21, 2011

I am very happy to see that the New Hanover County Planning Board is in the process of implementing zoning revisions for certain areas of the county

Industrial zoning proposal draws crowd to board meeting -- Star News, July 20, 2011

The New Hanover County Planning Board held a work session Wednesday to discuss proposed amendments to the county industrial zoning districts in an attempt to clear up concerns by board members and business leaders who oppose the changes. The work session was well attended, including County Commissioners Rick Catlin and Brian Berger. About 50 stakeholders – ranging from industry leaders to anti-Titan activists – crowded into a conference room at the New Hanover County government complex.

Letter to the Editor - Let public weigh in -- Star News, July 19, 2011

The special-use permit proposal that would allow input from the local community and government (regarding new industries that locate in New Hanover County) is long overdue.

Titan Cement inconsistent with local economy and ecology -- CFEDC formal statement, July 12, 2011

Cape Fear Economic Development Council, Inc. (CFEDC) announced today that it believes that the proposed Titan cement project is “inconsistent with both the region's current economic identity as well as our as yet unrealized potential to compete at a global scale”. Titan America has proposed to build one of the largest cement manufacturing and limestone mines in the nation on the Northeast Cape Fear River just North of Wilmington, NC.

Battle begins over permits that could impact Titan project -- Star News, July 7, 2011

The New Hanover County Planning Board voted to hold a work session to discuss proposed amendments to the county industrial zoning districts, which call for two public hearings before a company could get a special-use permit to build or expand operations.

More county control on industry moving to the area -- WECT, July 7, 2011

Some members of the New Hanover County Planning and Inspections Department want to see more county oversight over what industries move to the area

Citizens rally to stop Titan Cement's bullying tactics -- WWAY, July 6, 2011

Some very concerned citizens gathered in Castle Hayne Wednesday afternoon to protest the proposed Titan Cement plant. Folks gathered at Castle Hayne Elementary to show their opposition to what they call Titan's attempts to influence, manipulate and bully citizens and elected officials. Marcher's held up signs of mock "targets" of Titan's bullying tactics.

Stop Titan plans Castle Hayne March -- Greater Wilmington Business Journal, June 30, 2011

Environmental activists with the Stop Titan Action Network are organizing a march in Castle Hayne on July 6 at 5 p.m. The demonstration is being organized to protest the planned building of a new cement plant by Titan Cement, a subsidiary of Carolinas Cement. The company purchased the property in Castle Hayne where Ideal Cement Company operated until it closed in 1982.

Lawyers move to dismiss Titan's suit against two citizens -- WECT online, June 29, 2011

Lawyers for two citizens currently being sued by Titan America for defamation have filed a motion to get the lawsuit dismissed.

Letter the Editor - Questions about Titan -- Star News, June 17, 2011
Titan court proceedings scheduled for September -- Star News, May 25, 2011

The challenge, filed in April by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of a handful of environmental groups, alleges that state regulators "failed to act as required by law or rule" in issuing an air permit for a cement plant to begin operation in Castle Hayne.

Titan representatives’ measure to shield project falls short -- Star-News, June 17, 2011

Titan America representatives attempted unsuccessfully this week to have lawmakers insert language into the Castle Hayne incorporation bill to help the company get around proposed changes to New Hanover County's zoning rules regarding industrial properties, Wilmington-area legislators and other sources said.

Commissioner Barfield rebuffs critics on Titans stance -- Lumina News, June 16, 2011

The Titan Cement proposal for a plant in Castle Hayne continues to spur controversy despite New Hanover County commissioners’ attempts to back away from the issue. Chairman Jonathan Barfield rejected recent criticism about his playing golf with Bob Odom, general manager of Titan’s subsidiary Carolinas Cement.

Sierra Club files brief on behalf of defendants in Titan's slander suit -- Star-News, June 14, 2011

The Sierra Club has weighed in on a slander suit by Titan America against two New Hanover County residents. The environmental group last month filed a brief in support of alleged statements by defendant David L. Hill.

Rep Carolyn Justice hopes to delay Titan air permit -- Star- News, June 13, 2011   

Rep. Carolyn Justice, R-Pender, is making a last-minute attempt to delay the issuance of state air quality permits for Titan America by amending a bill with language that would accomplish that. Language Justice hopes will pass the General Assembly, she said, would prohibit the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from issuing air quality permits to a Portland cement manufacturing facility in New Hanover County before receiving and evaluating a federal environmental impact statement being prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the facility's Clean Water Act permit.

Virginia cites Titan for water, air woes -- Star- News, June 10, 2011

Virginia has cited Titan America and proposed fining the company about $74,000 for violating pollution regulations at several of its plants in the state. Seven Titan ready-mix concrete companies broke water or air pollution rules between 2007 and 2009, according to an April consent order. To read the full consent order, click here.

Commissioner Barfield: Perdue waiting on science before decision on Titan -- Star- News, Watchdogs Blog, June 7, 2011

At the end of Monday’s meeting, Chairman Jonathan Barfield, who is against building the cement plant, shared a conversation he had with Gov. Beverly Perdue about the proposed Titan cement plant.

North Carolina residents clash with a corporate Titan -- CHEJ.org, June 1, 2011

The only good thing that has come from the Titan’s litigious itch is how nicely it has unified our community. Known as the Stop Titan Action Network, or STAN, we are close to reaching 9,000 names on our online petition. The Stop Titan community includes parents like Mrs. Darrell and me, as well as more than 200 local physicians, various environmental groups, college students, business leaders, conservatives, liberals….you name it. 

Diocese looking to build school in Castle Hayne -- Star-News, May 31, 2011  

The diocese is considering property already owned by St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Castle Hayne at 4849 Castle Hayne Rd.  During the meeting, a few parents were concerned with the proposed school location near the possible Titan Cement site. Mike Fedewa, the diocese's superintendent of education, said the diocesan school committee was aware of the site but didn't foresee issues with moving forward with the school there.

Titan Cement: A tale of two letters -- BlueNC.com, May 11, 2011

Blue NC published two letters to Gov. Beverly Perdue, written by Kayne Darrell. Darrell, founder of Citizens against Titan, sent Blue NC two letters that she wrote to Perdue. 

Fighting for clean air -- Kayne Darrell, Castle Hayne, N.C. --  Earthjustice.org,  May 6, 2011 

This issue first came to my attention because the proposed site is only a few miles from my home and I worry about our exposure to toxic pollution. And it became even more personal to me when Titan Cement sued me two months ago for comments I made at an open County Commissioners meeting. I am now in the unfathomable position of having to defend myself in court for expressing my grievances to my elected officials.

Majority Oppose Titan Plant in New Hanover County – WECT, April 25, 2011

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.

Mercury test results in 12 percent high scoresLumina News, April 21, 2011

It has been a month since the Sierra Club collected hair samples from Wrightsville Beach area residents at Wrightsville Beach Park. Test results, processed by the University of Georgia’s Marine Extension Service, indicate that of the 125 participants who agreed to share theirs, 15 people had mercury levels above what the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe, 1.2 parts per million (ppm).

Majority against Titan, says poll by opposition group Star News, April 14, 2011

According to a new poll sponsored by the Stop Titan Action Network, a majority of New Hanover County residents oppose Titan America’s proposed new cement plant in Castle Hayne.

Citizen protection proposed Lumina News, April 7, 2011

North Carolina General Assembly Representative Susan C. Fisher (D-Buncombe) filed a Citizens Protection Act, on Wednesday, April 6, that is patterned after a proposed federal bill, which is designed to allow speaking before a public body without fear of legal retribution.

Editorial: My ThoughtsLumina News, April 7, 2011

If the days of smokestack recruitment in New Hanover County are truly over, let it begin with Titan; it’s not too late.

Bill would shield citizens from suits like TitansStar News, April 6 2011

A bill filed in the state House on Wednesday aims to offer some protection to those targeted by lawsuits such as the one filed by Titan against two New Hanover County residents who spoke against the cement company at a recent meeting.

Editorial: Special-use option could provide greater local control over industrial impact Star News. March 29, 2011

How thoughtful of Titan Cement’s lawyers to look out for New Hanover County taxpayers by pointing out that a proposal to give them a bigger voice in industrial development issues will cost them money in the form of increased litigation.

Titan: Yes or No? NHC Commissioner Sound offStar News
The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners can’t vote to approve or disapprove Titan since the area is already zoned for industrial use. But, the plant  has come up at several commissioner meetings and was an election issue last year.
Titan Cement now threatening local government – BlueNC, March 26, 2011

New Hanover County gets a taste of Titan's tactics…

Titan’s ill-advised resort to court Raleigh News and Observer, March 25, 2011

Can you hear the uproar there in the Triangle? It's the sound of thousands of "Oh, no, they didn't" coming from the Cape Fear coastal region. A few weeks ago, the companies seeking to build a big cement-making plant in our area sued pediatrician Dr. David Hill and Kayne Darrell, a mom and housewife, in federal court. Titan America and Carolinas Cement are suing Hill and Darrell for slander and defamation, charging, according to a newspaper report, that the two made "defamatory and untrue statements about Titan's push to obtain permits to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne."

Titan: Rule changes may lead to Legal Action Star News March 25, 2011

Lawyers for Titan say proposed amendments to the light- and heavy-industrial zoning districts are an economic burden on their plans for a proposed cement plant and the special-use permit process would put New Hanover County in a constant legal battle.

Bullying behaviorNews and Observer: March 14, 2011

The controversy over Titan America's plan to build a big cement plant near Wilmington has reached a low point. The company, not content with arguing the pros and cons with its many opponents, has scurried to federal court. There it has filed lawsuits alleging that two people, in comments they made at a county commission meeting, slandered it. Cease, desist and pay up, Titan commands.

Cement facility shows how it got its image Charlotte Observer: Mar. 14, 2011

You can't blame Titan America or its Carolinas Cement Co. for being ticked off at two local citizens for the way they spoke out against the company at a Feb. 1 meeting of the New Hanover Board of Commissioners.

First Amendment Protects Free Speech LTEStar News: March 14, 2011

Titan's suit against Kayne Darrell and David Hill is an affront to the Constitution and the First Amendment. It avoids the truth and attempts to intimidate them and others from voicing objections to possible environmental and social damage.

Citizens show solidarity for Titan lawsuit defendants Lumina News: March 12, 2011

“Not here. Not now. Not ever,” chanted several hundred citizens who convened at Wrightsville Beach Park on Saturday morning, March 12, in support of Dr. David Hill, pediatrician, and Kayne Darrell, radiographer, who have been targeted by Titan America and its subsidiary Carolinas Cement with a $75,000 strategic lawsuit for public participation for comments made during a public meeting conducted by New Hanover County Commissioners on Feb. 1, 2010.

Titan America, Carolinas Cement goes after the little guys Lumina News: March 10, 2011

A Castle Hayne mother and a Wilmington pediatrician are two citizens who spoke out at a New Hanover County Commissioners meeting on Feb. 1, 2010, who face lawsuits from Titan America and its subsidiary Carolinas Cement.

Editorial - Titan may prove its own worst enemy as it tries to silence critics Star News: March 7, 2011

Nobody likes a bully. And a bully is exactly how Titan America comes across in its slander lawsuit against two vocal opponents of its proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne.

Titan suing two residents for slander over comments made at commissioners meetingStar News: March 5, 2011 

On Saturday, March 5th, the Star-News reported that two New Hanover County residents, Kayne Darrell and pediatrician Dr. David Hill, were being sued by Titan Cement for slander and defamation, “charging they made defamatory and untrue statements about Titan’s push to obtain permits to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne” at a county commissioners meeting more than a year ago

Letter to the EditorStar News: Feb 27, 2011

Many thanks to Rep. Mike McIntyre for protecting local residents by voting on Feb. 18 against legislation in the House of Representatives that would kill EPA’s 2010 cement kiln regulations. The cement kiln regulations would require Titan Cement and other cement plants in the United States to install “scrubbers” that would capture more than 90 percent of toxic emissions before the emissions are released into the air.

New Hanover worried new EPA regulations would stall growthStar News: February 26, 2011

New Hanover County has considered asking the state to temporarily halt its review of Titan America's air quality permit for its proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne.

Doctors urge commissioners to fight TitanLumina News: February 24, 2011

Numerous medical professionals testified to the New Hanover County commissioners on Monday, Feb. 21 about health damages they expected if Titan Cement were allowed to set up its plant in Castle Hayne.

Letter to the editorStar News: Feb 23, 2011

It’s interesting and sad the Star News didn’t cover the 4 doctors and a room of health care workers appealing to the County Commissioners to do something to Stop Titan Monday night.

Letter to the editorStar News: Feb 22, 2011

Many thanks to Rep. Mike McIntyre for protecting local residents by voting on February 18 against legislation in the House of Representatives that would kill EPA's 2010 cement kiln regulations. 

Grassroots Environmental Group Takes On a Corporate Titan – Huffington Post: Feb 20, 2011

In February, 2010, I reported on the grassroot effort to derail Titan America's plan to build the 4th largest cement plant in the nation in Castle Hayne on Cape Fear River near Wilmington, NC. 

Letter to the editorStar News: Feb 18, 2011  

This week the House Republicans are trying to gut the EPAs power to regulate pollutants in the air, on farmland and water. Let's see that is all your basic needs -- air, water and food -- but the Star News chooses to cover hoops skirts instead. This issue should not be Dems v Reps, as it effects every single red blooded American. It will have very specific effects on the folks in and around Wilmington because we have a Titan Cement plant and a pending non-attainment status looming over our head.

Call for cleaner airLumina News: Feb 17, 2011

The health impacts of air pollution will be targeted by area physicians who plan to appeal to the county’s commissioners at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21 at the Historic Courthouse on Third Street

For Cleaner Air News and Observer: Feb 16, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering this week a bill to kill the cement kiln regulations passed by the EPA in 2010. Those regulations would make a tremendous difference in the amount of dangerous emissions Titan could emit, if it is built. Some of those reductions:

  • mercury emissions from 263 pounds per year to 46 pounds per year;
  • particulate matter (PM) emissions from 1.19 million tons per year to 11 tons per year;
  • sulfur dioxide (SO2) from 1,456 tons per year to 438 tons per year;
  • hydrochloric acid from 31.43 tons per year to 438 pounds per year.

Show's segments with Wilmington mayor focus on communityStar News: Feb 11, 2011

Mike Giles, a coastal advocate for the N.C. Coastal Federation, said environmental officials met with the mayor a little more than a year ago after Saffo was quoted in a Star News article questioning whether smoke stack industry is right for New Hanover County. The comment came amid public outcries over the proposed Titan America cement plant in Castle Hayne.

Giles' segment with the mayor focuses on the environment and its essential role in a prosperous community.

“Without clean air and clean water, you don't have a good economic strategy,” Giles said.

Do We Deserve Titan Cement? – Star News: February 10, 2011 

If your child’s pediatrician told you that something would put your child’s health at risk; that the possibility existed that your child could get sick and possibly even die, would you listen? If your doctor gave you this information based on well-documented, reliable research and backed by respected groups such as the NC Pediatric Society, The American Lung Association and the American Heart Association, would you pay attention? Would you take measures to protect your children from harm?

Would Titan provide jobs for locals? – Star News: Feb 11, 2011

What a coincidence: “All the measures we took increased our fund balance by $4.2 million ...” says the county manager in a Jan. 23 Star News article. This is exactly what the county promised to a Greek corporation, Titan Cement (cloaked as Carolinas Cement) if it would install a destructive mine and noxious furnace operation in the Castle Hayne wetlands, something Titan already planned to do.

Sensible alternatives Star News: Feb 1, 2011

How ofter have we heard that the area's commercial fishermen, shrimpers and oysterman no longer have places to operate from due to residential development along waterfront property? How many times have you heard that our fish, shellfish and oyster yields don't even come close to what they used to be? How many fights with outfits like Titan Cement do we need to have?

Magical SavingsStar News: Jan 28, 2011

What a coincidence! "All the measures we took increased our fund balance by $4.2 million ..." says the County Manager in a StarNews article, page 1B, dated 1-23-11. This is exactly what the County promised to a Greek corporation, Titan Cement (cloaked as Carolinas Cement) if they would install a destructive strip mine and noxious furnace operation in Castle Hayne wetlands, something Titan already planned to do. 

Ideas pitched at forum for economic future of areaStar News: Jan 25, 2011

Members of the public got a chance to finish that sentence and form their own Tuesday evening at a forum on future economic development in the Wilmington area. Better collective planning, said one. Build on our marine biology strengths, said another. Merge Wilmington and New Hanover County. Explore a regional identity. Brand Wilmington.

Groups to defend pollution limits on Cement plants – SELC press release: Jan 24, 2011

Groups that kept the proposed Titan America cement plant near Wilmington, N.C., accountable to standards protecting the health of N.C. residents now will defend national pollution limits on cement plants after a federal court granted their intervention in Portland Cement Association v. EPA. The Southern Environmental Law Center represents the North Carolina Coastal Federation, Cape Fear River Watch and PenderWatch & Conservancy before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in defending EPA limits on conventional and hazardous air pollutant emissions from the Portland cement manufacturing industry

Greenpeace ship to visit Wilmington on Friday Star News: Jan 20, 2011

The Greepeace ship Arctic Sunrise will pull into Wilmington Friday, Jan. 21, to raise awareness about environmental issues with relevance to the Cape Fear area.

Cape Fear Basin on list of threatened Southeast areasStar News: Jan 18, 2011

Cape Fear Basin, N.C., a proposed cement plant near Wilmington that the SELC said would destroy 1,000 acres of wetland habitat and pollute the northeast Cape Fear River.

Why doesn’t Titan want moneyStar News Jan 14, 2011

Titan America Cement chose not to accept the dump truck full of money that our spendthrift county commissioners wanted to lavish upon it. Why? Because it is rolling in so much dough that it didn’t matter? Right.

Build in your backyard – Star News: Jan 11, 2011

An Oak Island resident recently advocated for the Skyway Bridge, Titan Cement Plant, and a port for our area. Since he's about 30 miles from the first 2 projects, the potential pollution from emissions and the mercury released wouldn't have much of an effect there.

Titan Ride Star News: Jan 11, 2011

To protect public health the World Health Organization has been reducing recommended limits on nitrous oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions from heavy industry on a regular and accelerating basis. The recommendations are based on years of scientific study.

Not fooled by TitanStar News: Jan 11, 2011

Titan Cement officials claim they aren’t trying to circumvent any regulations in their efforts to build one of the nation’s largest and most polluting cement plants along the Northeast Cape Fear River.

Titan America: The Next Step; An Interview with N.C. Coastal Federation's Mike Giles – WHQR Jan 11, 2011

After a court ruling last month, the freeze has been lifted on Titan America's application for an air quality permit from the state for its proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne. With the wheels on that project turning once again, WHQR's Michelle Bliss talked to representatives both for and against the plant.

Judge says Titan's air quality permit application can proceedStar News: January 4, 2011

America's proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne has regained some momentum after a state Superior Court judge lifted an injunction freezing the company's air permit application.

2010 (+)
Titan Misleads UsStar News: Dec 30, 2009

In a Dec. 26 StarNews full-page ad, Titan Cement, a foreign corporation cloaked as Carolinas Cement, wants you to believe that SEPA and NEPA “... are the same.” This is simply not true.

Titan, go homeStar News: Dec 30, 2010

Regarding Carolinas Cement’s full-page ads so we can “know the truth” and “believe the facts”: (Titan’s) actions have not instilled trust in any way to date.

Don’t let Titan fool you Star News: Dec 22, 2010

What Titan did not tell you is: (1) NEPA review will not be completed before state air and water pollution permits can be issued―in fact the company is working overtime to get state permits to pollute air and water (with mercury and other toxics) before ANY comprehensive environmental review is completed and publicly heard. (2) Not only will the NEPA review happen AFTER the issuance of state permits, it will be far less comprehensive because that review is mainly about wetlands.

Titan’s actions speak louder than their adsStar News: Dec 20, 2010

Carolina Cement's (Titan's) full page ad in Sunday's Star News, designed to convince readers that they will not circumvent a comprehensive and public review process, might be more believable if they hadn't just returned $4.5 million dollars in incentives for that very purpose... and if they weren't currently appealing the judge's decision that disallowed the issuance of individual permits until a comprehensive EIS is prepared and evaluated....and if the the Portland Cement Association, a trade group led by Titan America’s chief executive officer, was not currently suing EPA over newly adopted air quality rules, which will save lives and improve air quality nationwide.

Health Effects Merit PrecautionStar News: Dec 14, 2010

In response to the letter, “Titan(ic) Assumptions,” I would like to clarify a few important points concerning the health effects of coal-fired cement plants and our state’s offshore wind potential.

Uninvite TitanStar News: December 15, 2010

I was shocked to learn that New Hanover County will soon be the first and only county in North Carolina to be designated in non-attainment for sulfur dioxide (SOx) emissions standards. This area has a large tourist, recreation and retirement economy that will be adversely affected by this huge polluter.

Titan(ic) AssumptionsStar News: Dec 10, 2010

This letter responds to ‘Only Titan is Titan’. Like many Titan opponents, the author harbors incorrect assumptions that prevent her from seeing the totality of the facts. This results in a clouding of the moral calculus.

Lumina News – Letter to the Editor Dec 9, 2010

New Hanover County’s poor air quality is of serious concern to our health and our economy. We are poised to be the first and only county in North Carolina to be designated in non-attainment for sulfur dioxide.
According to the American Lung Association, 88,000 residents in New Hanover already suffer from health effects exacerbated by SOx pollution including asthma, heart disease, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Sadly, children are the most at risk. While Progress Energy’s Sutton Plant (has been identified) as the primary wild card in New Hanover’s SOx mix, the real wild card is Titan’s proposed cement plant, which will emit over 1,000 tons of SOx.

Fighting for a better futureStar News: Dec 8, 2010

As the December 6 story details, New Hanover County’s poor air quality is of serious concern to our health and our economy. We are poised to be the first and only county in North Carolina to be designated in non-attainment for sulfur dioxide (SOx.)

New federal air quality guidelines could pose problem for countyStar News: December 6, 2010 

The coast and clean air generally go hand in hand. But New Hanover County could soon find itself in the unenviable position of being the only county in North Carolina classified as "in nonattainment" for new federal air quality guidelines.

Only Titan is TitanStar News: November 24, 2010

In response to the letter, “We are all Titan,” I assert that blame for environmental degradation should not fall on the individual, but rather on the corporate institutions that control financial markets and the political process.

Titan declines tax break; foes rally Greater Wilmington Business Journal: November 26, 2010

This month, Titan Cement announced that it would no longer accept state and county tax incentives to build a new cement plant in Castle Hayne. In doing so, Titan hopes to no longer be subject to state-level environmental studies, a move that should hasten the construction of the plant.

Support from the North Encore Magazine: Nov 2010

The fight against Titan Cement’s plans for a local plant got a big vote of confidence last week. The support came in the form of a large grant from the Education Foundation of America, a contributor to the arts, education and environmental issues based in Westport, Connecticut.

Boseman says Governor has conflict with Titan – WECT Nov 17, 2010

New Hanover County State Senator Julia Boseman (D) sent North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue a letter Tuesday, asking her to delay the approval of an air permit for a new cement plant in the county.

Wednesday, she questioned Perdue's potential conflicts with the project.

Will Titan Cement be a detriment to our community?Star News: November 14, 2010

The only reason Titan is declining the $4.5 million local and state tax incentives is the protracted court battle over the environmental review. Titan is afraid of what the environmental review would state(especially since the company promised to abide by new federal emissions rules), and they know that now that the Republicans control the state house and senate as well as the U S House that they are more likely to "have it their way". 

Titan Cement, Curtis Wright Show – Carolina Talk Network: 15th November, 2010

Curtis Wright On The Beat: Tracy Skrabal, Coastal Scientist, and Mike Giles, Coastal Advocate, of the N.C. Coastal Federation, update us on the Titan America cement plant controversy. Also, Sam Pratt and Pete Jung, Valley Alliance of Hudson, New York, share their towns successful fight against a planned, massive cement plant in their community.

Stop Titan group gets $1.13 million grant to continue fight Star News: Nov 17, 2010

The Stop Titan Action Network recently accepted a grant worth $1.13 million from the Educational Foundation of America, a Connecticut-based group that provides grants to nonprofits for specific projects dealing with issues ranging from environmental protection to education reform.

Studies and cementNews & Observer: Nov 18, 2010

Titan America, which seeks to build a big new cement-making plant near Wilmington, has decided that if a court has handed you lemons, make lemonade. Or rather, make cement.

Cement stoppers rallyLumina News: Nov 18, 2010

Community activists crowded into the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Lumina Theater on Sunday, Nov. 14, for a Stop Titan rally that included speakers and a documentary about another town’s successful rejection of a cement plant.

Boseman asks Governor to postpone Titan permitWECT: Nov 16, 2010

In her last weeks in office, New Hanover County State Senator Julia Boseman (D) continues to push Governor Bev Perdue to slow down the process for Carolinas Cement Company to build a cement plant in the Castle Hayne area.

Stop Titan receives $1.2 million grantGreater Wilmington Business Journal: Nov 17, 2010

The Stop Titan Action Network received a $1.2 million grant from the Educational Foundation of America. The EFA is based in Westport, Conn., and contributes to arts, education, environment and sustainable population issues throughout the world.

Editorial: Titan's incentives decision doesn’t eliminate environmental concernsStar News: Nov 13, 2010

acing a delay that was partly its own making, Titan Cement now has declined $4.5 million in local and state tax incentives rather than continuing what could be a protracted court battle over an environmental review. That decision does not remove the company’s legal and moral obligation to assure residents the plant will not harm the community.

Environmental reviews temperedNews & Observer: July 7 2010

Senators voted to pass a bill changing North Carolina's environmental law so fewer industrial developments will be required to undergo comprehensive environmental reviews. The bill has moved to the House for consideration.

State lawmakers weaken 39-year-old environmental ruleLumina News: July 8, 2010

Lumina News provides a good summary in this article of the actions surrounding NC House Bill 1973, which aims to nullify SEPA application to projects receiving taxpayer incentives. The following two articles also report on this issue.

Lawmakers look to end environmental roadblock for heavy industriesStar News: July 7 2010

State legislators are working to make it easier for companies given economic incentives to locate to NC by creating legislation limiting the application of the N.C. Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). If approved, this will mean state provided economic incentives to companies for job creation and investment will no longer trigger SEPA, which requires environmental review before permits are issued for projects greatly impacting the environment and using public money and land.

Letter to the Editor: We Share the Blame for Oil SpillStar News: June 17, 2010

The oil spill in the Gulf is not just a result of BP negligence. It is also the fault of the American public. Letter to the Editor asks us to take stake in our community, especially relevant to stopping Titan Cement.

Titan moves forward without attorney generalLumina News: June 10, 2010

Cement-maker Titan America will be alone in appealing last month’s Superior Court ruling, the one that applied a lengthy environmental review to its proposed facility and rock quarry in New Hanover County. That is because the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office has decided not to join Titan in appellate proceedings.

Full AiringNews & Observer: April 10, 2010

It takes cement to make concrete, and it will take state-granted permits to authorize the big new cement plant - fourth-largest in the nation - that Titan America plans to build near Wilmington. Now the permit-granting process seems to be getting some much-needed scrutiny in a Raleigh courtroom.

U.S. Senate candidate: Slow down Titan permit Star News: March 16, 2010

Elaine Marshall, currently the secretary of state under Gov. Beverly Perdue and a candidate for U.S. Senate,has weighed in the Titan, and she wants it slowed down.

Further steps urged before state permits New Hanover cement plantNews & Observer: March 13, 2010

A hearing officer reviewing the plans for a proposed cement factory in New Hanover County said the state and the company should do more work before permits are granted.

In a report issued Thursday, hearing officer Paul K. Muller said the state needs more information on how Titan America will control pollution from the plant it wants to build in Castle Hayne. The Division of Air Quality is considering a permit for the plant, which would produce 2 million tons of cement each year along with pounds of poisonous by products. Muller, the supervisor in the division's Asheville office, reviewed the state's draft air permit and public comments on it.

State regulator wants more analysis of Titan’s emissionsLumina News: March 13, 2010

A state regulator wants the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) to hold back on permitting Titan America's proposed Castle Hayne cement facility and review the implications of mercury emissions on public health.

Hearing officer recommends state slow Titan reviewStar News: March 12, 2010

An air quality regulator tasked with reviewing public comments on the proposed Titan America Cement plant recommended the state review its decision to proceed with issuing an air permit for the controversial project before a larger environmental review is complete.

Opponents' agendaNews & Observer: March 2, 2010

The battle to stop Titan Cement from locating to our beloved coast gains momentum daily. New Hanover County commissioners have received a petition from nearly 6,000 people who oppose Titan. As we learn more, opposition grows.

Stringent smog standards open new chapter in Titan debate – Lumina News: Jan 14, 2010

Stringent smog standards recently proposed by the federal government have opened another chapter in the debate of Titan America and its prospects in New Hanover County.

By announcing the proposal in January, the federal government has brought into focus a shift in critics’ ire for what they argue is North Carolina’s propensity for issuing permits before rigorous environmental standards are finalized.

Editorial: Piecemeal reports on Titan's impact inadequateStar News: Feb 7 2010

Exhibit A in the argument for doing comprehensive environmental reviews for proposed industrial plants instead of issuing permits piecemeal:

The head of North Carolina's Division of Water Quality wrote the head of the Air Quality Division last month to let him know that the Northeast Cape Fear River can't take any more mercury – which may make it more difficult for Titan Cement to get a discharge permit for its Castle Hayne plant.

River's mercury level may bar permitNews & Observer: Feb 3, 2010

The river near a proposed cement plant in New Hanover County can't tolerate any more mercury pollution, state officials say, a judgment that could block the controversial factory from opening.

The state environmental agency is considering permits for the plant planned for Castle Hayne near the already mercury-tainted Northeast Cape Fear River. The factory built by Titan America would produce a number of pollutants, including mercury.

Titan’s mines shut down when county issued incentivesLumina News: Jan 28, 2010

Titan America’s subsidiary in Florida had its mining operations partially closed down after it was linked to contamination in Miami-Dade’s water supply at the same time New Hanover County was vetting the company for a $4.2 million incentive package, according to news reports and court documents.

U.S. District Court Judge William Hoeveler issued an injunction on July 13, 2007 against Titan’s Florida subsidiary, Tarmac America, ordering it to cease all lime rock mining activity because its quarry on a Miami-Dade well field had been linked to contamination.

Easley fund-raisers sold building to Titan executiveStar News: Jan 22, 2010

A corporation that shares an address and president with a Titan America subsidiary bought a Wilmington office building for more than twice its tax value from Democratic fund-raisers under scrutiny by state and federal prosecutors.

2009 (+)
E-mail trail shows Titan officials sought state and county helpLumina News: Dec 10, 2009

Marino Papazoglou, a Titan America official, sought help from New Hanover County and North Carolina in jumping a potential hurdle for his company.

Titan’s counsel, attorney George W. House, informed Papazoglou in an e-mail dated July 22, 2008, that if a state or county incentive package involved writing a check—which it does—the State Environmental Policy Act, better known as SEPA, would trigger a top-to-bottom review, delaying Titan’s permits until the review could be completed.

Pediatrician rebuffs colleague's letter on Titan Cement's impactGreater Wilmington Business Journal: Dec 3, 2009

In the Oct. 30 edition, my colleague Dr. Dennis Nicks published a letter entitled, “In letter to medical society, doctor questions Titan opposition.” This letter, modified from a version he sent to members of the New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society, is riddled with errors both factual and conceptual. Having lectured to both the Medical Society and the North Carolina Pediatrics Society on this issue, I would like to respond to some of his assertions. Let’s start with the facts.

Watchdog urges Gov. Perdue to act Raleigh News & Observer: Nov 18, 2009

Dear Governor Perdue, The recent State Board of Election hearings on Governor Easley and his alleged campaign activities, as well as the Verizon contracting scandal, have once again shaken confidence in our state government. These repeated scandals are damaging our state's reputation for honest government and demand executive leadership. While we all hope the General Assembly will take on the call of reform in the 2010 session, there are a number of positive and immediate steps you could take as governor to help restore confidence in state government:

Editorial: State vs. feds Star News: Nov 18, 2009

On Friday, the state will close the public comment period on the draft air quality permit for Titan Cement’s proposed Castle Hayne plant. And there’s a good chance that the state will issue an air permit that bears almost no resemblance to the emissions standards Titan would be subject to under new federal rules for cement plants.

Wilmington’s Star News article about EPA letter on Titan air permit – Star News: Nov 15, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency sent written comments to state regulators about the draft air permit for the Titan America cement plant. But what do these comments from the EPA really mean? It depends on where you stand on the debate.

Titan Cement Hearings Lumina News: Oct 22, 2009

Both sides converged at two public hearings held at the Cape Fear Community College North Campus BB&T Auditorium, where officials with the state Department of Air Quality (DAQ) fielded about 200 public comments for approximately seven hours Tuesday evening, said Tom Mather, the division’s public information officer.

Titan America accused of price-fixing Star News: Oct 23 2009

Titan America and eight other cement companies conspired in a price-fixing scheme to boost the price of cement and concrete and eliminate competition in Florida, according to a class-action lawsuit filed this week in federal court.

Editorial: Let's talk about jobs, environmentStar News: Sept 6, 2009

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo is running for re-election, so perhaps he had an ulterior motive when he took a middle-of-the-road approach to one of the area's most contentious issues. Nevertheless, local leaders should welcome his suggestion to hold a forum to discuss not just the controversy over a proposed cement plant, but what types of industry are appropriate for the Cape Fear region.

Mayor Saffo supports forum to address Titan, 'smoke-stack businesses' Star News: Aug 27, 2009

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said this week that it's time for a community-wide discussion about whether the coast of Southeastern North Carolina is an appropriate setting for businesses like Titan America.

Letter to the Editor: Our Children Will Pay Price for TitanStar News: Aug 9, 2009

Letter to the Editor about Titan from David L. Hill, M.D., Wilmington

What Titan Does Not Want You to Know Star News: July 30 2009

Remember claims from Titan’s corporate officials and chief lobbyist, John Merritt, (longtime friend and fraternity pal of Mike Easley) about how to trust them and the unblemished record of the Ideal Cement plant? In fact, our research of the Ideal facility reveals facts that dispute Titan's claims.

Justice boosts cement plant critics Lumina News: July 23, 2009

Rep. Carolyn Justice speaks about legislation regarding cement plants at a meeting hosted by critics of Titan America LLC on Thursday, July 16 in Hampstead.

Letter to the editor: Titan Talks but won't Walk the WalkStar News: July 2, 2009

Letter to the editor in the Star News by David Thomas, Chairman, NH Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors

Surfers hope to wipe out cement plant – WWAY: June 29, 2009

A lot of groups in the Cape Fear region have come out publicly to take a stand against the proposed Titan America cement plant in Castle Hayne. On Sunday, the Wilmington surf community stepped up to the plate to add their name to the mix.

Catlin assumes public health roleLumina News: June 25, 2009

Rick Catlin, president of Catlin Engineers and Scientists, of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach has been recently appointed by Governor Beverly Perdue to the North Carolina State Commission for Public Health.

New economic group will have tech focus Greater Wilmington Business Journal: June 12, 2009

Smith believes Wilmington is at a crossroads. He acknowledges that the beach will always be a destination, but that the area is not doing enough to find and recruit more people like himself.

Pro-environment does not mean anti-business – Greater Wimington Business Journal (date not available)

A recent editorial in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal by Bob Warwick sported a title and numerous statements likening heavily polluting industry to hunting and fishing. By his account, both count not only as environmentalism but they are the patriotic duty of every responsible citizen.

Cement plant foes question lobbyist's ties – WRAL Channel 5: June 3, 2009

A group fighting to block a cement plant in New Hanover County is questioning the connections of a lobbyist for the company that wants to build the plant.

New Hanover's air quality ranked with a ‘D’Star News: April 29, 2009

New Hanover County had seven days in the past three years when ozone levels were considered too high to be safe for people at risk for health problems, earning the area a “D” in the American Lung Association’s annual air quality grades released Wednesday.

What course do we want the region to follow?Star News: April 19 2009

James R. Leutze is chancellor emeritus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and sits on the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission.

Mike Giles: Trust the regulations? Better think again Star News: April 19, 2009

Mike Giles is the Cape Fear coastkeeper with the N.C. Coastal Federation, an environmental lobbying group.

House bill filed to delay Titan cement plantStar News: April 10, 2009

N.C. Rep. Sandra Spaulding Hughes filed a bill this week seeking to delay permits for the Titan America cement plant.

Representative Sandra Spaulding-Hughes' Moratorium Bill on Cement Plants in NC Star News: April 10, 2009

House bill filed to delay Titan cement plant

Senator Julia Boseman's Moratorium Bill on Cement Plants in NCStar News: March 19, 2009

State Sen. Julia Boseman has filed a bill that seeks to put the brakes on building cement plants in North Carolina until September 2010.

Titan plant project: Toxic mercury a conundrumStar News: March 7, 2009

Mercury has stumped scientists for decades. The liquid, silver-hued and toxic metal has received renewed attention in Southeastern North Carolina since Titan America announced plans to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne.

Fisheries commission seeks halt to all Titan permitsStar News: Jan 23, 2009

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission voted Friday to send two letters, one to air quality officials in Raleigh and another to regulators with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Fisheries agency weighs action against Titan Star News: Jan 7 ,2009

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission may ask the state to delay Titan America’s air permit until a comprehensive environmental review is finished.

Commission May Ask for Delay in Titan's Air Permit – WHQR: Jan 6, 2009

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will consider asking the state's Division of Air Quality to hold off on issuing Titan America's air permit because of concerns with water contamination.

WHQR Titan Series:
Castle Hayne Story – Jan 7, 2009

When news broke last spring that Titan America would build what could be one of the largest cement plants in the country, there was a mixed reaction of praise for its economic boost and concern over its environmental impact.

The Politics – Jan 14, 2009

The name "Titan America" was new to most residents last April when New Hanover County Commissioners voted to give the company millions of dollars in incentives. But the name was familiar to a select few politicians and business leaders working behind the scenes to lure the company to the area.

The Environment – Jan 20, 2009

The Northeast Cape Fear River streams through a swath of lush, green wetlands. The area is home to fish, flowers and more. And it may eventually become home to a cement plant and limestone quarry operated by Titan America. Producing cement in the heart of a wetland ecosystem may significantly impact the environment.

The Economic Impact – Jan 28, 2009

Just north of historic downtown Wilmington, a small branch of the Cape Fear River breaks away. That Northeast Cape Fear skirts along a stretch of land that once hummed with the production of cement. And for good reason: "The limestone was here."

2008 (+)
N.C. plants listed among nation’s worstLumina News: Nov 28, 2008

A new report from the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) identified the 50 worst power plants in the United States for mercury emissions, and North Carolina was named one of the “dirty dozen” states with the most plants on the list. Two North Carolina plants — the Progress Energy plant in Person County and the Duke Energy plant in Stokes County — were listed among the worst polluters.

Group enlists lawyers to help battle Titan cement plantStar News: Oct 22, 2008

Opponents of the Carolinas Cement plant are enlisting environmental lawyers in their fight to stop the company from building a factory in Castle Hayne.

Mercury RisingWrightsville Beach Magazine: Sept 2008 issue

On April 21, 2008, the New Hanover County Commissioners passed a resolution to grant a $4.2 million economic incentive package to Titan America LLC to build a cement manufacturing plant in Castle Hayne. The vote was not unanimous. Chairman Bobby Greer, Bill Caster, Bill Kopp and Ted Davis voted for the measure, while Nancy Pritchett opposed it. On July 1, after a contentious June 2 public forum on the issue, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) held a public scoping meeting at Wilmington Christian Academy to allow public input on the proposed cement plant.

Titan no show, forum goes on - Lumina News: Aug 18, 2008

Despite the glaring absence of officials from Titan America LLC — which is proposing to build the nation’s fourth largest cement manufacturing facility on a 1,868-acre tract in Castle Hayne — more than 250 concerned residents convened at the Northeast branch of the New Hanover County Library on Tuesday night to participate in a public forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear and the Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) on the pros and cons of the cement giant coming to the area.

Opposition to Titan Cement solidifyingLumina News: July 10, 2008

On July 1, Wrightsville Beach resident Julie Hurley attended a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public scoping meeting. The meeting allowed citizens to offer input on Titan America’s proposed Castle Hayne cement plant. Hurley said she attended for many reasons, but most of all, for the future well being of her 3-year-old son, Jackson.

Residents start grass-roots movement to fight proposed Titan cement plantStar News: May 19, 2008

Joel Bourne moved his family away from Annapolis, Md., in part because of the heavy smog and pollution. He returned to his native North Carolina and settled in New Hanover County for a better quality of life and environment.

Residents Voice Concern About Cement Plant WHQR: May 19, 2008

Area residents met in Hampstead last night to voice concerns over a cement plant proposed for New Hanover County. Titan Cement has made tentative plans to build a cement plant on the banks of the Cape Fear River in Castle Hayne.


National News

2016 (+)
2015 (+)
EPA wins dispute over pollution controls at cement plant -- Toledo News, March 26, 2015

An appeals court won't overturn a decision that calls for more stringent pollution controls at a cement plant in northern Michigan. The federal court this week ruled against St. Marys Cement, a Canadian company that makes cement in Charlevoix, 50 miles north of Traverse City.

New Case Study Suggests High Levels of Ventilation Impairment May Exist Around Industrial Structures -- Lung Disease News, January 26, 2015

A team of researchers from Chosun University in Korea recently found that residents near a cement plant who were heavily exposed to pollutants from industrial byproducts have higher rates of ventilation impairment when compared to people who live far away from cement plants. The study, entitled “Ventilation impairment of residents around a cement plant,” was recently published in the Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and further supports the notion that industrial pollutants can have a substantially negative impact on lung health.

Labor Rights Abuses Reported in Egypt -- Muftah, January 10, 2015

Cement production may be the next frontier for human rights abuses in Egypt. In October 2014, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) released a report condemning Titan Cement - a group headquartered in Greece with cement plants in 9 countries – for labor rights and environmental abuses at its facility in Alexandria, Egypt.

2014 (+)
DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory Contributes to CO2-reducing Cement and Concrete Research -- For Construction Pros, October 30, 2014

The next phase of a four-year research and development project supporting the commercialization of Solidia Technologies’ carbon dioxide-reducing cement and concrete processes will commence with the commitment of an additional $752,000 from the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

Wilmington, N.C. Voted Best American Riverfront -- USA Today, October 22, 2014

After voting closed on the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice contest for Best American Riverfront, fans of Wilmington, N.C. no doubt breathed a huge sigh of relief. They waged a tight but winning battle against Spokane, Washington for the top spot and landed the #1 slot after a frenzied weekend of voting.

Court upholds EPA veto in mountaintop removal mining case -- The Hill, October 1, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) won another legal round a case regarding its controversial veto of a West Virginia mountaintop removal mining permit. The case has attracted national attention over the EPA’s authority to retroactively revoke water pollution permits.

A shuttered cement plant becomes a metaphor for political change -- Greenwire, September 26, 2014

Along the Northeast Cape Fear River, silos of an abandoned cement plant rise 20 stories over a rusty dock that was once used to load cement for the trip to nearby Wilmington. Downriver, an idle red-and-white smokestack towers over the trees.

Who watches the cement plants? -- Global Cement, August 13, 2014

The comic book series 'Watchmen' takes its title from the Latin phrase 'Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?' which is translated as 'Who watches the watchmen?' Commonly used today to warn against government, police and judicial corruption, the saying might also apply to those groups who watch big industry such as the Atlas of Environmental Justice.

Exercising when air pollution levels are high can do more harm than good -- South China Morning Post, July 1, 2014

Do you check air pollution levels before exercising outdoors? You should. Although regular exercise is good for us, exercising in poor air may wipe any short-term fitness gains. Worse still, you could be putting your body at risk of serious illness and - more worryingly - long term, irreversible damage.

The Amount Of Carbon Dioxide In Our Air Just Reached A New Record, And Scientists Are Worried -- Think Progress, July 1, 2014

On Monday, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii told Climate Central that June would be be the third month in a row where, for the entire month, average levels of carbon dioxide were above 400 parts per million (ppm). In other words, that’s the longest time in recorded history that this much carbon dioxide has been in the atmosphere.

Study: Pollution laws reduce deaths from lung illness -- Aljazeera America, June 23, 2014

Regulations designed to reduce air pollution in North Carolina have led not just to cleaner air but to fewer deaths from lung diseases, according to a new study report released Monday. Researchers at Duke University reviewed 17 years of state air quality data and death records, and found a distinct correlation between the start of stricter pollution rules in 2002 and a marked decline in the number of people perishing from emphysema, asthma and pneumonia. The report was published in the International Journal of COPD.

Air pollution linked to cognitive decline in later years -- Reuters, June 18, 2014

The tiny particles in vehicle exhaust and other sources of air pollution may hasten cognitive decline in older adults, according to a new U. S. study. “We decided to examine the link between air pollution and cognitive function in older adults because there is growing evidence that fine particulate matter air pollution affects brain health and development, but relatively little attention has been given to what this means for the aging brain,” said Jennifer Ailshire, who co-wrote the report.

Carolinas Cement Company plans to build a new packaging facility -- World Cement, June 6, 2014

Titan America’s subsidiary, Carolinas Cement Company, plans to establish a cement packaging facility at an existing storage and handling terminal in Castle Hayne, New Hanover County, USA. At present, the terminal at Castle Hayne stores and distributes cement produced at the Roanoke cement plant, which it receives via rail. The bagging facility will allow the plant to pack the cement in bags, enhancing handling, storage and distribution efficiency both onsite and for customers.

Etched in Cement? Court Closes Kiln Loophole -- Public News Service, April 21, 2014

A federal court ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can no longer let cement plants off the hook for fines if the plants - or kilns - spew dangerous pollution and claim it was the result of what's known as an "upset" or a mistake.

North Carolina cites five more power plants in massive coal ash spill -- The Guardian, March 3, 2014

North Carolina regulators have cited five more Duke Energy power plants for lacking required storm water permits after a massive spill at one of the company’s coal ash dumps coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge. The state department of environment and natural resources announced Monday that Charlotte-based Duke had been issued formal notices of violation for not having the needed permits, which are required to legally discharge rainwater draining from its plants into public waterways.

Ash Spill Shows How Watchdog Was Defanged -- New York Times, February 28, 2014

Last June, state employees in charge of stopping water pollution were given updated marching orders on behalf of North Carolina’s new Republican governor and conservative lawmakers. “The General Assembly doesn’t like you,” an official in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources told supervisors called to a drab meeting room here. “They cut your budget, but you didn’t get the message. And they cut your budget again, and you still didn’t get the message.” From now on, regulators were told, they must focus on customer service, meaning issuing environmental permits for businesses as quickly as possible. Big changes are coming, the official said, according to three people in the meeting, two of whom took notes. “If you don’t like change, you’ll be gone.”

China announces $1.6B air pollution fund -- USAToday.com, February 13, 2014

Separately Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported that Beijing's city government said it would shut down 300 polluting factories this year and eventually phase out some industries to improve the city's air, citing a document detailing the capital's action plan to 2017 to clean up its air. Energy and pollution-intensive projects such as steel and cement are not to be approved on principle, it said.

Feds launch probe of NC environmental agency in wake of massive coal ash spill -- FoxNews.com, February 13, 2014

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into North Carolina's environmental agency following a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River. The U.S. Attorney's Office issued a grand jury subpoena requesting records from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. They include emails, memos and reports from 2010 through the Feb. 2 spill.

2013 (+)
Cementing a Healthy Future -- HoneyColony.com, May 31, 2013

Stop Titan coordinator, Sarah Gilliam, writes about her journey as an activist and how Titan cemented her passion for a healthy future.

2012 (+)
Autism and Air Pollution: The Link Grows Stronger -- Time Magazine, November 27, 2012

Children with autism are two to three times more likely than other children to have been exposed to car exhaust, smog, and other air pollutants during their earliest days, according to a new study.

State's beaches rank third -- Tideland News, July 11, 2012

North Carolina’s beaches ranked third in the nation in the National Resources Defense Council’s water quality rankings for 2011, released in late June.

World's 20 Best Surf Towns -- National Geographic, July 3, 2012

Best For: The whole family can enjoy Wrightsville’s trademark mix of sleepy southern beach town and growing metropolis. Think catfish with caviar or barbecue with Beaujolais. Wrightsville Beach is a small town tucked away between the salt marshes, sandy barrier islands, and old wooden piers of the American southeast.

Titan profits dive as cement demand crumbles -- Ekathemerini, March 2, 2012

A Greek newspaper reports that Titan's profits fell 89% in 2011 from the previous year. According to the report, the massive decline in worldwide cement demand is to blame.

Titan and the Tale of Two Cities -- CNN iReport, January 1, 2012

Citizens in Alexandria, Egypt are reaching out to STAN as they fight a similar battle against Titan's cement plant in their city. Frustrations in the North African country have boiled over after years of heavy pollution and allegedly poor working conditions at the plant.

2011 (+)
The cost is more than money. The cost of a cement plant may be your health. -- The Examiner, December 14, 2011

An autoimmune disease examiner discusses a recent health study on the proposed Titan Cement plant, including the potential for increased cases of lupus and schleroderma.

Court Rejects Attempt to Kill Cement Plant Rule -- Earthjustice, December 9, 2011

Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Portland Cement Association’s attempt to kill Clean Air Act standards that will reduce cement plants’ emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants by more than 90 percent and save between 900 and 2,500 American lives every year.

Building a Better World with Green Cement -- Smithsonian Magazine, December 1, 2011

There is an alternative to dirty cement!

Building a Better World with Green Cement -- Smithsonian Magazine, December 1, 2011

There is an alternative to dirty cement!

Does government regulation really kill jobs? -- Washington Post, November 13, 2011

Two plants tell a complex story of what happens when regulations written in Washington ripple through the real economy. Some jobs are lost. Others are created. In the end, say economists who have studied this question, the overall impact on employment is minimal.

EPA regulations give kilns permission to pollute -- NPR, November 10, 2011

The Ash Grove cement plant in Chanute, a town of 9,000 people, and its skyscraping smokestack have not run afoul of the law or the state and regulators who enforce it. The plant does not appear on Environmental Protection Agency lists of facilities requiring urgent enforcement or extra scrutiny. "The plant is in compliance," says Karl Brooks, the regional EPA administrator.

Permission To Pollute -- Slate Magazine, November 10, 2011

Federal rules establish a unique class of polluter for cement kilns, like the massive one in Chanute, that burn hazardous waste for fuel. The law allows them to emit greater amounts of some toxic chemicals into the air than the hazardous-waste incinerators specially designed to burn the very same chemicals—including industrial solvents, aluminum-plant waste, and other toxic leftovers from the production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and oil.

New report highlights mercury pollution impacts on ecosystems -- Ecotone, October 28, 2011

"According to the report, emissions of mercury to the air (and subsequent deposition) are now the primary source of mercury pollution to the Great Lakes region. Twenty-six percent of mercury deposition in Canada and the continental United States is from the Great Lakes region, with the highest concentrations in Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin."

Party of Pollution -- The New York Times, October 20, 2011

This is a great editorial by Paul Krugman who explains why the idea that decreasing environmental regulations doesn't create jobs but only "makes us poorer and sicker."

Party of Pollution -- The New York Times, October 20, 2011

This is a great editorial by Paul Krugman who explains why the idea that decreasing environmental regulations doesn't create jobs but only "makes us poorer and sicker."

Party of Pollution -- The New York Times, October 20, 2011

This is a great editorial by Paul Krugman who explains why the idea that decreasing environmental regulations doesn't create jobs but only "makes us poorer and sicker."

How Politics Hurts the EPA’s Important Mission -- Time Magazine, October 12, 2011

Protecting Americans from toxic substances has become a bi-partisan battleground. The EPA chief protests the politicization of pollution.

House Votes to Rewrite EPA Rules on Cement Plants -- Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2011

WASHINGTON—The House voted Thursday to force a rewrite of federal air-pollution regulations for cement plants, the latest step in a Republican-led effort to undercut the Environmental Protection Agency's agenda. If the bill approved Thursday became law, the EPA would have to rescind existing rules for toxic emissions from cement kilns and revise them in a way that is less burdensome to the industry. The bills would also give those facilities at least five additional years to comply.

Amidst House Vote, New Research Shows What Cement Companies Are Saying, or Not Saying, When It -- National Resources Defense Council Staff Blog, October 6, 2011

skip to main content Search HOMEISSUESCONTRIBUTORSFind NRDC on:? Top Stories:Anti-Environmental RidersKeystone XL PipelineDefending the Clean Air ActHome › Contributors › Christina Angelides › Amidst House Vote, New Research Shows What Cement Companies Are Saying, or Not Saying, When It Comes to Our Health and Environment Christina Angelides’s Blog Amidst House Vote, New Research Shows What Cement Companies Are Saying, or Not Saying, When It Comes to Our Health and Environment Print this page Posted October 5, 2011 in Curbing Pollution Tags:cement, cementcompanies, cleanairact, congress, mercury, smog, soot Share | | | It’s hard to imagine that any company would oppose efforts to save American lives, not to mention avoid a significant number of asthma attacks, heart attacks, and emergency room visits that result from mercury, soot and other toxic air pollution. This is especially true when those same companies have issued corporate policies and statements that claim to support environmental and public health stewardship and sustainable practices. But when it comes to clean air standards for cement plants, this is exactly what is happening, according to new research conducted by NRDC. What’s even more disconcerting is that some of those same cement companies even say they can meet the standards, while at the same time they are supporting efforts that would gut and block toxic air pollution standards for cement plants. According to our findings 7 companies--Buzzi Unicem, Cemex, Eagle Materials, Essroc Cement Co., Lafarge North America, Lehigh Hanson, and Titan America--are on record for supporting delays of or opposing current Clean Air Act standards for cement plants.

House takes aim at EPA regulations to reduce toxic air pollution from cement kilns, boilers -- Washington Post, October 6, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House passed the first of two bills Thursday to delay rules to cut toxic air pollution and mercury from cement plants, solid waste incinerators and industrial boilers.

Cement Plant to Meet EPA Rule Industry Says Can’t Be Met -- Bloomberg.com, October 5, 2011

“Cement plants can reduce their emissions when they want to,” James Pew, a staff attorney at EarthJustice in Washington, who filed lawsuits pushing for the regulation, said in an interview. “The argument that they can’t is purely for political consumption.”

House Bills Repeal, Gut Safeguards Against Mercury & Toxic Air Pollution From Cement Plants -- NRDC blog, September 30, 2011

The week of October 2nd, two bills aimed at blocking critical health protections against mercury and other toxic air pollution from incinerators and boilers (H.R. 2250) [pdf] and cement plants (H.R. 2681) [pdf] are expected to be brought up for a House floor vote. These bills continue the deadly trend of the Cantor Pollution Plan – rolling back clean air safeguards and putting millions of American lives at risk.

A Debate Arises on Job Creation and Environment -- New York Times, September 4, 2011

Do environmental regulations kill jobs? Republicans and business groups say yes, arguing that environmental protection is simply too expensive for a battered economy...but many experts say that the effects should be assessed through a nuanced tally of costs and benefits that takes into account both economic and societal factors.

NC air quality agency opens public debate on potential permit for much-debated cement plant -- The Republic, August 5, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's environmental agency is reopening the debate on whether to allow a proposed cement plant near Wilmington that environmentalists fear would increase mercury pollution.

Titan Cement sues residents for speaking out – BlueNC: 03/04/2011
On Being A Titan, Part One, Or, See It, Say It, Sue It – Daily Kos: Mar 08, 2011
Town sees mercury spike – Times Union: Jan 7, 2011

Nearly one person in 10 tested for toxic mercury had elevated blood levels enough to warrant a visit to their doctor, according to a study of people who live around the Lafarge cement plant by the Harvard University School of Public Health. The results, based on a study of 172 people who last spring volunteered to give blood and hair samples, also found that eating local fish is not behind most of the elevated mercury levels. The state advises that the best way to avoid mercury exposure is not to consume local fish.

House Republicans Move to Undo Protections From Mercury Pollution – Earth Justice: Jan 6, 2011

Today, House Republicans announced a Congressional Review Act resolution that seeks to undo U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules to control toxic emissions from cement plants. The rules would reduce cement plants’ emissions of mercury and other toxic substances by more than 90 percent. EPA scientists have estimated the rules would prevent up to 2,500 premature deaths and thousands of heart and respiratory incidents and save billions of dollars in health costs each year.

American Lung Association Selects Eleven Biggest ‘Clean Air’ Events of 2010Gant Daily: Jan 1, 2011

The American Lung Association has released its list of the 11 biggest ‘clean air’ events of 2010. Eight events marked milestones that provide greater protection from dangerous air pollutants, while three represented delays that have life-threatening consequences.

2010 (+)
New Chemistry, Less Energy Could Yield Greener CementNational Geographic: Dec 8, 2010

Cement is so common it’s nearly invisible. But the material that’s used to construct everything from bridges and office buildings to pools, sidewalks, and skate parks is one of the world’s largest contributors to greenhouse gas pollution. About 5 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions rise from the cement kilns that make the key ingredient of civilization’s hard surface areas. That’s roughly double the amount from the jet fuel burned in all global air travel.

Cement from thin AirPopular Science: Dec 2010

A biologist's plan for radically reducing carbon emissions

Living to a major road tied to preterm birth – Reuters: Dec 1, 2010

Pregnant women who live near busy roads may be at a greater risk for delivering before term, suggests a new study from Japan.

Newswire story about Titan’s CEO heading up PCA Business – Wire.com: Nov 12, 2010

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) Board of Directors elected Aris Papadopoulos as chairman during the association’s fall board meeting last week in Palm Beach, Fla. Papadopoulos succeeds Enrique Escalante of GCC of America and will serve a two-year term.

E.P.A. Cracks Down on Cement PollutionNew York Times: Aug 10, 2010

Congress focuses on whether the Environmental Protection Agency should go where no federal regulators have gone before and regulate greenhouse gases. But the agency did something more prosaic on Monday, albeit something it has not done effectively for the last 15 years or so: it put more than 100 cement kilns on notice that they will have to spend almost $1 billion annually to clean up the pollution they put into the atmosphere.

Gulf spill dominates hearing on oil & gas explorationStar News: April 29, 2010

The rig Deepwater Horizon didn't explode and sink off the North Carolina coast. And the giant oil slick threatening fragile wetlands and shellfishing grounds isn't doing so in the Atlantic.

RFK Jr.'s Earth Day message: Environmentalism is patrioticThe Herald Sun: April 23, 2010

On 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, a fiery Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. argued that protecting the environment is “safeguarding American democracy.”

2009 (+)
Fossil Fuels’ Hidden Cost Is in Billions, Study Says – New York Times: Oct 19, 2009

Burning fossil fuels costs the United States about $120 billion a year in health costs, mostly because of thousands of premature deaths from air pollution, the National Academy of Sciences reported in a study issued Monday.

Study warns of mercury near siteTimes Union: Sep 30, 2009

Elevated levels of toxic mercury and other heavy metals are in neighborhoods around the Lafarge cement plant on Route 9W, according results from a volunteer project performed by a well-known state scientist.

Cement Makers Decry Emissions RulesNew York Times: April 27, 2009

Cement industry representatives say that proposed federal air emissions regulations announced last week will lead to closure of American plants and outsourcing of cement production to countries with lax environmental regulations.

EPA Regulates MercuryStar News: April 22, 2009

Traverse City, Mich. | The Obama administration proposed sharp reductions Tuesday in airborne pollution from America’s 99 cement plants, including first-ever limits on mercury from older kilns.

Cleaner air, longer life: Study provides evidenceLA Times: Jan 22, 2009

In a boon for supporters of air-quality management, new findings show that the more particulate air pollution is reduced, the more life expectancy increases. For those wondering just how much effect cleaning up the air can have, researchers now have a much fuller picture. Reductions in particulate air pollution during the 1980s and 1990s led to an average five-month increase in life expectancy in 51 U.S. metropolitan areas, with some of the initially more polluted cities such as Buffalo, N.Y., and Pittsburgh showing a 10-month increase, researchers said Wednesday.

Learn more about the TVA coal ash spill – NC Conservation Network: Jan 9 2009

On December 22, 2008 a coal ash spill took place at the Kingston Fossil Plant, a Tennessee Valley Authority generating plant. Truly, the stories that have come out since that morning have shown what sort of environmental catastrophe we are dealing with.

Hundreds of Coal Ash Dumps Lack RegulationNew York Times: Jan 6, 2009

The coal ash pond that ruptured and sent a billion gallons of toxic sludge across 300 acres of East Tennessee last month was only one of more than 1,300 similar dumps across the United States — most of them unregulated and unmonitored — that contain billions more gallons of fly ash and other byproducts of burning coal.

2008 (+)
Study: Calif dirty air kills more than car crashes – MSNBC Nov 13, 2008

FRESNO, Calif. — Lowering air pollution in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley would save more lives annually than ending all motor vehicle fatalities in the two regions, according to a new study.

Mercury Pollution from Cement Kilns Double Previous Estimates – Earthjustice: June 25, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 23, 2008 - For more than a decade after Congress told it to curb dangerous mercury pollution from cement kilns across the nation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refused to take action. Now, a new study from Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) documents the consequences of the EPA's failure: Cement kilns emit mercury pollution - a threat to the health of pregnant women and children - at more than twice the level estimated as recently as 2006 by the EPA, which only started to collect data on the problem in 2007.

Don't believe the hype - clean coal still pollutesCharlston City Paper: Dec 3, 2008

King Coal has been vindicated. After more than a century's reign of spewing out carbon, chopping down mountain-tops, and blackening lungs, the former despot has finally cleaned up his act. Or so he'd have you believe. Cough, cough.

Coal Pollution Knows No Boundaries – Sierra Club: Nov 2008

With the weak enforcement of environmental and health regulations by the Bush administration - and the ever growing list of last minute rollbacks - it is no wonder that many states continue to take action into their own hands. Related to new coal plants, the Attorneys General in both South Carolina and New Jersey have spoken out against new coal-fired power plants in their state.

2007 (+)
Wetland Loss in Miama Eye – Miami Blogspot: Dec 16, 2007

According to these notices, published Dec. 12th in the Daily Business Review, various mining companies want to create 8,000 acres of rock pits. A square mile is 640 acres. The rock miners are asking to mine an area about the size of Coral Gables which is about 11.8 square miles.


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