Latest Alerts

Economics no longer support building of Titan cement plant in Castle Hayne!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

“Our decision to suspend construction on the cement plant in Castle Hayne is driven by basic project economics,” said Bill Zarkalis, Titan America’s CEO. “The pace of demand growth in the specific markets does not seem adequate to justify the addition of substantial new production capacity - more so because the costs to construct a new cement plant in the United States have risen substantially in the past few years.  Finally, the overall risk profile of the project has worsened as new coastal capacity in North Carolina could be vulnerable to cement imports, considering the strong US dollar, the global cement supply situation and low ocean freight costs.” > Read More

Meetup: Let's Keep it a Titan Free Community

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Drop in anytime between 5:30-7:30 on Thurs 8/27! Bring a friend and let's meetup with Jenn Salter, North Carolina Coastal Federation Clean Community Organizer to meet, greet and share what we are all collectively doing to create a sustainable future with clean air, clean water and clean jobs! Clean Water = Great Beer!. A world with clean choices-- without heavy polluting industry, without Titan Cement! > Read More

Our Coast Can't Speak - Public Meeting on Offshore Drilling

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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Help visualize the future of New Hanover County!

Friday, January 23, 2015

The New Hanover County Planning Department is creating the first Comprehensive Plan for the County, Plan NHC. This document will address the County’s current development trends, determine a community vision to guide County development over the next twenty five years, and identify a process to achieve this vision.   > Read More

Show your support for clean jobs and clean industry!

Monday, October 06, 2014

This Thursday, the Greater Wilmington Business Journal will be hosting the 2014 Coastal Energy Summit, bringing together local, state, and national leaders in the energy industry to discuss opportunities, risks and timelines for energy related initiatives on the coast of North Carolina. > Read More

Water quality in the Cape Fear is threatened

Friday, September 12, 2014

A new threat to the Cape Fear River Watershed is a proposed chicken processing plant run by Sanderson Farms, a company that has been found to be out of compliance with wastewater permits multiple times in the past. The Fayetteville Observer has set up a poll to gauge the popularity of the proposed plant and we encourage you to submit your vote by going to the poll here.

The Cape Fear River Basin has more concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) than any other place on earth. The pollution discharge from CAFOs is exorbitant and there is very little regulation and oversight of these operations. Scientific studies have shown these discharges to cause significant degradation of the water quality in the Cape Fear, resulting in algal blooms that deplete much of the oxygen necessary for aquatic life.

The water quality of the Cape Fear is in continued jeopardy. A portion of the Lower Cape Fear is under review for reclassification, a move that would change the current "SC" classification to "supplemental swamp," lowering dissolved oxygen (DO) standards, which have been listed impaired since 1998. The reclassification would help remove this portion of the river off the impaired list for DO and pH, but the lowered DO would result in major impacts to the fish species in the river, including the two sturgeon species that are listed federally as endangered. Read more...
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Next Public Meeting scheduled for the Comprehensive Plan for New Hanover County

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Make plans to attend June 2nd NHC Commissioners Meeting

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mark you calenders for Monday, June 2nd when the New Hanover County Commissioners will decide whether or not to pass revisions to the section of the Zoning Ordinance containing the Special Use Permit. The meeting will be held at 6:00 PM in Room 301 of the Historic New Hanover County Courthouse located at 24 N. 3rd Street in Downtown Wilmington. A summary of the latest revisions has been released and comments are being accepted until May 19th. Send comments to cokeeke@nhcgov.com, making sure to put "Special Use Permit" in the subject line. Talking points prepared by the N.C. Coastal Federation soon to come. Complete information on the revisions including the changes to the Table of Permitted uses can be found here.  > Read More

Comment, Attend Public Hearing on SUP revisions

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SUP Revisions & Talking Points
 
Last week we shared the County's latest revisions to the special use permit (SUP) for heavy industries and now we're following up with talking points for you to consider when drafting public comments for the March 6th Planning Board Public Hearing. We know the pro-industry folks will be in attendance so help us fight back with people power! 
 
Speaking up...so easy
a 12-year-old can do it!
 
SPEAK UP: The Planning staff is still taking comments on the proposed revisions. Email your comments and concerns about these latest revisions to Chris O'Keefe atcokeefe@nhcgov.com.
 
PLAN TO ATTEND: The NHC Planning Board will vote on the revisions at their March 6th meeting, held at 6:00PM at the NHC Courthouse, located downtown. Once an agenda is released for this meeting we will share it with you all. We ask that you make plans to attend this meeting.
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Over 200 citizens defend SUP, clean community

Friday, January 24, 2014

A very BIG thanks goes out to the 200+ citizens who stood up for our local special use permit for heavy industries! We expect the County to release the next round of revisions to the SUP next Friday and we will continue to share information so that you can remain active in the movement towards a clean, healthy Cape Fear region! If you'd like to receive our email updates, make sure you're on our Action Alert list by clicking here:http://goo.gl/85l5ge
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ACTION ALERT Send Comments to NHC, Defend SUP

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Last week the New Hanover County Planning Board requested feedback from the community and we ask that you use the form letter to follow the County’s process for submitting your public comment. It is important to keep your comments professional and use the well-researched bullet points we have provided. Here is the breakdown of the County’s proposed revisions to the special use permit (SUP), specifically Section 71 (2) of the text amendments.  > Read More

ACTION ALERT: County proposing revisions could weaken SUP, Public Hearing this Thursday

Monday, January 06, 2014

 URGENT ACTION ALERT

Remember back in 2011 when the Board of County Commissioners approved a Special Use Permit Process for the County’s outdated Zoning Ordinance by a 4-1 vote? Remember the hundreds of citizens who sent in public comments and attended meetings to show overwhelming public support for this much-needed local review process? All that might change in 2014, with rushed changes proposed during this Thursday’s planning board meeting. We need you to take action to prevent revisions to the special use permit from breezing through this once transparent process. > Read More

Stand up for clean water in NC

Monday, December 09, 2013

Join our friends, NC Conservation Network, in urging DENR to support strong clean water standards that protect the health of our waterways. Click here to take action. > Read More

Not all, but some, local candidates weigh in on Titan

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Cape Fear Chapter of Surfrider sent questionnaires to candidates running for Wilmington's City Council, Town of Wrightsville Beach Alderman and Mayor and Town of Carolina Beach Council and Mayor. Candidates were asked various environmental questions, including whether or not they supported the Titan Cement project. Click the links below to see who answered the question we're all wondering: > Read More

SURVEY: Feedback needed on recent public hearing

Friday, August 16, 2013

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Turn your 'clean air' comment into an LTE

Monday, August 12, 2013

Keep the convo going  > Read More

Action Alert: Submit your comment for clean air today

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ACTION ALERT: Do you want more air pollution? > Read More

Titan files for air permit extension

Thursday, May 30, 2013

NC Coastal Federation advocate Mike Giles takes issue with Titan's request for an 18-month extension of their state-issued air quality permit: > Read More

Regulatory "reform" rears its ugly head, again

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

In today's Coastal Review Online, 'regulatory reform' is back in the headline. Here are the take-aways, some of them toxic, from yet another attempt to roll-back environmental standards and regulations: > Read More

Five years later, still no Titan

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

5th Anniversary Rally > Read More

Get to know your new commissioners!

Friday, December 14, 2012

The November elections saw the addition of two new members to the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, with a third expected in the next few days.  For those of you who weren't able to make it to our December Community Action Meeting, we held a special citizens' lobbying training to provide some techniques for meeting with your local officials and getting your message across.  Click here for some helpful lobbying tips, then schedule a meeting with one of the commissioners today!  Remember, they work for YOU, but you have to let them know what your concerns are. > Read More

Community Action Meeting THURSDAY Dec/13

Friday, December 07, 2012



Next Community Action Meeting: December 13


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Help us reach 15,000 petitions signatures!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

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Last week of early voting!

Monday, October 29, 2012


We’re expecting extraordinary voter turnout this year in North Carolina and it’s critical that voters who share our values for clean air, clean water, and protecting our natural places turn out. > Read More

Public Hearing: DAQ to consider rollback of Air Toxics Program

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Division of Air Quality Conducts Review of State Air Toxics Rules

Public hearing scheduled for: 
Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
 
William G. Ross Jr. Environmental Conference Center
121 West Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Earlier this year, the NC General Assembly ordered a review of the state Air Toxics Program, a piece of legislation designed to bridge the gaps between federal guidelines for toxic industrial emissions and the body of medical literature which demonstrates significant risks to human health at federally permitted levels.  In two weeks, our elected officials will consider easing the "regulatory burden" on industry by rolling back portions of this critical program.  Unfortunately, it is a burden which will then fall on the state's citizenry in the form of higher health care bills, damage to our fishing industry, and jobs lost when tourists decide to spend their vacation time in places that place a higher premium on breathing clean air, not to mention our local environment and quality of life.
 
On the regulatory chopping block are "health-based limits for about 100 compounds, 21 of which are not regulated under the federal program," according to the agency's press release.  States are required to, at a minimum, abide by federal standards for industrial emissions, but as we know all too well in New Hanover County (ranked by the US EPA as having the 2nd-highest levels of toxic emissions in the state), these standards are often insufficient to protect public health.
 

All of us need to work to convince our state legislators that we cannot afford to move backwards on laws designed to protect the health of our community.  Letting industry get away with minimal pollution controls directly impacts not only our health and our children's health, but the health of our economy as well.  Can North Carolina continue to be a top vacation destination with a reputation as a pollution haven?  Let's not find out! > Read More

Welcome back to school - Essay Contest!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Action Needed: Tell EPA No Delays in Cement Kiln Rules

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

No Delay In Cement Kiln Regulations

 
Some folks need a break.  But we don’t buy the story that big polluters like cement kilns fall into that category.


In fact, they’ve had breaks for decades.  It was only recently that the EPA finally stood up for our health and decided that they needed to clean up their toxic and polluting act.  But now the EPA wants to weaken those rules and delay their implementation.

What happens when rules for cement kilns are relaxed?  People can get sick.  Really sick.  

According to the EPA when they announced the long overdue rules in 2010, they said the rules would  prevent: > Read More

EPA could side with industry, delay cement kiln regulations

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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ACTION ALERT: Stand up for clean air in NC!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

THERE IS STILL TIME TO ACT!


Please call Governor Perdue today and tell her to veto H.952: (800) 662-7952 or (919) 733-2391.
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Get Your Well Water Tested for FREE!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Get Your Well Water Tested for FREE > Read More

Local businesses gather to protect the local economy

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Vote today!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

You have until 7:30PM to vote in leaders who will help you win the fight against Titan Cement!

 
As a 501c3, Stop Titan cannot endorse candidates but here are some helpful non-partisan websites:
 
www.NCVoterGuide.org
www.NCElectionConnection.com
www.WHQR.org - NHC County Commissioner Candidate Series 
 
If you are unsure where to vote, click here
 
Remember smart decisions start with smart decisions makers. Do you part to vote in leaders who will support our fight for clean, sustainable industries.  Happy voting!  > Read More

Join your neighbors for a Picnic In The Park, April 29th

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

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Local blogger raises the questions we all want answered

Monday, February 13, 2012

Wilmington Rants blogger writes: Apples, Oranges, and Titan


Two local news stations have recently done 'in-depth' coverage on Titan but we think they could have asked harder questions.  Apparently citizens think so, too!
 

 Click here to read one local blogger's hard hitting questions about Titan.

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Help STOP TITAN...Take a quick survey!

Friday, January 06, 2012

Your input is crucial to helping us win the fight against Titan Cement.

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The High Cost of Titan’s Cement in North Carolina

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Read this guest blog post on the Center for Health, Environment and Justice website written by Kelly Stryker, mother and activist against Titan Cement. Reminding us of what Titan could bring other than simply "jobs." > Read More

Hispanics in Wilmington Burdened by Asthma

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Gabrielle Steele of the American Lung Association recently wrote a wonderful letter to the editor at Star News about the increasing Hispanic population in North Carolina and the American Lung Association’s Disparities in Lung Health Series, Luchando Por El Aire: The Burden of Asthma on Hispanics. Asthma is a growing problem in the United States, it is a health issue effecting people of all ages, races, and genders, and understanding who is at risk and why is of great importance in protecting everyone's futures.  > Read More

U.S. House Votes to Increase Mercury Pollution, Premature Death and Disease

Thursday, October 06, 2011

From a recent Earthjustice Press Release:

House Votes to Increase Mercury Pollution, Premature Death and Disease
H.R. 2681 promotes waste-burning, lets some of the dirtiest polluters escape clean air laws > Read More

Help us spread the word!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Help us cover the area with posters & handouts

 
We've got an Info Session, three public hearings and a County Commissioner meeting to advertise. We need your help pushing these upcoming events out to the community. Below you will find two posters and handouts that you can download, print and distribute on your own!
 
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Planning Board approves SUP, goes to NHC Commissioners Oct 3rd

Friday, September 02, 2011

We've passed the first hurdle to getting the SUP approved > Read More

TAKE ACTION: Vote NO to Titan's air permit

Monday, August 08, 2011

Should the state issue Titan Cement an air permit?

Click here to vote.

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TAKE ACTION - Support the zoning revisions

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Click here for a quick, one-page cheat sheet on the NHC Zoning Revisions.

 

Now take those factoids and put them to ACTION:

Remember that this process was temporarily derailed at the most recent Planning Board Meeting, when a handful of representatives from local industries asked for a delay. Are you comfortable with industry dictating the terms of your community? Here's what you can do about it: > Read More

Protect Your Community. Support the NHC Zoning Revisions.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Zoning Revisions and How They Affect You 

New Hanover County is considering zoning revisions that will greatly benefit the future of our community. The County is proposing to revise the permitting process for industrial facilities by requiring a local review in the form of a special use permit.  If passed, a special use permit would most likely affect any new industry that falls under the proposed changes including Titan Cement. Our local zoning for heavy industry has not been updated since 1969! These revisions would allow, for the first time in New Hanover County history, local input -- in the form of two public hearings -- on what types of industry can locate here. Let us remind you that the public was given three days' notice that Titan Cement was applying for an air permit to begin construction. This may not have happened if a special use permit was in place. Click here for some talking points on the pros and cons. > Read More

New Hanover County Moves Forward with Special-Use Permitting Process for Heavy Industry

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Because our voices really do matter

A big round of congratulations to all who contacted Commissioner Jonathan Barfield and shared your thoughts about his reluctance to support a special-use permit procedure if it’s intent was to harm Titan America’s proposed cement plant and mine. As you all know, Commissioner Barfield was wavering on whether or not he would support the planning department’s recommendations on adding the special-use permit process—a procedure intended to give local government and local residents a voice during the review and approval of certain heavy industrial projects. Here are Commissioner Barfield's words on the recent news of Titan's failed attempts to tweak the Castle Hayne Incorporation Bill and his decision to protect the interests of citizens, not industry:   > Read More

Violations, bad neighbors and flip flops?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Titan shows us even more reasons why they are unfit to be our neighbor

VIOLATIONS: Titan has done it again, folks. As reported in the Star News, the cement manufacturing giant was cited for numerous environmental violations spanning several years and now has admitted to those violations in an agreement, called a Special Order of Consent, with the State of Virginia.  Titan’s ready mix cement plant operations in Virginia were cited for violations including, but not limited to, discharging contaminated sediments and industrial discharges into local waterways and deficiencies in Titan’s monitoring procedures and air permit requirements.  > Read More

Call Gov. Perdue: VETO budget, PROTECT quality of life in NC

Friday, June 03, 2011

Do you want North Carolina’s water, air and natural areas to be cleaner and better protected than what the federal government minimally requires? > Read More

Do you trust Titan... TAKE ACTION for clean air!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Did you know...

  • The CEO of Titan America is lobbying Congress to undo regulations on mercury and other toxins released by cement kilns.

Do you remember...

  • Carolina Cement (local subsidiary of Titan America) promising to follow these very same regulations.

Who do you Trust?

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Attention Citizens: Our Air Quality is at Stake

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Public Meeting for SO2 Non-attainment Issue in New Hanover County
Tuesday April 12, 7-9 pm at Cape Fear Community College
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Tell Gov. Perdue to Freeze Permits…Take Action Today!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

If you are wondering what you can do...  > Read More