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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

Letter to the Editor: the Value of SUPs

Monday, March 07, 2016

      I recently read Andrea Wulf’s book, “The Invention of Nature, Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World.” Looking through the lens of history, this book weaves together politics, invention, science, art, ecology and nature sharing a history and revealing patterns of what to expect when exploiting our natural resources in the name of human progress. > Read More

Shore Stories: Surf City Screening

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dolphin strandings, wetsuits that disintegrate after swimming in polluted waters, out of work fishermen, and even lost lives - these are just some of the outcomes of offshore oil and gas drilling that are documented in Shore Stories, a new compilation of short films. With a federal proposal on the table to open North Carolia’s Atlantic waters to drilling, now is the time to learn more about the issue and dialogue with friends and neighbors. Join us for this free screening of Shore Stories, six short documentaries that explore the impact of offshore drilling and that highlight the beauty and economic importance of North Carolina’s coastal communities. Connect with other residents and local organizations that are concerned about the impacts of fossil fuel extraction in our waters, and find out how you can get involved in actions that will protect our coast. 

Daddy Mac’s will have discounted appetizers available for purchase and a cash bar will be open starting at 5:30pm. Films begin at 6:30. 

This Daddy Mac’s screening is a prelude to a larger series of Shore Stories events slated to begin in mid March. Later this Spring Shore Stories screenings will take place across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. 

Presented by Working Films and the Don't Drill NC Coalition and hosted by Daddy Mac's Beach Grille, Surf City Surf School, NC Coastal Federation, and the Cape Fear Surfrider Chapter. > Read More

Community Information Meeting: Southern Asphalt

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A community information meeting for the Southern Asphalt SUP application will be held this Thursday. Please attend to learn more about the proposal. The proposed plant would be located at 5600 Holly Shelter Road in Castle Hayne. See below documents for more detailed information.  > Read More

A Call to Support Our SUP Process

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 9 > Read More

Drinking Water: An Imperiled Resource

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WILMINGTON – There’s an old saying, “You don’t miss your water until the well runs dry.” > Read More

Groups Push North Carolina to Drop Plan to Test EPA's Power Plant GHG Rule

Friday, January 15, 2016


In response to lawsuit, Environment Minister says coal is being used within strict measures

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy said he welcomes any lawsuits filed against him from the Alexandria district of Wady Al-Qamar, in a phone interview with Daily News Egypt Monday. > Read More

Cement plant moving ahead in Brady

Saturday, November 21, 2015

"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. > Read More

The EPA’s threat to NC regulators

Saturday, 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." Read full article here

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Forging a Water Alliance

Friday, 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." Read full article here
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Just a ‘Misunderstanding,’ State Says

Thursday, November 19, 2015

RALEIGH – Faced with the threat of losing its federal permitting authority, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality said this week that it is working with federal officials to clarify their “misunderstanding” over the public’s right to challenge state-issued pollution permits. > Read More

Economic Scorecard Reveals Region's Strengths, Weaknesses

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"Among this year’s results: While Wilmington and surrounding communities rank high for having a well-educated population, an entrepreneur-friendly environment, and a high quality of place, the region scores lower than its peer cities on the scorecard’s traded sector employment index, a measure of employment by businesses whose products are sold outside of the area." View here > Read More

LTE by Marvin Woll: Not good listeners

Monday, November 16, 2015

Not good listeners

In regard to the Nov. 5 news article “N.C. panel backs alternative to EPA’s Clean Power Plan”: We see that the DEQ plans to hold hearings in December and January on its Clean Power Plan. Unfortunately, these hearings are little more than a dog and pony show. > Read More

EPA: NC risking federal takeover of environmental regulation

Saturday, November 14, 2015

RALEIGH North Carolina’s recent tactic of blocking citizens from challenging state permits for industrial polluters could result in a federal takeover of the state’s regulatory program. > Read More

EPA Warns State on Permit Cases

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Great news for the citizens of North Carolina. Southern Environmental Law Center and STAN partners have been working to get EPA to take action on the issues in our Titan permit appeal related to citizen access to the courts.  Earlier this week, EPA sent a letter to DEQ notifying the agency that if the decision in Titan is affirmed by the appellate court, then DEQ’s permitting authority will be in jeopardy. > Read More

STAN at Festival Latino

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Join us in Ogden Park on Saturday, November 7th for the 17th annual Latino Festival. The event is the largest of its kind in the entire state, offering music, entertainment, and vendors. It is a great opportunity to celebrate and connect with our areas rich culture. STAN will be tabling in an effort to raise awareness and gain supporters in the campaign against Titan. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering. Hope to see you there! > Read More

Come hear from wildlife photographer, Sam Bland

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sam Bland, the photographer who took the photo below, will be speaking on Monday, October 19, at the Cape Fear Group of the Sierra Club's monthly meeting. Please join them at 6pm for pizza, followed by his presentation at 6:30! RSVP here.      > Read More

Join Citizens Against Titan at Walker World

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Join us at Walker World Artist Retreat for a fun-filled, fundraising, fact-seeking event and help keep Titan Cement Out of our community! Enjoy a party with live music, speakers, raffles, educational opportunities & more! We will also be debuting our newly designed yard signs. Be the first on your block to display one. Food will be available from Vittles food truck. The event will be on Sunday, October 18th from 4 to 8 PM at 453 Blossom Ferry Road, Castle Hayne. For more information or to RSVP visit the event page on Facebook.   > Read More

Clearing the air on North Carolina’s pollution progress

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Check out Julie Mayfield's op-ed pointing out NC DEQ Secretary van der Vaart can't claim credit for NC's success cleaning up air quality. Let's remember van der Vaart approved the Titan Air Permit, that is currently under appeal. Read More > Read More

NC passes Polluter Protection Act

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Just before midnight yesterday, the North Carolina Legislature passed House Bill 765, known to many as The Polluter Protection Act. The bill is a 71-page repeal of safeguards that have kept North Carolina's air and water clean for generations. Cumulatively, these rollbacks will result in more environmental damage than any bill passed in recent memory. Air quality monitors will be dismantled, streams that protect habitat and ensure clean drinking water will be destroyed, and the provisions for environmental self-audits and risk-based remediation will remove the incentive for polluters to prevent environmentally damaging spills and releases."

- Southern Environmental Law Center 
 For more information click here.   > Read More

Agreement Ends Landmark Lawsuit for Clean Air

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SELC and our partners have reached the final milestone in a 15-year legal journey that, along the way, has led to a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision and agreements to keep millions of tons of pollution out of the nation’s air. Read More > Read More

Stop the Polluters Protection Act, Bill: HB765

Monday, September 21, 2015

RALEIGH — With the passage of a long-sought budget agreement behind them, state legislators are expected to wrap up several major pieces of legislation this week, including a  bill that will roll back environmental regulations: HB 765, also known as the Polluters Protection Act. You can take a key conservation action now by contacting your state House member and Senator, in opposition to HB 765. A quick note or call will suffice. READ MORE > Read More

Judge orders full hearing on Martin Marietta mining permit

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Groups opposed to a 650-acre mining operation near Blounts Creek won a court battle today in Beaufort County.  Martin Marietta wants to mine limestone, and discharge up to 12-million gallons of water each day into the creek. Read More > Read More

‘Citizen Scientists’ Join Groundwater Study

Thursday, September 03, 2015

A group of area residents are helping out with a university study that researchers hope will provide better understanding of the relationship between sea-level rise and the groundwater table on Bogue Banks. Read More > Read More

A Local Advocate for Clean Air: Joined the President at the White House

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

WILMINGTON - One local family took their advocacy for air quality protection to the nation’s capital Monday with some help from President Barack Obama. > Read More

Let’s remember the benefits of N.C. renewables

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

N.C. lawmakers considering a repeal of North Carolina’s renewable energy standards. Read More

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The Evidence For How Fossil Fuel Companies Misled Us For Decades

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fossil Fuel Companies have neither been honest about, nor taken responsibility for, the harms they have caused by extracting and putting into commerce the fossil fuels that now place our climate in grave danger. Instead, either directly or indirectly, through trade and industry groups, they have sown doubt about the science of climate change and repeatedly fought efforts to cut the emissions of dangerous heat-trapping gases. Read More > Read More

League of Women Voters Letter to the Editor: Oppose Titan

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Court rejects NC challenge to soot pollution standards

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

In a win yesterday for the people of North Carolina and everyone across the country who suffers health problems from breathing soot, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected North Carolina’s challenge to federal standards that protect people from increases in dangerous fine particle pollution.  Read More.
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U.S. Supreme Court’s EPA emissions ruling to have little impact on state, Duke Energy

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed down a decision against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule, a rule implemented in April to reduce some of the most toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants, though Duke Energy officials say the decision will not have any immediate effect. Read More.  > Read More

Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Limits on Power Plants

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday blocked one of the Obama administration’s most ambitious environmental initiatives, an Environmental Protection Agency regulation meant to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Read More. > Read More

NC Sierra Club has Open Position to Support Stop Titan, offshore drilling work, & onshore wind work

Friday, June 19, 2015

In order to better to support the NC Sierra Club Chapter's conservation priorities, the Chapter is moving forward with hiring for a new position on the coast.  The location will be based in Wilmington or Morehead City. Whichever base the individual hired works out of, they will be spending a fair amount of time in the other location. This position will have primary responsibility among chapter staff for our offshore drilling work, Stop Titan and onshore wind work.  Apply online at the Sierra Club website.  > Read More

Heavy Summer Reading: Offshore Drilling, Seismic Exploration, Wind Energy, Coal Ash

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mapping the Pros and Cons of Energy Production Off and On The North Carolina Coastline. To read the  latest article in Wrightsville Beach magazine, click here > Read More

SOS (Save Our Southern Forests) Tour in Wilmington!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Dogwood Alliance: Come join the SOS (Save Our Southern Forests) Tour in Wilmington! The biomass industry is destroying wetland forests and exporting them to Europe. Communities across the South are uniting to stop it. More than 100 people in Wilmington will be gathering to create a gigantic human SOS banner that will be documented and sent directly to decision makers in Europe. Visit us earlier in the day at Riverfront Park from 10-3 for games, music, food, and more! Join us, speak for the trees, and help send the biggest forest SOS ever! > Read More

Comments on NHC Future Land Use Map

Monday, June 08, 2015

North Carolina Coastal Federation staff and advisory committee members continue to proactively take leading roles in creating New Hanover County’s first comprehensive land use plan by aggressively participating on steering committees, being appointed to citizen advisory boards, working groups, and public forums. The federation submitted final comments regarding the Future Land Use Map in the beginning of June. To date, environmentally sensitive lands have been all but ignored in this planning process and the federation continues to bring this issue to the forefront. Once adopted, the plan along with the FLU map will guide where and how future development and land use patterns within the unincorporated portion of the county should occur over the next 25 years. Call, email, and/or meet with your local government officials to let them know your opinions. > Read More

Conservation Funds Get Budget Boost

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lawmakers Push to Weaken Important Environmental Law Passed in 1971

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Regulatory Reform Act of 2015 sprinting through the NC Legislature threatens to gut the State Environmental Policy Act, or SEPA, thwarting environmental reviews and the public’s right to provide input and fiscal oversight of projects involving public money, public lands and impacts to our state.  It was SEPA back in 2009 that thrust Titan’s proposed development plans into the limelight.  > Read More

What Will Be New Hanover County’s Legacy? A Titan Update on Perspectives, Issues and Impacts

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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Local Groups Appeal DENR and Titan America’s Attempt to Eliminate Citizens’ Right to Challenge Unlawful Air Pollution

Monday, April 27, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— On behalf of conservation groups, the Southern Environmental Law Center today appealed a lower court decision that would curtail citizens’ rights to challenge state approval of harmful pollution from large industrial polluters—like the proposed Titan America cement plant near Wilmington. Click here to read Press Release. > Read More

Citizen responds to WHQR Coastline interview on long term plans for the Cape Fear region

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

There are three comprehensive plans underway in the Cape Fear area: a regional plan for Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, a plan for New Hanover County, and a plan for the City of Wilmington. On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Rachel Lewis Hilburn interviewed the project managers for the plans and Dan Dawson, one of the Citizen Advisory Committee members appointed by the Commissioners to the New Hanover County Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  > Read More

Developing a Model Industrial Development Process for New Hanover County

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

With New Hanover County tabling any proposed changes to the current Special Use Permit for heavy industry for now, the N.C. Coastal Federation, in partnership with Cape Fear River Watch, and local business leaders and elected officials, held a media conference at the Wilmington Riverfront Park on Thursday, August 21st to unveil a project to kick-start a sustainable economic development vision for New Hanover County. The news conference endorsed a collaborative effort to work with diverse groups to assist the County in recruitment efforts for the targeted industries described in the report, "Pathways to Prosperity", which was commissioned by New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington in August of 2013.   

“We have completed an exhaustive review of the Garner report and recommendations” says Mike Giles, a coastal advocate with the federation.  “While the report is not perfect, we embrace the report’s underlying theme for encouraging collaboration among all sectors of our community and creating  incentives to attract and retain industries that grow our region’s economy, create jobs and protect our clean air, water supplies and natural environment.  We commit to putting our money where our mouth is, and we hope that businesses, community members and our local leadership will join us in the exciting effort”. 

The federation has received a $25,000 grant from the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust to support this endeavor.  The money will fund an intensive review of the current industrial development standards and offer a pathway forward for proactive and positive collaborations with all facets of the community regarding future economic development strategies for southeastern N.C. It should help local governments, the business community and environmental organizations work closely together to shepherd in a new era of clean and intelligent industrial growth that will ensure that we have a prosperous and healthy community for all area residents and visitors. The main objectives of this new initiative include:
  • Provide an independent evaluation of New Hanover County’s  existing and proposed Special Use Permit (SUP) procedures, identifying existing regulatory incentives and disincentives  to attracting priority industries;
  • Lead a public, collaborative process involving all sectors of the community to establish priorities for attracting industries that grow the economy, create jobs, and preserve the region’s natural resources; and
  • Using this information, develop a model, tiered SUP designed to incentivize the targeted industries identified by the community and in the Garner report, and establish a comprehensive SUP process for the small number of industrial businesses that have a significant potential to adversely affect the community’s economy, health and/or environment. 
This collaborative process is designed to involve business leaders, local government officials, residents, stakeholders, and the UNC School of Government to craft a model Special Use Permit (SUP) process concurrently with the ongoing “Plan NHC” effort, New Hanover County’s planning initiative to create the county’s  first comprehensive land use plan.  Secondarily, the model ordinance will be shared with other communities within North Carolina facing similar industrial development challenges.

Want to get involved?
  • Serve on the stakeholder committee to help develop this model industrial standard
  • Write, call, speak with your local government elected officials and urge them to participate in this unique opportunity
  • Contact business owners, realtors, and community leaders asking them to support this collaborative effort
  • Call or email Mike Giles, Coastal Advocate or Karen Dunn, Clean Communities Coordinator with NC Coastal Federation (910-509-2838) and Kemp Burdette, Executive Director and Riverkeeper with Cape Fear River Watch (910-762-5606)
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Sign up today for Environmental Action: What Can You Do!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Free filming Screening of Swine Country: The Fight for Clean Air and Water in Duplin County, NC

Monday, May 12, 2014

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Groundwater impact analysis now available for public review

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

No, this isn't an April Fool's Day joke, the report is out on the Potential Groundwater Impacts of the Proposed Carolinas Cement Company Facility Near Castle Hayne, NC and there are several red flags raised by the analysis concerning the water supply, the effects to the wetlands and possible sinkhole formations. To learn more about this report by Curtis Consalvo, L.G. of GeoResources, Inc. read the Coastal Review Online article, Report Questions Titan Dewatering. > Read More

UNCW Coastal Health Initiative sponsors "Planning for a New Energy Future"

Friday, March 28, 2014

The UNCW Coastal Health Initiative (CHI) invites the public to a free presentation by Scott Shuford on the future of energy and climate with an emphasis on coastal issues, 

with time for extended discussion. 
When: Monday, April 7, 2014  7:30pm-8:30pm
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New Hanover County releases revisions to SUP

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Click here to view the County's revisions to the special use permit ordinance, which was approved in 2011 to apply to heavy and light industries> Read More

Feds launch criminal investigation on DENR's handling of coal ash spill

Friday, February 14, 2014

APNewsBreak: Feds launch probe of NC environmental agency in wake of massive coal ash spill [FULL ARTICLE]

RALEIGH, N.C. –  Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into North Carolina's environmental agency following a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River. > Read More

Stop Titan partners take part in Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum at UNCW

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

3rd Annual Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum, Feb 21-22 2014

The partners in the fight against Titan are excited to take part in the 3rd Annual Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum which will highlight some awesome flicks centered around environmental issues. One film we're excited to see is A Fierce Green Fire, which "is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change." Directly following the film will be a panel discussion with the film's director, Mark Kitchell, as well as a few folks from the Titan fighting team: Sarah Gilliam, with the N.C. Coastal Federation, Zak Keith with the N.C. Sierra Club and Kayne Darrell, founder of Citizens Against Titan> Read More

Fearless locals continue to support the SUP

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ashley and Judith make public comments at NHC Commissioners meeting > Read More

Public health advocates argue in court against delaying EPA's cement kiln regulations

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Public health advocates, including Stop Titan Action Network partners PenderWatch and Duke Policy Clinic, along with the National Resources Defense Council and EarthJustice (pictured above), were back in court last week challenging the EPA's 2011 revisions to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. Issues of concern included the weakening of particulate matter standards, the delayed compliance settlement and the shift from continuous monitoring to one-time annual stack testing for compliance. Additional questions were raised regarding the standard's inclusion of an "affirmative defense" against emissions limits violations.
Read more about the court battle in the links below: > Read More

Titan receives revised air permit, fight not over

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

While many of you were prepping the grill for family BBQ's over Labor Day weekend, DAQ issued Titan a revised air permit. Despite overwhelming public opposition (98 percent of public comments), DAQ awarded Titan this permit on Friday, August 30th. This permit will allow Titan to emit an additional 32 tons of particulate matter, a toxic soot linked to serious health issues. Even though 'more pollution' is not what the doctor ordered, our community must remain strong! There are several more hoops for Titan to jump through and we'll need each and every one of you supporting our continued fight for a healthy future! > Read More

400 people attend hearing to show support for clean air

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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Stop Titan tweets

Thursday, July 11, 2013

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DAQ could weaken regs for arsenic emissions. Yuck.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Do North Carolinians crave arsenic?

Local Wilmington physician, Dr. Robert Parr co-wrote an editorial in the News & Observer detailing a proposed change to North Carolina's arsenic regulations. Here's an excerpt from the editorial: "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. And industrial facilities would be able to triple their arsenic emissions without having to reveal their emission levels or show that they will not harm people’s health." To read the full article, click here> Read More

Got an alternative to Titan? Let your elected officials know.

Monday, March 11, 2013

In today's Star News online, Wilmington's Mayor and New Hanover County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners had some interesting feedback for our community: pipe down on all the Titan talk. > Read More

Atlantic Sturgeon: Is the Giant Making a Comeback?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A resurgence of an endangered fish is being seen in some NC rivers, including the Cape Fear. > Read More

Aquifer withdrawals drying up ponds in Country Haven subdivision

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Residents of the Porter's Neck neighborhood Country Haven have been asking since last summer why their wells, ponds, and nearby wetlands have run dry.  After a nearby Cape Fear Public Utility Authority well field was temporarily shut off for several months, residents now know at least part of the answer.  From an article by Port City Daily's Jonathan Spiers: > Read More

Vote for Stop Titan

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Stop Titan has been nominated again for the fun, local Best of Awards hosted by Encore Magazine. We won in 2011 and we would be thrilled to win again! You have until Jan 9th to vote and you must vote in at least 25 categories.  Stop Titan is listed on the final page so pick a few of your favorite restaurants and gift shops, keeping in mind that many of the businesses nominated are allies of the Titan fight.  > Read More

Stopping Titan: 2012 year-end numbers

Friday, December 14, 2012

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Cement plant won't create as many jobs as first forecast, says new study

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

UNCW Economist reports on Titan's true impacts > Read More

Sinkhole and flooding in Castle Hayne neighborhood

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Excerpt from -- Residents in a neighborhood in Castle Hayne are trapped between a sinkhole and a dirt road under water.The sinkhole is on the only good road in and out of the community for people living on this side of the neighborhood.  > Read More

Contaminated wells cost taxpayers in Wake Forest, NC

Monday, October 29, 2012

Is this our future?

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Toxic Air Battle Joined Anew

Sunday, September 23, 2012

By Kirk Ross

RALEIGH -- 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. > Read More

Dine and donate to Stop Titan!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dine and Donate this Fall!

GiveIt4ward and the Circa Restaurant group are working together again this fall to help raise funds for local non-profits! They have made it incredibly easy for you to enjoy a great meal in a locally-owned restaurant and support an organization of your choice.  > Read More

Clean Air Carolina urges EPA to strengthen standards for fine particulates

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Listen to your doctors!  Clean Air Carolina, a group of medical health professionals in North Carolina that advocates for sufficient air pollution standards to protect public health, recently sent a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.  In the letter, five advisory board members call attention to the Castle Hayne area's already-dangerous ambient levels of fine particulates (PM 2.5), requesting that standards be updated in light of the medical consensus on the dangers of these pollutants: > Read More

Local officials, residents ask "Where's the water?"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In a recent Star News article, New Hanover County residents and officials raised concerns over wetlands and ponds that have dried up.   > Read More

Raising Funds for Essay Contest on Titan Issue

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Got Junk? Scrap it and support Stop Titan!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Got metal junk? 

Green Coast Recycling is doing a FREE metal collection on Tuesday July 17th. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a scholarship through Stop Titan and Cape Fear River Watch. To participate send Green Coast a message via Facebook, call 910-471-7747 or email Be sure to tell them what you have, your address, an estimated weight and get it to the curb on July 17th. Items must be metal and free of other debris. Acceptable items include: Grills, appliances, lawnmowers, tables, chairs, swing sets, trampolines and bikes. Get rid of your junk and help support this fight! Win win! > Read More

People of Color Harmed by Proposed Air Toxics Bill

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN) issued a press release today pointing out that the proposed changes to North Carolina's Air Toxics rules will harm people in low-income communities and people of color. The release points out that a "recent analyses from the Southern Environmental Law Center show[ed] that the communities surrounding facilities that would be exempt from air toxics permits are 39.8% to 40% minority, compared to the 31.5% to 32% minority population statewide."
Executive Director of the NCEJN, Gary R. Grant, sums up these changes quite profoundly: "North Carolina can do better." These rollbacks on the states air quality standards is particularly concerning for opponents because some pollutants currently covered by these state-wide rules are not regulated by the federal government. As stated in the release, "there are no federal standards for hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas that is released by thousands of animal waste lagoons, asphalt plants and paper mills in North Carolina."
To stand up for these much needed protections, call or email your N.C. State Senator today!
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Stop Titan petition surpasses 13,000!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

You did it! We've surpassed 13,000 signatures!

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Campaign Finance for New Hanover Co. Candidates Public

Monday, May 07, 2012

Who is backing the candidates for New Hanover County Commissioner?

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SLAPP suit against citizens resolved through mediation

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Citizens sued by Titan Cement can move on with their lives

After a year of stress and anxiety over a frivolous lawsuit filed by foreign-owned Titan Cement, Kayne Darrell and Dr. David Hill can breathe a sigh of relief. Through mediation the suit filed by Titan on Feb. 25, 2011 in U.S. District Court, has been resolved. Click here to read the full Star News article. More news clips below.
Statements from Titan say "Prior to [the] mediation, we had not personally met and spoken with Dr. Hill and Ms. Darrell. Having done so, we do not believe that either Dr. Hill or Ms. Darrell intentionally made any false statements about Titan or our plant in New Hanover County."
Could this matter have been resolved if Titan communicated with the community they wish to inhabit? Absolutely.
As for Kayne and Dr. Hill, show your support for the brave citizens who battled a Titan and survived! Their attorneys Gary Shipman and William Wright, of Shipman and Wright in Wilmington, also deserve to be acknowledged for their hard work in representing Kayne and Dr. Hill.  > Read More

Titan's SLAPP suit against local citizens goes to mediation

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Lawyers and clients in Carolinas Cement’s lawsuit against two residents (named Kayne Darrell and Dr. David Hill) who spoke out about the company’s plans to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne will meet for court-ordered mediation at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012 according to a release Monday night. > Read More

A SLAPP in the Face: Speaking Out and Fighting Titans

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Imagine picking up the morning paper to learn that you were headline. Not only that but the topic is a lawsuit from Titan attacking your right to Free Speech. That's exactly what happened to Kayne Darrell a little over a year ago and here's an update from her today.>

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Doctors Warn About Gutting State Air Program

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Weakening of the state’s air toxics program would disproportionately affect Eastern North Carolina because of the presence of a number of the state’s largest producers of air toxics."

Read part two HERE of Wade Rawlins' look at the NC Air Permitting process.
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State's Toxic Air Program Threatened

Monday, March 19, 2012

North Carolina’s air toxics program now appears at risk by a new bill introduced by Republican lawmakers. Read the first of this two part series in the NC Coastal Federation's Coastal Review Online by clicking here> Read More

Titan Receives Air Permit, Citizens Rally

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Click on the image (or here) to see video footage from a recent Citizens Against Titan protest, over Titan's recent air permit. Parents, doctors and business owners attended to show that our community is not backing down from Titan. 
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Email to Bob Odom from Castle Hayne Resident

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Castle Hayne resident wants answers, is Bob Odom or anyone from Titan willing to give them?
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Getting Sued for Speaking Out Against Titan

Friday, February 24, 2012

Did you know that SLAPP lawsuits are not legal in many states because of the threat they pose to free speech? Our support goes out to Dr. David Hill and Kayne Darrell as they continue this most absurd fight...  > Read More

Passion reigns on both sides of the Titan fence

Monday, 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. > Read More

Titan trying to calm environmentalists' fears

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Check out the first of Star News' three part series on Titan Cement and both sides of the fight. > Read More

Study finds Titan project detrimental to health, could cause premature deaths

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Great coverage by WWAY on last night's ICF International's presentation on their health impact study. Do you think DAQ and Gov. Perdue should consider the reports findings? Or at least ask for a full comprehensive review from Titan?

Click here to read the full study from ICF International.
Click here for three-page summary of the findings.
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Titan project would cost millions in health care, report says

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Pollution from the proposed Titan cement plant project could cost residents of the Cape Fear region around $6.5 million in health-care costs in a five-month period..." One of many interesting finds from ICF International.  > Read More

Workers protest Titan Cement in Alexandria City, Egypt

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We're not the only citizens fighting Titan Cement

Thanks to the power of Facebook, our community has some new friends -- in Egypt!  Two days ago, Egyptian residents reached out to our local Citizens Against Titan group and Stop Titan with pictures, videos and updates from thier current fight against the Titan Cement facility in Alexandria City, Egypt.  Here are a few pictures from a recent Workers Against Titan protest:

Egyptian children hold signs saying "Children deserve to breath clean air" during a protest in front of Titan Cement's plant in Alexandria City, Egypt.

The man holding the bullhorn recently had a son. After a month, his son was hospitalized for breathing complications.
Hundreds of workers protest in front of Titan Cement's plant in Alexandria City, Egypt. There have been layoffs and many workers suffer from health problems.

Protesters pause for prayer.
The area between Titan and a gas facility is a residential neighborhood.
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Report finished with recommendations for Titan air permit qualifications

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Division of Air Quality has completed its report on public hearings held regarding a cement plant proposed for the Castle Hayne area of New Hanover County. The hearings took place on September 27 & 29 in Wilmington, and featured dozens of residents speaking out against Carolinas Cement Company's plans to build the plant.   > Read More

Report on Titan draft air permit ready

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The final report and recommendations have been sent to N.C. Division of Air Quality director, Sheila Holman, over Titan's air permit. While New Hanover County awaits her decision, citizens and Stop Titan supporters hope that their DAQ comments will continue to carry weight, along with Patrick Butler's recommendations in the decision process.    
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Court rejects cement industry's attack on public health

Friday, December 09, 2011

Geoff Gisler, Staff Attorney, 919-967-1450 > Read More

Beware false choices that threaten our health

Thursday, December 08, 2011

"... How we respond to this assault on our environmental and public health protections will mean the difference between sickness and health - in some cases, life and death - for hundreds of thousands of citizens."
How is Wilmington going to respond to corporate bullies like Titan who say we must choose either our economy or our health?  > Read More

Final step nears for Titan America draft air permit

Monday, November 21, 2011

Patrick Butler, regional supervisor of the NC Division of Air Quality told Star News this week that he would like to have a recommendation on Titan's draft air permit as soon as three week from now. This is not a final decision but merely a recommendation to the Director of DAQ, which could be a suggestion for approval, denial or request for more information on the project. Regardless, we are still waiting for a decision and suggest everyone ask themselves "Was my comment fully considered? Why was there no mention of the recent Health Report released by ICF International?" > Read More

Health and Public Health Support and Official Resolutions

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Healthcare and Public Health
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Does government regulation really kill jobs? Economists say overall effect minimal.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Titan continues to fight the strength of EPA regulations in the name of "jobs" but according to this latest article by Jia Lynn Yang at The Washington Post, other variables are likely to blame. For example, a drop in business demand results in a larger number of job losses than government regulations. Read here now! > Read More

Stop Titan legal team submits detailed comments regarding Titan's draft air permit

Friday, November 04, 2011

As part of the public commenting process surrounding Titan's controversial draft air permit, Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Southern Environmental Law Center submitted powerful letters to the N.C. Division of Air Quality on behalf of Stop Titan Action Network partners.  > Read More

NC Wildlife Federation concerned about Titan's draft air permit

Friday, October 28, 2011

North Carolina Wildlife Federation concered about Titan's draft air permit

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) adds its name to the long list of organizations concerned about Titan's impacts to our air and water. On October 28, 2011, the NCWF submitted the following letter to the N.C. Division of Air Quality, detailing their concerns over the draft air permit for Titan Cement. Read thier comments below or click here:

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Industrial zoning regulations will affect Titan

Thursday, October 13, 2011

After the County Commissioners passed new zoning revisions, with the addition of the special use permit for heavy industries, there were some questions and comments about whether or not Titan (a.k.a Carolinas Cement) is considered an existing business or not. According the revisions, industries currently operating and "open for business" prior to Oct. 3rd would not be required to apply for the permit unless they changed in industry intensity.
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Commissioners approve special use permit for heavy industry

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

SUP approved!

Citizens and local elected leaders will now have a say in what types of industries are permitted to operate in New Hanover County. In 4-1 vote, the New Hanover County Commissioners passed zoning revisions that would require heavy or intensive industries to obtain a local special use permit before they are allowed to apply for state permits. To review the newly approved zoning revisions, click here> Read More

Thank you for an inspiring week of activism...ONWARD TO OCT. 3rd!

Friday, September 30, 2011

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SELC crunches EPA's numbers for not-so-great results on NC's air quality

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Here’s a little inspiration for speaking at the Titan air permit hearings….

According to a new study published by Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC),New Hanover County has the second highest amount of toxic air pollution in North Carolina. Toxic air pollutants are considered by state and federal regulators to be pollutants that are the most hazardous to public health, including PCBs; dioxins; asbestos; heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, and others; formaldehyde; cyanide and dozens of known carcinogens. Industries are required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to report their annual emissions of toxic air pollutants. The SELC study shows New Hanover County released a whopping 3,056,955 lbs of toxic air pollution into our local air in 2010.  > Read More

Rep. Carolyn Justice urges you to attend public hearings

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Titan's Air Permit Hearings: What you need to know

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What you need to know 

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NC DAQ) has scheduled three Public Hearings on the Titan air permit. All three public hearings will be held in Wilmington the last week of September. Citizens need to pick one public hearing to attend. Show up in your RED shirts!

Public Hearing # 1: Tuesday, Sept. 27th: 3-5 pm -- Cape Fear Community College, North Campus, McKeithan Center, 4500 Blue Clay Rd., Castle Hayne, NC. [RSVP] [MAP] [PARKING INFO] > Read More

Public Hearings Scheduled for Titan's Draft Air Permit

Friday, August 26, 2011

DAQ has confirmed times/locations for Titan's draft air permit hearings

The N.C. Division of Air Quality has scheduled three public hearings in September on a new draft air quality permit for a proposed cement manufacturing plant in New Hanover County.  > Read More

DAQ releases draft air permit for Titan, public hearings TBA

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Daq releases draft air permit

The Division of Air Quality has issued the draft air permit and review for Titan Cement. This is not a final permit for Titan. We repeat this is not the final be all, end all. We're still in this! > Read More

New website launches, detailing zoning revisions

Monday, July 25, 2011

Check out

If you are in search of more information on the New Hanover County proposed zoning revisions, visit  Here you'll find quick facts, ways to send in your comments and details on upcoming public meetings. > Read More

Supporting Public Health Above Titanic Profits

Monday, July 11, 2011

Click HERE to read Kelly Stryker's latest blog entry on, titled "The Science of Supporting Public Health Above Titanic Profits."   > Read More

Stand Up and March on July 6th

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Will you stand up to the neighborhood bully?

Titan's recent attempts to  bully our citizens and manipulate our elected leaders  should have us all marching in the streets. Join us in Castle Hayne  NEXT WED. JULY 6  for a community-wide action.  We will meet at Holly Shelter School at 5:00 PM  and peacefully parade down the street, as a community united against Titan Cement. Our march will be a half-mile and we will end at our new billboard on Castle Hayne Rd. For directions to Holly Shelter School, click  here  > Read More

Titan suing residents - UPDATE on SLAPP suit

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Many of you have been asking for an update on the lawsuit filed against two, local citizens who spoke their concerns about Titan America’s plans to build a massive cement plant and mine in our community. Here’s the latest…

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Results are in -- Citizens want Titan's permit delayed

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

  Almost three-quarters of registered voters in New Hanover County support delaying state permits for Titan America’s proposed cement plant north of Wilmington until all the environmental and human health effects are fully explored, according to a new poll.  Seventy-three percent of the respondents support the delay, while 21 percent do not. The rest were unsure. Click here to read the full report.  > Read More

Darrell/Hill Citizens Legal Defense Fund Established

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kayne Darrell and Dr. David Hill are two citizens being sued by Titan. They have set up a private legal defense fund to raise money for this suit. For more information on how to donate to this fund visit or click here.  > Read More

Legal Fund established, Community rallies

Monday, March 14, 2011

Legal fund for citizens’ being sued by Titan seeking support – Ten days ago, the Star News reported that two New Hanover County residents, Kayne Darrell and pediatrician Dr. David Hill, were being sued by Titan Cement. Since the news broke, the community has reacted strongly in support of Darrell and Dr. Hill. One of the many generous offers came from a concerned individual in the form of an online, secure legal fund web site. Folks are encouraged to donate money to support Darrell and Dr. Hill as they take on Titan in the courts either though the online site or by mailing checks or cash to Darrell/Hill Legal Defense Fund - P. O. Box 7576 - Wilmington, NC 28406. > Read More

Titan Suing Citizens

Monday, March 07, 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. > Read More