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
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Dunn, Clean Communities Coordinator email@example.com with NC Coastal Federation (910-509-2838) and Kemp Burdette, Executive Director and Riverkeeper with Cape Fear River Watch firstname.lastname@example.org (910-762-5606)
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
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
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,
Where: UNCW's Lumina Theater > Read More
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
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
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
3rd Annual Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum, Feb 21-22 2014The 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
Monday, November 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
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
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
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
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
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A resurgence of an endangered fish is being seen in some NC rivers, including the Cape Fear. > Read More
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
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
Friday, December 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
UNCW Economist reports on Titan's true impacts > Read More
Tuesday, November 20, 2012from WECT.com -- 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
Monday, October 29, 2012
Is this our future?> Read More
Sunday, September 23, 2012
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 Wednesday, September 12, 2012
By Kirk Ross
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.
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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
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
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 email@example.com. 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
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."
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To stand up for these much needed protections, call or email your N.C. State Senator today!
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
You did it! We've surpassed 13,000 signatures!
Monday, May 07, 2012
Who is backing the candidates for New Hanover County Commissioner?> Read More
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Citizens sued by Titan Cement can move on with their lives
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
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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.>
A SLAPP IN THE FACE: Speaking Out and Fighting Titans > Read More
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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
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.> Read More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Castle Hayne resident wants answers, is Bob Odom or anyone from Titan willing to give them?> Read More
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
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
Sunday, January 29, 2012
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.> Read More
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
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.> Read More
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
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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Friday, December 09, 2011
Geoff Gisler, Staff Attorney, 919-967-1450 > Read More
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
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
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Healthcare and Public Health
- 240 Wilmington physicians
- 176 Associated Wilmington healthcare providers
- Seaside Pediatrics, PA
- Concerned Healthcare Professionals of the Lower Cape Fear Region
- Cape Fear Health Policy Council
- Transatlantic Pharma, Inc.
- Talk to the Animals Speech Therapy
- New Hanover County Board of Health
- New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society
- North Carolina Pediatric Society
- American Lung Association in North Carolina
- Asthma Alliance of North Carolina
- Old North State Medical Society
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
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
Friday, October 28, 2011
North Carolina Wildlife Federation concered about Titan's draft air permit
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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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
Friday, September 30, 2011
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
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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!
Friday, August 26, 2011
DAQ has confirmed times/locations for Titan's draft air permit hearingsThe 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
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Daq releases draft air permitThe 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
Monday, July 25, 2011
Check out www.NHCSUP.comIf you are in search of more information on the New Hanover County proposed zoning revisions, visit www.NHCSUP.com. Here you'll find quick facts, ways to send in your comments and details on upcoming public meetings. > Read More
Monday, July 11, 2011
Click HERE to read Kelly Stryker's latest blog entry on BlueNC.com, titled "The Science of Supporting Public Health Above Titanic Profits." > Read More
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
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…
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
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 www.fighttitan.com or click here. > Read More
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
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