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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.

The public hearings will provide opportunities for citizens to comment on the draft air permit for the proposed cement plant. People who wish to speak at the hearings should plan to limit their time to three minutes or less. The hearing officer will have the discretion to further limit speaking times, if necessary, to accommodate the number of speakers and time constraints. The hearings are scheduled for:

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m., Cape Fear Community College, North Campus, McKeithan Center, 4500 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne. Click here to register for this public hearing.***

Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-10 p.m., UNC-Wilmington, Kenan Auditorium, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC. Click here to register for this public hearing.***

People attending the hearings at Cape Fear Community College should park only in non-numbered spaces and display a parking pass in their windshield, which will be available at the hearing or can be downloaded by clicking here. At the UNCW hearing, attendants will be on site to direct parking in the lot next to Kenan Auditorium.

Instructions for Sending in Comments:

The draft permit was released on Aug. 5 and the comment period will end on Oct. 31, 2011.  Written comments should be emailed to patrick.butler@ncdenr.gov or mailed to Patrick Butler, N.C. Division of Air Quality, 3800 Barrett Dr., Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27609.

A draft air quality permit allows for public comment and review of DAQ’s findings prior to the division deciding whether to issue the permit as written; issue the permit with modifications; or deny the permit. In addition, the project still must receive environmental permits from other state and federal agencies. The issuance of an air quality permit does not represent any commitment on the part of the state to issue any of the remaining environmental permits. 


This is NOT our first time to the rodeo

The division held public hearings on a previous draft permit for the facility in September 2009, but the application was placed on hold due to a court decision. The court determined that Titan would need to conduct a full environmental impact study before receiving any permits because it planned to accept state and local economic incentives. The company later declined the incentives and processing of the application resumed in January 2011.

Since the previous draft permit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has adopted more stringent limits on a number of air pollutants that would be emitted by the facility. The new draft permit would require the facility to meet new EPA regulations for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, greenhouse gases, mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

***Registration is not required but we will be sending out talking points, tips on commenting during a public forum and reminders once the dates get closer. 


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