If you care about the NC coast and wetland, read this. Stopping Titan is a NC Sierra Club 2011 Chapter priority conservation issue.
- TITAN GIVES BACK INCENTIVES TO GET OUT OF SEPA!!!
- TITAN EXEC NAMED TO HEAD Portland Cement Association (PCA)!
- PCA SUES EPA OVER NEW CEMENT REGS!!!
- TWO SQUARE MILES FILM/RALLY ON SUNDAY @ 6:30! LUMINA THEATER!
TITAN TO PERDUE: YOU CAN TAKE YOUR INCENTIVES
DROPPING any pretense that it plans to follow “all environmental regulations,” Titan Cement (a.k.a. Carolinas Cement) has finally decided to return the $4.5 million dollars in tax incentives given to them by the New Hanover Board of Commissioners and the State Department of Commerce in 2008 in hopes of avoiding a comprehensive review of their impacts under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The move should not surprise anyone who has watched the Greek company do backflips to get out of SEPA over the past two years, while claiming they’ll build the “cleanest plant in the nation,” [not]. In a letter to Governor Bev Perdue, Titan’s Bob Odom also said the company was withdrawing their appeal of the court case they lost last spring that ruled the incentives triggered SEPA–a move he apparently believes will finally allow the heavy polluting industry to evade the State’s top environmental law.
The courts, not Titan, will ultimately decide whether SEPA still applies to Titan’s plan to build the fourth largest cement plant in the nation on the banks of the mercury-impaired Northeast Cape Fear River. We’ll fill you in as things develop.
County Commission Chairman Randy Thompson tried to punt the controversial issue in the Star-News, saying the county is “out of the picture” and that he was “glad that this chapter is behind us.” Au contraire, Mr. Thompson. Now that the incentives are off the table, the four out of five county commissioners who were elected in no small part because of to their opposition to Titan (Thompson, Barfield, Berger, and Caitlin) are NOW FREE TO PASS A RESOLUTION OPPOSING TITAN CEMENT, just as a majority of New Hanover citizens do. It’s the least they can do considering how the company has deceived the board and citizens about their impacts from day one, [see “Ten Titanic Tales” ] and done everything in their power to avoid and weaken environmental regulations so they can pump millions of pounds of toxic pollutants into the air near 8500 students. Case in point…
PORTLAND CEMENT TO EPA: NEW REGS TOO EXPENSIVE NO MATTER HOW MANY LIVES THEY SAVE!
In a not-so-surprising coincidence, this week the Portland Cement Association—the trade group for the U.S. cement industry–elected Titan America CEO Aris Papadopoulos as chairman of its board days after its lawyers sued the Environmental Protection Agency over new emissions regs for the industry that are estimated to save 2,500 pollution-related deaths and generate $18 billion in health benefits. PCA claims the new regs will cost them an extra $26 per ton.
“The multi-billion dollar cement industry prefers to delay important health protections rather than act as good neighbors in the communities where they operate,” said Earthjustice attorney James Pew, who has intervened in the case in favor of EPA. “We are not going to let this industry steal these protections away at the last minute. The standards the EPA finally set are required by federal law, badly needed, and long overdue.”
Stay tuned for more developments on the federal level. In the meantime….
COME SEE “TWO SQUARE MILES” SUNDAY NIGHT AND SEE HOW THE CEMENT INDUSTRY CAN BE BEAT!
It is now more important than ever for citizens to become involved in this fight. Join your neighbors and experts on Sunday Nov. 14 from 6:30-9:30 PM at the Lumina Theatre on the campus of UNCW for a Stop Titan Rally and Campaign kick-off. Hear first-hand the experiences of another community that fought a similar cement plant in their community and won. We’ll also be screening a short film called “The Children of Titans” to bring the focus of protecting our children and community back to our community. Find out what is going on with Titan right now and what you can do. This is your fight. Here’s a quick synopsis from PBS:
“The film follows the residents of Hudson over the course of two years, as passionately dedicated individuals fight for their community and breathe life back into the exercise of democracy. Residents are divided in their support for a proposed 300-million-dollar cement plant owned by a Swiss multinational corporation, a 40-acre industrial city with skyscraper-sized buildings towering over a 1,200-acre open-pit mine. Without a doubt, the project will have substantial impacts on the community’s health, environment and economy. The fight against the plant is a vehicle through which different parts of the community come together, as politicians and executives try to divide the community for their own purposes. Unlikely alliances are formed as residents work together to challenge the powers that be, and to support progressive economic development that will protect, enhance and restore.”
It’s TV worth watching for anyone concerned about the future of our region.
See you there,
Your friends and neighbors at StopTitan.org
Online version of this alert: Stop Titan Action Network News Alert!