StarNews has published a letter dated yesterday detailing the reasons why Governor Perdue should halt permitting for Titan Cement's Castle Hayne project:
Governor Perdue, with the recent scandals uncovered by the news media, the public has lost confidence in the objectivity of regulatory decisions by the Department of Energy and Natural Resources ("DENR"), and questions whether the agency is acting in the public interest.
I suggest you read the entire letter, but pay close attention to this section:
...one of Titan's subsidiaries, S&W Ready Mix Concrete, bought an office building at more than twice its assessed value, from a group of fundraisers with ties to Governor Easley.
This whole thing stinks to high heaven, Governor Perdue. Especially considering the fact that you want to position North Carolina as a leader in the Green Industry movement, backroom shenanigans and two-way bribery between State government and a pollution superstar like Titan Cement could put North Carolina on the bottom of the list of states with which green industry wants to partner.