mercury contamination

Public hearing on Titan Cement's air quality permit

The five-year battle continues:

Monday’s hearing—to be held at 6 p.m. at Kenan Auditorium, on the campus of UNCW—will decide whether Titan is awarded an extension to meet revised guidelines that dictate how emissions from such plants are monitored. According to a notice of the hearing, which is being conducted by the N.C. Division of Air Quality, those revisions would allow Titan to increase the plant’s annual emissions of fine particles by 22 tons per year and coarse particles by 10 tons per year.

While this article does give a nod to the StopTitan network, the bulk of the piece appears to be an interview with Bob Odom. As such, there is no mention of the SLAPP suits that were filed against a couple of concerned citizens, making these statements disingenuous at best:

Study debunks Titan Cement's economic impact claims

And they weren't that impressive to begin with:

More than likely, based on averages, there will be fewer people hired than originally expected, and the average salary will be lower," Craig Galbraith, a professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Cameron School of Business, said during a presentation of the study Tuesday night at WHQR in Wilmington. "It's my general feeling that the impact is probably lower ... and possibly even negative."

I'd say more than possibly. Thousands of people are employed in recreational/hospitality jobs associated with tourism, and thousands more in the seafood industry, both of which will be negatively impacted by air pollution and doubling-down on methyl mercury exposure to fish. It's a bad idea all around, and it's not too late to stop it.

Sign the petition to stop Titan Cement

Join the ranks of those who oppose this poisonous blight:

According to data on toxic and hazardous air pollutants listed in Titan Cement’s current air permit application, Titan will be one of the largest sources of air pollution in our region. In New Hanover County, we estimate that Titan will be the largest source of benzene and polycyclic organic matter—pollutants associated with causing cancer in humans – and the second-largest source of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, lead, arsenic, ammonia, beryllium and selenium.

And it will also be a huge emitter of atmospheric mercury, effectively raising the entire state's mercury emissions by a whopping 10%:

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