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.
A freeze on the state's review of the project's air permit had been issued this summer as environmentalists challenged whether the project's use of public money in the form of $4.5 million worth of local and state incentives should trigger the more stringent review process required under the N.C. Environmental Policy Act, otherwise known as SEPA.
But Carolinas Cement, Titan's local subsidiary, announced in November that it would decline the incentive funds. That, Wake County Superior Judge Donald Stephens ruled, removed the SEPA requirement.
Taking SEPA off the table is a setback for environmentalists opposing this toxic nightmare, but there are some new realities facing Titan in 2011:
On Thursday, company officials confirmed they were declining the incentives to climb out from beneath a court order and prevent a two-year delay.
“We wanted to move this project ahead,” said Bob Odom, general manager for Titan’s local subsidiary Carolinas Cement Co. “Time is money, obviously. That was a delay that was unacceptable to us.”
The SEPA evaluation could have been completed by now if you hadn't delayed and obstructed the process with legal maneuvering and efforts to subvert state government officials. You own this timetable, pal.
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