Factoids

  • Recreational freshwater fishing in North Carolina is a $1 billion industry and directly supports over 10,000 jobs. We must continue fight Titan and protect this critical industry.
  • Once Progress Energy transitions to natural gas, the proposed Titan facility in Castle Hayne will be the largest source for mercury emissions in New Hanover County. Titan recently ruled out natural gas as a potential fuel source.
  • The NC Division of Marine Fisheries’ 2010 analysis of coastal recreational fishing along NC's southern coast found that area harvest closures, water pollution, and water quality were top concerns for the fishermen surveyed.  Titan’s proposed facility would increase regional water pollution, in addition to destroying over a thousand acres of wetlands. Are you concerned?
  • Titan has stated that they will withdraw up to 16 million gallons of water daily from our aquifers. The NC Division of Water Quality reports that pumping groundwater can accelerate the formation of sinkholes, which have appeared near Titan's property in New Hanover County during heavy withdrawals from the underlying groundwater.  Learn more about local sinkhole formation here.
  • Titan would add significantly to existing ozone and fine particulate concentrations in the Castle Hayne area - two pollutants for which the area is already near the maximum allowable concentration set by the EPA.
  • According to Titan's own study on their mercury emissions, approximately 27% of the mercury emitted from their smokestack will end up in the Cape Fear River watershed.
  • Titan will use up to $23 million dollars’-worth of our water every year.  Except they won’t be paying for any of it.
  • Titan Cement could add an estimated 64,100 truck trips and 58,400 passenger vehicles per year to our already congested roads. Exhaust from diesel trucks contains more than 40 hazardous air pollutants.
  • Titan will use up to $23 million dollars’-worth of our water every year.  Except they won’t be paying for any of it.
  • In 2011, 140 full-time jobs were added due to tourism (which directly accounts for over 10,000 local jobs) in the Cape Fear region, more than all the jobs that Titan Cement is projected to add. 
  • Titan Cement could drain between 8-16 millions of gallons of water from our water supply every single day. They want to operate for 50+ years.
  • EPA's proposed cement kiln regulations would prevent 17,000 cases of asthma. CLICK TO TAKE ACTION and ensure these regulations are not delayed. 
  • Titan's Virginia plant was identified by regulators as being one of the top polluters pushing the area into non-attainment for ozone. Titan's VA plant is 1/2 the size of what they want to build here-- one of the largest cement plants in the nation.
  • Titan's NC cement plant will be one of the nation's largest and newest---and according to experts, the air permit recently approved by NC regulators will also make it one of the nation's dirtiest, new plants built.
  • Titan's smokestack will emit the same amount of fine particulate matter as if every man, woman and child in New Hanover County (all 190,000) smoked 7 packs of cigarettes a day.

  • Over 8,500 children will attend schools within 5 miles of the proposed Titan Cement plant. 
  • More than 350 local health care providers, including over 200 area physicians are opposed to Titan Cement. Listen to your doctors!
  • According to the EPA, one tree left to mature for 10 years will sequester approximately 23 lbs. of CO2 from the atmosphere. For every ton of cement Titan plans to generate, a ton of carbon dioxide is produced. This means Titan would have to plant 198,275,862 trees every year to sequester their carbon emissions.
  • Titan's plant will emit approximately 2.3 million tons of CO2 annually. Because of coal burning power plants, North Carolina already has CO2 emissions equal to California--even though our population is about 1/4 the size. Click here for more info.
  • In 2011 Titan's CEO, Aris Papadopoulos, testified to a US Congressional committee to 'repeal the Clean Air Act.' Click here to watch a video.
  • If built, Titan Cement will add 12 Million pounds of pollution per year to our overburdened air. That’s over 32,000 pounds of toxic pollution added to our air every day!