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Full Environmental Review Ordered for Titan

The proposed cement plant would be built where the former Ideal Cement plant sits.

By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – A Wake County Superior judge has ruled that the state cannot issue any permits to Titan Cement until all public health and environmental impacts are studied.

New Hanover County Commissioners have approved a $4.2 million tax incentive and the state issued Titan a $300,000 One North Carolina Fund grant to Titan. That public money, the judge ruled, triggered the more extensive review known as SEPA.

This reverses a ruling made back in November by the North Carolina Department of Administration that allowed the cement plant to move forward without the full review.

Now the state must study the total impact of the plant's mining and cement production on such things as drinking water, air quality and commercial and recreational fishing.

Titan Cement wants to build a plant and quarry on the banks of the northeast Cape Fear River. It says the plant will bring 160 jobs to the region.

If built, it will be the fourth largest cement plant in the nation.

Read the Ruling
To read the judge's ruling, click here.

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