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Latest update on Stop Titan (posted 11/14/15) - see http://www.coastalreview.org/2015/11/epa-warns-state-on-permit-cases/

After a careful study of the research, LWV-LCF developed their position on the proposed Carolina Cement Plant by Titan America.

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POSITION ON TITAN AMERICA PROPOSAL LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE LOWER CAPE FEAR POSITION STATEMENT: ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES

The League of Women Voters of the United States has adopted positions which support the wise management of resources and identification and regulation of areas of critical concern, including but not limited to:

fragile or historical lands, where development could result in irreversible damage such as shore lands of rivers, lakes and streams, estuaries and bays; rare or valuable ecosystems; significant wildlife habitats; unique scenic or historic areas; and wetlands, renewable resource lands, where development could result in the loss of productivity such as watersheds, aquifers and aquifer-recharge areas, and forest lands.

ACCORDINGLY, after study of the EXPECTED ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF BUILDING AND OPERATING A CEMENT PLANT AND MINING OPERATION ON THE SITE OF THE OLD CEMENT PLANT ON THE CAPE FEAR RIVER, THE League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear JOINS OTHER CONCERNED CITIZENS IN OPPOSITION TO THE CEMENT OPERATION AS CURRENTLY PROPOSED BY TITAN AMERICAN in Castle Hayne.

We cite as particular concerns (all possibilities expressly admitted by Titan America):
--the contamination of the Cape Fear River resulting from the direct planned discharge of effluent into the river,

--the probable loss of six hundred acres (or more) of irreplaceable wetlands,

--the risk of compromising the also irreplaceable aquifer as a result of proposed limestone mining.

--the expected increased contamination of our air and water with mercury and chromium VI emissions.

We URGE OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES to find a method to stop this proposed development in such an environmentally fragile location. Whatever economic benefit it might produce could not be worth the cost to unique and irreplaceable natural resources. The dangers to citizens of this area are multifold (dust particles in air from the plant and the truck traffic, contaminants which may impact children in schools nearby) including the potential threat to our dominant industry here, tourism. If tourists cannot swim, boat in the water, eat the fish or breathe the air, they will disappear.

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