Stop Titan





Cape Fear River Watch is strongly opposed to the proposed Titan Cement plant. The coal powered kiln and open pit mine would be the fourth largest cement manufacturing facility in the US. Greek owned Titan Cement hopes to build this facility on the fragile banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River near the mouth of Island Creek. The impacts to surface and ground water, human health, air quality, and our economy of such a project would be devastating to our community.

Download and read our full length position paper on Titan Cement here.

Cement manufacturing is one of the dirtiest industries on the planet, and a plant of this scale in our region would cause:

  • Destruction of thousands of acres of wetlands.
  • A lowering of the water table and possible contamination of our aquifer.
  • Significant emissions of toxic air pollution including mercury, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, nitrous oxide, and a long list of others.  This information comes from Titan’s air permit.
  • Severe health impacts, especially for young children and seniors with heart and lung sensitivity.  Read a SUMMARY of the health impact summary here.
  • Major increases in the amount of heavy truck and train traffic.

New Hanover County is the second smallest, second most densely populated county in the state and we already have the second poorest air quality according the EPA figures. We don’t need another heavy polluter here.

Titan is not the kind of neighbor we want – that much is obvious from the way they treat our community. They concealed their plans from citizens and demanded $4.5 million dollars in incentives, which they later returned when the money came with the requirement that the project receive a comprehensive environmental review. They sued our citizens when we spoke out with our concerns about the proposal and the company. They sued the EPA to have environmental regulations weakened so they could emit even more pollution into our air and water.  Their numerous violations at other facilities demonstrates their lack of concern with following environmental regulations designed to protect citizens.

Our environment is what makes the Lower Cape Fear Region so special.  It’s why we love it here and our future depends on how we protect and improve it. Over 13,000 of our citizens have signed The Stop Titan PETITION.  And over 200 local physicians agree: Titan Cement is bad news for our region.

Please visit the Stop Titan website for extensive, fact-based information about the impacts Titan Cement could have on our region.