Titan America Cement Plant

Titan Cement: The plant would require the destruction of some 1,000 acres of wetlands in the NE Cape Fear River.


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A New Mercury Threat for the Cape Fear Basin

Titan America has proposed building one of the largest cement plants in the nation near Wilmington, North Carolina. Comprising a cement kiln and an expanded rock quarry, the plant would require the destruction of some 1,000 acres of wetlands and would be a major new source of mercury pollution in the Northeast Cape Fear River—a waterway already impaired by the dangerous neurotoxin. The facility would also emit significant quantities of other pollutants, including carbon monoxide, lead, cancer-causing benzene, and hydrochloric acid, as well as heat-trapping carbon dioxide.

Avoidable Harm

SELC and its clients challenged the state air-quality permits for the plant that failed the state's legal responsibility to protect people from avoidable harm by not requiring the proposed Titan America cement plant in New Hanover County to reduce its pollution to the maximum extent possible. A recent scientific study shows the project will have a serious negative impact on the environment and people's health in area communities.

A Hazard for Human Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight percent of American women of childbearing age have mercury in their bodies at levels high enough to put their babies at risk of birth defects, loss of IQ, learning disabilities, and developmental problems. Toxic mercury accumulates in people and wildlife when they breathe contaminated air and eat contaminated fish.