State Senator Julia Boseman introduced S699 Thursday intended to put the brakes on the Titan Cement plant. The bill calls for a moratorium on cement plant production in North Carolina until September of 2010.
Titan America wants to build the plant in Castle Hayne and says it would create much needed jobs and boost North Carolina’s struggling economy. But Boseman says she’s concerned the plant’s environmental impact will outweigh any benefits.
"I’ve been opposed to this plant from the beginning. We need to know more about the environmental impact that this could have on our community with the mercury emissions, we need more information."
In a released statement, the plant’s general manager Bob Odom said he was disappointed by Boseman’s bill and that the proposed cement plant will abide by any current and future regulations. Boseman’s bill will move to environmental committee on Tuesday.