Titan Cement

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on February 28, 2013.  

NHC to Host Public Hearing on Special Use Permits

Jan 8, 2014

Tonight, New Hanover County’s planning department is holding a public hearing about some newly-proposed changes to the special use permit. 

At a November work session, the planning department offered a draft that would require applicants to address their long-range impact on the community and environment.  

The latest changes are meant to clarify requirements, but some are saying the new language also stands to modify them. 

Proposed Titan Cement plant site as seen from the Northeast Cape Fear River

Significant changes could be underway for manufacturers seeking permits to operate or expand in New Hanover County. At a work session this morning, the planning and inspections department presented an amendment to the county’s industrial zoning ordinance that would require new companies, such as Titan Cement, to present burden of proof when filing for special use permits to operate.

Stop Titan

Now that Titan America has a revised air quality permit in hand, the company can take up to eighteen months to begin construction of a cement plant in New Hanover County. 

More than 70 Cape Fear citizens spoke out about cement manufacturer Titan America’s requested extension on its proposed Castle Hayne plant at Monday night’s public hearing. The state Division of Air Quality, or DAQ, reports that so far, it has received about 800 additional written comments. However, the DAQ will only be able to consider public input addressing the technical aspects of the permit request.

Supporters of a Titan Cement plant and Stop Titan activists are mobilizing their troops to speak out at a public hearing Monday night. 

An air quality permit is at the center of a challenge to Titan America’s plans to build and operate a cement plant in New Hanover County. 

Titan America could break ground on a cement plant in Castle Hayne as early as 2015. 

A Titan Cement plant would bring about 48 jobs to New Hanover County – not the 720 originally quoted by an earlier economic impact study.  That’s according to a new analysis paid for by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, an environmental advocacy group.


Just as environmental groups expected to see stricter requirements for emissions from cement plants, the Environmental Protection Agency is now considering a proposal to relax the rules.