A new study was just released regarding the impacts of Titan America’s proposed site plant.
The Stop Titan Action Network (STAN) is a coalition of seven organizations that are working together to oppose the proposed Titan Cement project on a small coastal town in North Carolina called Castle Hayne, which is near Wilmington.
Locals have been informed of the detrimental health effects that this industry will provide, another hit below the belt in an ongoing fight of residents that stand to protect their health, their home and their community.
Who will win this battle? Big business in the form of the Greek cement manufacturer or the people?
We don’t know the exact cause of autoimmune diseases but on in the list of causes is environmental issue and toxins. Lupus and scleroderma can be caused by exposure to silica. Silica is a natural substance that you will find in dirt and sand; however, when crystalline silica particles are in the air they can be a threat to our health.
“According to the Environmental Protection Agency, cement plants are the third-largest source of industrial air pollution in the U.S. Air pollution has been identified by the EPA, the World Health Organization , the Center for Disease Control and by countless other organizations as one of the largest environmental threats to public health. Locally, the N.C. Division of Air Quality has identified particulate matter pollution and ground-level ozone as two of North Carolina’s biggest air pollution problems. Numerous studies support our community’s concerns about how Titan’s cement plant and mine will negatively impact our air quality. A few of these studies can be found here.” source
Walking along a sandy beach, living in a building made of concrete, or using makeup or toothpaste made with silica will not trigger scleroderma. It is significant and unprotected exposure to airborne silica that may pose a health risk.
Silica is found in many materials but for this article we will stick to cement. When used in large quantities airborne crystalline silica particles may be generated.
Source: Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
A press release was issued with the title, “Emissions from Titan America’s proposed cement plant will pose a significant health threat to residents of the southeast coast, according to a new study.”
“The study evaluated the health effects in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties of ozone and fine particle pollution caused by the proposed facility using available air quality information and Titan’s proposed emissions.
The increase in ozone could also result in an estimated 160 lost school or camp days among children ages 5-17. In addition, the study estimates that Titan’s pollution could cause approximately 320 cases of acute respiratory symptoms and result in 54 lost work days due to fine particle pollution during that five-month period each year.
The study estimates the health effects of Titan’s proposed project by using the company’s emissions data and models frequently used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state governments to estimate air quality impacts. Titan America, also known as Carolinas Cement Co., is proposing to build one of the nation’s largest cement plants.
“Titan can significantly reduce its proposed emissions beyond what they have proposed,” said Geoff Gisler, a staff attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. “This study demonstrates the danger of failing to do so.”
Continue reading the press release here.
The full study can be found on the Stop Titan Action Network web page (http://www.stoptitan.org).