Lawyers for environmental groups have asked the head of the state's environmental office to require more information from the company planning to build a cement plant in New Hanover County.
In a letter to Dee Freeman, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, lawyers from the Duke University environmental law clinic and the Southern Environmental Law Center asked the department require more from Titan America, Lynn Bonner reports.
The lawyers called for Titan to show how factory emissions will affect plants and soil, to have the company prove it can comply with proposed federal pollution limits and get from Titan detailed plans for the plant, including information on where it plans to mine limestone,
The lawyers also want Freeman to ask the state Environmental Management Commission for an order prohibiting new sources of mercury pollution to the Northeast Cape Fear until the already polluted river is clean.
Clean water groups are suing to get a comprehensive environmental analysis before the state issues air permits.