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Titan opponents release statement after suit settlement

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Dr. David Hill and Kayne Darrell released the following statements today through their attorney after settling a slander suit with Titan earlier this week.

DR. DAVID HILL:

I made certain statements about Titan America and its proposed Carolinas Cement plant before the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. On further reflection, I could have been more careful in the words I chose to voice my opposition to the plant. I made the statements out of concern as a citizen of this community and as a physician and father.

I remain opposed to a cement plant being built in our community, but I understand that Carolinas Cement received its air permit and must comply with all state and federal regulations. Those regulations should help in reducing the adverse health effects, as intended by the Environmental Protection Agency.

KAYNE DARRELL:

I made certain statements about Titan America and its Carolinas Cement plant before the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. As a concerned member of this community, I recognize that many may trust my statements as statements of fact. I made the statements out of concern as a citizen of this community and as someone who lives near the proposed cement plant.

I remain opposed to a cement plant being built in our community, but I understand that Carolinas Cement received its air permit, and must comply with all state and federal regulations, including limitations on emissions. It is my hope that those regulations should help in reducing the adverse health effects. Since my statements, it is my understanding that Titan’s subsidiary has been dismissed with prejudice from a price-fixing class action lawsuit, and in any event, I understand that the lawsuit contained just allegations, as I stated, and that they were not proven. I also mentioned court ordered mine closures of one of Titan’s subsidiaries. Since those statements were made, I understand the Army Corp of Engineers had issued new permits for mining in the Lake Belt, and all of the mines there, including Titan’s, are operational. To the extent that any of my comments left anyone with the impression that Titan had, in fact, engaged in price fixing or was in fact involved in corruption, that impression would be erroneous. My comments were never intended to convey that impression.

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