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Archive for January, 2012

Carolinas Cement statement on ICF International study on Titan Cement

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The conclusions cited in a recent study from ICF International on the potential health impacts of the proposed Carolinas Cement plant are fundamentally flawed for three reasons.

1. The study uses the maximum potential to emit (PTE) emission levels detailed in Carolinas Cement Company’s air permit with the NC Division of Air Quality (as dictated by law). The reality is that no cement plant operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The emissions will be significantly lower, according to both Titan America and NC DAQ officials. Furthermore, even at the PTE level, Carolinas Cement has demonstrated through the NCDAQ and EPA permitting requirements that the facility will comply with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), which are public health protection levels set by the EPA with an adequate margin of safety to protect sensitive populations, such as asthmatics, children, and the elderly.

2. The ICF International study is not peer-reviewed by independent scientists outside of the employ of ICF. When Titan America employed toxicology company Intertox to conduct an independent study of the potential impact of Carolinas Cement in 2008/2009, the study methodology and results were peer-reviewed by four independent scientists who are experts in toxicology and human health risk assessment. The peer review followed National Academy of Sciences guidelines to determine whether its findings were conservative and appropriate. No such reviews were conducted by ICF International.

3. The ICF study does not account for reductions in emissions due to proposed changes for existing sources, and what the net impact of those reductions will be. There is no cement plant in the world with more stringent pollution controls than those proposed for Carolinas Cement, and the ICF study clearly demonstrates that Carolina Cement’s contribution as compared to the baseline cases is very small. Carolinas Cement’s advanced technologies will enable it to capture 99.9% of all emissions created during the manufacturing process.

Bob Odom, General Manager for Carolinas Cement LLC

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VOTE 2012: Civitas Poll – Romney leads Obama in NC

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– A new Civitas Institute poll shows Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leading Democratic incumbent Barack Obama by nine percent among North Carolina voters.

Romney is the choice of 48 percent of North Carolina voters if the election for President of the United States was being held today and the candidates were Mitt Romney the Republican, and Barack Obama the Democrat. Thirty-nine percent said they would vote for Obama, and 11 percent said they are undecided. Romney has the support of 80 percent of Republicans along with 55 percent of unaffiliated voters. Democratic voters would vote for Obama by a 65 percent to 22 percent margin.

“While the GOP primary campaign is still ongoing, Mitt Romney continues to register strong numbers against President Obama,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.

Romney’s January numbers are very close to the 50-39 percent margin over Obama he registered in September 2011. Romney garners the most support in Charlotte and Western NC, while voters in the Piedmont and the Northeast are most likely to vote for Obama.

In the key unaffiliated voter demographic, Romney has a 28 percent margin, a slight increase from the 25 percent margin he had in September.

The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.

Full Text of Question:

“If the election for President of the United States was being held today and you had to make a choice, for whom would you vote if the candidates were: Mitt Romney the Republican, and Barack Obama the Democrat?”

Total Romney – 48%

Total Obama – 39%

Definitely Romney – 36%

Probably Romney – 8%

Lean Romney – 4%

Undecided – 11%

Lean Obama – 1%

Probably Obama – 3%

Definitely Obama – 35%

Refused – 2%

This poll of 300 likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted January 9-11, 2012 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of probable 2012 general election voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in 2006 or 2008 or be newly registered to vote since November 5, 2008. (November 5 is the day after the election)

The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 300 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in the 2006 or 2008 general elections or is newly registered since November 5, 2008.

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Sykes says run for Brunswick Co. Commission “nothing to do with Charles Warren”

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A political battle in Brunswick County just entered a new arena. Social Services Board member Pat Sykes said today she will challenge Charles Warren for his seat on the Brunswick County Commission.

“I’m concerned about what’s going on,” Sykes said. “I want to see what I can do to make a difference.”

Wednesday morning Sykes announced her candidacy. She says what better time to run for commissioner than now? She already has her sights on certain issues.

“I think DSS needs to be looked at again and make changes there,” Sykes said. “I don’t want taxes going up. I think we’re paying enough taxes. We need to make sure that the tax dollars that are being spent are being spent wisely.”

Sykes is seeking Warren’s District 3 seat. She and Warren have feuded for months as members of Brunswick County’s Social Services Board. Their battles came to a head last month when Warren kicked Sykes out from a board meeting.

Despite the recent tension, Sykes says her run for office is about the people and future of Brunswick County and no one else.

“It has nothing to do with Charles Warren,” she said. “The position is there, and I see a need for changes or making a difference in the county is important.”

Sykes is not the only that will challenge Warren will face in May’s Republican primary. Dr. Joe Agovino of Southport announced earlier this month he will also run against the incumbent.

We reached out to Warren for comment today, but have not heard back.

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Appeals court hears case about dog’s death

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

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New Hanover Co. Assistant County Manager also retiring

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Assistant County Manager André Mallette has announced he will retire effective May 1, 2012, with more than 31 years of service to New Hanover County. With an additional four years of prior service, Mallette is retiring with over 35 years of local government service. Mallette has served as Assistant County Manager since April 2006.

Mallette said, “I have seen many changes in the organization over the past 30 years; however the one constant has been the commitment of county employees to provide quality service to the citizens of the county. I am proud of the relationships I have established with county employees at all levels of the organization in all county departments. These relationships have assisted me greatly in achieving the county’s goals.”

Mallette began his career with New Hanover County in September of 1980 as a Personnel Officer. In July of 1982, the position was reclassified to Personnel Director, and then in September 1990 to Director of Human Resources. After his promotion to Assistant County Manager in 2006, he filled a dual role, maintaining his responsibilities of Human Resources Director until July 2007.

In his current position as Assistant County Manager, Mallette has direct supervisory and liaison responsibilities for a variety county departments and committees, and he routinely assists the County Manager with developing the annual budget, developing policy recommendations for Board of Commissioner consideration, and manages special projects and initiatives demanding additional attention.

County Manager Bruce Shell said, “André has been a pleasure to work with. His ability to evaluate different issues with logical harmonious outcomes will be greatly missed. He has been an asset to New Hanover County.”

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