A North Carolina state senator responding to constituent fears that a proposed cement plant would pump pollution into the coastal air and water has failed again to derail the project.
Fellow members of the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday refused to accept legislation to freeze consideration of required state permits until September 2010. Dozens of Wilmington-area residents opposed to the Titan American plant watched as Sen. Julia Boseman's effort collapsed. The New Hanover County Democrat has tried several times this year to maneuver lawmakers into delaying the cement plant project.
State and local officials offered Titan about $4.5 million in incentives to open a cement plant and stone quarry on the Northeast Cape Fear River.