The five-year battle continues:
Monday’s hearing—to be held at 6 p.m. at Kenan Auditorium, on the campus of UNCW—will decide whether Titan is awarded an extension to meet revised guidelines that dictate how emissions from such plants are monitored. According to a notice of the hearing, which is being conducted by the N.C. Division of Air Quality, those revisions would allow Titan to increase the plant’s annual emissions of fine particles by 22 tons per year and coarse particles by 10 tons per year.
While this article does give a nod to the StopTitan network, the bulk of the piece appears to be an interview with Bob Odom. As such, there is no mention of the SLAPP suits that were filed against a couple of concerned citizens, making these statements disingenuous at best:
Looking ahead to a public hearing Monday—on a request for an amended air quality permit the company was awarded a year and a half ago—Odom, when asked what he expects to come of the hearing, summed up his answer with the following description: “A lot of rhetoric, a lot of emotion, and really no facts.”
“That’s what’s going to happen Monday,” he predicted, noting three previous hearings held prior to the initial permit award. “But the state wants to give everyone a chance to voice their opinion so the population can let them know how they feel about it.
While he says he understands and appreciates such concerns from the public, Odom said, “‘Stop Titan’ has done a great job of scaring people. You’re scaring them, but you’re not giving any facts."
The only one who has engaged in scare tactics is Titan itself. SLAPP suits are designed for one reason only, to keep people from speaking out from fear of being financially ruined by big corporations that have crack legal teams already on their payroll.
Any reporting that leaves that part out is simply not reporting at all.