Friday, July 12, 2013

Somerville Mayor Urges More Environmental Review of Proposed Everett Casino

Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has submitted a letter urging the state to reject the Environmental Notification Form filed by the developers of the proposed casino in Everett, citing Wynn Resorts of Las Vegas’ failure to adequately address the environmental impacts of the proposed $1.2 billion gambling complex on the shore of the Mystic River. In its submission to the state, Wynn Resorts neglected to thoroughly account for impacts on waterfront development, water use and quality, transportation, environmental remediation and economic development in surrounding communities.

Wynn Resorts submitted the required form to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office, which must approve the proposal. Mayor Curtatone is asking Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan, Jr. to require Wynn Resorts to resubmit a more thorough Environmental Notification Form that adequately addresses the complex, regional issues that would result from this project and, at a minimum, to establish a scope for the Environmental Impact Report required under the MEPA process that includes a significant evaluation of the proposed casino’s regional impacts.

Mayor Curtatone’s full comments to Secretary of Sullivan can be read online.

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