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Environmental issues delay casino project in Everett

Environmental issues delay casino project in Everett

The building of a $1.7 billion casino in Everett, set to open in 2018, is facing some difficulties due to a petition regarding environmental concerns over the increased traffic this future resort would generate.

Representatives of the proposed casino advised the Gaming Commission that they intent to file the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, but there are still some problems with traffic in Boston’s Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square.

The casino project’s president, Robert DeSalvio, acknowledges the importance of these two areas for the smooth running of transportation. DeSalvio stated that a Monday meeting between important investors and transportation representatives should hash out any transportation related issues.

The state’s environmental and energy chief, Matthew Beaton, said he rejected the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act that implied a land transfer deal, because it was filed before the environmental report was done, thus receiving a violation status.

In a recent statement aired on the Boston Herald Radio, Beaton declared that he is open to the land transfer idea with the condition that it meets all requirements. In order to function, the new casino would also need to have around 40 permits from various agencies.

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