Barbour wants EPA to stop casino - - Jackson, MS

Barbour wants EPA to stop casino

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Haley Barbour has asked the federal government to stop construction of a Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians casino in Jones County, citing possible wastewater problems.

Barbour, in a letter sent Wednesday to the Environmental Protection Agency, said the EPA's regional office in Atlanta found deficiencies with the tribe's proposed wastewater system at the site near Sandersville, especially with the possible impact on groundwater.

He said the EPA should halt the project until it determines that the tribe has complied with environment rules.

About 500 to 700 slot machines and a snack shop are planned for the 27,000-square-foot casino on tribal land in Sandersville in Jones County. Work has started at the site.

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