GOV. BARBOUR ASKS EPA TO BLOCK CASINO CONSTRUCTION IN JONES COUNTY Planned wastewater system threatens water supply

JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour announced today he has asked the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency to halt construction of the slot parlor in Jones County after the agency found several environmental deficiencies. The tribe’s proposed wastewater system will negatively impact groundwater in the area.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is building a facility that will house slot machines and a snack bar near Sandersville.

“Because the current design of the wastewater system jeopardizes the safety of the water supply in the area where both tribal members and Mississippi citizens live and work, I ask this agency to stand behind its August 11, 2010 comments and enforce all applicable environmental laws and regulations,” Gov. Barbour wrote in a letter Wednesday.
“Those comments make clear that the slot parlor as planned will not live up to federal environmental standards.”

The letter is attached.

Haley Barbour letter to EPA re: MBCI site

Governor Haley Barbour Press Release