SANDERSVILLE — Gov. Haley Barbour has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to halt construction of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ proposed casino in Jones County after he says the agency found several environmental deficiencies.
The tribe’s proposed wastewater system will negatively impact groundwater in the area, according to Barbour, who is strongly opposed to the project and refers to the proposed gaming venue as a ” slot parlor.”
“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 Aug. 11, 2010, comments and enforce all applicable environmental laws and regulations,” Barbour wrote in a letter yesterday. “Those comments make clear that the slot parlor as planned will not live up to federal environmental standards.”