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Barbour: Jones County casino bad for environment

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.”


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  1. Jennifer Pletcher

    I find it interesting that Gov. Barbour is concerned about the environment when he is pushing for a coal plant which will destroy any chance of breathing a breath of fresh air ,or drinking a clean glass of water for the residents of Kemper county. Not to mention having the ratepayer’s pay for it with an increase of 46% to boot!!! Go Haley!!!!

  2. Government Blind To collateral Economic Damage / Social Demoralization Cause By Gambling.

    It is a bad bet for local communities and states to rely on gaming to pay their bureaucrats’ salaries and budget deficits. I know, because I live in Nevada. Casinos can prove to be a net financial and motivational loss to communities; gambling losses do not contribute to local community businesses, do not create well paying jobs; gambling profits go to casino owners, which many live far away. Few people win, most that lose—can’t afford it and lose repeatedly. Gambling casinos/and slot-parlors once established in a community amplify people’s gambling and other weaknesses, reinforce failure thwarting Citizens’ motivation to do things productive. States and local communities that believe gambling will provide tax revenues may be blind to the obvious collateral economic damage and resulting social demoralization gambling can cause a community e.g., gambling addiction, more foreclosures, increased crime and divorce; gambling establishments take dollars away from already strapped local businesses causing layoffs and business closures. Most often casinos are followed by, fast check operators charging huge interests and pawnshops.

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