Mohawk Mountain Casino 20050215 Pt1

Mohawk Mountain Casino 20050215 Pt1

For Immediate Release on Feb 15, 2005:
Contact: Michael Edelstein 845 294 0751
Orange Environment, Inc. today learned of the release of a second Sullivan County casino DEIS, for the Stockbridge-Munsee Casino Project. Comments are due by March 28, 2005.

Orange Environment President Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D., commented:

“This new impact statement becomes available for review while we await the BIA’s determination on the adequacy of the Mohawk Final Environmental Impact Statement. OEI challenged the adequacy of that impact statement’s treatment of cumulative impacts particularly as they will affect Orange County traffic and air pollution. OEI called for either a supplemental impact statement or administrative hearings to address the inadequacy of the Mohawk impact review. Until the BIA’s Record of Decision is released, we will not know if we were heard.

OEI has requested this new DEIS. We will be looking closely at how such questions have been addressed in the Stockbridge-Munsee DEIS, which also must now consider five casinos and other regional growth cumulatively and which must examine regional impacts, including those to Orange County. OEI will file as an interested party in the Stockbridge-Munsee Casino permit application, as it has previously did in the Mohawk application.”

The Federal Register Notice is cited below.

Federal Register: February 11, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 28)] [Notices] [Page 7256-7257] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr11fe05-49] ———————————————————————– ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [ER-FRL-6660-4] Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability Responsible Agency: Office of Federal Activities, General Information (202) 564-7167 or . Weekly receipt of Environmental Impact Statements. Filed January 31, 2005 through February 4, 2005. Pursuant to 40 CFR 1506.9. [[Page 7257]]

EIS No. 050047, Draft EIS, BIA, NY, Stockbridge-Munsee Casino Project, Proposes to Take Land into Trust for Gaming Purposes to Address the Tribe’s Economic Development, Bands of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin (the Tribe), NPDES Permit and U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, Town of Thompson, Sullivan County, NY. Comment Period Ends: March 28, 2005. Contact: Kurt Chandler (615) 467-1677.