Maura Healey to MassDOT: Please Delay Permit For Wynn Casino

The Attorney General wants to delay an important environmental permit.

Planned Wynn casino in Everett. Rendering by Wynn.

Planned Wynn casino in Everett. Rendering by Wynn.

Attorney General Maura Healey asked MassDOT in a letter on Monday to delay the issuance of an environmental permit for the planned Wynn Resorts $1.7 billion casino in Everett until further study of the traffic situation around the project area is completed.

Healey outlined in the letter to Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack a request for an independent analysis of the transportation network in the Sullivan Square area.

“We have significant concerns that the traffic study the Administration will consider during this process is being conducted by Wynn’s own consultants. For this project, that approach is insufficient. We believe it is critical that MassDOT and the Commonwealth benefit from an independent analysis of the traffic impact, paid for by Wynn, before considering any mitigation measures,” said Healey in the letter.

The permit in question is part of a broader number of requirements Wynn needs to complete in order to move forward with the construction on the casino.

“It is imperative that the Commonwealth use the best tools at its disposal to analyze the traffic impacts associated with the Casino,” said Healey, a Democrat, in the letter.

Healey, a high profile opponent of casinos in general, has called for more regulation and oversight of the gaming industry since taking office in January.

Maura Healey Letter To MassDOT