LAS VEGAS (April 7, 2015) — Wynn Resorts has announced it has received additional information from the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in response to Wynn’s Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Report (SFEIR). The EEA found Wynn suitable on substantially all of the 59 conditions that the EEA Secretary identified to Wynn in August, 2014, after 30-months of public process and review.
In its comment letter to the EEA, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation stated that “MassDOT is confident that the analysis and the traffic simulation accurately portray existing and future operating conditions within the study area and support the effectiveness of the proposed improvements to mitigate the impacts of the Wynn Casino”. MassDOT also commented on “the cooperation and diligent work of the Proponent (Wynn) in the preparation of the SFEIR. The document is a vast improvement from the FEIR and adequately addresses most of the comments raised”. EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton commended Wynn for it progress on its mitigation efforts.
The Secretary outlined five new areas of study and incremental conditions that must now be met before Wynn receives final approval on its Environmental Impact Report. The new issues identified by the Secretary include an explanation of Wynn’s purchase of MBTA land, the continuation of the planning process for the integration of Boston’s long-term plans for Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue, and discussions with the MBTA regarding the Orange Line.
“We are is gratified that the process is continuing to move forward and are committed to expeditiously respond to Secretary Beaton’s comments,” said Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Everett. “We’re pleased that after thousands of pages of analysis and years of review, the Secretary has generally endorsed all of our mitigation plans.”
The environmental review is a multi-year process that every large-scale development in the state must complete. More than two-and-a-half years of detailed fact finding, public meetings and input from state and local stakeholders has been reviewed to assess the environmental impact and remediation of the Wynn Resort in Everett. The 33-acre resort will be the largest private single-phase development in the state’s history.