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Tribal casino study criticized

17 August 2007

CAMPO, California -- As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune: "The Campo Indian band's proposed casino expansion could use too much groundwater, increase noise, affect scenic views and, if done as planned, violate the tribe's compact with the state, county officials said yesterday.

"But it's unclear exactly how the project to build up the Golden Acorn Casino and Travel Center would affect its neighbors because the tribe's study of its environmental impacts is inadequate, the county said in an 18-page letter to the tribe.

"...The tribe is planning to build a 150-room hotel, bowling alley and RV park and expand its 750-slot casino about 60 miles east of San Diego along Interstate 8.

"...The study the 304-member tribe paid for said there is enough water for the expansion. It said that the project would have minimal effects on surrounding communities and that all of those – traffic, hazardous materials or air quality – could be dealt with.

"It's impossible to draw that conclusion from the study, the county's deputy chief administrative officer, Chandra Wallar, said in the county's letter..."

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