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Judge needs more time to review casino impact report

Gregory Crofton

A judge Friday in Sacramento County Superior Court said he needs up to 30 more days to review a report regarding the impacts of constructing a highway interchange to accommodate an Indian casino in Shingle Springs.

Judge Lloyd Connelly in December rejected an environmental report turned in by Caltrans. He said it lacked adequate information about what impact the large hotel-casino complex proposed by the Shingle Springs band of Miwok Indians would have on air quality. Caltrans turned in an expanded report, now under review by Connelly, in April.

Chairman of the tribe Nicholas Fonseca released a statement about the judge’s ruling late on Friday.

“The tribe has every confidence in the environmental report done by Caltrans and we look forward to a favorable ruling in June, at which time the tribe is prepared to move forward with the interchange and casino projects,” Fonseca said.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is opposing the casino project because it says increased traffic caused by the casino would be bad for air quality and degrade the rural characteristics of the area.

Ed Knapp, chief assistant counsel for the El Dorado County, could not be reached for comment on Friday. But he has said that if the June ruling is made in favor of the tribe, he will appeal the decision to a higher court.

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