Did City Government Roll Dice On Cleanup?

Did Baltimore and the state of Maryland improperly approve cleanup of the location upon which a casino will be built?  At least until that question is answered, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge has stopped this project’s construction.  Westport residents (south Baltimore) have brought a suit alleging collusion among the city, the Maryland Department of the Environment and a gaming consortium named CBAC Gaming.  The plaintiffs believe that these organizations have avoided regulations to clean up “highly contaminated” Westport land.  This case may generate quite a bit of attention given the debate surrounding casinos in the state of Maryland following “the most expensive political campaign in Maryland’s history” to approve a casino in Prince George’s County last fall (so dubbed in a November 2012 Baltimore Sun article).  How might the operations and construction surrounding this Baltimore casino affect the Prince George’s casino?  It is something worth following in upcoming headlines.

More in the Baltimore Sun, here: http://tinyurl.com/amc2l9r

- Christopher Chaulk

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