BOSTON — Massachusetts' top environmental official is set to decide on a key permit for a Boston-area casino.
Friday is the deadline for state Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton to approve or reject Wynn's application for a Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act certificate, which is necessary for the $1.7 billion project to break ground in Everett.
The company was awarded the sole gambling license for the Boston-area in late 2014.
State Attorney General Maura Healey and the cities of Boston, Somerville and Revere have called on Beaton to deny the certificate until a long-term plan to address traffic in the heavily travelled Sullivan Square near the proposed casino is in place.
State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack says longer-term traffic fixes shouldn't hold up the permit, which addresses traffic and environmental issues.