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Massachusetts to decide on key environmental permit for Wynn's $1.7 billion Boston-area casino

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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.

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