McMorris Rodgers Asks Government To Extend Comment Period For Tribal Casino
By Steve Jackson
Representative McMorris Rodgers is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to extend the comment period for the Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino in
Commissioner Todd Mielke has told Spokane Public Radio that he has concerns that the development could result in “encroachment” on nearby Fairchild Air Force Base, creating problems for planes on regular training flights and making the base more likely to be closed.
While the city of
Stuckart: To me it was crystal clear in reading that when someone said your encroaching on the base and it hurts, they broke down all the BRACK committee that decides which bases close, and they broke that down and said this project is not going to affect it.”
Under federal law, the bureau accepts comments on the final impact statement for 30 days, but can extend that for another 45. After all comments are collected, the Interior Department issues a Record of Decision. The final approval on the casino must be given by Gov. Jay Inslee.