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Northeast states seek anti-pollution action

CONCORD, N.H. — Eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states petitioned the federal government Monday to require nine upwind states to cut down air pollution emissions.

The petition is aimed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. States filing the petition are Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The petition seeks what it says are long-overdue commitments from the upwind states to protect the health of downwind residents and to level the playing field for businesses.

The petition asks the Environmental Protection Agency to require the nine upwind states to join the petitioning states in what is known as the Ozone Transport Region. Under the federal Clean Air Act, states added to the region would have to take actions to reduce pollution consistent with downwind state efforts.

Regulators consider MGM suitability

BOSTON — The investigative arm of the state gambling commission recommended on Monday that MGM Resorts be found suitable to proceed with a bid for a casino in downtown Springfield.

The Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement said its 10-month review did not find any factors that would disqualify MGM from doing business in Massachusetts.

The five commissioners will make the final decision on whether to find MGM suitable. Such a ruling would clear MGM to submit a final application for the sole western Massachusetts resort casino license. MGM would be the only applicant in the region.

Stephen Crosby, chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, stressed that if MGM was cleared to be the only western Massachusetts applicant, it does not guarantee that they will ultimately receive a license.

“One applicant or 10, we will hold their feet to the fire to make sure we have a really good application,” Crosby said.

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