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CORPS OF ENGINEERS APPROVES AZTAR PERMIT FOR MOORING OF RIVERBOAT CASINO

LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has approved a permit for Aztar Indiana Gaming Corporation to provide a mooring location for a riverboat casino on the right bank of the Ohio River at Riverfront Park in Evansville, Ind. Special conditions are attached to the permit.

Under the Rivers and Harbors Act, the Corps of Engineers is responsible for permitting any structures proposed on any navigable waters. The Corps also must permit any discharge of dredged or fill material into U.S. waters in accordance with the Clean Water Act.

Several special conditions are attached to the permit:

-- Louisville District must be notified at least two weeks before any work is done in the navigation channel. This is so a Notice to Navigation can be published.

-- Lighting of the facility must be coordinated and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

-- No work can be done below the Ordinary High Water elevation (375.5 feet) until a disposal site is located and approved by the Corps of Engineers and appropriate state agencies.

-- Authorization to perform maintenance dredging expires on July 31, 2005.

-- Maintenance dredging cannot extend any further than the area disturbed during the initial development of the facility.

-- Whenever anyone is aboard the riverboat casino, the Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16, must be monitored.

-- All bare and disturbed areas must be suitably revegetated within 30 days of construction completion with a combination of four or more of the following grasses and legumes: Kentucky bluegrass, rye grass, orchard grass, timothy, bromegrass, alfalfa, red clover, white clover, ladino clover, alike clover, sweet clover, sericea lespedeza, and Korean lespedeza.

The Corps of Engineers permitting process includes public participation. The Corps issued a Public Notice on March 1 and held a Public Hearing in Evansville's Vanderburgh Auditorium on April 6. The Corps received 120 letters from members of the group American Inland Mariners, which objects to all gaming sites in that stretch of the river. The Corps also received 35 additional comments in the form of statement or letter.

Another part of the permitting process includes evaluating environmental effects. Louisville District Commander Col. Ralph Grieco decided that the environmental assessment was sufficient for the evaluation. It included comments from state and federal agencies, comments from citizens, an inspection of the proposed worksite, and evaluation of the project design.

The Corps determined that the construction process would have a temporary, minor impact upon the air quality, water quality and noise in the construction area, and that impact on the aesthetic value of the area would be somewhat mitigated by features of the construction. Impact upon plant and wildlife will be minimal.

A copy of the 22-page Statement of Findings is available from: Public Affairs Office, Louisville District Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY 40201-0059, or by calling 502-582-5736.
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/CONTACT: Ken Crawford, US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, 502-582-5736 or (Fax) 502-582-5270/

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