SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — MGM Resorts International says it's ready to begin an environmental review for its proposed casino in Springfield.

As required by state law, MGM must send copies of its environmental notification form to communities that may be affected by possible environmental impacts. The Republican reports that Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, West Springfield and Wilbraham will be notified.

The proposed $800 million MGM Springfield in the city's South End falls will compete with Penn National Gaming, which is proposing a casino in Springfield's North End neighborhood.

Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun wants to build a luxury hotel, resort and gambling facility on 152 acres in Palmer.

Three casino licenses are being granted in Massachusetts, one each for three geographic regions.

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