Alaska defies expansion of interior Arctic wildlife refuge

By Clark Mindock (April 7, 2022, 6:28 p.m. EDT) – The State of Alaska claimed Thursday that the U.S. government wrongly redrew the northwest boundary of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge and that the Interior Board of Land Appeals had erroneously argued that the federal assessment of the boundary.

The state’s lawsuit against the US Department of the Interior asked the court to overturn the 2020 IBLA decision and find it arbitrary, capricious, illegal, and an abuse of federal council discretion.

The state said the federal government’s redrawing of the refuge’s northwest boundary – which was previously known as the National Arctic Wildlife Range – illegally extended…

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