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Judge invalidates proposed land swap for Alaska refuge road

By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has vacated a proposed land exchange aimed at building a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, finding procedural violations. The judge ruled Interior Secretary David Bernhardt failed to provide adequate reasoning to support a change in policy when he entered into a land exchange agreement with King Cove Corp. The Interior Department, under the Obama administration, had declined a proposed land swap to build a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Supporters of a proposed road that would connect King Cove to an all-weather airport see the matter as a safety issue. Critics say a road could damage an internationally recognized habitat for migrating waterfowl.

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