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Alaska Sues Over Closure of Federal Refuges

Published On: Oct 16 2013 01:21:00 PM AKDT
Alaska Sues Over Closure of Federal Refuges
JUNEAU, Alaska -

The State of Alaska has made good on its threat to sue over the closure of federal refuges during the partial government shutdown.

The lawsuit came even as Congress appeared poised to pass legislation to end the shutdown and fund the government through Jan. 15.

Gov. Sean Parnell had threatened to sue unless the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed its shutdown of federal refuges in Alaska by the close of business Tuesday. He has said the service's approach has been in stark contrast to that of other federal land agencies during the shutdown.

A Parnell spokeswoman says even if Congress reaches a deal, there could be a similar series of refuge closures in the future, hence the lawsuit.

The lawsuit challenges the service's authority to close federal refuges in Alaska.