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In a joint statement, Alaska Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, along with Rep. Don Young and Gov. Mike Dunleavy, criticized the Interior Department action.
The Biden administration needs to follow federal law and allow Alaska to honor its constitutional obligation by developing its resources.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has vowed to protect the refuge.
Congress accepting comments on environmental impacts on ANWR through Wednesday.
Congress in 1980 expanded the refuge to nearly the size of South Carolina