Feds Seek Dismissal of King Cove Lawsuit

Arguments have been scheduled on the federal government’s request to dismiss a lawsuit over the Interior Department’s refusal to allow for a road from King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

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Government attorneys say the decision by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was reached after five years of environmental analysis and public outreach. They say Jewell wasn’t obligated to approve a road and her decision is owed deference by a federal judge.

The state joined the city of King Cove, tribal governments and individuals in challenging Jewell’s denial of a road through Izembek [EYE’-zem-bek] National Wildlife Refuge that could improve access to emergency flights.

Arguments on the motion to dismiss are set for Monday in Anchorage.