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Rep. Young Sends Letter To NOAA, Expresses Concern Over Beluga Designation

Washington, D.C. - Marking the final day for public hearings on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration desire to designate more than 3,000 square miles of Cook Inlet as critical habitat, Alaskan Congressman Don Young has sent a letter to the Administrator of NOAA, Jane Lubchenco expressing his disapproval for such an action.  

"NOAA's decision to list the whales as endangered will only serve to endanger Alaska and its economy," said Rep. Young.  "This designation has not been based on credible science and is yet another example of the egregious misuse of the Endangered Species Act.  It is a decision solely on politics that appeases only to those who put animals before people and fundraising goals before progress.  I am looking forward to my upcoming meeting with Administrator Lubchenco to discuss this issue further with her, and make it clear that the State of Alaska will not accept this quietly."

To read coverage in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman on Rep. Young's appearance at a town hall meeting in Wasilla on the listing of the beluga whale, click here

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