AK agency criticized over $35M mining road approval

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest private landowner in Alaska has criticized a state agency for using an emergency meeting intended to discuss the coronavirus to set aside $35 million for a mining road in northwest Alaska.

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority approved funding for the proposed 200-mile (320-kilometer) industrial road, which would stretch from Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District northeast of Kotzebue and cross Gates of the Arctic National Park to

access an undeveloped copper-zinc mineral belt, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.

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