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Zinke did not redraw Grand Staircase–Escalante NMon’s boundaries to favor Utah lawmaker: DOI IG

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation was opened into his controversial decision to redraw the boundaries of a Utah national monument around a former lawmaker’s property.

The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General found that there was no evidence that Zinke gave former state Rep. Mike Noel (R) special treatment when he determined to shrink the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in December. Noel owns a company with a 40-acre inholding that was originally within the monument’s boundary.

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