Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., today asked the Agriculture Department inspector general to investigate whether the U.S. Forest Service improperly granted funds to Alaska to support the state’s requested exemption from federal environmental rules.

In a joint news release, Stabenow and Grijalva also said Alaska allegedly awarded a portion of the federal funds to the timber industry in order to make the case for removing environmental protections for the Tongass National Forest.

“The Tongass is our largest national forest and is essential to addressing the climate crisis,” wrote the lawmakers. “It is critical that we ensure this taxpayer funded grant was properly awarded and used.”