Hoeven, Cramer: Air Force Provides Official Position on Fufeng Project in Grand Forks
WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today issued the following statement after receiving a letter from the U.S. Air Force detailing its official position on the Fufeng project in Grand Forks. Fufeng Group, a Chinese food manufacturer, recently purchased 370 acres of land to construct a wet corn milling plant 12 miles from the Grand Forks Air Force Base.
As the Air Force states in their letter issued today:
- “Grand Forks Air Force Base is the center of military activities related to both air and space operations.”
- “While CFIUS concluded that it did not have jurisdiction, the Department’s view is unambiguous: the proposed project presents a significant threat to national security with both near- and long-term risks of significant impacts to our operations in the area.”
“City leaders have asked for clarity from leaders in the federal government regarding the Fufeng project. The Air Force left ambiguity off the table when they said: ‘The proposed project presents a significant threat to national security with both near- and long-term risks of significant impacts to our operations in the area.’ As we have recommended, we believe the city should discontinue the Fufeng project and instead we should work together to find an American company to develop the agriculture project,” said the senators.
Click here for the full text of the Air Force’s letter.
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