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Grand Forks County's special Fufeng meeting postponed due to inclement weather

The meeting was scheduled for commissioners to discuss the project, but also to garner public input.

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A Fufeng USA sign is draped across the front end of a bulldozer at the site of the corn wet milling and bio-fermentation products manufacturer on the north end of Grand Forks, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. A small ceremony was held at the site Tuesday as the project moves forward.
Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS – A special Grand Forks County meeting intended to include discussion about the controversial Fufeng USA project in Grand Forks has been postponed.

The meeting was scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. It's being postponed due to the approach of inclement weather. Grand Forks County Auditor Debbie Nelson said the meeting will be rescheduled, but she did not confirm a date.

The special session was scheduled by Commissioner Tom Falck during an Oct. 4 County Commission meeting, hoping to provide a forum to express concerns about the Fufeng project.

Announced in November 2021, the corn milling project has sparked intense controversy for a variety of reasons but most because of the company's Chinese ownership. At present, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is conducting a security review on the facility, due to the proposed site’s proximity to Grand Forks Air Force Base and prominent defense contractors who are tenants at Grand Sky, such as Northop Grumman and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The CFIUS review is expected to be complete by late November.

At the Oct. 4 County Commission meeting, Falck said his rationale behind scheduling the session was to garner more public input prior to CFIUS releasing its report.

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Though the meeting is mostly intended to be a discussion between commissioners, Falck — when the meeting was still expected to be held — said any questions from the public also will be considered.

“It’s generally going to be a discussion between the commission members, but if someone has something that hasn’t been presented in the past, I’m sure the commissioners would be interested,” Falck said. “The commission has heard a lot of the concerns both pro and con on the project.”

Falck said the only connection the County Commission has with the Fufeng project is the county committed $3 million in American Rescue Plan funds to the wastewater treatment facility improvement project, which would move forward whether or not the corn mill plant is built.

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