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No plans to reschedule postponed public input session regarding Fufeng

CFIUS’ preliminary report expected to be released on Monday, Dec. 12

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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 – County commissioners say there are no plans to reschedule a public input session regarding Fufeng, the controversial proposed corn milling operation, that was canceled on Nov. 10 due to inclement weather.

The session, which was initially scheduled in October by Commissioner Tom Falck, was intended to garner public input prior to the release of a report by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS is examining potential security concerns surrounding the proposed corn milling operation, in large part due to the proposed site’s proximity to Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Falck said there has been difficulty securing a venue for the session at the county office buildings, due to conference space being used for election canvassing and recounts.

“We would need a large enough space to hold this discussion, but all of our conference rooms are occupied with election work until the end of November,” said Falck.

Following a 45 day review period, Grand Forks City Administrator Todd Feland is expecting CFIUS’ preliminary findings to be released on Dec. 12. Although CFIUS’ may extend this period for an additional 45 days for further review, Feland said the committee will release its initial findings regardless of whether they pursue an extended review.

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“CFIUS will release its findings to Fufeng USA, as well as to the landowners who sold the site where Fufeng would sit,” said Feland. “They will then inform us of CFIUS’ findings. Once we have CFIUS’ final report, we will proceed to the city council for final determination.”

Grand Forks County has committed $3 million in American Rescue Plan funds for improvements on the county’s wastewater treatment facility, contingent upon Fufeng establishing operations in Grand Forks.

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