Court lets stand Obama's China wind-farm ban

Wind Farm
Posted at 6:40 PM, Feb 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-22 18:40:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge says she can't overturn President Barack Obama's decision to revoke a Chinese company's purchase of four wind farm projects in the vicinity of a U.S. naval facility's restricted airspace.

However, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says the Ralls Corporation has a right to a hearing over whether the White House should be forced to explain why it made that decision.

In his September decision, Obama ordered Ralls Corporation to divest its interest in the wind farms it purchased earlier this year in Oregon. Ralls is owned by Chinese nationals. The wind farm sites are all in the vicinity of restricted air space near the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman.

The administration cites unspecified national security risks as the reason for blocking the transaction.