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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:05 PM

U.S. court dismisses Chinese firm's claims against Obama over wind farm

Source: Reuters

U.S. court dismisses Chinese firm's claims against Obama over wind farm

By Erin Geiger Smith
Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:19pm EST

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Washington on Friday dismissed most of the claims brought by a small Chinese firm against President Barack Obama for squashing its bid to build wind farms close to a naval training site.

Experts had predicted the lawsuit had little chance to succeed because of the president's broad powers to protect national security.

Ralls Corp, a company owned by two Chinese nationals, was installing wind turbines close to the training site in Oregon, which, according to the facility's web site, is used to test unmanned drones - a highly sensitive and prized U.S. technology.

Obama issued an order instructing Ralls to sell off the four planned wind farms due to national security risks, the first time since 1990 that a U.S. president has formally blocked a business transaction or required a sale on such grounds.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/23/us-usa-china-windfarm-idUSBRE91M00T20130223

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