The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Thirty Meter Telescope today in a case involving its construction permit.
The 4-1 ruling affirms the state Board of Land and Natural Resources’ decision to grant the conservation district use permit, which opponents of the $1.4 billion project had appealed following a lengthy contested case hearing.
The court previously rescinded the permit in December 2015 after finding the Land Board violated due process rights of project opponents by voting before the first contested case was held. That prompted a do-over of the quasi-judicial hearing.
The ruling is the last legal hurdle facing the project after the high court upheld the project’s sublease with the University of Hawaii earlier this year.Read the full article here