Hawaii Supreme Court rules in favor of Thirty Meter Telescope

//Hawaii Supreme Court rules in favor of Thirty Meter Telescope

The Hawaii Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources’ decision to issue a conservation district use permit for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island’s Mauna Kea.

The permit for the $1.4 billion project was granted by retired judge Riki May Amano in September 2017, a ruling which was appealed by the project’s opponents who say construction of the telescope would interfere with their cultural practices.

“Upon careful consideration of the written submissions, the applicable law, and the oral arguments, and for the reasons explained below, we now affirm the BLNR’s decision authorizing issuance of a Conservation District Use Permit,” the court wrote in its opinion following the 4-1 decision.
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