State Supreme Court rules in favor of Thirty Meter Telescope’s construction

//State Supreme Court rules in favor of Thirty Meter Telescope’s construction

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – After years of legal wrangling and protests, the Thirty Meter Telescope got a green light Tuesday from the state Supreme Court.

In a 4-to-1 decision, the state’s highest court ruled in favor of the telescope’s construction atop Mauna Kea, effectively ending all legal avenues for contesting the controversial project unless the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the case.

In a statement, TMT International Observatory Board of Governors Chairman Henry Yang said the body is “grateful” for the ruling and “committed to being good stewards on the mountain.”

“We are excited to move forward in Hawaii and will continue to respect and follow state and county regulations, as we determine our next steps,” Yang said. “We are deeply grateful to our many friends and supporters for their tremendous support over the years.”

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