Hawaii Supreme Court rules against Thirty Meter Telescope opponent

//Hawaii Supreme Court rules against Thirty Meter Telescope opponent

In a victory for the Thirty Meter Telescope, the state Supreme Court today unanimously ruled against a TMT opponent who had sought an additional contested case hearing over the project’s sublease.
The high court ruled that E. Kalani Flores was not entitled to the hearing because it was not required “by statute, administrative rule or due process.”

Additionally, the court said Flores, as a petitioner in the recent TMT construction permit contested case, was already afforded the right to defend his interest in Native Hawaiian cultural practices on Mauna Kea.
For the TMT, today’s 5-0 decision leaves only the question of whether the $1.4 billion project will be issued a conditional use permit allowing it to proceed with construction atop Hawaii’s tallest mountain.

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