Land Board again to decide fate of TMT land use permit following daylong hearing in Hilo

//Land Board again to decide fate of TMT land use permit following daylong hearing in Hilo

The Thirty Meter Telescope is again in the hands of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources.

After a full day of testimony, and time to ask its own questions of supporters and opponents, the seven-member panel ended a hearing Wednesday in Hilo without making a decision regarding whether the next-generation telescope should be built on Mauna Kea, leaving that for an undetermined date.

“We appreciate the energy you put into this,” board member Stanley Roehrig of Keaukaha told those present before the conclusion of the meeting, attended by nearly 200 people. “It’s a very difficult process for all of us.”

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