TMT permit approved — with caveats

//TMT permit approved — with caveats

The state Land Board will require the University of Hawaii to remove three telescopes atop Mauna Kea and create new educational programs as conditions for allowing construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

The board announced Thursday it approved a construction permit for the next-generation observatory in a 5-2 vote following a monthslong contested case hearing.

The condition requiring removal of some telescopes “as soon as reasonably possible” was part of Gov. David Ige’s 10-point plan for the mountain that previously received the consent of the university, which manages the Mauna Kea Science Reserve. Those three areas would be excluded from future development. UH says TMT would be the last new telescope site.

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