Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope Gets Go-Ahead


The ruling could allow the project to move forward after years of delays and opposition. A $1.4 billion telescope project has finally gotten the go-ahead to resume construction high up on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano. The state’s Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) announced Friday (Sept. 29) that it has decided to approve a construction permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), which has been in limbo for several years. TMT broke ground in October 2014, but demonstrations the following spring halted the build. Protesters have cited concerns about the telescope project’s cultural and environmental impact; Native Hawaiians regard peaks throughout the island chain as sacred…Read More > >

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