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Judge rules in favor of Thirty Meter Telescope project


Third Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura ruled in favor of the Thirty Meter Telescope project Wednesday.

Nakamura based his decision off four points, including one that found that the Board of Land and Natural Resources’ approval of a conservation district land use permit to the University of Hawaii at Hilo prior to holding a contested case hearing did not warrant reversal of the decision or order.

The TMT is a joint project between universities in California and Canada and research institutions in China, India and Japan. Officials hope to begin construction on the $1.3 billion telescope on Mauna Kea this year and start operations in 2021.