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Opponents appeal permit for Thirty Meter Telescope

By Audrey McAvoy

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:51 p.m. HST, May 14, 2013

Opponents of a plan to build the world’s largest telescope at the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano are appealing their case in the state courts.

Environmental groups and petitioners oppose the state Board of Land and Natural Resources’ decision last month to grant a permit for the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

They filed a notice of appeal in Circuit Court in Hilo on Monday.

The appeal says the project will harm the mountain’s natural resources, undermine its scenery and destroy areas of historic importance.

A group of Californian and Canadian universities started the effort to build the telescope. Observatories in China, India and Japan are partners in the project.

They hope to begin construction in April 2014 and start operations in 2021.

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TLehel wrote:
Mite b cool
on May 14,2013 | 03:05PM
allie wrote:
The anti-science dudes just want a payoff.
on May 14,2013 | 03:07PM
bumba wrote:
Why in the owrld would anyone be an opponent of learning more about our Universe? Sorry folks, this for the good of many. You few who are against this are all going to be gone in a few years anyway. Give it a break.
on May 14,2013 | 03:39PM
star08 wrote:
Who are the "opponents?" Is this really journalism? Or, incomplete? Could there be reporting on the factual basis for the opponentsʻ reasons?
on May 14,2013 | 05:52PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Build it on Mauna Loa .....there will be NO opponents. (In fact, the Mauna Kea opponents would love it).
on May 15,2013 | 10:01AM
krusha wrote:
Build the damn thing already.
on May 14,2013 | 04:50PM
hanalei395 wrote:
On Mauna Loa. Then hope for an eruption in 2021.
on May 15,2013 | 01:45PM
star08 wrote:
Who are the "opponents?" Is this really journalism?
on May 14,2013 | 05:50PM
niimi wrote:
Yawn. Just a formality in the process, folks. Money talks. The appeal will be brushed aside in due time. hello 30m scope!
on May 14,2013 | 09:02PM
eleu808 wrote:
Conservation land is zoned conservation for a reason. I guess anyone with enough payoff hush money can get a permit to dynamite and bulldoze conservation land in Hawaii. Hawaii politicians are a cheap buy for these out of state developers.
on May 15,2013 | 04:47AM
Kaluu wrote:
Who cares? Pimples, boils...same ol ting. We're used to pimples up there, it's been so long since the mountain was a glorious, unmarred sight. So what's a boil now? Used to feel so good to wake up, glance out the window from bed, and see that unspoiled mountain glowing in the light of sunrise. Yeah, many years ago. Me makule, allright.
on May 15,2013 | 07:33AM
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