Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin plans to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Friday to provide more information about the need for the administration’s proposed emergency rule for Mauna Kea.

The Board of Land and Natural Resources is set to consider the rule, drafted by DLNR Chair Suzanne Case and Chin, sometime after 1 p.m. Friday.

Attorney General Doug Chin.  13 feb 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin, seen here in February, plans to hold a press conference Friday morning about Mauna Kea.

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State officials say the rule will promote safe access to Mauna Kea’s summit, the site of the planned $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope project that has been unable to start construction in part due to protesters blocking access along the road up there last month.

The proposed emergency rule would prohibit people from having camping gear within one mile of the Mauna Kea Observatory Access Road.

The rule would also ban people from being in the restricted area between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The mountain is a sacred site to many Native Hawaiians who feel they must protect Mauna Kea from further development. There are already 13 telescopes on the summit and TMT would be the biggest and most powerful.

The University of Hawaii’s Hilo branch announced Tuesday that it plans to decommission one of the telescopes on Mauna Kea by 2018.

The BLNR meeting starts at 9 a.m. Friday at the Kalanimoku Building but the agenda says the board won’t take up the rule for Mauna Kea until at least 1 p.m.

Lone demonstrator holds a Hawaiian flag near the summit of Mauna Kea as hundreds of protestors lined the road down at the visitor's center. 24 june 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lone demonstrator holds a Hawaiian flag near the summit of Mauna Kea as hundreds of protestors lined the road down at the visitor’s center. 24 june 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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