HONOLULU (AP) — Opponents of a giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest mountain are asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider a recent ruling upholding the project’s construction permit.
They filed a motion Monday saying the court should adopt the opinion of a dissenting justice. The motion says Associate Justice Michael Wilson was correct in saying the impact of the Thirty Meter Telescope on existing cultural resources must be considered.
The court ruled 4-1 that the land board was correct in approving a permit to build the telescope on Mauna Kea, a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred.
Mauna Kea demonstrators on the summit of the mountain in 2015 considered sacred to many Native Hawaiians.
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Supporters of the $1.4 billion project say it will bring educational and economic opportunities to the state.
Monday was the deadline to file a motion for reconsideration.
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