Hawaii News Digest, 29 September 2017, 0645 UTC, Post #15677.
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The Hawaii State Board of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has voted 5-2 to approve a conservation district use permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. That decision was opposed by environmentalists and Native Hawaiians who consider the mountain sacred.
DLNR chairperson, Suzanne Case, said the decision was difficult and complex:
“This was one of the most difficult decisions this board has ever made …The members greatly respected and considered the concerns raised by those opposed to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve.”
The new construction permit is subject to 43 environmental and cultural controls. Construction of the TMT is expected to provide jobs for more than 100 people, and “permanent jobs for as many as 140 workers” upon completion.
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