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Hawaii’s Supreme Court has cleared the way for astronomers to build one of the world’s largest telescopes atop the Mauna Kea volcano. In a 4-1 ruling, the justices rejected an effort by groups representing native Hawaiians to block a 2017 decision by state regulators to issue a permit to build the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).
The ruling caps years of controversy and legal wrangling over the TMT. Some native Hawaiian groups objected to the project, saying it would mar a mountaintop they consider sacred. In 2015, protestors blocked roads to the site, preventing the start of construction. Legal action by opponents then forced state officials to reconsider a key permit for the project, but last year the telescope’s backers, which include the University of Hawaii (UH), again secured permission to move ahead. Today’s 73-page ruling upholds that decision.
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