Dead­line for TMT ar­gu­ments May 30

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - LOCAL - By TOM CALLIS

Par­tic­i­pants in the Thirty Me­ter Tele­scope con­tested case will have an­other month to sub­mit their fi­nal ar­gu­ments.

In a minute or­der filed Tues­day, hear­ing of­fi­cer Riki May Amano set a May 30 dead­line for par­ties to fin­ish their pro­posed find­ings of fact and con­clu­sions of law.

The or­der fol­lowed the com­ple­tion of the writ­ten tran­script for the hear­ing’s ver­bal tes­ti­mony that was de­liv­ered over more than four months. That por­tion of the hear­ing wrapped up March 2.

Af­ter pro­posed or­ders are sub­mit­ted, the par­ties will have un­til June 13 to sub­mit their chal­lenges to other pro­pos­als.

Af­ter­ward, Amano, a re­tired judge, will make her de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the $1.4 bil­lion project’s con­ser­va­tion dis­trict use per­mit.

The mat­ter will then go to the state Board of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources for ar­gu­ment, re­view and fi­nal de­ci­sion.

TMT In­ter­na­tional Ob­ser­va­tory re­ceived a per­mit af­ter a pre­vi­ous con­tested case was held in 2011.

But that ap­proval was voided af­ter the state Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that the state vi­o­lated due process rights of project op­po­nents by vot­ing for the per­mit be­fore the first hear­ing started.

The lat­est hear­ing in­volved 25 par­ties, though not all par­tic­i­pated reg­u­larly.

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