State Extends TMT Permit, Governor Rescinds Emergency Proclamation

Governor David Ige on Tuesday announced that the state has granted an extension of a key permit to the Thirty Meter Telescope.

In addition, the governor rescinded the emergency proclamation that was issued on July 17. The state says there is no immediate plans to move heavy construction equipment.

On Tuesday morning, at the request of TMT, the University of Hawaiʻi asked for a two-year extension of the Conservation District Use permit deadline for the initiation of construction. The Department of Land and Natural Resources granted this extension until Sept. 26, 2021.

“Because TMT construction is not imminent, I am withdrawing the emergency proclamation effective immediately. I remain committed to moving forward with this project in a peaceful way and will continue efforts to engage the community,” said Gov. Ige.

The governor noted that law enforcement officers will remain at the site for safety reasons.

“The presence of large numbers of people on the mountain creates significant hazards, especially in light of the potential bad weather,” said Governor Ige.

Thirty Meter Telescope artists rendition. TMT photo.

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