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No citations yet for violating Mauna Kea emergency rule

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - There have been no citations or arrests for violating an emergency rule restricting access to Mauna Kea.

However, protesters opposed to building a giant telescope on the mountain continue their around-the-clock presence to prevent construction from resuming.

On July 10, the state land board approved a rule prohibiting being on the mountain during certain nighttime hours, unless in a moving vehicle. Officials say the rule was necessary because camping protesters created dangerous conditions.

Protesters say the lack of enforcement indicates the rule is unnecessary. They say it was created to facilitate construction.

State attorney general spokesman Joshua Wisch says signs are posted and fliers are being distributed to ensure people understand the rule. He says enforcement can happen anytime during the four months the rule is in effect.

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