MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A small crew of workers will be going up to the Mauna Kea summit this month to start preparing for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope that's been stalled for several months, a TMT official announced Tuesday.
Although an exact date has not been determined, workers will be at the telescope site for equipment maintenance and repairs.
The announcement comes shortly after a recent poll showed strong community support of the controversial TMT project.
"We are deeply committed to respectful stewardship of the mountain, and to the vision that integrates science and culture in Hawaii and enriches the educational opportunities and local economy," said Henry Yang, chair of the TMT International Observatory Board of Directors. "We will continue to follow the state's laws, procedures and processes, as we have done for more than eight years, while respectfully awaiting the Supreme Court's decision."
Construction has been halted since June as a result of protesters blocking the site. The Supreme Court is also considering a challenge to a permit issued for the project.