Telescope foes appeal hearing decisions to Hawaii high court

Telescope foes appeal hearing decisions to Hawaii high court

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hearings are still underway for a permit to build what would be one of the world's largest telescopes in Hawaii, but a group challenging the project is already appealing to the state Supreme Court.

Thirty Meter Telescope opponents are challenging various decisions that have been made regarding contested-case proceedings, including affirming the hearings officer and an order limiting cross-examination to 30 minutes per party.

The project must undergo another contested-case process because the state Supreme Court last year invalidated its construction permit. The court ruled that the state land board's approval process was flawed.

Attorney Richard Wurdeman filed the appeal for the group Monday. He recently withdrew as the attorney representing the group in the hearings, citing scheduling conflicts.

The hearings started last month and continue next week.

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