MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Thirty Meter Telescope project site will be the last on Mauna Kea, University of Hawaii President David Lassner wrote in a letter to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The University of Hawaii said Monday that Lassner's letter to Suzanne Case, head of the DLNR, stated that it "shall constitute a legally binding commitment and may be regarded as a condition of the University of Hawaii's current lease(s) and of any lease renewal or extension proposed by the University."
This commitment fulfills part of Gov. David Ige's plan to improve management and stewardship of Mauna Kea. As part of the plan, UH also identified three telescopes that would be decommissioned and permanently removed before TMT operations begin.
Construction on the $1.4 billion project is still on hold while the state Supreme Court considers a legal challenge over the validity of TMT's permits.