State extends Thirty Meter Telescope permit and Governor Ige rescinds emergency proclamation
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced that the state has granted an extension of a key permit to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The governor has rescinded the emergency proclamation that was issued on July 17, 2019 at this time, because there are no immediate plans to move heavy construction equipment.
This 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 Gov. Ige.