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Project leaders consider Hawaii telescope’s future

August 30, 2019

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii’s giant telescope construction project has been pushed back due to protests, forcing project leaders to reconsider their options.

Thirty Meter Telescope Construction was scheduled to begin in July. Protests prompted state officials to grant the project a two-year extension to 2021 on a deadline to start construction.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday that project leaders say a decision about the telescope’s future should be made soon before it becomes more difficult for project partners to justify money supplied each year.

Leaders say the six partners will have to choose between three options: building in Hawaii, building at an alternate location, or canceling the project.

Leaders say the partners help fund the telescope and are each responsible for constructing different parts. It would be problematic if one withdraws.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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