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Telescope foes want more time to challenge permit ruling

November 9, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) — Opponents of a giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest mountain want more time before asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider a recent ruling upholding the project’s construction permit.

They filed a motion Thursday saying they can’t make a decision about whether to seek reconsideration until the dissenting judge issues his opinion.

On Oct. 30, the court ruled 4-1 that the state land board was correct in approving a permit to build Thirty Meter Telescope on a mountain Hawaiians consider sacred.

Associate Justice Michael Wilson dissented but didn’t immediately release his opinion.

Attorney General Russell Suzuki said a motion for reconsideration must be filed within 10 days of the ruling.

The opponents say they need to be able to review the full decision, which includes Wilson’s dissenting opinion.

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