TMT Contested Case Hearing Costs State Thousands per Day

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As the case involving the challenge to the application to build the Thirty Meter Telescope enters its fifth month of testimony and evidence, some government procedure wonks have raised the question: Are contested cases still appropriate for disputes coming before the Board of Land and Natural Resources?

Through January, there had been 40 days of testimony in addition to about a dozen pre-hearing conferences. Retired Judge Riki May Amano, the hearing officer, has now scheduled dates for further testimony through at least the middle of February.

All the while, the meter is running at a fast clip. Each day . . .

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