Near Close of TMT Contested Case, Witness Says EIS Process Was Flawed

posted in: April 2017 | 0

As the evidentiary portion of the contested case hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope wound down last month, a witness whose testimony seemed to threaten the very foundation of the Conservation District Use Permit for the observatory near the Mauna Kea summit took the stand.

The witness, Brian J. “Kawika” Cruz, claimed to be the author of the Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) undertaken to support the TMT environmental impact statement (EIS). Cruz said he would provide testimony showing that the draft EIS had included manipulated data, that his recommendations of no further actions had been excluded, and that, as a . . .

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