DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Land Board sets oral arguments for TMT contested case

Posted on Jul 28, 2017 in Latest News

(Honolulu) – Today State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) Chair Suzanne Case set Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 to hear oral arguments in the Contested Case Hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve on Hawai‘i Island.

Two days ago, the Contested Case Hearing Officer presented her recommendations which serve as the “proposal for decision” by the BLNR.  Parties to the contested case may file exceptions to retired Judge Riki May Amano recommendations not later than August 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

During the BLNR hearing, each party to the case will have fifteen (15 minutes) to present oral arguments.  Time may not be assigned from one party to the other.  The BLNR may elect to ask questions after each party has completed argument but that time will not count toward the 15 minute total. There are twenty-three (23) parties to the case.

The oral arguments will be heard at the Grand Naniloa Hotel Crown Room, 93 Banyan Drive in Hilo.  Extended media coverage provisions approved for the Contested Case hearing will be continued for the BLNR oral arguments.  Naleo Community Television will be the designated electronic pool provider and will live stream the proceedings.

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