Video courtesy Thirty Meter Telescope, voice of Tim Bryan

The Mauna Kea Management Board has recommended that the UH-Hilo chancellor approve the final environmental impact statement for the Thirty Meter Telescope to be built on Mauna Kea.

The expected recommendation is one of the last steps in a two-year environmental review process for the observatory, which is being called the world’s largest and most advanced observatory, once its constructed.
The governor must also approve the final EIS, and she is also expected to do so.

Construction could begin in 2011, and would take seven or eight years to be completed.