In 2003 EIS recalled on Mauna for NASA plan

A federal judge has ruled that NASA must redo its environmental assessment to erect more telescopes around the two existing Keck telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway said Tuesday that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s environmental assessment failed to adequately analyze the cumulative impact of the development of the four to six telescopes on the site.

“We think it’s a good beginning and that the university and NASA had better wake up, because if they don’t change their behavior, more of what the university proposes will be legally challenged,” said Nelson Ho, Sierra Club’s co-chairman of the statewide Mauna Kea Issues Committee.”

Source: Star Bulletin July 17, 2003, “Mauna Kea telescopes hit roadblock.”

[Food for thought as a news release just last week discovers another unfathomably large supply of fresh water at the 7,000 foot level. Previously another unprecedented discovery found immeasurably large supply of fresh water at the 4,000 foot level]

“We found something just completely different,” said Thomas. “The stable water table in the saddle is not 500 feet above sea level. It’s more like 4,500 feet above sea level. So we are almost ten times higher than we could have expected when we started out on the project.”

Source: University of Hawaii News January 23, 2015, “Large fresh water supply discovered by UH researchers on Hawaiʻi Island.”

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