TMT Backers Apply For Permit In Canary Islands

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(Honolulu, HI) -- The group behind the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island is applying for a permit to build in Spain as ongoing protests prevent them from starting construction on Mauna Kea.  The plan to start construction of the telescope has been delayed for more than three weeks by Hawaiian activists who say the construction will further desecrate a mountain that already has more than a dozen observatories. The news comes after Spain's science minister, Pedro Duque, reiterated the government's full support for the Canary Islands as a site for the telescope and said the country is well-prepared to host it.

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