Thirty Meter Telescope Public Scoping Comment Form


I would like to have a consultative role in the formal Section 106 of National Historic Preservation Act process and be identified as a consulting party.
These are parties that have consultative roles in the Section 106 process, including State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs); Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs); Indian tribes; Native Hawaiian organizations; representatives of local governments; applicants for federal assistance, permits, licenses, and other approvals; the ACHP; and other individuals and organizations with a demonstrated interest in the undertaking or the affected historic properties (36 CFR 800.2).


Please be advised that your comments are subject to being published in the EIS which is a public document. If you want to remain anonymous, submit comments by email or mail with a request to remain anonymous.

Provide any comments on the preliminary list of alternatives in the Notice of Intent (NOI) here:
  • No NSF investment in the construction and operation of an ELT in the northern hemisphere (No-Action Alternative)
  • Investment in the construction and operation of TMT located on Maunakea, Hawaii Island, Hawaii (Alternative 1)
  • Investment in the construction and operation of TMT located on Maunakea, Hawaii Island, Hawaii, with an NSF-facilitated plan to define and practice responsible astronomy in Hawaii in partnership with the Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority, the Maunakea Observatories, and the affected Hawaiian community (Alternative 2)
  • Investment in the construction and operation of TMT located on Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma, Canary Islands (Alternative 3)
Provide any comments on the environmental resources that are identified in the NOI and any anticipated environmental impacts here:
  • Cultural resources: traditional cultural properties, archaeological resources, historic buildings and structures

  • Visual resources: sensitive viewsheds

  • Socioeconomics: population and housing, economy, employment and income, education, tourism, environmental justice

  • Land use: existing plans, policies and controls; coastal zone management

  • Health and safety: natural resources, occupational health and public safety, protection of children

  • Biological resources: native, sensitive and invasive vegetation species; native, sensitive and invasive wildlife species; United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve (for Alternative 3)

  • Geological resources: geology, soils and topography, including slope stability

  • Water resources: surface water, groundwater, stormwater

  • Public services and utilities: power, communications, potable water, wastewater, solid waste

  • Traffic and transportation: traffic and roadway conditions

  • Additional resources to analyze: hazardous materials and waste, climate change, air quality, noise

Provide any other comments relevant to the scope of NSF’s environmental review here:
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