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4 teenagers sue the state of Hawaii

On June 1, 14 teenagers aged 9-18 filed a petition sue the government Hawaii, the US state, accused the government of violating the state’s constitution by operating a transportation system that harms the environment.

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A highway in Hawaii

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The plaintiffs also allege that their right to a clean environment has been violated, according to AP.

According to the lawsuit, the defendant is the Hawaii Transportation Authority and its head is Jade Butay, as well as Governor David Ige. The plaintiffs say the Hawaii Department of Transportation has always prioritized highway construction over other forms of transportation, asking the court to declare the state obligated to environmental protection for the benefit of present and future generations.

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