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Honolulu Irradiator

Case Overview

Earthjustice has been fighting to ensure adequate environmental review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of an application to build a Cobalt-60 irradiator to treat fruit and vegetables for fruit flies at a site located in a tsunami evacuation zone and near active runways at the Honolulu International Airport, residential neighborhoods and schools.

In August 2009, the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruled the NRC Staff had illegally refused to consider the impacts from accidents that might occur while radioactive cobalt is transported to and from the irradiator and also failed to consider reasonable alternatives (non-nuclear technology and alternate sites) that could accomplish the project's purpose with fewer threats to public health and safety and the environment.

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Concerned Citizens of Honolulu

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