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Honolulu Irradiator

Case Number # 6395

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.

Press Releases

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Facility moved following earlier legal challenge
Thursday, July 8, 2010
NRC staff ordered to analyze non-nuclear technologies, alternate sites
Monday, August 31, 2009
NRC staff ordered to analyze transportation accidents, alternatives
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Public has opportunity to weigh in at February 1 hearing
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Concerned citizens secure public input on controversial project
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Environmental and disaster review of airport project necessary
Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Threats from tsunamis, hurricanes, terrorism not evaluated