Nuclear Regulatory Commission public meetings on Depleted Uranium in Hawai’i

NRC public meetings on Army’s DU permit application

August 24th, 1:00 pm

Hawaii Army National Guard’s Wahiawa Armory 487 FA, at 77-230 Kamehameha Highway in Mililani

August 25th, 6 – 8:30 pm

Wahiawa District Park – Hale Koa Nutrition Site, 1139 Kilani Ave., in Wahiawa

August 26th, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona

August 27th, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Hilo High School, 556 Waianuenue Ave., in Hilo


Office of Public Affairs
Telephone: 301/415-8200
Washington, DC 20555-0001

No. 09-135 August 17, 2009


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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of opportunity to request a hearing on a license application from the U.S. Army for possession of depleted uranium at two installations in Hawaii where depleted uranium remains from munitions training during the 1960s.

Enough depleted uranium remains on the sites to require an NRC possession license and environmental monitoring and physical security programs to ensure protection of the public and the environment.

NRC staff will hold public meetings in Oahu on Aug. 24 and 25, in Kona on Aug. 26 and Hilo on Aug. 27, to explain how the agency will review the Army’s license application and – if the license is subsequently granted – monitor and enforce the license to ensure there is no danger to public health and safety or the environment. Finally, the agency is requesting public comment on the Army’s plan.

In the 1960s, the Army used M101 spotting rounds made with depleted uranium in training soldiers with the Davy Crockett recoilless gun. The M101 rounds were used at proving grounds at Schofield Barracks on Oahu and the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Island of Hawaii until 1968. Fragments of expended rounds remain on the ground in impact areas of those training ranges.

Following a site visit to Schofield Barracks on Aug. 24, NRC staff will conduct a meeting with Army representatives at the Hawaii Army National Guard’s Wahiawa Armory 487 FA, at 77-230 Kamehameha Highway in Mililani, beginning at 1 p.m. This meeting will be primarily for Army officials to discuss their monitoring plans for managing the depleted uranium. Members of the public are welcome to attend and will have a chance to talk with NRC staff after the business portion of the meeting but before the meeting adjourns.

NRC staff will brief the public on the agency’s license review process on Aug. 25 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Wahiawa District Park – Hale Koa Nutrition Site, 1139 Kilani Ave., in Wahiawa. Similar meetings will be held Aug. 26 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, and Aug. 27 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Hilo High School, 556 Waianuenue Ave., in Hilo.

To request an adjudicatory hearing on this application, potential parties must demonstrate standing by showing how the proposed license might affect them. They must also raise at least one admissible contention challenging the license application. Guidance on how to file a petition for a hearing is contained in a Notice of License Application and Opportunity for Hearing, published Aug. 13 in the Federal Register and available online at

The deadline for requesting a hearing is Oct. 13. Members of the public may submit comments on the Army’s application until that date as well, to the NRC project manager, John J. Hayes, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Mail Stop T8-F5, Washington, D.C., 20055-0001, or by e-mail at

The Army license application and associated documents, including the environmental monitoring and physical security plans and site characterization studies, are available through the NRC’s ADAMS online documents database at by entering these accession numbers: ML090070095, ML091950280, ML090900423 and ML091170322.

One Comment

Deborah Ward

The Army cannot be trusted to speak the truth about the existence and extent of DU contamination of the air and ground. The people of the Big Island have been lied to on a multitude of occasions. we ask the NRC to designate an qualified neutral party to conduct appropriate testing for airborne particulates, evaluate the risk, and suggest mitigation to protect the population. The testing must be of sufficient length, sophistication, and quality to give an outcome we can trust.

I have seen 1/2 mile high clouds of soils and dust blowing toward Kona on the wind after a fire at PTA. The rish of airborne particulates must be evaluated at periods of time when the risk is high, such as windy days when the soil is bare.

Please do not blow us off. Please hold the Army accountable, and require the action we request.

Deborah Ward
Survivor of head and neck cancer, likely contracted as a result of polluted airborne particulates

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