Please report this in CVS, NPEs are always bad. The problem seems to be that you have no active application context. What are you invoking the EJB from?
Ah, ok. Thanks for the hint. This was invoked from one of the remaining jsps in my app (instead of JSF).
I am currently turning a lot of 'pure' jsps into JSF pages.
"report this in CVS"? Do you mean jira?