Anti-Nuke Activists Reunite, Reflect

Oct 31, 2016

Facing stormy conditions that marched those during her first surreptitious visit to the nuclear power plant site nearby on Bodega head, retired Geologist professor Doris Sloan recounted the fortuitous chain of circumstances that enabled local activists to scuttle the project.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

When local opposition scuttled plans for an atomic energy plant on Bodega head in the early 1960s, the seeds were sown for subsequent no-nukes protests throughout California and beyond. Members of the Abalone Alliance, an early protest group, reunited in the coastal town over the weekend, to review their shared past, and consider their part in shaping a nuclear-free energy future.

Don Eichelberger, one of the organizers of the Abalone Alliance reunion gathering, said it was held now, in part to celebrate the decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon nuclear facility that they had so vigorously opposed, but also in recognition that those shared efforts were now many years past.

Documentarian Judy Irving addressed the interlocking concerns about seismic safety and nuclear proliferation in her award-winning film Dark Circle. You can see an excerpt from it below.

Even fewer of the first generation anti-nuclear activists from Bodega Bay are still alive, but Doris Sloan—who was then a Sebastopol housewife—is one. Leading off the day with a series of recollections she shared just yards away from the “Hole in the Head” – now a deep and (fenced off) pastoral pool—Sloan described her first visit to the site, bringing geophysicist Pierre Saint-Amand there in hopes they could gain access and seek out evidence of past seismic activity there.