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.
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.