Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 15:47:04 -0700 (PDT)

What if San Onofre Nuclear Plant were attacked?

Irvine -- In the wake of the terrorist attacks September 11 out east, how vulnerable is Orange County and surrounding areas? Press reports mostly mention Disneyland as a likely target but just fewer than 30 miles south of Irvine lies the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Clemente just south of the county line. What would happen if it became a terrorist's target?

On KUCI's Subversity show Friday September 21, 2001, we chat with Harvey Wasserman, a specialist on nuclear dangers, about that. He argues that nuclear plants such as San Onofre's should have been shut down immediately after the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., and remain closed.

The show airs live from 5-6 p.m. on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, and via on the Web.

In an essay, Nuclear Terrorism, Nuclear Safety, Wasserman writes:

We'll also chat with Wasserman about California's disastrous experience with energy deregulation. His latest work, The Last Energy War (Seven Stories Press), is a history of utility deregulation with a focus on the California crisis.

Wasserman was arrested at Diablo Canyon in 1984 and spent three nights in county jail. He has been working to shut the nuclear power industry since 1974. He's the senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information & Resource Service.

Wasserman has been called "perhaps the best known reporter on nuclear topics" (by the S.F. Review of Books). New Age Journal says "Harvey Wasserman has staked a valid claim to the long-unfulfilled position of historian for a new, emerging generation." He also wrote Harvey Wasserman's History of the United States. His "Sixth Column" appears bi-weekly in the Columbus (Ohio) Alive.

To chat with Wasserman, call (949) 824-5824 during the show. You can also send queries to


Cites to San Onofre in OC Weekly | San Onofre impact reports and emergency plans at UCI Library | Map of San Onofre facility and state beach.


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