*October 15—POSTPONED—Preventing a West Coast Fukushima: Strategies for Safety


When: Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 10 am – 1 pm

Where: Southwestern Law School, 3rd Floor Seminar Room, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010

RSVP: Contact Denise Duffield by e-mail or by phone at 213-689-9170 ext. 104.

Admission: Admission is free of charge. Parking is $8 in the Southwestern Law School lot, which is off of Wilshire Place (see map.) Some street parking is available.

The world watched in horror and sympathy at the devastation caused by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Six months later, the radioactive releases have not stopped, but the media coverage largely has, leaving the public to believe that the crisis is under control or over and most definitely—over there.

But we too face multiple nuclear threats. California’s nuclear power plants are aging, in seismically active areas, and vulnerable to accidents and error. Over 8 million people live within a 50 mile radius of San Onofre, and nearly half a million within a 50 mile radius of Diablo Canyon.

Please join Rochelle Becker, Executive Director of Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility (A4NR), to learn how to get involved in efforts to reduce and eliminate the threats posed by California’s aging nuclear reactors.

PSR-LA recently joined A4NR in presenting clear recommendations to the California Energy Commission. Ultimately, we seek to amend the California moratorium on new nuclear power and add a prohibition for re-licensing aging reactors. In light of a failed off-site storage solution, increased seismic concerns, inadequate emergency planning and insufficient liability coverage, operation of nuclear reactors in California beyond their current license should cease.

This is a tall order but within reach and imperative to protecting the health of our communities now and far into the future. Please join us on October 15 to learn more about what you can do to help us create a safer, healthier California! Click here to download flyer.

Founded in 2008, the PSR-LA Ambassador Program works to create a cadre of informed and dedicated health professionals in Los Angeles who can speak to the community, the media, and elected officials about nuclear security issues from our unique and influential perspective.

Rochelle Becker has been active on nuclear safety issues in California for 35 years. She co-founded the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility in 2005 to focus on her experience working with elected representatives and oversight agencies – both state and federal.

Rochelle has testified before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, California Energy Commission, Regional Water Quality Control Board, as well as the state legislature and Congress. She is currently intervening on license renewal issues at the CPUC and sits on the state’s review committee analyzing water-related impacts from aging reactors.

Rochelle was instrumental in gaining the support of California’s Attorney General (AG) and the County of San Luis Obispo for federal appeals and continues work with the county and AG’s office.

Rochelle met with NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko in March of 2010 to request the agency stay PG&E’s request for a license renewal and work in collaboration with California’s oversight agencies to investigate new seismic information. While in our nation’s capitol she also met with Deputy Secretary of Energy Peter Lyons, to discuss the risks of storing thousands of tons of highly radioactive waste on California’s fragile coast.

Rochelle has also worked with organizations on safety issues at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Since Fukushima, she has done dozens of interviews and the media is following the Alliiance’s focus on state jurisdictional concerns. The Alliance is closely monitoring Southern California Edison’s efforts to push towards license renewal at SONGS.

Rochelle Becker has been quoted in articles and published Op Ed’s in local, state and nationwide newspapers. She is often interviewed radio and television network and outlets including NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR’s California Report, KPFA, KPFK, NOW, Newsweek and the New York Times.

Rochelle has won several environmental awards over the years. Rochelle’s non-environmental community activism includes: founding the birthday program for homeless children at the Santa Barbara County’s after school program in Santa Maria; working on Child Abuse issues in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County; president of the Camp Fire Board, and Executive Director of the March of Dimes in Santa Maria.

When not working directly on nuclear power safety concerns, Rochelle has helped to guide the board of directors, as the president of The Utility Reform Network (TURN) on issues that influence our state’s utility customers. She represented TURN at community hearings in San Diego during the state’s energy “crisis.”

Rochelle Becker graduated from the University of San Francisco. She lives with her husband of 44 years in Grover Beach, and also in San Diego, where her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters live full time.

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