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Can A Nuclear Plant Worker Call Herself An Environmentalist?

Mothers for Nuclear co-founder Heather Matteson is interviewed by NPR in this thought-provoking podcast about what it means to be an environmentalist.


Heather and Kristin on local talk radio

Dave Congalton hosted Mothers for Nuclear on San Luis Obispo's News Talk 920 KVEC to discuss the June 21, 2016 Diablo Canyon announcement. 

On the Future of Diablo Canyon

On the Future of Diablo Canyon

We have a wonderful mentor and friend who often reminds us that "everything will be alright in the end. If it's not alright yet, it's not the end yet." 

This morning's message from PG&E leadership on the future of Diablo Canyon was that they will not pursue the relicensing of Diablo Canyon, stating that "much of Diablo's baseload energy output will not be needed past 2025." It is hard for us to imagine a scenario where this is true, and perhaps it depends on the definition of what "need" means. 

Mothers for Nuclear Interviewed for EE News's CLIMATEWIRE

Excerpt: "In January, Shellenberger co­signed a letter to California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) making the case to keep Diablo Canyon. James Hansen, a former NASA climate scientist who made a similar jump from research to climate activism, also co­signed the letter and has joined Shellenberger in many engagements laying out the case for nuclear energy.

"Shellenberger is also organizing activists to defend Diablo Canyon. "We're talking a lot about Gandhi," he said. "You don't just write letters; you gotta march." 

One group, Mothers for Nuclear, has taken this to heart. On June 24, organizers plan to march with their families almost 100 miles from Sausalito, Calif., to the state capital, Sacramento, to attend a California State Lands Commission meeting that could decide the fate of Diablo Canyon. "I felt for many years now that working there and being able to generate greenhouse gas­free electricity, that felt like my contribution to humankind," said Heather Matteson, a co­founder of Mothers for Nuclear and a veteran employee at Diablo Canyon. "

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Diablo Canyon wins award for Mother/Baby-friendly workplace

Diablo Canyon wins award for Mother/Baby-friendly workplace

Breastfeeding in the Land of Nuclear Power

This is the story of a journey. An epic journey, in fact. One that took a handful of women from the wilderness of exclusion and obscurity to a new world of inclusion and acceptance, and no one escaped unchanged.

When I first started my career at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, I was one of the only young employees on the entire site. The majority of the workforce was mid-to-late-career males. There were some advantages to this, like gaining a whole bunch of fathers overnight. But the negatives were very real. To some, I would always be a cute little girl who was playing at engineering. To others, I was a 20+ year-younger eye candy.