The Advocates- Is Indian Point Safe? February 6, 2008


“The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

February 6, 2008

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM on your dial, or you can listen to its live streaming at  One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. Today’s topic is about theIndian Point Nuclear Plant, which is located 24 miles from New York City on the bank of the Hudson River.  The first hijacked plane flew right past Indian Point 6 minutes before it struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  The 9/11 Commission investigation revealed that Mohamed Atta had considered changing the target to Indian Point during his surveillance flights over the Hudson.  In 2007, the Attorney General for the state of New York filed papers challenging the re-licensing of Indian Point.  Westchester County, the county in which Indian Point is located, has also called for Indian Point’s closure. (Note: Monday’s Journal News front-page story, “NRC staff seeks to gag Westchester on Indian Point federal license review!”


Our guest is Ms. Michel Lee, who hasspent 20 years as a trial attorney prosecuting cases for and against corporations and representing a wide variety of industries (manufacturing, aerospace, finance, property development and insurance).  Her work involved a diverse array of cases including pentagon procurement fraud, RICO, First Amendment, and discrimination litigation.  After obtaining a post-doctoral degree, she specialized in conducting internal investigations for institutions and corporations, which were having severe internal problems such as whistleblower complaints. She is currently Senior Policy Analyst for Promoting Health and Sustainable Energy (PHASE), an energy policy think tank.


She also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS),, an international nuclear industry watchdog organization based in the Washington D.C area. Michel is a member of the Steering Committee of the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC),, a coalition of over 70 public interest, public health, civic, environmental and citizen groups which formed in response to a flood of citizen concerns about the safety of the Indian Point nuclear power plants after 9/11.*  Michel chairs the public interest group the Council on Intelligent Energy & Conservation Policy (CIECP), which is a member of IPSEC.


Michel was also in the Soviet Union four years following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and frequently lectures on Chernobyl issues. We will also have Ms. Allegra Dengler, a former trustee of the Village of Dobbs Ferry, who has been active in the Town of Greenburgh and Westchester County regarding the debate over Indian Point. 


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Meanwhile, the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “ issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow. Over the years, the “public policy” of the United States has changed or has been modified greatly. As an example, “free public education” is the public policy of the United States. Also, over time great struggles have ensued over the control of the direction of “public policy” For example: free trade vs. protectionism, slavery vs. emancipation, state’s rights vs. Federalism, and an all-volunteer armed forces or the “draft.”


Richard J. Garfunkel 




Shows Coming up:


Nicolaus Mills – Professor of American Studies at Sarah Lawrence College: Talks about his book on George C. Marshall, “Winning the Peace.”

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