Protesters rally to speak out against dumping of nuclear waste at San Onofre beach

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) —  A protest is being held downtown Friday to speak out against the dumping of nuclear waste in San Onofre.

Citizens Oversight, Inc. et al filed a lawsuit against the Coastal Commission to block the permit they granted to Southern California Edison to bury 3.6 million pounds of high-level nuclear waste only 100 feet from the ocean and inches over the high water mark.

The hearing, originally scheduled for April 14, has been postponed until July 14 to allow both parties to attempt to reach a settlement. "Settlements are a very common outcome in cases like this and we are hoping we can work together to find a sane approach to dealing with this waste, and not placing our coastline in danger of becoming radioactive and off-limits for human recreation,"said Ray Lutz, National Coordinator for Citizens Oversight.

Lutz will be speaking at the press conference regarding the settlement process and plans for public involvement in the near future.

Related Link: Owners consider off-site storage of San Onofre nuclear waste

Citizens Oversight will be conducting public participation events to hear from the public about their concerns to be carried into the settlement talks starting in about two weeks, both in San Diego County and in Orange County. The time and dates of these meetings will be announced at this event on April 14.

Participants have promised 75 hazmat gear performers and "the mermaids" expressing their freedom of speech concerns at this street event.

Related Link: Congresswoman says burying San Onofre waste at beach ignores safety of people and environment

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