Group of surfers to protest plan to dump nuclear waste at former San Onofre nuclear power plant

Posted at 5:32 AM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 13:14:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A group of surfers will don hazmat gear to protest a plan that calls for the burial of nuclear waste on the site of the former San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

On Friday afternoon, a group of surfers wearing hazmat suits, concerned citizens dressed as mermaids, musicians and other activists will gather at the Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego to call attention to the potential consequences of the proposal.

The plan is for waste from the San Onofre plant -- which was shut down in 2012 due to leaks -- to be stored about 100 feet from the ocean and a popular beach.

"It just seems like an act of insanity to think that we can bury nuclear waste in the sand, on a fault line, for an earthquake, in a tsunami zone, and expect no repercussions for that," said activist Erica Rose.

A lawsuit has been filed in an attempt to block the move.

However, critics have argued that as the lawsuit drags on, construction on the storage area near the beach continues.