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The plan to store nuclear waste at San Onofre

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant may be shut down, but now, there are controversial plans for the site.

Besides the controversy surrounding the San Onofre power plant shutdown, and whether ratepayers were left to pay billions of dollars to clean up the mess, now, the Southern California Edison wants to store nuclear waste at the former site.

Activists worry it could lead to a bigger disaster.

Consumer attorneys have made a plea to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to start weighing options where Southern California Edison wants to store nuclear waste at the former San Onofre power plant.

"We cannot go to sleep right now, and let them put this nuclear waste permanently in North County San Diego without a protest," said attorney Michael Aguirre.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider entering a $1.6 million dollar agreement with South California Edison to provide off site emergency planning for the San Onofre nuclear generating station.

"Expand the discussion and the focus. Don't just figure out how to put out the fire, but figure out how to prevent the fire," said attorney Maria Severson.

San Onofre was shut down in 2012 after a small radiation leak lead to the discovery of damaged tubing.

Attorneys Severson and Aguirre fear the damage that could happen if millions of nuclear waste is stored near the ocean.

"Even if they move it across the freeway a few miles just as an interim that would be a safer location than to leave it on the seashore," said Aguirre.

Activists would rather not see millions of pounds of nuclear waste stored in Southern California.

A Southern California Edison spokesperson said it is committed to paying the state until 2019 to support emergency planning efforts.

In July, warrants were served at the Public Utilities Commission and Southern California Edison offices in connection with the closure of the San Onofre power plant. 

The Attorney General wants details about the settlement agreement. 

Activists said the back room deal wrongfully made ratepayers responsible for more than $3 billion in shutdown costs. 

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