Judge tosses lawsuit over California nuclear plant fuel

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that tried to halt the transfer of used nuclear fuel at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the judge dismissed the suit with prejudice on Tuesday, meaning the same complaint can't be refiled.

San Onofre closed in 2013 but it remains home to 3.5 million pounds of spent fuel and nuclear waste. The waste is being transferred from storage pools to concrete storage holes.

The group Public Watchdogs sought an injunction to halt the transfers.

Southern California Edison, which operates the plant, says it's pleased with the judge's decision.

Public Watchdogs Executive Director Charles Langley says there is a “looming waste disaster” at the plant and the group will ask its attorneys to look into an appeal.