SAN CLEMENTE (AP) — Dozens of Southern Californians will hold a peaceful rally to remember the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan and to raise awareness about nuclear power in California.

The gathering Sunday outside the gates of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Clemente will focus on what protesters say are dangers at the plant, which is located in southern Orange County.

The rally will end with a candlelight procession and a Japanese prayer ceremony.

Southern California Edison took the San Onofre Unit 3 nuclear plant off-line last month as a precaution after detecting a leak in a tube that carries radioactive water in a steam generator.

Subsequent investigation found unusual and premature wear on hundreds of similar tubes in Unit 2.

The activists want the plant decommissioned.

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