SAN DIEGO — The owner of the San Onofre nuclear plant is now willing to consider removing tons of radioactive waste instead of storing it at the Southern California coastal site.

Attorneys for Southern California Edison and its opponents asked a San Diego judge on Friday to postpone an April 14 lawsuit hearing so they can pursue a settlement.

In a statement, Edison said it believes everyone has a "common goal" of transferring 3.6 million pounds of spent nuclear fuel off-site.

Edison previously argued the fuel could be safely stored for decades at the plant, which was shut down for good in 2013.

The group Citizens' Oversight sued Edison and the California Coastal Commission two years ago after regulators approved development of a storage facility within 100 feet of the shoreline.