Goldfish in pitcher at U.S. nuclear plant disposed of as radioactive waste — Official: “We’re not aware of a leak from primary coolant system”

Published: May 7th, 2013 at 4:31 pm ET
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Timesonline.com, May 4, 2013: In the latest in a string of security slipups, the company found a pair of radioactive goldfish swimming in a juice pitcher filled with reactor water in an underground steam tunnel at its Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio. [...] This fishy finding comes on the heels of the discovery at another FirstEnergy plant — a former contractor breached a security fence and stole 1,400 pounds of copper over a period of four months.

Practical Fishkeeping, May 7, 2013: Unfortunately the two fish died and tests later revealed them to be ‘slightly radioactive’, although it’s unclear whether their deaths occurred due to exposure to the contaminated water, or lack of care. Their bodies were disposed of as radioactive waste. [...] A spokesperson for the NRC said: “I can’t speculate where the contaminated water could have come from. There are locations in the plant that have slightly radioactive water. We are not aware of any type of leak from the primary coolant system.”

See also: Goldfish swimming in reactor water at U.S. nuclear plant -- Died soon after... "The radiation could not have killed them" -- NRC investigating, concerns about worker morale

Published: May 7th, 2013 at 4:31 pm ET
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19 comments to Goldfish in pitcher at U.S. nuclear plant disposed of as radioactive waste — Official: “We’re not aware of a leak from primary coolant system”

  • norbu norbu

    "A spokesperson for the NRC said: "I can’t speculate where the contaminated water could have come from. There are locations in the plant that have slightly radioactive water". A nuclear plant, they dont know where radioactive water came from, "slightly" radioactive? what doe's this mean. circus…..
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  • f3ck4r f3ck4r

    slightly radioactive?! like the slightly radioactivity in pacific, japan, everywhere..

    Oh! and the coolant?! they r not aware?!

    And we are the dumbfucks..

    And the lie continued (Scene 210270128270187208210, Action!)


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  • weeman

    My guess is a worker at plant sees the breeches in protocol in plant and does not want to loss his job and has found a rather nice way of pointing it out to the company, if so nice one.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    A, b, c d goldfish?

    L, m n o goldfish…..

    There are a fair number of people working at nuclear sites that have their own agendas. You don't get that much intelligence in one place without some serious quirks.


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  • Replacant Replacant

    I guess they were all out of red herrings


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  • Hot Tuna Hot Tuna

    I guess "disposed of as radioactive waste" simply means throwing them into the nearest river, right?


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    • m a x l i

      I guess not. Why waste it when there is money in it? I bet they mixed them with retired racehorse until the mix was under the legal radiation limit and sold it as Perry's Fish Burger.


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    The people in these plants must have lost their minds due to the crap they have to put with to retain their jobs, sad is not even close to what most of these workers may be going through, knowing they helping to keep silent when they should be shouting at the highest levels of earth! Will they grow a back bone or keep that yellow strip down their backs?


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  • shadowfax

    They're not dead,they're just pining for the fiords.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Low Level Nuclear Radiation In Food And Water
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/p/low-level-nuclear-radiation-in-food-and.html

    Radioactive Bananas? Peeling The Mystery; via @AGreenRoad http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/radioactive-bananas-peeling-mystery.html

    How many radioactive goldfish can we eat and still stay safe?


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  • pcjensen

    is someone collecting all this humor for a nuclear world comic book?


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    • pcjensen

      after saying that, I realize – that may be a great way to help raise awareness and put the fire under people's butts to get them motivated to protest these damned death machines. Anyone?


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      • kongrufus kongrufus

        At one time i even suggested making T-shirts with a rad-logo and a punchline i saw one from the community here use in a comment on the front, and a list of NPP-accidents in a form resembling a tour date-list fom a rockband, with the text "coming to a plant near you" and "we ALL live downwind! or "hell of a way to boil water" placed above and below the list.

        Ex: COMING TO A PLANT NEAR YOU!

        ?-?-1953, Windscale, UK. R1
        ?-?-1979, Three Mile Island, USA. R2.
        4-28-1986, Chernobyl, USSR. R4.
        3-11-2011, Fukushima, JPN. R1,2,3, SFP1,2,3,4.

        This is done from (poor) memory, so dates and reactor numbers might need adjustment :-D


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  • kongrufus kongrufus

    @Pcjensen:

    I very much agree! I have been saying that for a long time now :-)

    Back when the 2012-scare was peaking, i kept saying to friends and co-workers worrying about that that they shouldn't worry – "the world already ended on march 11 2011. Most people just won't discover it until 20-30 years from now!" That line gave me tonnes more questions than i ever got when i started out with saying "The Fukushima accident is something you should learn about" or "This is why cesium is bad for you"

    Not that people don't need that info, we just have to grab their attention first.


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  • zaner8 zaner8

    Salutations: Everywhere curbside recycle bins, drop your hot wife er
    fish with genetically enhanced food.


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  • pcjensen

    wondering if Tom Tomorrow might be interested in helping to create that nuclear world comic book… anyone have a line to Tom?


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