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

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