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 3rd, 2013 at 12:00 am ET


Title: FirstEnergy finds goldfish in Perry nuclear plant, NRC investigating
Source: The Plain Dealer
Author: John Funk
Date: May 2, 2013

A pair of radioactive goldfish has been found swimming in a lemonade pitcher in the bowels of the Perry nuclear power plant. […]

The fishy tale has prompted federal regulators to ask a lot of new questions about morale at Perry and whether plant operators can control access to radioactive areas as required by regulation. […]

The tunnel is off-limits as a radiation area when the reactor is running.

Waste in the bottom of the pitcher convinced investigators that the fish had not been in the container for very long […]

Chemists in Perry’s laboratory quickly determined that the clear water in the pitcher was reactor water – and that the fish and the water were only slightly radioactive, due to the long maintenance shutdown. […]

Still, early Thursday morning, both of the 1½-inch-long fish died. […]

“They did not have exposure to enough radioactivity to hurt them. It was probably due to lack of care before they got to the plant. The radiation could not have killed them.” –Perry spokeswoman Jennifer Young

See also: Life-threatening incident during refueling 2 years ago at Perry — 3 contractors exposed to ‘hard radiation’

Published: May 3rd, 2013 at 12:00 am ET


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33 comments to 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

  • norbu norbu

    Are you serious? A lemonade pitcher? With gold fish? WoW is this real?

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      When you no longer trust the people who read your dosimeters or calibrate the sensors, you improvise.

      Only a suicidal person in great debt would continue to work at most of these NPP's.

      • We Not They Finally

        Whats a little more denial among friends….Now Goldfish wont die from radiation. Are they serious?

  • Tom in AZ Tom in AZ

    Of course not, MsYoung. It HAD to be something else.

    • pcjensen

      exactly – it's never the radiation! what is the matter with these people?! if it wasn't so stupid and freaky it'd be a great line for a comedy show.

  • Jebus Jebus

    worker morale

    goldfish prank

    goldfish died

    It's like an episode of "The Office"…

    kind of makes the whole "smile for protection" thing very confusing…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    You're getting dosed with radiation if you live within a hundred miles of a nuclear plant. That is how horrible the technology is.

    • nedlifromvermont

      Actually, TBP, you're getting dosed, if you breathe, anywhere on planet Earth, from radionuclides released from reactors and bomb tests, which shows the depth of the arrogance of these shit physicists, chemists, electrical engineers and nucleocrats, who have sold their souls to this death, (so-called) "industry" which paid for its coddling by Congress (no real liability insurance policy required for nuke operators!!! STILL!!! fifty-six years after Price-Anderson Act first passed, in order to enable this "critical", so-called "industry") …

      The whole thing is so stinking ludicrous, it's amazing we keep swillin' their BS!!

      I mean, powerful, wealthy, connected professors at august places like MIT keep singing this nuclear song "no one gets a meaningful dose …" and yet the cancers and the autisms keeps increasing …

      Their fellow scientists, doctors, medical examiners keep cleaning up the messes of these nuclear numb nuts who are fascinated, blinded by the beauty of the atom's enormous nuclear forces … unable to break ranks with the baby-killers … and we drift, unchecked, as Einstein told us plainly, "toward unparalleled disaster" …

      • We Not They Finally

        All roads lead to the cemetary….No more cremation. Thats just spreading radiation……Wow what a time to be born? What crimes did I commit to live in the nuclear age? I probably was an adept in the dark arts…Maybe I was my hero Rasputin…God knows what The Bush family and the Clintons and Obamas were?Power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely…

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Breaking news:

      Japan preparing for dictatorship and martial law.

      "…sweeping changes proposed by Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in a draft constitution would strike at the heart of the charter with an assault on basic civil rights that could muzzle the media, undermine gender equality and generally open the door to an authoritarian state…"

      "The draft deletes a guarantee of basic human rights and prescribes duties, such as submission to an undefined "public interest and public order". The military would be empowered to maintain that "public order."

      • We Not They Finally

        That was totally predictable the instant Abe stepped into office. Only 24.6% voted in that election, incidentally. This doesn't mean that it is the will of the Japanese people, but as a practical matter, it makes no difference. Abe had already advised prefectures OTHER THAN Fukushima to refuse Fukushima refugees. Of course it is horrible to trap any people anywhere in death camps. It just seems especially nauseating that people do it to their own. Without even a shred, not a fig leaf's worth of cover for their blatant criminality. But there is not even any world body with the teeth to take this on. People just should not be indifferent. They should not be indifferent just because it is someone else's country doing this. In the U.S., there is not even any food monitoring for radiation. We haven't a clue what the future will bring even here.

      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        Global Corporations And The 1%; Art And Science Of Deception

  • Proton

    The sad part is, these sickos are doing stuff like this for fun…

    those 2 little fish's survival (or not) may have had quite the office bet pool going…

    House Wins! Flush'em

  • DeSwiss DeSwiss

    Goldfish in reactor water = Canary in mine shaft. :-/

  • m a x l i

    Forget multiple core melts, shaky, crumbling spent-fuel ponds, leaking waste-storage containers, dying sea lions!

    Now we have serious problems: Someone brought TWO GOLD FISH into a nuclear power plant. Raise the alarm! The terroristic perpetrators need to be hunted down! The FBI have set up a task force. The marines are sealing off the area. The president will be addressing the nation any minute…

    By the way: The goldfish died from psychological problems. Would you like to spend your life in a lemonade pitcher in a dark steam tunnel? Off course not!

    Before I forget it: Nuclear power is safe and a bit of radiation is good for you.

  • skizexq skizexq

    So, so you think you can tell
    Heaven from Hell,
    Blue skys from pain.
    Can you tell a green field
    From a cold steel rail?
    A smile from a veil?
    Do you think you can tell?

    And did they get you to trade
    Your heros for ghosts?
    Hot ashes for trees?
    Hot air for a cool breeze?
    Cold comfort for change?
    And did you exchange
    A walk on part in the war
    For a lead role in a cage?

    How I wish, how I wish you were here.
    We're just two lost souls
    Swimming in a fish bowl,
    Year after year,
    Running over the same old ground.
    What have we found?
    The same old fears.
    Wish you were here.

  • harengus_acidophilus

    "animal stories"

    Yellow press style.
    Pointing at emotions.


  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Sentiment would be far different if it were a pair of dolphins swimming in reactor water. Though it might be better than swimming in the Pacific.

  • fill er up

    they get away with mass murder while they look to execute jodi arias and others

    • We Not They Finally

      We know what you mean, but Jodi Arias is a fairly bad example. Even people against capital punishment might want to throw away the key on her.

  • We Not They Finally

    Population control….Aim 6 billion people dead. You call that mass murder? I call it World Policy….At all cost eliminate unwanted un needed humans…The 1% of the 1% claim the world belongs to them…

    New home for the survivors underground…Martial law? Pole shift?
    Plague? Whatever works…Maybe even WW111? Dont forget massive radiation contamination and the DNA disaster that ruins humanity forever..And destroys the food cycle,The world ecology, and any reason to continue…

  • Baha 2012 Baha 2012

    As we set on the crust of this heating rock … for sure this world is turning into a predestined zone of hell .. I thank the CREATOR for that hope of the Harvest Shift .. which gather a people bearing an energy signal and character of Positive Light energy,(Loving and caring for one another in the best of their ability, staying in truth, peace and being of a none prejudice heart) .. and will gather these in the ways of Positive Light into an alternant and Higher frequency gravitational field, of a Utopia reality … where none of this hellish radio active heat and contamination can prevail nor seep into …

    18 …. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

  • RichardPerry

    “They did not have exposure to enough radioactivity to hurt them. It was probably due to lack of care before they got to the plant. The radiation could not have killed them.” -Perry spokeswoman Jennifer Young
    Are you sure they did not drowned!!! HAHA

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