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
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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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