Sunday, May 05, 2013

Radioactive goldfish found inside nuclear power plant

An investigation is underway by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission after a pair of radioactive goldfish were discovered swimming in a lemonade pitcher in the steam tunnel of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Ohio.

The Perry Nuclear Power Plant is located about 40 miles northeast of Cleveland in North Perry, Ohio, and is situated near the coast Lake Erie.

Jennifer Young, a spokeswoman for the plant, said: "Clearly somebody brought the two goldfish into the plant. They did not swim into the plant." Young said investigators are pretty sure these two came in through the front door, probably in a plastic bag in someone's pocket.

The two fish were discovered when crews were taking down scaffolding earlier this week following a maintenance shutdown of the plant. Investigators are now questioning employees and contractors, and are also reviewing video recordings of the tunnel. Young added that the fish were only slightly radioactive. Both fish, however, died on Thursday, but likely due to lack of care and not radiation.

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