Goldfish Saga Continues at Perry Plant: UPDATE

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For the three people following this story, the Mystery of the Perry Nuclear Plant Goldfish has been SOLVED!

Basically, two workers admitted to smuggling five goldfish into the plant earlier this year (though only two were found). Four other workers admitted to knowing about the "prank," as The PD's John Funk writes.

A quick suggestion to these jokesters: Mayhaps they'd like to take advice from middle school students in terms of pranks and humor. Come on, goldfish in a nuclear plant?

Management promises swift punishment and likely expulsion from their union. - Eric Sandy

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From May 15:

Security investigators are having a hell of a hard time tracking down the criminal or prankster or moron who left a pair of radioactive goldfish in a steam tunnel at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant earlier this month. The PD reports that the plant's surveillance footage is inconclusive because everyone's wearing yellow radioactive suits, including hoods. (So....dead end?)

To be clear, the goldfish presented no immediate safety threat. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is watching Perry's investigation closely, especially in light of a series of snafus and worker performance issues over the past few years. Right now, they're most concerned about what the goldfish say about the "culture" of the power plant, and questions surrounding unauthorized access.

"Goldfish are not authorized to be inside the tunnel, yet they were there," a representative from the Union of Concerned Scientists told the PD. "And Perry cannot determine how they got there or who put them there. What if it hadn't have been goldfish but a bomb? What might be an amusing account of misplaced goldfish today could become tomorrow's nightmare story."

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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