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NRC investigating case of goldfish found in nuclear plant steam tunnel

A pair of live goldfish were discovered swimming in a juice pitcher inside a steam tunnel at the Perry nuclear plant in Ohio, the Associated Press reports.

Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are reportedly investigating the incident, in which the fish, of the sort won at a carnival in transparent plastic bags, were left in a secure area. A spokesman for FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) told the AP that a contractor or plant employee almost certainly smuggled the fish into the tunnel. Workers removing scaffolding in the tunnel reportedly discovered the fish earlier in the week.

The steam tunnel is generally off limits due to the potential for radiation exposure but the plant has been offline since March. The fish later died, presumably from lack of care.

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