A Michigan sheriff’s department is determining whether bones that washed into an American Electric Power Co. (AEP:US) nuclear plant yesterday are human remains.
Divers clearing storm debris from the Donald C. Cook nuclear plant on Lake Michigan yesterday found the bone fragments. The twin-reactor plant, located in Bridgman, Michigan, reported the find to local law enforcement officials and federal regulators, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a daily report posted on its website.
Berrien County sheriff’s officials collected the bones and are determining if they are human, Bill Schalk, a plant spokesman, said in a phone interview.
“Obviously, it’s quite rare” for bones to turn up in a nuclear plant’s water intake system, Scott Burnell, a spokesman for the federal atomic agency, said in an e-mail. “Of course, the report did say ‘potential human remains,’ so we’ll see what the local law enforcement agencies determine.”
Divers found 6-inch (15 centimeter) and 4-inch bone fragments as they cleaned rocks, driftwood and other debris from screens that filter lake water that flows into the plant through three 16-foot-wide tunnels, Schalk said.
A spokesman for the Berrien County’s sheriff’s office in St. Joseph, Michigan, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
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