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Bones Found at Michigan Nuclear Plant May Be Human

February 13, 2013

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Julie Johnsson in Chicago at jjohnsson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Susan Warren at susanwarren@bloomberg.net


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