Police Investigate Bones Found in Cook Nuclear Plant Intake

Divers cleaning the water intake at Michigan's D.C. Cook nuclear plant recently pulled out what they believed could be human remains.

D.C. Cook nuclear plant. Source: NRCIn a report filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, American Electric Power said the divers found bone fragments in the plant's screen house Tuesday afternoon and later gave them to police. Operations at the reactors, both running at full power at the time, were not affected.

Bloomberg quoted a plant spokesman as saying the Berrien County Sheriff's Office is determining if the bones are human. The fragments were between 6 inches and 4 inches long. The plant draws water from Lake Michigan 13 miles south of Benton Harbor, Mich., and about 50 miles east of Chicago.

Since the mid-1970s AEP has operated two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors at the plant, together generating about 2,150 megawatts, according to the company.

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