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THOUSANDS OF SHAD DIE FROM NUCLEAR PLANT HEAT

AmeriScan: August 11, 1999

Several thousand dead shad were found near the circulating water intake of the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in Texas on Saturday. Plant officials said the fish may have died due to stress from low oxygen levels and high temperatures. Only fish near the intake area were affected. A survey of the main reservoir from which the plant gets its cooling water revealed fewer than ten floating fish in the main water body. The plant notified the Texas Parks and Wildlife department, which said no further reporting was required. On Monday, two to three thousand shad were collected in front of the intake structure.

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