Potassium Iodide tablets being distributed to PA residents living near Nuclear Power Plants

Adan Salazar Infowars.com August 10, 2012

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health is giving away Potassium Iodide tablets to anyone living near any of the five nuclear power plants located throughout the state.

The Department of Health issued this press release on the 6th:

The Department of Health is again providing free potassium iodide, or KI, tablets on Thursday, Aug. 9, to help Pennsylvanians be prepared for public health emergencies involving nuclear facilities.

Pennsylvanians who live, work or attend school within a 10-mile radius of one of the state’s five nuclear power plants can get free potassium iodide, or KI, tablets.

There is no information in the press release on exactly why the Health Department has decided to give away KI tablets, but a report from last year said it was a monthly occurrence. The importance of taking the tablets is noted in the release:

“Taken as directed during a radiological emergency, KI can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine. Individuals should only take KI tablets when directed to do so by state health officials or the governor.”

The Exelon Corporation, the company that owns the Limerick Generating Station, late last month took Unit 2 offline due to a possible malfunction in a main steam valve, indicated by a rise in temperatures. According to the AP, Plant spokeswoman Dana Melia said that the valve could only be replaced if the reactor was taken offline.

They further noted that the Unit 1 reactor had to be shut down due to an electrical problem on July 18, but that it is now fully operational.

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