Delaware to distribute Potassium Iodide tablets

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and Delaware Division of Public Health have announced plans to distribute potassium iodide tablets to Delaware residents living within ten miles of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations in New Jersey.

Potassium iodide helps protect the thyroid glad from radioactive iodine getting ingested or inhaled. In the event of a nuclear emergency, the tablets would be provided in addition to evacuation assistance.

State officials will distribute the tables on Thursday, April 5, 2018, between 12:00 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Townsend Fire Station, 107 Main Street in Townsend, Delaware.

All eligible residents should have received notification by U.S. Mail. Additional information is available from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency Radiological Emergency Planning section at 302-659-3362.

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  1. Although the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has published their findings that dangerous levels of radiation would be seen for at least 50 miles downwind in a serious nuclear accident, the distribution of protective potassium iodide (KI) tablets is limited to just 10 miles.

    This makes no sense. These pill should be available to EVERYONE for at least 50 miles, since everyone (especially children) would be at risk at this distance. This was proven at Chernobyl, where children who got KI were protected, while those who didn’t developed thyroid cancer at epidemic rates. Just ask the World Health Organization (or see their report on the Chernobyl accident).

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