Potassium Iodide (KI) works by blocking radioactive iodine from entering the thyroid.
About 10 Years ago the distribution of Potassium Iodide in the 10 mile radius (EPC) around Salem was fought for by “Unplug Salem”, myself and others. Knowing that Europe was distributing KI around nuclear power plants for years.
Aside from cost, we encountered the following excuses:
Shelf life : KI has virtually unlimited shelf life.
Children might get a hold of it : People keep medicines in their cabinets which are far more toxic etc.
Champions of nuclear power argued that the chance of release of iodine is so small that distributing the drug would only undercut public confidence in the safety of nuclear power
Finally, the distribution in the EPC was approved around Salem/Hope Creek and most other plants. The subject of wider distribution is revisited again.
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By MATTHEW L. WALD
Published: December 6, 2009
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Merry Christmas !