New Stock of Potassium Iodine Pills Available
Plymouth residents within 10 miles of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are eligible to receive free Potassium Iodine (KI) pills to protect them in the event of a radioactive release.
State health officials are restocking local health departments with Potassium Iodine (KI) pills.
The KI pills, which would protect residents’ thyroid glands in the event of a radiological emergency at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, are available to Plymouth residents within 10 miles of the plant along with those from the Cape and Islands. Officials are encouraging residents, especially those with children, to keep the pills in their emergency kits.
The restocking, which last occurred in 2007, is pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Ch. 111, Sec. 5K.
According to capecodonline.com, the pills are courtesy of Entergy Corp., Pilgrim’s owner-operator. The pills run about 35 cents each, making the company’s total cost under $600,000.
KI pills are available at the Emergency Operations Center, 2209 State Road.