WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Emergency management officials plan to distribute more than 1 million potassium iodide tablets to residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the Millstone Power Station.
The pills reduce the likelihood of developing thyroid cancer by protecting the thyroid from radioactive iodine isotopes that can be released after a severe nuclear power plant accident.
They’re distributed periodically in the nine-town area around the Waterford plant.
The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/14HURg7 ) that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will send 1.28 million 65-mg tablets to the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection in the coming months.
Adults would take two pills and children weighing less than 100 pounds would take one.
Emergency management directors will distribute the pills in East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Lyme, Waterford and Fishers Island, N.Y.
Scott DeVico, spokesman for the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, said Connecticut will stockpile a small number of the pills, but most will be given to the towns to distribute to residents.
Joe Sastre, emergency management director for Groton, said officials will emphasize that the best use of the pills is for youngsters because older people have a reduced risk of contracting thyroid cancer.
The towns also will supply large quantities to local colleges, schools, day care centers, nursing homes and major employers, Sastre said.
Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said the pills are intended to supplement the sheltering and evacuation of populations around a nuclear plant if there were an accident. Two batches of pills supplied to the region in 2007 will expire in February and April, he said.
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