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Potassium iodide tablets available for those near nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania

Published On: Jul 25 2013 04:08:44 PM EDT

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is stepping up efforts to protect people who live near nuclear power plants.

The health department will distribute free potassium iodide tablets on Aug. 8 to those who live, work or attend school within a 10-mile radius of one of the state's five nuclear power plants.

Potassium iodide, or KI, can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine when taken as directed during radiological emergencies, health officials said.


Each adult will receive four 65-milligram tablets; children will be given smaller doses based on their age. Individuals can pick up KI tablets for other family members or those who are unable to pick them up on their own.

For those within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant, the tablets will be available between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 at following locations:

Beaver Valley Power Station

  • Beaver County Emergency Services, 351 14th St., Ambridge
  • Center at the Mall, 284 Beaver Valley Mall Blvd., Monaca
  • Primary Health Network, 1302 Seventh Ave., Beaver Falls

Limerick Generating Station

  • Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville
  • Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station

  • Peach Bottom Community Center, 5 Pendyrus St., Delta

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station

  • Berwick Fire Department, Reliance Hose Company #1, 501 W. Third St., Berwick
  • Butler Township Community Center, 415 W. Butler Drive, Drums
  • Luzerne County Community College, Public Safety Training Institute, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke

Three Mile Island Generating Station

  • Fairview Township Fire Department, 340 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland
  • Goldsboro Municipal Building, 53 N. York St., Etters
  • Hummelstown Fire Hall, 249 E. Main St., Hummelstown
  • Londonderry Township Building, 783 S. Geyers Church Road, Middletown

KI tablets will also be available at the following location from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 8:

Limerick Generating Station

  • Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St., Pottstown

KI tablets are also available throughout the year at county and municipal health departments or state health centers.