Thyroid pills headed to residents near power station

Thyroid pills headed to residents near power station

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WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) - Emergency preparedness officials are preparing to distribute more than 1 million potassium iodide tablets 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 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.

Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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