Medication available soon to residents near nuclear reactors
(MCT) — CLINTON — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday it will again issue radiation medication to residents within 10 miles of a nuclear reactor, including the facility in Clinton, though a spokeswoman stressed no accidents or other problems are anticipated.
IEMA Director Jonathon Monken said participating Walgreen’s stores in communities with nuclear reactors will make available potassium iodide, or KI, pills next month. KI doses protect the thyroid from radioactive iodine that may be released during a reactor breakdown, by preventing it from entering the thyroid.
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