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

Free tablets to be distributed on Aug. 8

Posted: 4:08 PM EDT Jul 25, 2013

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

Limerick Generating Station

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station

Three Mile Island Generating Station

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

Limerick Generating Station

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