KI pills to be distributed to people near nuclear plant

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - People who live, work, or go to school near the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant in Montgomery County can take steps now to prepare for a possible emergency in the future.

The Montgomery County Office of Public Health announced Monday that free potassium iodide (KI) pills will be distributed at three sites in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties on Thursday.

The distribution will take place from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Keystone Fire Company, 240 North Walnut Street in Boyertown and at the Kimberton Fire Company, 2276 Kimberton Road in East Pikeland Township, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Pottstown Health Center at 364 King Street in Pottstown.

Adults and children who live, work, or attend school within the plant's 10-mile radius will be provided with a two-day supply of the KI tablets, which can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine when taken as directed during radiological emergencies.

Businesses can obtain a one-day supply.

The KI tablets are safe for anyone not allergic to iodine, officials said.

People with pets are advised to contact their veterinarian for information.

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