Department of Health distributing free potassium iodide tablets to Pennsylvania residents near the state’s four active nuclear power plants

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Department of Health will offer free potassium iodide tablets, or KI, on Thursday, Sept. 15 to Pennsylvania citizens who are within 10 miles of the state’s four active nuclear power plants as part of routine preventative efforts in the event of future emergencies.

“Emergency preparedness is a key part of public health and having potassium iodide tablets for residents living or working within 10 miles of an active nuclear facility is essential preparedness in the event of a radiological emergency,” Acting Secretary of Health and Pennsylvania general practitioner said Dr. Denise Johnson. “It is important to remember that potassium iodide should only be taken when requested by state health officials or the governor, and does not replace emergency radiological evacuation at any of Pennsylvania’s four active nuclear facilities.”

KI can add another level of protection when required to be used. It helps protect the thyroid from harmful radioactive iodine and can be taken by anyone who is not allergic to it. It is safe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, people taking thyroid medications, children and babies. Individuals who are unsure whether they should take potassium iodide should ask a doctor and only take when requested by state health officials or the governor.

The state’s four active nuclear facilities are tightly regulated, safe and well maintained.

The facilities are Beaver Valley Power Station; Limerick Generating Station; Nuclear power plant with fishing bottom; and the Susquehanna Steam Power Station.

The tablets are available to all Pennsylvania citizens living or working within 10 miles of the state’s four active nuclear power plants by visiting a distribution center listed below on Sept. 15 by calling the Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH or by visiting a county and municipal health department or state health center.

People who require KI tablets can do this for other family members or for those who are unable to get the tablets on their own. School districts and employers within a 10-mile radius can also arrange the supply of KI tablets from the department.

KI tablets will be distributed in the following locations. No appointments are required.

Beaver Valley Power Station – September 15, 2022, 2pm to 7pm

  • Beaver Valley Mall – Center at the mall, 570 Beaver Valley Mall Blvd. Monaco, PA, 15061

Limerick Generating Station – September 15, 2022, 2pm to 7pm

  • Keystone Steam Fire Company, 240 North Walnut St. Boyertown, Pennsylvania, 19512
  • Chester Co Department of Health: Kimberton Fire Company Banquet Hall, 2276 Kimberton Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460 (13: 00-19: 00)
  • Montgomery Co. Department of Health, Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St. Pottstown, PA 19464 (from 9:00 to 15:00)

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station – September 15, 2022, 2pm to 7pm

  • Peach Bottom Recreation Center, 5 Pendyrus St. Delta, PA, 17314
  • East Drumore Township Municipal Building, 925 Robert Fulton Hwy., Quarryville, PA, 17566
  • Chester Co Department of Health: Kimberton Fire Company Banquet Hall, 2276 Kimberton Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460 (13: 00-19: 00)

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station – September 15, 2022, times vary by location:

  • Luzerne County Community College – Public Security Center, 1333 South Prospect St. Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, 18634 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Butler Township Community Center (Gym), 411 West Butler Drive, Drums, PA 18222 from 2pm to 7pm
  • Berwick Town Hall, 1800 N. Market St. Berwick, PA 18603 from 1pm to 6pm

Information sheets explaining how many KI tablets should be taken, when to take the tablets and how to store them are provided in the packs. Public health nurses can also answer questions about the trial by telephone.

More information on potassium iodide (KI) tablets and nuclear power plant safety can be found on the Department of Health website at health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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