Health Department is giving out free potassium iodide tablets to Pennsylvania residents near the state’s four operating nuclear power plants

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

“Emergency preparedness is a critical part of public health, and having potassium iodide tablets available to residents who live or work within 10 miles of an active nuclear facility is an important preparation in the event of a radiological emergency,” Acting Secretary of Health and Pennsylvania Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dennis Johnson said. “It is important to remember that potassium iodide should only be taken when instructed to do so by state health officials or the governor and is not a substitute for evacuation in the event of a radiological emergency at one of Pennsylvania’s four active nuclear facilities.”

KI can add another layer of protection when instructed to use it. It helps protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine and can be taken by anyone as long as they are not allergic to it. It is safe for pregnant and nursing women, people on thyroid medication, children and infants. People who are unsure whether they should take potassium iodide should ask a health care provider and take it only if instructed to do so by state health officials or the governor.

The state’s four operating nuclear facilities are highly regulated, safe and well maintained.

The facilities are the Beaver Valley Power Plant; Limerick Generating Station; Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant; and Susquehanna Steam Electric Station.

The tablets are available to all Pennsylvanians who live or work within 10 miles of the state’s four operating nuclear power plants by visiting a distribution center listed below on September 15, by calling the Department of Health at 1-877 -PA-HEALTH or visit a county and municipal health department or state health center.

People who want KI tablets can do so for other family members or for those who cannot get the tablets themselves. School districts and employers within a 10-mile radius can also arrange to have KI tablets delivered by the department.

KI tablets will be distributed at the locations below. No appointments necessary.

Beaver Valley Power Station – September 15, 2022, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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

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

  • Keystone Steam Fire Company, 240 North Walnut St. Boyertown, PA, 19512
  • Chester Co. Department of Health: Kimberton Fire Company Banquet Hall, 2276 Kimberton Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460 (1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
  • Montgomery Co. Department of Health, Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St. Pottstown, PA 19464 (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant – September 15, 2022, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

  • 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 to 19:00)

Susquehanna Steam Electric Plant – September 15, 2022, hours vary by location:

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

Information sheets explaining how many KI tablets to take, when to take the tablets and how to store them are provided with the packs. Public health nurses can also answer questions about the process over the phone.

Additional information about 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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