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S.C. officials offer potassium iodide pills to residents near nuclear plants

Monday, April 29, 2013 4:16 PM
Last updated 8:28 PM
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South Carolina officials are distributing 1.2 million adult doses of potassium iodide (KI) to residents living within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone surrounding nuclear power plants in or adjacent to the state, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

“Potassium iodide provides additional protection for the thyroid gland against one form of radiation,” said DHEC Director Catherine Templeton. “It is critical to remember this is not a magic pill that protects against all types of radiation.”

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has provided the doses to the state. Supplies of the tablets, also referred to as KI tablets, will be available at health departments in 13 counties for residents living within a 10-mile radius of nuclear power plants. Residents can pick up tablets for themselves and their families beginning this week and participation is voluntary.

The expiration date for the new tablets is October 2017. Residents in possession of tablets with the May 2013 expiration date may dispose of those tablets once a new supply has been picked up.

Several distribution sites are in the vicinity of Georgia’s Plant Vogtle, which lies just across the river from South Carolina.

Aiken County Health Department, 222 Beaufort Street NE, Aiken, S.C.; (803) 642-1687.

Allendale County Health Department, 571 Memorial Ave. North, Allendale, S.C.; (803) 584-3818.

Barnwell County Health Department, 11015 Ellenton Street, Barnwell, S.C.;(803) 541-1061.

For additional information about KI, call a DHEC county public health department or DHEC’s Nuclear Response and Emergency Environmental Surveillance Section at 1-800-476-9677.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/29/13 - 04:40 pm
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Maps

Would be great!

gabhanjacisa
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gabhanjacisa 04/29/13 - 05:12 pm
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Just a'waitin' to die...

Just a'waitin' to die...

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/29/13 - 06:34 pm
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I Agree Sweet son

I would like to see the 10 mile area of the plant.

Darby
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Darby 04/29/13 - 06:35 pm
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In other words,

no help in case of a China Syndrome scenario.

commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 04/29/13 - 08:17 pm
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Nobody cares here as long as

Nobody cares here as long as they offer jobs albeit short term. Radiation.....I can take it as long as they offer jobs,get a new pickup and a double-wide. Just don't dare build a prison, low cost housing, or an abortion clinic nearby.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/29/13 - 08:30 pm
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Thanks CGee!

Maps are good! I can understand them! LOL!

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 04/30/13 - 07:28 am
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Why not Ga residents ...

.... Living near plant vogtle in and around Waynesborio?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/30/13 - 07:56 am
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Stable

Potassium iodide does not decompose; it is inherently stable. Therefore, it should not have an expiration date. I suppose the expiration date is put on the pills because the fillers and binders are not stable.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 04/30/13 - 09:33 am
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Expiration dates

I think it goes back to the law that passed in 1979 that mandated that drug companies stamp expiration dates on drugs that are manufactured. Based on what I've read, most drugs are viable well after the expiration dates (with a few exceptions) but that their potency may diminish as time goes on. Or you could subscribe to the theory that the drug companies use the expiration dates as a ploy to keep supplies fresh keeping their revenue streams going....

David Parker
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David Parker 04/30/13 - 09:48 am
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Yes, medication doesn't

Yes, medication doesn't "expire" and drug-distributors are trying to move product.

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Bodhisattva 04/30/13 - 01:32 pm
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Lead drawers at Victoria's

Lead drawers at Victoria's Secret?

Darby
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Darby 05/02/13 - 11:45 am
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"Lead drawers at Victoria's Secret?"

I don't look good in lead.

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