Free Potassium Iodide August 24 for Pennsylvanians Near the State’s Five Nuclear Power Plants
The Wolfe Administration sent out a press release notifying Pennsylvania residents about free potassium iodide. Here are the details and where you can pick up tablets to protect your family in case of nuclear disaster or potential for exposure.
Thursday, August 24, to Pennsylvanians who live or work within 10 miles of the state’s five nuclear power plants can pick up potassium iodide tablets from designated locations. Details and complete press release below:
How Potassium Iodide tablets are used:
Those picking up tablets will receive specific instructions on site from community health nurses on how many pills they should receive.
“Potassium iodide is an important part of emergency preparedness for residents who live or work within 10 miles of a nuclear facility in the case of an radiological emergency,” Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine and is safe for pregnant women, children and infants. It’s important to remember potassium iodide should only be taken when told to do so by state health officials or the governor, and is not a substitute for evacuation in the case of an emergency at our nuclear facilities.”
Because the benefits of potassium iodide theoretically outweigh the risk of not taking it due to exposure, it can be taken by anyone,as long as they are not allergic to it. It is safe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medication, children and infants. Individuals who are unsure if they should take potassium iodide should ask a health care provider.
Individuals can get KI tablets for other family members or those who are unable to get it on their own. Directions detailing when to take the tablets and how to store it are provided with the KI, and Department of Health staff will be available to assist those with questions.
School districts and employers within the 10-mile radius can make arrangements with the Department of Health to obtain their supply of tablets.
KI tablets available year-round, this is a special distribution.
Where? At the county and municipal health departments or state health centers for individuals who live or work near a power plant.
The state’s five nuclear facilities are closely regulated, secure and well-maintained. The facilities are: Beaver Valley Power Station; Limerick Generating Station; Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station; Susquehanna Steam Electric Station; and Three Mile Island Generating Station.
Where to get your tablets on August 24th:
KI tablets will be distributed between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted on August 24 at the locations below. No appointments are necessary.
Beaver Valley Power Station
- Beaver Valley Mall – Center at the Mall, 570 Beaver Valley Mall Blvd., Monaca
Limerick Generating Station
- Kimberton Fire Hall, 2276 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville
- Keystone Steam Fire Company, 240 North Walnut St., Boyertown
- Montgomery County Health Department – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Pottstown Health Center, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, 364 King St., Pottstown
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station
- East Drumore Township Municipal Building, 925 Robert Fulton Highway., Quarryville
- Peach Bottom Community Center, 5 Pendyrus St. Delta, PA 17314
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station
- Butler Township Community Center, 411 West Butler Drive, Drums
- Luzerne County Community College – Educational Conference Center, 1333 South Prospect St., Nanticoke
- Salvation Army Community Corps Building, 320 W 2nd St., Berwick
Three Mile Island Generating Station
- Fairview Township Fire Department, 340 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland
- Hummelstown Fire Hall, 249 E. Main St., Hummelstown
- Manchester Township Municipal Building, 3200 Farmtrail Road, York
- Masonic Villages – Salon 2, Freemasons Cultural Center, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown
- Middletown Borough Building, 60 W. Emaus St., Middletown
MEDIA CONTACT: April Hutcheson, 717-783-1787 or RA-DHPressOffice@pa.gov