The Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide free potassium iodide tablets

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health is once again providing free potassium iodide tablets to help residents prepare for public health emergencies involving nuclear facilities.

    People who live, work or attend school within a 10-mile radius of the state’s five nuclear power plants, including the Limerick Generating Station, can get the tablets, which can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine if there is a release of radiation from the power plants. The department says people should only take potassium iodide tablets when directed to do so by health officials or the governor.

    The tablets will be distributed Aug. 9 at 14 locations statewide, including the Keystone Fire Company in Boyertown and the Kimberton Fire Company in Phoenixville between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the Pottstown Health Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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