Emergency management officials in Delaware are distributing potassium iodide tablets to residents who live within 10 miles of the Salem/Hope Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey.
The tablets can protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine, which a plant may release in an emergency.
The tablets are distributed annually in the fall, but officials have set up this second distribution after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which damaged one of Japan’s nuclear power plants and resulted in radiation leaks.
Officials are distributing the tablets today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the volunteer fire department in Middletown.
More than 39,000 people in Delaware live or work within 10 miles of the plant.