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"WASHINGTON — The federal government will not give anti-radiation pills to millions of people who live 10 to 20 miles from a nuclear plant because there are more effective ways to protect people in case of an accident or terrorist attack, the White House said Monday.
"The pills "offer negligible additional protection" against radiation exposure for those who live outside a 10-mile radius of a reactor, said John Marburger, President Bush's top science adviser."
"Some members of Congress and thyroid cancer activists expressed outrage. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., called it "reckless endangerment of the American people." link
"The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has long opposed wider distribution of potassium iodide pills, arguing that evacuation and protection from contaminated food are more effective ways to prevent cancer. The NRC also has expressed concern that pill distribution could undermine public confidence in the safety of the nation's nuclear plants."link
Originally posted by boondock-saint
don't know if you folks know or not
but Potassium iodide is kinda
obsolete. The Gov isn't stockpiling
PI anymore cuz it has a replacement
that is better but it is only available
to military and gov officials. It's called
Ex-RAD and there is a thread on it
already here at ATS.
I doubt the public will ever get a chance
to use this.
i've always said this world would eventually be a nuclear wasteland. I just can't believe it's actually happening.