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PA Health Department to distribute potassium iodide to residents near nuclear plants

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's administration has announced that it will distribute free potassium iodide to five locations in Pennsylvania that are near nuclear power plants.

The five locations are within 10 miles of the plants.

The Department of Health will offer the potassium iodide on Thursday, August 22.

According to the release, potassium iodide helps protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine.

The release says that potassium iodide is safe for everyone, even those that are pregnant or nursing as long as they are not allergic to it.

The nuclear facilities included are Beaver Valley Power Station, Limerick Generating Station, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, and Three Mile Island Generating Station.

The Beaver Valley Mall is the closest location to get potassium iodide locally. The tablets will be distributed from 2 p.m to 7 p.m.

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