Precautionary radiation protection tablets to be distributed

By Associated Press 10:09am, October 8, 2012 - Updated 9:23am, October 9, 2012
Emergency management officials say they'll be distributing potassium iodide tablets to Delaware residents who live within 10 miles of the Salem/Hope Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey.

The pills will be distributed Thursday at the fire department in Townsend. The pills can protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine, which a plant may release in an emergency.

The tablets are distributed annually in the fall and shouldn't be taken unless needed.

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