Health Agency Distributes Potassium Iodide Sept. 15

NORRISTOWN PA – Three locations in Pottstown, Boyertown, and Kimberton will serve Sept. 15 (2022; Thursday) as distribution sites for free potassium iodide tablets to area residents who live within 10 miles of the Limerick Generating Station nuclear power facility, the state Department of Health said Friday (Sept. 2). No appointments or registrations are necessary.

The tablets, to be taken only when authorized, protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine in the event of a nuclear-related emergency. They will be available Sept. 15 in:

  • Pottstown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Montgomery County’s Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St.;
  • Boyertown from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Keystone Steam Fire Company, 240 North Walnut St.; and
  • Kimberton 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kimberton Fire Company Banquet Hall, 2276 Kimberton Rd.

“It’s important to remember potassium iodide should only be taken when instructed to do so by state health officials or the governor, and it is not a replacement for evacuation in the case of a radiological emergency at one of Pennsylvania’s four active nuclear facilities,” Acting Secretary of Health and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said.

Potassium iodide, also known by the chemical label “KI,” can “add another layer of protection when instructed to be used,” according to the state. It is safe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medication, children and infants. Individuals who are unsure if they should take potassium iodide should ask their health care provider.

Information sheets explaining how many KI tablets should be taken, when to take the tablets, and how to store them are provided with the packages.

Similar distributions are occurring for residents of areas surrounding the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport PA, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Peach Bottom Township PA, and Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Salem Township PA.

Limerick Generating Station photo by The Post
KI Bottle icon from the state Department of Health