Canadian government asked to distribute radiation pills to residents living near nuclear facilities

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has recommended that the government issue potassium iodide pills to all people living within 10 km (6 miles) of nuclear power plants, to use in case of a nuclear accident, such as the one suffered by Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011.Following the Fukushima disaster, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission was directed to draft a report to help Canada make a plan for how it should respond in the case of a similar disaster at one of its own nuclear plants.Current measures failingIf taken immediately after a nuclear disaster, potassium iodide tablets flood the thyroid gland with iodine, preventing the gland from absorbing radioactive iodine. Those who do not immediately take the pills are likely to absorb large amounts of radioactive iodine fro… »

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