The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) says South Carolina has received 1.2 million adult doses of potassium iodide for residents living within ten miles of the states five nuclear power plants. DHEC says the potassium iodide (KI) doses are being sent to 13 county health departments as a precaution in the event of a nuclear emergency releasing radiation.
The chemical provides additional protection for the thyroid against one form of radiation.
Residents wanting the K-I tablets can start picking them up Monday, April 29th. The expiration date for the new tablets is 2017.
DHEC stresses the potassium iodide pill is not a magic pill that protects against all radiation, and that in the event of a nuclear emergency following public safety instructions is the best thing to do.
Health Departments in the following counties have the tablets: Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, and York.