Putnam County hands out potassium iodide pills in Carmel
Putnam County officials handed out potassium iodide pills at Carmel Town Hall today to any resident living within a 10-mile radius of the Indian Point nuclear plant.
The pills, which have been provided to the public since 2004, are meant to protect the thyroid from radioactive gases should a nuclear accident occur at the Buchanan facility.
Many residents say they have been taking extra precautions since the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. Officials say that today's handout is another security measure following tightened security in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death.
For anyone unable to pick up their pills today, officials say they are available every day at the county's Emergency Services Office from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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