France dishes out iodine pills to more than two million people in case of nuclear accident

Mail Online | 9/17/2019 | Emer Scully For Mailonline
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Radioactivity-blocking iodine pills will be handed out to 2.2 million more people who live near France's 19 nuclear power plants, regulators announced today.

The pills, which shield the thyroid from the cancer-inducing effects of radioactivity, will now be provided to people who used to live outside 'danger' zones.

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While the safety radius used to be six miles from each nuclear plant - those living up to 12 miles away will not receive vouchers for the tablets.

In 2016 some 375,000 households were prescribed the pills, and this number is set to dramatically increase, according to the ASN nuclear safety authority.

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The watchdog said those affected will receive a letter in the coming days with their voucher and information on what to do in the case of a nuclear accident.

'If radioactive iodine is released into the environment, taking stable iodine is one of the most effective ways of protecting the thyroid,' the ASN...
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