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Sept. 2, 2005

Oswego County Will Distribute KI in September

Oswego County will distribute potassium iodide (KI) tablets this fall to people who live in the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba. The county will distribute a 65-mg tablet for every child weighing less than 150 pounds, and a 130-mg tablet for every adult.

Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, said the state and federal governments recommend KI as an additional way of protecting the public during a release of radiation at a nuclear power plant. People who live in the 10-mile radius of Nine Mile Point are eligible to receive KI at the distribution sites. KI is also available at many area pharmacies for those who do not live within the 10-mile emergency planning zone.

KI will be distributed on these dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1 to 7 p.m., at the Oswego County Health Department, 70 Bunner St., Oswego; and
  • Friday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at McFee Ambulance Company, 52 Watson Avenue, Mexico.

Oswego County began distributing 130-mg KI tablets in 2002 to people who live in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) around Nine Mile Point. New York State now provides a lower-dosage potassium iodide pill for children weighing less than 150 pounds.

"If there were a radiological emergency at a nuclear plant, radioactive materials could be released into the air," said Egan. "Potassium iodide is an over-the-counter mineral salt that can help protect the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine. The 130-mg tablets are still effective. People who have misplaced their pills or who have not picked them up from Oswego County may receive more."

Children are most at risk of exposure to radioactive iodine.

The distribution is sponsored by the Emergency Management Office and the Oswego County Health Department. People will be asked to sign a disclaimer saying that they reside in the 10-mile emergency planning zone.

After Sept. 23, people who live in the emergency planning zone will be able to pick up KI at the County Health Department, 70 Bunner St., Oswego or the County Emergency Management Office, 200 N. Second St., Fulton. The offices are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about KI and other aspects of emergency planning, call the Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792.

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