would you?

  1. officials are passing out potassium iodine tabs to residents around three mile island to protect them from radiation in the event of a leak. would you take them?
    i dont know what i think about that.
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  3. by   sunnygirl272
    yes i would...i live within a 10 mile radius of 3 nuke plants....
  4. by   BadBird
    I think I would move.
  5. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by BadBird
    I think I would move.
    lol...was this directed at thisnurse or me? and if to me, why?
  6. by   thisnurse
    i dont live near any of them...id move too...
    but my question i suppose is ....doesnt iodine decrease thyroid function?
    are you taking a chance of having thyroid problems with this kind of "protection"?

    all those years that plant has been around....makes you wonder...in light of the terrorists....why are they passing them out NOW?
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    I would never live by a nuke plant.
    Those things scare me.
  8. by   fedupnurse
    I'd think if there was a leak, the thyroid would be the least of our worries!!!!!! Imagine trying to sleep while glowing in the dark!!
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i would move.
  10. by   sunnygirl272
    Oswego County to issue iodide

    August 03, 2002

    By Chris Iven
    Staff writer

    Oswego County will begin distributing potassium iodide pills next month to residents within 10 miles of the county's three nuclear power plants, but the state is now studying whether that is enough.

    Gov. George Pataki announced this week that the state will hire a former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, James Lee Witt, to conduct a "top-to-bottom" review of the evacuation and potassium iodide distribution plans for counties near nuclear power plants. That will be done in two phases, according to Pataki.

    An $801,000 review of Downstate communities affected by nuclear power plants is due by the end of the year. A $122,000 review of Oswego County and other Upstate communities is due next July. Morris Sorbello, chairman of the Oswego County Legislature, said he welcomes the review.

    Larry Gottlieb, a spokesman for Entergy Nuclear Northeast, which operates the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear plant in Scriba, said the state review is a "positive move ... We think it will only enhance good plans that are already in place."

    If taken shortly before or after a major release of radiation at a nuclear power plant, potassium iodide, known as KI, would protect people downwind, especially children, from thyroid cancer. The pills work by saturating the thyroid with safe iodine, an ingredient in salt, before radioactive iodine can seep in.

    An Oswego County task force has been working with the state Emergency Management Office to develop a distribution plan. The plan is not ready, Sorbello said, but it should come to his desk for approval in the middle of the month. The county Emergency Management Office plans a news conference Wednesday to announce details of the plan.
  11. by   sunnygirl272

    Potassium iodide is a salt, similar to table salt. Its chemical symbol is KI. It is routinely added to table salt to make it "iodized." Potassium iodide, if taken within the appropriate time and at the appropriate dosage, blocks the thyroid gland's uptake of radioactive iodine and thus reduces the risk of thyroid cancers and other diseases that might otherwise be caused by thyroid uptake of radioactive iodine that could be dispersed in a severe reactor accident.
  12. by   debralynn
    But just think FEDUPNURSE, we wouldn't have to buy nitelites anymore!!!!:chuckle
  13. by   semstr
    I would move! Sorry, but where to?
    These potassium tbl. are stored here in every pharmacy and in every public school. you get a formular every schoolyear to either say yes/ no my kid can have the tablets.
    This started way back in 1987 as Tschernobyl (formal USSR) had the terrible incident.
    Our problem is, Austria hasn't got any nuclear plants at all, but all the former eastblock countries have. And we are right in the middle of them. A lot of these plants are very old and should not be used, but............
    One of the reasons the Czech Republic won't be accepted into the EU will be because of a few of these old nuclear works. But still they refuse to close them up. There are people protesting from all over Europe almost every day there, but what can you do? Just hope and pray nothing will happen!
    Take care, Renee
  14. by   zumalong
    So you won't get thyroid cancer, what about the rest of your body???? I'll bet my life savings (all 25$) that none of these
    'elected officals' has their backyards butting up to a nuclear power plant.

    I also realize that you can't just up and move away. I would research what else you can do to protect yourself. I also think that life is too short to spend worrying when we will die. (easy for me to say--the only thing I live near is cow manure).