Potassium Iodide Demand Lower than Expected

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(Host) The state has started distributing potassium iodide pills to people living near the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, but so far there’s been little demand for the tablets.

Beginning Monday, residents of six towns near the plant could apply for the tablets at the Health Department office in Brattleboro. Applications are also available from town clerks in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro and Vernon.

Fran Deflorio is the Health Department’s district director in the Brattleboro office:

(Deflorio) “We had expected that many more people would call in to request the forms to our office and that has really been pretty slow today. More people have come into the office to get their packet of information and consent forms.”

(Host) Deflorio says about 30 people applied for potassium iodide tablets last week through the Health Department website. Those tablets were mailed out Monday. The state has 90,000 tablets available to area residents. Potassium Iodide can block the effects of radioactive iodine, one of the byproducts of a nuclear accident.

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