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Got KI?

Protect you and your family during a nuclear emergency with potassium iodide (KI).

Beyond Nuclear is campaigning to have state and federal authorities adopt the recommendations of the American Thyroid Association’s “Nuclear Radiation and the Thyroid” calling for the pre-distribution and stockpiling of KI in and around Emergency Planning Zones at all U.S. nuclear power plants:

  • 0 to 50 miles            Pre-distribution by direct delivery of KI to all residents
  • 50 to 200 miles        Stockpile KI in schools, hospitals, police and fire stations 
  • >200 miles               Make KI available through the HHS National stockpile

Read more on why KI needs to be incorporated more effectively into emergency planning around U.S. nuclear power plants. 

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Thursday
Apr192018

Beyond Nuclear, Greenpeace Canada and Alliance To Halt Fermi 3 call for equal protection in U.S. as in Canada from Fermi 2 accident: American Thyroid Association lends its support

Beyond Nuclear, Greenpeace Canada, and The Alliance to Halt Fermi 3, are calling for US citizens to receive the same protections against nuclear disaster as their neighbors in Canada. The American Thyroid Association (ATA) has also come out in favor of harmonizing American and Canadian distribution of potassium-iodide tablets which, if administered promptly, can help reduce the risk of and even prevent thyroid cancer caused by exposure to radioactive iodine released during a nuclear accident.

The group statement came at a public event held in Detroit on April 18, 2018, which set out the reasons why people in Michigan and Ohio living near the Fermi 2 nuclear reactor (pictured) near Monroe, MI, should receive the same protections as Ontario residents living within the Fermi nuclear station’s 10- and 50-mile emergency zones.

In an April 17, 2018 press release, the groups called on U.S. authorities to harmonize American nuclear emergency plans with newly strengthened Canadian public safety rules requiring the direct distribution and stockpiling of potassium iodide (KI) pills for Canadians living near the Michigan-based Fermi 2 nuclear station.

If taken shortly after a nuclear accident, a KI pill significantly reduces the risk of thyroid cancer caused by exposure to radioactive iodine released during a nuclear accident. Thousands of people, especially children, came down with thyroid cancer downwind of the 1986 Chernobyl accident in Ukraine. 

Ontario’s recently updated nuclear emergency plan requires KI be predistribute by direct delivery to to door of  Canadians living within the 10-mile evacuation planning zone of the Fermi 2 and strategically stockpiled in 50-mile ingestion planning zones, which reach deep into Southern Ontario.  

“Michigan and Ohio residents living in the Fermi 2 emergency planning zone deserve the same level of protection as their Canadian neighbors,” said Paul Gunter with the Maryland-based organization, Beyond Nuclear. “American authorities should match the new Canadian requirements so that potentially impacted U.S. residents can have KI predistributed directly to their homes and workplaces,” Gunter continued.

Following the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Canadian authorities required safe and effective KI pills be delivered to the homes of over 200,000 Canadians living within the six-mile evacuation zone around Ontario-based reactors and be made available upon request to anyone within a 30-mile extended planning zone. Ontario’s new emergency plan extends this requirement to Canadians living within the Fermi nuclear station’s 10- and 50-mile emergency zones.

The joint campaign effort focuses on a petition to municipal governments in the Fermi 2 emergency planning zones calling for harmonization with the Canadian predistribution and stockpiling of KI as supported by medical professionals with the ATA. 

Read the full press release.

Tuesday
Mar062018

Canadians downwind of the Fermi-2 in US still waiting for emergency preparedness resources including KI

Candian emergency responders, including the  fire department chief in Amherstberg, Ontario, are still waiting for a response from Ontario Provencial government officils regarding adequate resources for emergency preparedness in the event of nuclear accident at the Fermi-2 nuclear power station across Lake Erie in the United States.  Local and Ontario Provencial officials had a meeting the last week of January 2018 to go over the situation that commuities facing a nuclear accident from a US-based reactor were not being provided adequate and equal protection a those communities receive around Canadian reactors.  A March 2018 meeting is expected to find out more details particularly about Amherstberg  and Windsor communities receiving preparedness, including the predistribution by direct mail delivery of potassium iodide (KI) for prophylactic protection of the thyroid glands of children and pregnant women. 

 

Tuesday
Jun132017

Canadian emergency planning zone for Michigan reactor to receive direct delivery of KI 

The City of Amherstberg, Ontario is just across Lake Erie from the Fermi-2 nuclear power station in Monroe, Michigan. Citizens in the city after petitioning their local officials passed a resolution asking the Provincial government to provide citizens within the Fermi 2 emergency planning zone that extends into Amherstberg with the direct delivery of potassium iodide (KI). Amherstberg, Ont. Canadian health officials have responded with the direct delivery program.   Officials are looking for help to cover the cost of the expansion of emergency planning services for a potential accident at the US-based reactor.  The citizens' group has been joined by Greenpeace Canada and The Canadian Environmental Law Association to complete the task. The Provincial government currently provides free direct delivery of KI to every resident within 16 kilometers of a Canadian nuclear power station but not US-based reactors. Greenpeace Canada has been campaigning to expand the KI distribution area around Canadian reactors as well as advocate for Canadians at risk from a nuclear accident at the Fermi reactor in Michigan and the Davis-Besse reactor in Ohio on Lake Erie.

Monday
Aug222016

Community forum brings activists and medical professionals together to support direct delivery of KI around US nuclear power plants

Beyond Nuclear and The Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 held their first community forum in Monroe, Michigan in support of the American Thyroid Association's (ATA) call for the pre-distribution of potassium iodide (KI) by direct delivery to all residents within 50-miles of US  nuclear power stations which includes the Fermi-2 nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan. The ATA further recommends that KI be stockpiled out to 200 miles from atomic reactors. The program featured Paul Gunter with Beyond Nuclear, Kim Lindquist with Monroe Community College Dean of Health Services and Director of Nursing and Dr. Bushra Kazmi, who currently oversees the Infection Prevention program at Garden City Hospital and works on emergency planning with the State of Michigan. The forum provided the community an opportunity to address many of the (frequently asked questions (FAQ) about KI and the need to expand emergency planning.

Friday
Aug192016

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about KI and emergency planning for nuclear disaster

Beyond Nuclear provides some answers to the Frequently Asked Questions on the benefits of the pre-distribution by direct delivery of potassium iodide (KI) tablets to residents in the emergency planning zone for nuclear power stations.