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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. 



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. 



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.


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.


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.


Belgium government moving to predistribute KI by 2018 with focus on pregnant women, infants and young children around nuclear power plants

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Belgium government is moving to predistribute potassium iodide to populations around their nuclear power plants with a particular focus on protecting pregnant women, infants and young children from potential exposure to radioactive iodine released by nuclear accident or an act of sabotage.