Potassium Iodide distributed to Ginna-area residents

Updated: 06/05/2014 11:17 PM
Created: 06/05/2014 2:02 PM WHEC.com

Potassium Iodide (KI) is being offered at no cost to Monroe County residents who live within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone of Ginna Nuclear Power Plant.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said, “Providing residents who live in close proximity to the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant with KI is a simple but important step we can take to best protect our community in the extremely unlikely event an emergency should occur. Monroe County is proud to partner with Wegmans Food Markets to carry-out this proactive measure and ensure area residents have access to a new, precautionary supply of Potassium Iodide.”

Potassium Iodide is an over-the-counter medicine that protects the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine that could be released if a serious incident were to occur at Ginna.

KI will be available today through June 30 at the Holt Road Wegmans, the Eastway store and the Penfield store. Maps will be posted in all three stores to help residents determine if they live within 10-miles of the power plant (most of Webster and part of Penfield).

Businesses in the affected area can obtain their supply KI by visiting the Town of Webster Clerk’s Office on Ridge Road.

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