Saturday, April 30, 2016

Netherlands to hand out iodine pills in case of nuclear accident

Fear over safety of reactors across the border in Belgium prompts government to order 15m pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the body
High-voltage power lines are seen next to cooling towers of the Doel nuclear plant in Belgium. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The Dutch government has ordered 15m iodine pills to protect people living near nuclear plants in case of an accident, as concerns rise over ageing reactors across the border in Belgium.



The iodine pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid, would be given first to children under 18 and pregnant women living within a 100-kilometre (62-mile) radius of a plant, health ministry spokeswoman Edith Schippers said.

Read more http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/30/netherlands-to-hand-out-iodine-pills-in-case-of-nuclear-accident