Iodine pills for all

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Belgian officials have grown so worried about the country’s nuclear power plants that the government has been advised to let everyone living within a 100-kilometer radius of the plants be issued with iodine pills. This is basically the entire population.

The recommendation was made by Health Minister Maggie De Block, who said the current legislation, which gives iodine pills to Belgians within a 20-kilometer radius, is inadequate and should be extended to 100 kilometres, according to La Libre daily.

De Block mentioned that the whole of Belgium is located within 100 kilometers of a nuclear power plant and therefore the tablets should be made available to everyone.

In a separate move, in March, the Dutch government decided it would give iodine tablets to people under the age of 18 and pregnant women living in a 100-kilometer radius of a nuclear power plant, the Dutch broadcast NOS reported.

In case of a nuclear disaster, the iodine tablets can help to alleviate the effects of Iodine-131, which is one of the most harmful radioactive elements that can be released, despite it having a half-life of just eight days.

Iodine-131 caused around 5,000 deaths from thyroid cancer following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

Read more at www.rt.com

Nuclear energy is not safe in human hands. We need to close all nuclear plants worldwide now. The decommissioning along will take many hundreds of years. But due to profit and power the corporations are not interested in peoples safety. (Forsooth)

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