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News Release

 
   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
  July 3, 2002

 

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
DHSS - Laura Otterbourg: 609-984-7160
DEP - Elaine Makatura: 609-292-9289
State Police - Sfc. Al DellaFave: 609-882-2000 X. 6514



Potassium Iodide Distribution Dates Announced


TRENTON - Health, Environmental Protection and State Police officials announced today that a free one-day supply of potassium iodide pills will be available for people who live or work within 10 miles of the state's four nuclear generating stations - at public education and distribution sessions beginning Saturday, July 13, 2002.

New Jersey received free-of-charge a supply of 722,000 KI pills from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in April. The KI is being offered as a preparedness measure and not in response to any imminent danger or threat.

KI is shown to be effective in preventing thyroid cancer in cases of exposure to radioactive iodine. If taken before or shortly after exposure, potassium iodide blocks the thyroid gland's ability to absorb radioactive iodine.

"However, KI is not a panacea. The pills do not protect the body from other radiation-related injuries due to exposure and are only a supplement to evacuation and sheltering, the primary modes of protection in a radiological emergency," said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.

Individuals who wish to receive KI at one of the scheduled public education and distribution sessions will be required to show identification (such as a driver's license, property tax record, utility bill, employee ID card, paycheck stub or letter from their employer) indicating they reside or work in one of the towns within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zones (EPZs) around the state's nuclear generating stations. The towns include Greenwich and Stow Creek in Cumberland County; Elsinboro, Lower Alloways Creek, Mannington, Quinton, Pennsville and Salem City in Salem County; and Barnegat, Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Beachwood, Berkeley, Dover, Harvey Cedars, Island Heights, Lacey, Long Beach, Pine Beach, Ocean, Ocean Gate, Seaside Park, Ship Bottom, South Toms River, Stafford and Surf City in Ocean County.

An additional supply of KI will be available at designated evacuation reception centers in Ocean, Salem and Cumberland counties. The pills are for residents, workers and visitors within the 10-mile EPZs during evacuation in the unlikely event of a radiological release.

KI public education and distribution sessions will be held as follows:

Ocean County Area

  • 7-13-02 Manchester High School (Saturday)
    101 South Colonial Drive, Manchester
    Operation Hours (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)
  • 7-17-02 Pinelands Regional High School (Wednesday)
    565 Nugentown Road, Little Egg Harbor
    Operation Hours (4:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
  • 7-27-02 Manchester High School (Saturday)
    101 South Colonial Drive, Manchester
    Operation Hours (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Salem/Cumberland County Area

  • 7-13-02 Salem County Department of Emergency Service (Saturday)
    135 Cemetery Road, Woodstown
    Operation Hours (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)
  • 7-24-02 Bridgeton High School (Wednesday)
    111 North West Avenue, Bridgeton
    Operation Hours (4:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
  • 7-27-02 Salem County Department of Emergency Service (Saturday)
    135 Cemetery Road, Woodstown
    Operation Hours (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)


The Office of Emergency Management within the Division of State Police, in collaboration with the Departments of Health and Senior Services and Environmental Protection and county and local health and emergency management officials and volunteer agencies, will manage New Jersey's KI distribution plan.

New Jersey currently has a supply of 722,000 KI pills, which it received free-of-charge from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in April. The State will be working with local and county officials to publicize the KI distribution schedule.

In total, 33 states and 1 Native American nation within 10-mile EPZs around nuclear power plants were offered a supply of KI by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The pills were made available at no charge to states on a first-come, first-serve basis. New Jersey was the 11th state to accept the offer.

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