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Keeping power plant neighbors prepared
Webster, N.Y. -- People in Monroe County who live in a ten-mile radius of the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario, Wayne County, can get potassium iodide (KI) starting this week.
The medication, supplied by the New York State Office of Emergency Management, will be provided free-of-charge at three local Wegmans stores through the end of the month.
Potassium iodide is an over-the-counter medicine that protects the thyroid gland from uptake of radioactive iodine that could be released if a serious incident were to occur at Ginna.
Monroe County leaders encourage people in the affected area to keep one dose on-hand for each family member. If the need ever arose to take the medication, the Emergency Alert System would be activated and specific instructions would be provided.
KI will be available through June 30th at the following Wegmans only:
* Holt Road Store, 900 Holt Road.
* Eastway Store, 1955 Empire Blvd.
* Penfield Store, 2157 Penfield Road.
Maps will be posted at the three stores to help residents determine if they reside within 10-miles of the power plant.
KI that was distributed in 2007 should be disposed of in the garbage. It can also be taken to any authorized household hazard waste drop-off or pharmaceutical collection.