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April 26, 2013

New potassium iodide supply available to residents in 13 counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina has received 1.2 million adult doses of potassium iodide (KI) for distribution to residents living within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone of five nuclear power plants in or adjacent to the state, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"Potassium iodide provides additional protection for the thyroid gland against one form of radiation," according to DHEC Director Catherine Templeton. "It is critical to remember this is not a magic pill that protects against all types of radiation. In the event of a nuclear power plant emergency involving the release of radiation, the best advice is to follow the instructions of public safety officials to either stay inside or to evacuate the area in an orderly manner."

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has provided the doses to the state for distribution. Supplies of these potassium iodide tablets, also referred to as KI tablets, are being distributed to health departments in 13 counties for residents living within a 10-mile radius of nuclear power plants. Residents can pick up tablets for themselves and their families beginning Monday, April 29th. Participation by the public is voluntary.

Templeton said, "Our agency continues to explore ways to help the public understand that KI is not a radiation shield, and that residents should follow any recommendations given by the state in the event of a radiological release."

Templeton said 2.4 million KI tablets, enough doses for 1.2 million adults, have been delivered throughout the state for distribution to residents. The expiration date for the new tablets is October 2017. Residents in possession of tablets with the May 2013 expiration date may dispose of those tablets once a new supply has been picked up.

Locations for distribution of KI:

County Public Health Departments Location(s) Phone Number
Aiken County Health Department 222 Beaufort Street NE;
Aiken, S.C. 29801
(803) 642-1687
Allendale County Health Department 571 Memorial Avenue, North;
Allendale, S.C. 29810
(803) 584-3818
Barnwell County Health Department 11015 Ellenton Street;
Barnwell, S.C. 29812
(803) 541-1061
Chesterfield County Health Department 203 North Page Street;
Chesterfield, S.C. 29709
(843) 623-2117
Darlington County Health Department 305 Russell Street;
Darlington, S.C. 29532
(843) 398-4400
Darlington County Health Department (Hartsville) 130 Camden Avenue;
Hartsville, S.C. 29550
(843) 332-7303
Fairfield County Health Department 1136 Kincaid Bridge Road;
Winnsboro, S.C. 29180
(803) 635-6481
Lee County Health Department 810 Brown Street;
Bishopville, S.C. 29010
(803) 484-6612
Lexington County Health Department 1070 S. Lake Drive, Suite B;
Lexington, S.C. 29073
(803) 785-6550
Newberry County Health Department 2111 Wilson Road;
Newberry, S.C. 29108
(803) 321-2170
Oconee County Health Department (Seneca) 609 N. Townville Street;
Seneca, S.C. 29679
(864) 882-2245
Pickens County Health Department 200 McDaniel Avenue;
Pickens, S.C. 29671
(864) 898-5965
Richland County Health Department 2000 Hampton Street;
Columbia, S.C. 29204
(803) 576-2980
York County Health Department 116 N. Congress Street;
York, S.C. 29745
(803) 684-7004
York County Health Department (Rock Hill) 1070 Heckle Blvd., Ste. 307;
Rock Hill, S.C. 29732
(803) 909-7300

For additional information about KI and how you can protect yourself from radiation, call your DHEC county public health department or DHEC's Nuclear Response and Emergency Environmental Surveillance Section at 1-800-476-9677. You can find additional information on our web site.


For media inquiries:
Jim Beasley - (803) 898-7769