Hoping no one will ever need them, the state is making potassium iodide tablets available to people in certain areas.

The Health Department is offering the free tablets to those who live, work, or go to school within a 10-mile radius of nuclear power plants, such as the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport.

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Potassium iodide, or KI, can protect thyroid glands from harmful radiation in a nuclear emergency.

KI tablets will be available between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the distribution sites below:
Beaver Valley Power Station

  • Beaver County Emergency Services, 351 14th St., Ambridge
  • Center at the Mall, 284 Beaver Valley Mall Blvd., Monaca
  • Primary Health Network, 1302 Seventh Ave., Beaver Falls

Limerick Generating Station

  • Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville
  • Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station

  • Peach Bottom Community Center, 5 Pendyrus St., Delta
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Susquehanna Steam Electric Station

  • Berwick Fire Department, Reliance Hose Company #1, 501 W. Third St., Berwick
  • Butler Township Community Center, 415 W. Butler Drive, Drums
  • Luzerne County Community College, Public Safety Training Institute, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke

Three Mile Island Generating Station

  • Fairview Township Fire Department, 340 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland
  • Goldsboro Municipal Building, 53 N. York St., Etters
  • Hummelstown Fire Hall, 249 E. Main St., Hummelstown
  • Londonderry Township Building, 783 S. Geyers Church Road, Middletown

KI tablets will also be available at the following location from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 8:

Limerick Generating Station

  • Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St., Pottstown

No appointments are necessary.

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Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website here, and the Allegheny County Health Department’s website here.