Duxbury: School’s Potassium Iodide Expires

The Potassium Iodide supplied to Duxbury Schools in case of an accident at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant has expired.

The chemical formula KI, or better known as Potassium Iodide, is given to people during a radioactive emergency and blocks radioactivity from being absorbed by the body’s thyroid gland.

The Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee helped get the Duxbury Schools supplied with potassium iodide in case of such an emergency.

Co-chair of the Duxbury nuclear advisory committee Becky Chin says they are working on buying more, but it has not been easy to find.

“We were able to get the federal government through FEMA to supply liquid KI for our schools and day cares. It is now expired. They are no longer supplying it so we are looking into purchasing our own supply to replenish and we are running into problems. There is only one manufacturer that makes it. We are in the process now of determining if we can we can get the supply for our schools before they open in the fall,” said Chin.

The Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee was established in 1987 to provide information to the public about safety in case of a radiological emergency happening at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant that is located in Plymouth.

Potassium Iodide Expired in Duxbury Schools.

Potassium Iodide Expired in Duxbury Schools.

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