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DHEC making pills available to residents near nuclear plants

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made 1.2 million doses of potassium iodide available to South Carolina, according to DHEC.

The doses are for anyone living within a 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone near any of the state's five nuclear power plants.

"Potassium iodide provides protection for a person's thyroid gland against a form of radiation," said DHEC Director Catherine Templeton in a press release about the supply being made available.

DHEC stressed that the doses aren't meant to be a "magic pill" that protects against radiation.

The tablets are being distributed across 13 counties that have residents located near nuclear plants - including Oconee, Pickens and Newberry counties - and will be made available at county health departments.

DHEC says participation in the program is voluntary.

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