Potassium iodide available to Ginna-area residents

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Potassium iodide is being offered at no cost to Monroe County residents who live within the 10-mile emergency planning zone of the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant, 1503 Lake Road, Ontario.

The pills will be distributed in partnership with Wegmans Food Markets through Sept. 26.

“Providing KI to residents who live in close proximity to the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant is an important step we can take to help protect our community in the unlikely event an emergency situation should arise at the plant,” Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said. “I am happy to partner with Wegmans Food Markets and the state Office of Emergency Management to ensure area residents have access to a new precautionary supply of potassium iodide.”

Potassium iodide helps protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine that could be released if a serious incident were to occur at Ginna. Residents living in the EPZ are encouraged to keep one dose of KI on hand for each family member.

If such an event were to happen and residents needed to take the KI, the Emergency Alert System would be activated and specific instructions will be provided.

KI will be available at the Holt Road Store, 900 Holt Road, and Eastway Store, 1955 Empire Blvd., in Webster, and the Penfield Store, 2157 Penfield Road. Maps will be posted to help residents determine if they live within the 10-mile EPZ.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Monroe County on this effort,” said Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager. “We understand the importance of those in our community having easy access to this precautionary medication and are happy to do our part.”

Residents who were provided KI in 2014 should dispose of their old pills in the garbage, or take them to an authorized household hazardous waste drop-off or pharmaceutical collection point.

Call (585) 753-3810 or visit monroecounty.gov/oem for information.