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NEWS: Iodide pills kept near Bruce Power plant for nuclear crisis

Emma Lui, Grey-Bruce chapter activist David Walton, Sharen Skelly of CARGOS, Mark Calzavara

Emma Lui, Grey-Bruce chapter activist David Walton, Sharen Skelly of CARGOS, Mark Calzavara

The Toronto Sun reports, “There’s a stockpile of potassium iodide pills near Ontario’s Bruce Power plant in case a nuclear crisis like the one at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan were to occur. …Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hazel Lynn said there’s a stockpile of the pills at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Residents would be ordered to pick up the pills there if there was an evacuation order. There is also a small supply of pills at a nearby fire hall for emergency services workers.”

Iodide pills are being issued near the Fukushima plant in Japan “to protect against thyroid cancer (but) don’t protect against other radiation-induced cancers.”

Reuters is now reporting, “Tokyo authorities said on Wednesday that water at a purification plant for the capital of 13 million people had 210 becquerels of radioactive iodine — more than twice the safety level for infants. Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, however, said that level posed no immediate risk (to children and adults) and water could still be used. ‘But, for infants under age one, I would like them to refrain from using tap water to dilute baby formula,’ he added.”

On Monday, Bayshore Broadcasting reported that, “Members of the Council of Canadians are in Grey Bruce to voice their opposition to Bruce Power’s plan (to ship radioactive waste on the Great Lakes). National water campaigner Emma Lui and regional organizer Mark Calzavara are meeting with various community stakeholders. They are stopping outside the Bruce Power site first, and this afternoon are meeting in Owen Sound with local opponents of the plan including the group CARGOS.” The Great Lakes, the largest fresh-water ecosystem in the world, is a source of drinking water for 40 million people.

To hear a one-minute audio statement by Lui on the proposed shipments, please go to http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=33436.

An overview of our campaign against the Great Lakes shipments, can be read at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=6980.