If you live in Pickering, Ajax or Oshawa, you may have just received iodine pills in the mail. And if you live in one of several other Ontario communities around Scarborough or in Durham Region, you can request them — just in case.
It’s part of a new initiative providing potassium iodine pills to 200,000 Greater Toronto Area (GTA) homes and businesses near two nuclear power plants, Pickering Nuclear Generating Station and Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. The distribution of the pills was mandated last year by the country’s nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
While a nuclear disaster is unlikely, and Canada hasn’t had one with major environmental or health consequences over the more than 40 years the country has had nuclear power, the pills could offer health protection in the case one did occur.
The pills have been automatically provided to those who would be in the highest-risk areas in the event of a nuclear accident at either of the stations, as mandatedRead More »from GTA and Durham residents near nuclear plants given iodine pills