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Bob Herbert's Half Right


Jul 22, 2010
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While Bob Herbert's editorial in the New York Times warning about the country's lack of preparation for a nuclear accident is right, it only tells half the story. What he does not mention is that the federal government has been aggressively ignoring what needs to be done. Today, the government still does not have an adequate stockpile of radiation-protective, potassium iodide (KI) tablets, despite the passage of law requiring it, a National Academy of Sciences report recommending a sufficient national stockpile to protect everyone at risk, the requests of individual members of Congress including half the Florida delegation, and the findings and recommendations of countless experts over the last two decades. There is no scientific dispute that KI is the best way to protect the public against the cancer that will result from exposure to radioactive iodine. All that's left is the politics.

Unfortunately, the one Bush Administration policy the Obama Administration apparently has decided to leave intact is blind reliance on the emergency response plans developed by the nuclear industry. They argue KI isn't necessary, because the government can evacuate everyone who might be at risk. After all, look how well evacuation worked during Hurricane Katrina...

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yeah i was reading about this a couple weeks back...the KI pill is genius...what is stopping the government from having it just in case?
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