Last year, new regulatory requirements by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), which were supported by Bruce Power, called for enhancements to the distribution of potassium iodide (KI) tablets that are currently stored at one central location within the Municipality of Kincardine to a more distributed approach throughout the region.

Recognizing this requirement, Bruce Power in partnership with The Municipality of Kincardine and Grey Bruce Public Health, is working to enhance distribution of potassium iodide (KI) tablets to households and businesses around the Bruce Power site in 2015.

While it’s always best to prepare for the unexpected, it’s very unlikely that anyone would ever need to take potassium iodide to block an uptake of radioactive iodine,

said Dr. Hazel Lynn, Medical Officer of Health, Grey Bruce Health Unit.

It’s important that while we work to enhance the manner in which these tablets are distributed that we don’t create unnecessary public concern,
added Lynn.

This process will be completed by the end of 2015 and will include additional public outreach activities. The joint effort is an enhancement to a long standing practice that has been in place for years between the Bruce Power site and the Municipality of Kincardine.

This initiative will replace the existing practice of having the tablets available in bulk at the Municipal Reception Evacuation Centre,

said Anne Eadie, Mayor of The Municipality of Kincardine.

There is consensus having the tablets in homes rather than a central location is more practical in the immediate area around the site.

Our region has a 50-year history of safe nuclear operations and the distribution of potassium iodide tablets have been part of our ongoing emergency preparedness activities for years,

said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs.

“The improvements we’re making will focus on the enhanced distribution along with additional information for area residents using updated communications tools. We will also focus on extensive public outreach to ensure people understand this is not a new practice but rather an enhancement to an existing plan.”

Information packages will be mailed out in early April to approximately 1,500 residents and businesses within 10 km of the Bruce Power site outlining a number of options as to how to obtain these tablets for safe keeping in their home or business with direct follow-up to occur with those residents.

Distribution in the broader area, which is 50 km around the site, will also be enhanced later this year through an increased number of storage locations and more information provided to the public using new communications tools.

Earlier this year, Bruce Power and a coalition of agencies and municipalities with an interest in public safety launched a new website to provide residents of Grey, Bruce and Huron counties with the information they need to prepare for emergencies.

The Be Prepared – Grey Bruce Huron website is an educational resource for the different types of emergencies all residents should be prepared for, and provides tips on what to do in the event of a fire, flood, tornado, winter storm or nuclear emergency. This website has been updated with all of the new information related to this distribution enhancement plan.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com