KI (potassium iodide) tablets are being distributed to people who live within 10 miles of nuclear power facilities, to be taken when directed by health authorities. It’s a bit ominous to read that

“Long-term studies have shown that people who did not take pills developed thyroid cancer,” said Amanda Fuller, strategic national stockpile coordinator with the state [NC] Division of Public Health.

Fuller said the pills are paid for by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which provided 600,000 to cover people in counties surrounding the three nuclear power plants in North Carolina, plus counties near a plant along the South Carolina border.

Nice of the NRC, but this does not sound good. Which people, when, where needed to have taken KI? Maybe people living near these facilities need a bit of it in their diet, regardless.