The authorities of the German city of Aachen, located on the border with Belgium, is preparing to give local residents the iodine tablets in the event of a crash on the Belgian nuclear power plant Tihange. It is reported by The Associated Press.
Local officials have received permission from the government of North Rhine-Westphalia to distribute the tablets as a measure to prevent thyroid cancer in case of radioactive contamination in case of accident at NPP located less than 70 km.
From Friday until November 15, people who are younger than 46 years can submit an online application to receive a coupon for iodine tablets, which they are free to buy in pharmacies.
Germany plans to disable all its nuclear reactors by 2022 and has already shut down its oldest plants.
In 2016, the buildings blocks of some Belgian nuclear power plant was discovered numerous cracks. German environmentalists have called for the Belgian nuclear industry to solve this problem and temporarily disable two nuclear reactors.
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