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Residents Near Shearon Harris To Receive Potassium Iodide Pills

Posted November 1, 2002

— Health officials will give out potassium iodide pills next month to people who live near the Shearon Harris nuclear plant.

The offer applies to people who live in Wake, Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties within 10 miles of Shearon Harris.

The postassium iodide pills are made of salt that provides temporary protection against radiation. Health experts say the pills are safe, although some people could develop side effects such as a rash.

Shearon Harris officials are required to notify everyone in the 10-mile zone by mail once a year. Anyone with any questions about the pills and distribution can call the Wake County Health Department at

(919) 250-3097

.

Health officials warn the pills are not a substitute for evacuation in the event of an attack.

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