The body that oversees
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is currently reviewing and updating its emergency preparedness requirements for
A number of improvements were discussed, however media coverage focused on the pre-distribution of iodine thyroid blockers (KI pills). In a media release, Bruce Power stated that it supports having an effective means of pre-distribution of KI as an extra layer of protection in the unlikely event of a radiological release. Educating the public on the proper use of these KI pills should be a key component of this program in Bruce Power’s view, the release said.
In the event of a nuclear emergency, provincial authorities would be responsible for, among other things, deciding which protective and precautionary measures will be implemented. One of these measures could include the direction to take KI pills. Potassium iodide (KI) may be used to help protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine that may be released into the air during a radiological emergency. Currently, the
Bruce Power reports that emergency preparedness is an area of strength for it and the entire Canadian nuclear industry, and one where they continue to make improvements.