People in Mich. near nuclear plants to get pills

MONROE, Mich. (AP) - Officials will provide free anti-radiation pills to people who live or work within 10 miles of Michigan's nuclear power plants.

The potassium iodide pills can partially protect the thyroid gland from radiation exposure if there is a nuclear accident. The Monroe Evening News reports homes and businesses will get an explanatory flier the week of Sept. 21 that includes a voucher redeemable for a supply of the nonprescription pills after Oct. 1.

Previously in Michigan, such pills were to be distributed following an accident. The state has three nuclear plants: Fermi 2 near Newport, the Palisades Nuclear Plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township and the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in Berrien County's Lake Township.