Bush administration to people who live near nuclear power plants: We want you to die!
Despite an order from Congress, the Bush administration has not given millions of people living within 20 miles of nuclear power plants access to pills that could help protect them if they are exposed to radiation.Instead of complying with the law, the Bush administration bickered over who was responsible for it. Pathetic.
It will be early 2006, at the earliest, before potassium iodide pills are made available to those people. Congress had ordered that the pills, which help prevent thyroid cancer, be stockpiled by mid-2003.
Rep. Edward Markey (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass., said it's "outrageous" that the administration hasn't made the pills more widely available.
Alan Morris, president of Anbex, a company that sells the pills over the Internet, says the government could buy them for only 18 cents per pill. Most people would probably need to take the pills only a few days before the radiation dissipated.