Frustrated with the refusal of the Obama Administration to act, Representatives Bill Young (R-FL) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) have sent another letter demanding that the Secretary of HHS report back how she intends to correct the federal government’s failure to stockpile KI (potassium iodide). The Congressmen and eleven other bipartisan members of the Florida delegation made similar demands in June 2010. Since then, the tragedy in Japan has underscored what happens when the government is unprepared for a nuclear emergency.
“The ongoing nuclear tragedy in Japan should be a wake-up call to this Administration. We are in a unique position to act before there is a tragedy on our own soil,” the Congressmen said. “There is simply no excuse for failing to stockpile all necessary preventive measures, including KI, especially if the public may be required to remain in areas that could be contaminated until evacuation plans can be implemented.”
The Congressmen expressed frustration with the Administration’s refusal to act. “We realize that you take seriously your obligation to protect the American public’s health and safety; however, indifference and inattention are no longer an acceptable response,” they observed. “The time has come for the Department and the White House to act.
Click here for a copy of the letter: KI3rdletter