Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) joined the growing number in Congress demanding that there be a sufficient stockpile of KI (potassium iodide) pills to protect the public. Similar calls to the Obama Administration have come from Rep. Young, Rep. Bilirakis and Rep. Markey. Last year, thirteen Florida representatives, led by Rep. Young and Rep. Wasserman-Schultz, made the same request.
At a forum in Chicago, the senators grilled nuclear industry officials about what they are doing to ensure the safety of those who live in Illinois. The state has 11 reactors. Joseph Klinger, assistant director of the state Emergency Management Agency, told the senators there would be a review of the stockpile of pills that help prevent radiation-induced thyroid cancer and the evacuation zones.
There has been no similar commitment from the Obama Administration. Unlike Mr. Klinger, no one from the White House or HHS has even acknowledged the issue. Is it indifference? Ignorance? Whatever the reason, the Administration’s failure to act is no longer just unacceptable. It’s dangerous.