The Vermont Health Department is urging adults who live near the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to replace their potassium iodide tablets.
The pills are available for anyone who lives or works in the six towns within the emergency planning zone around the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant: Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro and Vernon.
The adult tablets expire at the end of the month. Tablets for children are not expiring and don't need to be replaced.
The recent deal to end litigation and provide a path to decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant could also provide a roadmap for other states.
The Vernon reactor is one of five nuclear power plants that recently announced plans to close before their federal licenses expire, and some experts told Vermont Public Radio that what happens with Vermont Yankee could affect other plants around the country.