The Nuclear Regulatory Agency has announced new recommendations for changes to existing nuclear disaster safety guidelines.
Among the changes that are being considered is a plan to distribute iodine tablets to homes located within 50 kilometers of nuclear power plants, Sankei Shimbun reported Thursday. However, the agency added that such a plan would require a change to Japanese laws restricting the distribution of strong medicines.
The change is believed to have been proposed due to the fact that thousands of cases of thyroid cancer were reported in children and adolescents who were exposed to radiation following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Iodine can be used to help protect against thyroid cancer in the event of exposure to radiation following a nuclear accident.
The agency has also recommended expanding the existing evacuation zones around nuclear plants from 10 to 30 kilometers. Further guideline changes and disaster evacuation drills are to be carried out by local governments, the commission said.© Japan Today