AFP-Jiji BRUSSELS (AFP-Jiji) — Belgium began Monday to make iodine pills available free to its 11 million people in case of an accident at its aging nuclear plants but said there was no “specific risk.”
The government also launched a website in the country’s official languages French, Dutch and German to tell people what to do in an emergency as it began implementing plans announced two years ago.
Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said his government aimed to “properly inform” the public but said the plans were preventative. “For now there is no specific risk with our nuclear plants,” Jambon told Belgian broadcaster RTBF.
Pharmacies interviewed by Belgian media said they had begun receiving some of the 4.5 million boxes of 10 iodine pills — which help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland — that were ordered by the government.
Belgium’s creaking nuclear plants have been stirring concerns at home and across its borders after a series of problems ranging from leaks to cracks and an unsolved sabotage incident.