04 January 2014
United States: Government Solicitation of Bids for Potassium Iodide Triggers Concerns of Fallout Danger
Posted by: Rick Wells, 1st January 2014
A solicitation posted December 6th, on the Federal Business Opportunities website is seeking suppliers for 14 million doses of potassium iodide for delivery by February 1st, 2014. Quotes were due no later than Tuesday, December 23, 2013. An order of that nature, to be delivered in a relatively short period of time, could suggest that some recognition of a potential or existing hazard has taken place.
Potassium iodide offers protection in the aftermath of nuclear accidents by blocking radioactive iodine from being absorbed into the thyroid gland. The effects on from unprotected exposure to radiation or severe and life threatening.
The request specifies the form as “potassium iodide tablet, 65mg, unit dose package of 20s; 700,000 packages (of 20s).”
Current regulations do not require potassium iodide to be held in reserve for emergencies, although they recommend that states with populations within ten miles of a nuclear reactor maintain an adequate supply.
This request for bid appears to be unique and not part of an ongoing procurement practice, as no other results are returned in a search of the site. The motivation behind the solicitation thus becomes of much more interest.
The likely culprit in any radiation-related hazard is the Fukushima site in Japan. There are wide-ranging suspicions and evidence of the under-reporting of both the existing hazards at that location as well as the existing and potential threats.
The spread of radiation from Fukushima is also showing up in places and higher levels than those which would be consistent with the official reports coming from the Japanese government and the utility, Tepco.
A September 1st, 2013 article in the BBC indicates that the previously reported radiation levels of 100 millisieverts per hour were at the maximum limits of the testing equipment. The actual levels were found to be 18 times higher once equipment with a broader testing capability was brought in.
The risk to the west coast of the United States, as well as Alaska, has been of particular concern, not only from the existing radiation levels, but as a result of future leakage into the environment from the crippled site.
The hazards posed by the spent fuel rods at the site represent another accident, of unimaginable magnitude, just waiting to happen. The U.S., particularly the west coast would be in the direct path of the fallout and ocean water contamination.
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