A BID to extend the distribution of anti-radiation iodine tablets to a 20km radius of Hunterston has been abandoned. A proposal had been laid down to council chiefs to widen the emergency planning zone around the nuclear power station to including neighbouring towns and the Isle of Cumbrae. Council democracy chief Andrew Fraser warned a meeting on the topic that a mass iodine distribution ‘could do more harm than good’ as it could disrupt NHS Ayrshire and Arran health board as it works to speed up the coronavirus vaccine roll-out. Independent Cllr Ian Murdoch had called for rules around the ageing station to mirror those in France, where 20km boundaries are standard, and for people to have the emergency pills within their homes. The chair of the Hunterston Site Stakeholders Group, Rita Holmes, had also written to the council asking that the zone be increased to include Fairlie and Millport.
Largs & Millport Weekly News 12th March 2021 read more »