Belgium Begins Free Distribution Of Iodine Pills "In Case Of Nuclear Disaster"

As part of the government's new nuclear safety policy, as of today, every Belgian citizen can come to a pharmacy and get free iodine pills.

Belgium has two nuclear plants, Tihange and Doel, with a total number of seven reactors, and is one of the world's most nuclear-reliant nations...

In 2017 alone, there were seven incidents at the facilities.

Free distribution of iodine tablets has started in Belgium as a precautionary measure in the event of a nuclear catastrophe, the Belgian Pharmaceutical Association told Sputnik on Tuesday. Before March 6, only those living within 20 kilometers (12 miles) from nuclear sites were entitled to receive the medication free of charge.

As SputnikNews reports, Belgium's neighbors, Germany and the Netherlands, are concerned over the safety of the kingdom’s ageing nuclear reactors.

In 2016, Germany requested Belgium to shut down its two reactors because of defects found in their pressure vessels, but the kingdom refused. In September 2017, citizens of Aachen, a western German city located 70 kilometers (43 miles) away from the Belgian Tihange, started getting free iodine tablets.

In 2016, the Netherlands started distributing the pills to people who lived within a 100-kilometre (62-mile) radius of the neighboring Dutch Borsselle and Belgian Doel plants.

So how would a population react to their government offering iodine pills - just in case... Fear, of course!

Scared people are not rational, they’ll buy virtually anything that promises to alleviate their fear. Every totalitarian, every proponent of curtailing freedom, knows this. It’s the equivalent of the smoking hot babe: fear sells government.

"Not reassuring"


Sudden Debt anonymike Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:10 Permalink

Most nuclear power stations are from the 60's and 70's and they're all build following the same concepts and mostly all have the same tool suppliers.


I'm actually amazed they all still work. How many machines do you still use that are 40 to 50 years old? And I'm not talking about metal working tools that are build to last because they're so basic.


One thing is sure, if anytime, something would happen with our nuclear reactors, I'm getting in the car and I'm out for a week and just wait it out to see what happens. I've got a list of citytrips that I want to do short term anyway :)

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CRM114 Sudden Debt Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:45 Permalink

I'm not amazed. I know two guys who have tested and run nuclear reactors. I've made fuel cells myself. The risky bits of nuclear power stations are the designers not being realistic about hazard management, especially from the operators point of view, and crass senior management putting budgets above safety. If you track back through all nuclear accidents, you will see these are the root causes. It's not the builders or operators.

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More_sellers_t… Dragon HAwk Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:26 Permalink

Years ago, the local power company knocked on my mothers door and gave them signs to put in the window, home or noy home in case of emergency...He also gave the iodine pills...of course my mother being my mother said,"could I have a few more of those pills, just in case I have company over?"  The guy looked my mom dead in the face and said, "Lady, I'll give you whatever you want, but if you ever need them your fucked anyway" Lol

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I-Engineer Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:25 Permalink

The Canadian government just required nuclear reactor operators to distribute iodine pills to nearby residents--in the mail. It was a bit of a gong-show in cases. People are stupid on average. Some people got them and ate them-sometimes all at once. Now these things are safe, adverse effects are less than one in million and only were documented as asthma in adults. The problem is that these things only block one form of radiation and only if they are taken BEFORE or right after exposure.

Dilluminati I-Engineer Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:48 Permalink

Agree, considering 1/2 life and all factors if you are relying on postal or civil defense to deliver these pills, you're late.  One of the things that made me think was Fukushima and prepping, first any grand prepping was ineffective, if you had a stocked bunker it was "flooded,"  if you had a bugout vehicle the roads were up-heaved and impassable with debris, and only if you had had Tyvek and iostat could you have evacuated cleanly.  Toss in some above average N 95 rated air-masks as well.  With free shipping you are looking at under $25 per person and you have a tyvek on hand if you need to crawl under a home, etc.. But unless you have the pills stored safely and have immediate access yeah I agree after the fact they are useless.  Simple chemistry.

But looking back 20-20 on that lesson from Japan just getting evacuated from that immediate zone, those three items on hand for immediate use were actually the only really beneficial items.  And you had to get out.. that bunker or mentality of hunkering down in radioactive waste wrong move..  I mean you want to shelter in place for at least 48 hours in heavy fallout, but unless you have adequate longer term cover, you need to get the fuck out.

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Dilluminati Erwin643 Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:21 Permalink

you need to stop complaining and just crawl off in the fucking corner suck a dick

But I need to be considerate of stupid fucking people so let me spell it out for your stupid ass…

Tyvek is a non-permeable inexpensive cloth used to keep your stink in or outside stink out!  


Potassium Iodine or NUKEPILLS

Goes by the trade name of Iosat as it is FDA approved and made to the higher standards of manufacture it is like the word KLEENEX to describe the tissue that you wipe that goo mess off of your cocksucking face.


N95 or N100 masks are OSHA (Occupational Safety Health Association) standards for breathing gear that keeps your stinking fucking breath in or again shit out..

No go get fucking lost

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ldd I-Engineer Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:04 Permalink

As a young kid growing up on lake Ontario I was shown a hole in the ground under a concrete wall which led to another hole under another concrete wall and since it was a long time ago can not remember if there were two or three or possibly four walls which opened up into a large room and looking over the low concrete wall and far down was - a large pool full of what looked like rods. Did not know at the time what it was but based on what I know now I would have to guess it was a containment pool for fuel rods. I could be wrong and off base however thinking back it kinda explains why I had constant nose bleeds and some health problems.

One has to think if there was this kind of entry back then and with a hole where kids could go in what if anything was coming out.


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Yen Cross Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:28 Permalink

  Do they also get [directions on how to build] a free desk to hide under?

  Payback is a bitch for all those fuckers at Euroclear for buying all those U.S. treasuries and hiding them for 'Chair Satan' several years ago?

Dilluminati Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:33 Permalink

I have stated here, available with a search or big-data that I purchase iodine and keep it on hand.

Last XMAS I gave my aging (still good) pills to children who had moved to St Louis and bought more.  Most people don't understand shelter in place and the math of fallout.  Especially young people and children.  But as a prepper  having seen Fukushima and Chernobyl either you have them when you need them, or you simply do not.

I hope I never need to use them.

I-Engineer Dilluminati Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:49 Permalink

I was the engineer in charge of producing much of North America's radioiodine. In the amounts after a reactor disaster, you probably won't need them unless you are really close to the epicentre. Besides a few rem thyroid dose is not that bad for an adult. Even for a child I don't think we have scientific proof a little would be harmful. In a Chernobyl-type event, yes; a Fukushima-type, no. And your pills will basically never expire as long as it is in chemical salt form.

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Dilluminati I-Engineer Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:01 Permalink

I agree on the implications for adults.. I think like 100% of all men at age 80 have prostate cancer at some stage.. it just doesn't affect quality of life.. however that same issue in a younger person, real damn problem.  Olga Korbut.. rare I agree however with your premise and what you say however as fact, if i have em I'll dose the first two days as an adult my specific age, I'd take kids out to ten, factually a good respirator and not inhaling radioactive material probably more important, not eating or drinking it.. agree?  Damn heavy metals.. less filling taste great!!!


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I-Engineer Dilluminati Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:45 Permalink

The problem with your respirators is that A) 100% have to have a charcoal filter, and B) you would prefer TEDA impregnated. If the radioiodine gets methylated you need the TEDA, but assume less than 10% methylation. Plus TEDA is not particularly shelf-stable. A good respirator knocks down dose by at least 100 times. If you have a good fit, I can get mine to 500 or 1000 times. But if you are serious like that, you can't keep a beard because of the respirator. Are you going to shave after a nuclear disaster just to get the respirator on? Iodine likes to stay in water, and likes to stay in basic pH. If you want to contain it. Otherwise volatile iodine seeps through EVERYTHING, plastics, you name it. The respirator is great because it protects against all particulates, which, on-the-whole, could be more dose over the long term. Plants love to pick up radioactive strontium because it acts like calcium to them, lots of dose off that. Animals like the iodine. Both these elements are rare in nature. I haven't read the papers to comment on food.

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Dilluminati I-Engineer Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:37 Permalink

I have the basic NOSH and really that is only effective for dust particulate, sneeze protection, let me re-emphasize "particulate" respiration protection, if you were factually in a contaminated area the surrounding pollen and such is affected, and nope.. your not going to escape all of it, you can just minimize the exposure.  The types of masks you describe are effectively a grade well above the very nominal costs of N100.   The N100 is "helpful" in hemorrhagic situations, and still not guaranteed.  It is a reduction in risk not an elimination of it.  The guy with the TEDA mask will show up late and hand out N100's and iodine.. There is a line of demarcation in rational prepping, but yeah I'd recommend Tyvek and N100 along with some pills bought from a reliable source that would have a 5-year shelf date on them, and if stored correctly i'd assume another 2-years would be good.  There is a line a demarcation between filtration and conditioning.  I'll take the N100 over nothing, and for the really minimal costs have them on hand.  On eating.. interesting but I reload bullets and the reloading process contaminates surrounding areas with primer dust and lead (depending on the projectile) but the same is true, don't rub your face or eyes, stick fingers in ears, smoke, eat, and of course wash hands, wipe down surfaces before and after, keep things clean.   It is recommended if you are doing cleanup and not any critical measurements or loads to have a beer.. but that should be bottle bear,good beer, not anheuser busch products.  Much of this is simple common sense.. in short supply in our world.  There are some machining of exotic metals where the dust is also very harmful, again less is better.  I actually run a humidifier close to were I load, load on top of ceramic tile, run a tumbler closed lid outdoors, keep hollow points in Tupperware containers, and shoot outdoors.…

I owned a convertible, wonderful.. everybody should own one once.. in the spring I would do a road trip and when i arrived I had a thin coat of road dust on me.. similar to motorcycle.. just dust

DuPont Tyvek 400 TY122S Protective Coverall, Disposable, Elastic Cuff, Elastic Ankle, Attached Hood, Attached Boots, Medium, White, (Retail Pack of 1)  about $10 each

3M Particulate Respirator 8210V, N95 Respiratory Protection about $2 each count 10

IOSAT 130 mg Potassium Iodide Tablets, 5 Count $35

Toss in Nitrile gloves and possibly some disposable shoe covers you are under $20/person household

If I were a prepper on a budget I'd get the everything above and buy the iostat last.. Given a choice of limiting dust intake which is contaminated or thyroid protection.. uhmmm I'd prioritize 

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ldd I-Engineer Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:19 Permalink

I was in Tokyo shortly after 3/11 and my neck swelled up and assumed it was my thyroid.  I go to Japan often so I do not fret over it. I do have regular medicals and do understand that it may not show up for a while. I could worry about it and stop exposing myself but choose to just live life. It really is a question of living life since it is everywhere now.

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Dilluminati Jack Oliver Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:56 Permalink

I wonder at times if this is all Russia all the time?  ZH has become interesting in that fact, and it doesn't help when news sources attribute frankly some ridiculous shit to the narrative of Russia did it.  But there are a range of disasters from Chernobyl and Fukushima where radiation is a local event and then the sensationalism of a full scale exchange of every nuclear weapon on the planet at the same time.  One is a increasingly likely event due to aging facilities, the other political porn and fear.

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A_Huxley Dilluminati Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:23 Permalink

1.  Old plants have structural cracking thats been discovered?

Plans in motion to fix it but its going to take time?

2.  Too many "new" people to the EU got given local nuclear jobs.  Someone did not do the needed deep security interviews?

Random strangers wondering around as part of the trusted nuclear priesthood over 24 h shift work.

A little from column 1 a little from column 2.




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Dilluminati A_Huxley Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:23 Permalink

I'm concerned that the infrastructure globally which is aging isn't being managed proactively because it isn't a visible and an immediately felt risk.  People get the bridge that is crumbling and causing gridlock and delay, they even get the damn that is crumbling if they can SEE IT.  I was making something to eat and thinking of one of the more absurd stories, which is some of the looted stuff being sold.

The government doesn't report stories or collect statistics of people who successfully defend their property with firearms, or who successfully mitigate a natural disaster, it undermines the narrative that these are government activities where the prevailing official narrative is either sound or not.. evacuate, don't evacuate.. etc.. as long as the "narrative" isn't questioned and the emphasis on a consistent message.

After Katrina there was this guy who had refused to evacuate, he had a generator and was waving furiously at the news cameras (who hadn't fucking evacuated) to go away and leave him alone.. but hey... they are the NARRATIVE, well anyway the guy was both prepared and fine, but forced to leave.. now make of that what you want etc.. but there you go, same was true in Fukushima there were old people who simply refused to move, and then again in Chernobyl.. people live in that zone 

There was this news report of radiation in Ikea furniture.. and though these initial contamination(s) are nominal in aggregate they are an issue.  This is a narrative also in some respects like global warming, it can't be a narrative in lieu of another agenda.. but yeah I'd say that globally we have an issue with storage and management of nuclear assets peaceful and military, and the inclusion and proliferation is increasing

I'll just end things that we haven't yet really addressed the true challenges 

People can assess risk differently and disagree, but some are cocksuckers and tyrants about these topics, the forced quarantine etc for Ebola.…

A nurse who worked with Ebola patients in West Africa in 2014, only to wind up isolated in a tent behind a New Jersey hospital, ended her lawsuit against the state on Thursday with a settlement that spells out rights for people in quarantine.

The nurse, Kaci Hickox, arrived in the United States shortly after a doctor who had returned from Guinea became New York’s first Ebola case. After his diagnosis, the governors of New York and New Jersey said they would begin quarantining travelers who had been in contact with Ebola patients in West Africa.

Ms. Hickox flew into Newark Liberty International Airport on Oct. 24, 2014, and, although she later tested negative for the deadly virus, she was nonetheless forced into quarantine and initially prohibited from seeing a lawyer or receiving visitors. After three days, she was allowed to return to her home in Maine, but only with an escort and on the condition that she would remain in isolation.

I guess my musings are don't fuck with the narrative or rattle the cocksuckers (lol) but use your own fucking common sense!



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shaggyness Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:04 Permalink

The nuclear power plant in Belgium is LEAKING. One nuclear scientist shared that there is enough data to prove that a power plant in Europe is leaking radioactive material. Now I know where. 



Yen Cross Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:05 Permalink

   The euro[fx] call/option hedges are covering big time.

  It's time to short the emerging markets/ Ray Dalio is spot on.

  Al the yuan the Chinese are spending,[ to keep the peg] winding down their ponzi FX reserves just tightens supply, and increases inflation in China.

 The smartest thing the U.S. plunge team could do is buy long dated debt back , as short term debt rolls off[no soup for china], and also buy yuan in massive amounts before the fix, every single day, until the rest of the world realizes the manipulations by the PBoC.

  The worst FEAR China has is inflation! That will cause civil unrest, and regime change. China fears INFLATION because of it's massive ponzi debt load/

Albertarocks Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:27 Permalink

Free pills from the government.  Sounds legit to me.  After all, vaccines are free too and everybody know vaccines are perfectly safe except they cause all kinds of horrid diseases, physiological reactions and human deaths by the thousands.  Oh ya, and they cause cancer.  But it comes from the government so it's all good.  And it's all for free... so...YAY.

Yen Cross Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:58 Permalink

 I'm wondering how much of that CVS deal was financed through Europe?

  What's happening with the euro looks very short term flow related.

 The divergence stochastic/ MACD  divergence is very odd. There's selling pressure then sudden pulses of buying against the offer.

 The pricks are probably swapping converted [corporate] euro bonds for dollars.

  repatriations much?

Vageling Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:01 Permalink

Surprised they don't come with a note that says a pill a day keeps radiation away. Nothing works in Belgium anyway. Why we call it a non country. Just blame the French. What I do. Where froggy stuff appears, all goes to hell. Oh-la-la my ass. Just tell them to fix their shit or be invaded. Then again... Belgiums fixing things? That'll be a first. That's why they give pills. Homer is running the plants.

Golden Showers Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:20 Permalink

Iodide? Iodine?

Try kelp, laver, hijiki, kombu, nori... of course after 2011 I wouldn't.

Or just pour your body in syrup and attach waffles all over your shit. Eat French Clay. Belgium: are you a bunch of pussies? That's what you sound like. You're breakfast for dick shits. Legacy. I know. I'm sure Belgium counts somehow. Just drink your ensure and do what you're told.

Of course, because I look at you pussies and remember people like

You're gonna have to step it up.

From the looks of it, I know more about you assholes than you do or anyone else here. Boy, I love it when I'm wrong. And I am. But pick a side already. Y'all act like you've been nuked like Nippon but it hasn't happened. I mean, is that reasonable? There is one thing. This lady at the Farmers Market here in town says she's from Belgium. And she rips people off. I don't know, Belgium, but you're gonna have to get your shit straight.

We have "Iodine" shots here in the states, but we call it the "flu". Pump it Pump it Pump it. The less complacent folk the better. Lukewarm folks just don't satisfy.

Greed is King Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:49 Permalink

This has nothing to do with aging nuclear power plants, it`s all about the world knowing that America needs and wants a war to avoid admitting its bankrupt, only a war can save Americas face, and modern war means nuclear war. I`ve got a better idea, why does`nt the rest of the world tell America to go fuck itself, you ain`t getting a war on OUR soil, and if you persist in starting one we`ll take the war to YOUR soil.

That`s what it`s going to come to, America has been alienating itself for years, the process has accelerated under Trump, EVERYBODY hates America now, even its "friends and allies", the global bully`s days are numbered.

ldd Greed is King Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:47 Permalink

Although I do not discount your position and would not be surprised to see it happen, the environment and time is a ticking bomb for everything. Most likely the reason our ancestors built things to last. The fault of humanity in regards to things nuclear is that we think in human time and scale rather than in geologic time and scale. There is simply no way to build anything taking into regards every possible future event so we measure things based on what we know and can frame into a set of parameters that allows for the project to proceed.

There have been a number of earthquakes in Korea in an area along the south east coast where there is a geologic fault that could break off - where there is a large concentration of Nuclear reactors. The crazy thing is this fault was known about but since there had not been any earthquakes for a long time they thought it would be okay.

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Greed is King shovelhead Wed, 03/07/2018 - 08:58 Permalink

War averts bankruptcy by negating the debt owed to the enemy, but as I said, America is ALREADY bankrupt. America wants a war so it does`nt have to ADMIT its bankrupt, which is what will happen if the world remains at peace, a war would save face, the fact that the vast majority of life on Earth will be vapourised is irrelevant to the Piggery, their bunkers are already built and ready for occupation in New Zealand; for them it`s a much better prospect to live underground for the rest of their lives than to be dragged out of their Ivory Towers by the starving torch and pitchfork carrying peasants.

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Last of the Mi… Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:34 Permalink

In the US pharmacies give out free naloxone for the "opioid crisis". A more telling truth between the actions of the two countries in this respect has never been more evident. Our diet in the US consists of Russia Russia Russia and Opioid Crisis. Common sense and critical thinking simply does not exist, to say nothing of failing to protect our schoolchildren with something as simple as metal detectors. I often wonder why the metal detectors at every court house in the nation were not immediately requisitioned for schools to protect something much more important that "men in black with a political agenda. Believe me the judges in the court houses would find more metal detectors ASAP and the problem would be solved. I was particularly disgusted last week as a town near here with major democratic leadership announced a plan for a new tax to "protect schools". I didn't read much about it, but I bet it was NOT item specific for school defense only and I bet the money would flow into the general fund to be diverted later. Sickening, really.

archie bird Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:44 Permalink

Ha! I live with in a10-mile radius of an aging power plant and in my experience, In the US, the nuke industry doesn’t even tell you if they ‘think ‘ they’ve had an event.  You May be able to read about it aweek or so later if you are lucky enough to stumble across it in the news.  But free iodine pills have been available to residents for years. 

one ping only Wed, 03/07/2018 - 08:23 Permalink

I used to work in a rad lab that calibrates civil defense radiation survey meters. I learned quite a bit about health safety regarding radionuclides. Alternatives to KI pills include topical iodine, like Betadine or Lugols. I still carry my dosimeters on me and check them weekly. I also keep a Nuk-Alert handy to notify me if there is a major radiation emission. That is how I will know when to take my KI pills. (Actually, I'm over 40, so I'd distribute my pills to the neighbors' chillruns). How else are we supposed to know when one of these events occur? Wait for .gov to tell us? Ha!