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German border town issues iodine tablets over fears about Belgian nuclear reactor

There have been concerns for years about Belgium’s ageing Tihangel nuclear power station, parts of which are more than 40 years old, and whose oldest block was supposed to have been decommissioned two years ago.

Those concerns are especially acute just over the border in Germany, where authorities in Aachen and its surrounding area have begun distributing iodine tablets.

“Our job as the catastrophe agency is to not cause panic unnecessarily. There is no room for this. On the other hand we don’t want to trivialize anything but to act responsible towards it. And that is what we are doing by preparing for an incident,” said Catastrophe commissioner Markus Kremer.

Aachen, or Aix-la-Chapelle, is the former seat of Charlemagne and only 70 kilometres away, and the Netherlands and France are just as close.

“It’s is good that there is an initiative but still it does not really calm me down,” said one young woman.

“When the city is handing the tablets out then actually something has gone wrong already,” said a more sceptical young man.

The tablets, which will be handed out until November 15, are meant to prevent thyroid cancer in the case of radioactive fallout. People under 46 can apply online for a coupon that will allow them free tablets from pharmacies.

Germany plans to switch off all its nuclear reactors by 2022 and has already shut its oldest plants.



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  • That's the least of your worries. Me, I prefer nuclear fallout over islam.

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  • They should worry more about the fallout from their government's immigration policies.

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  • Great site for a refugee camp!

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  • I agree that if they are handing out the iodine tablets something has already gone wrong.

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    • @finality85 no, it's just falling appart, they know something might happen, but they like better letting it run and give that "in case". Just that is really wrong, anyway, if belgian people die there, they don't care they have millions waiting to take their house...

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  • Yes, but what is the status of Belgian Waffles? Are they still delicious?

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    • @Buckshotboone Still very good mate, just it disappears gently unfortunately, replaced by halal food...Trump was right, Brussel is becoming for some time, in some place, a rat hole. But you know, media and gouvernement keep saying it's good for us to keep our level of wellness in our social system (wondering where they see that again, maybe for the rich but not for common people, even in a "socialist" country)...BS. By the way, even if there was a big hole in the wall of a belgian nuc More..

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  • Doesn't mean that anything happened, it's just an effective and relatively cheap prophylaxis. They're just being safe and ready. When Chernobyl melted down, the Belarus gov handed out potassium iodide tablets at schools in the southeast, and the rates of childhood cancers in the years to come had a barely measurable increase. Ukrainian school kids nearby didn't get this treatment and their rates went through the roof.

    It's a good idea to keep a few months' supply of iosat on hand. It's not e More..

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  • FRANCE AND OTHER FUCKERS BUILD THEIR NUCULAR SHIT ON OUR BORDER WTF THEN WE IMPORT THEIR ELECTRICITY AND CALL IT GREEN ENERGY?! LORD WHY

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    • @honeyball_lecter Like a famous french singer said "the king of shithead's I'm sure he's not german",hehe but for the french he was sure they were the king of shithead's...German have long ago said "NO" to nuclear power, but don't worry french or belgian will take care of it for you...on your border.

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  • Switch back to burning coal, that'll work...

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  • If you're over 46, Fuck you - The EU.

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    • @vetboy45 I was just searching the comments to see if anyone else noticed that little lovely tidbit! Yea, I guess if you are older than 46, you are a 'useless eater' as the Nazis used to say.. Kiss your old ass goodbye, babe! 😂😂😂

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  • The fallback plan is to hand out bracelets that say "don't irradiate me!" and instruct citizens to hold their hands out to signal stop if they notice a radiation cloud.

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  • Ha ha..watch some nut job mussy fuck wit try and blow this place up with a bazooka now........

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  • Tihange, not Tihangel.

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  • What CRAZY fucking times we live in.

    The GERMANS are afraid of the BELGIANS.

    lol

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  • Are those suppositories.

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  • "In case of emergency, take two tablets, bend over and kiss your ass goodbye - it'll be too late by then...

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    • @bailoni11 nah it makes a huge difference. Calcium supplements too, strontium-90 is similar enough to calcium that it gets absorbed into your bones. And whereas the iodine is dangerous if overdone, calcium is very safe so you can just keep yourself saturated without any careful measurement. Cheap as dirt, too.

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    • @bailoni11 You are right, Potassium iodide helps prevent Thyroid cancer and you have to take it before exposure.. If an accident happens, I recommend hauling ass as far away as you can immediately, popping some iodine pills on your way out.. lol

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  • Next time buy CANDU!

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  • Once again, The Simpsons predicts the future.
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  • Looks bad, I'd better stock up on Belgian chocolate and beer
    P.S, I lied about the chocolate;-)

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  • Nuclear Emergency Protocols always lie.

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  • Not only Belgium's aging nuclear reactor, there's also the French's Cattenom reactor, having some breakdown every one or two weeks. French say everything is okay and the Germans living a few miles away keep on criticizing the French for their bullshit they are spreading.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattenom_Nuclear_Power_Plant

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    • @Hohecker Shitty construction or shitty maintenance. I live not far from a nuclear power plant, one that my father did engineering design work on in early to mid 1980's..https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterford_Nuclear_Generating_Station

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    • @flashj2 

      They're doing shitty maintenance there. A lot of people on the German side are complaining about it. Here's another one:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fessenheim_Nuclear_Power_Plant#Opposition

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  • Shut the fucking thing down now ...Not next week next year now ....

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  • Is it leaking?

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  • Proudly brought to action by Germany's alt-right and stolen by the government to gain good press. The problem is known for decades but nobody in politics cared about. Untill the alt-right revolted against stupid Green Party plans to double the power prizes by clearing atomic powers, even when this dangerous Belgium atomic plant next to the German border still works, lol...

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  • I thought it said cyanide tablets. Yikes.

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