Islanders don't have anti-radiation tablets because Jersey is too far away from Flamanville, says Chief Minister

ISLANDERS have not been issued with anti-radiation tablets like residents near Normandy's Flamanville nuclear power plant because only a 'Chernobyl-sized' disaster would affect Jersey, the Chief Minister has said.

Islanders don't have anti-radiation tablets because Jersey is too far away from Flamanville, says Chief Minister

It was recently revealed that residents living within 10 km of the power plant would receive a batch of potassium iodide tablets as part of a nuclear safety programme launched by French authorities.

The pills protect the thyroid glands against the effects of radiation in the event of a nuclear accident.

Jersey lies just 40 km from the Flamanville and two backbench politicians, Deputy Jeremy Maçon and Deputy Mike Higgins, tabled written questions to the States asking what safety measures were in place for the Island.

In response, Senator Gorst said that research said that the probability of a nuclear accident at Flamanville impacting on Jersey was 'one in every 34 million years'.

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