Democratic leaders are accusing the Bush administration of dragging its heels in providing potassium iodide to state and local governments for stockpiling and, in the event of a nuclear incident, distribution to people living within 20 miles of a nuclear power plant to prevent radioiodine-induced thyroid cancer.
In a November 9 letter to Jim Nussle, director of the Office of Management and Budget, the leadership of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce noted that 5 years has passed since passage of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness Act of 2002,
which mandated distribution of potassium iodide.
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