GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Pills that would protect against radiation in the case of a nuclear accident will be available for residents living near any of South Carolina's five nuclear plants.

The Greenville News reported ( that the potassium iodide pills will be provided at no charge beginning Monday to anyone living within the 10-mile emergency planning zone of a nuclear plant.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control says the 2.4 million tablets will cover 1.2 million adults. They'll be distributed by hand to 13 counties' health departments, where residents can pick them up.

A previous round of tablets distributed in 2007 expires this year. The new tablets will expire in 2017.

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