Germany is stockpiling additional iodine tablets in case of a nuclear accident, according to reports. Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection told The Associated Press Thursday it ordered 189.5 million iodine tablets. The outlet said that is almost four times Germany’s current stockpile, citing public broadcaster WDR, which first reported the story. The increase in tablets on hand is “to ensure a safe and widespread distribution in case of a radiological or nuclear emergency,” Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection told the AP. The move comes as Germany plans to phase out all of its nuclear plants by 2022, the AP reports. However, the neighboring countries of Belgium, France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic will continue operating nuclear sites. Lithuania recently bought about $1 million worth of iodine, or 4 million tablets, as neighboring Belarus plans to launch a nuclear power plant, the AP reported earlier this week.
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