geographical and meteorological conditions, evacuation routes, and resources available. This information can be used for quantitative analysis to aid planning in a specific region.

This report constitutes the results of the committee’s assessment and its recommendations. It is organized into eight chapters. Chapter 2 discusses thyroid physiology, Chapter 3 discusses potential exposure to radioactive iodine, Chapter 4 discusses previous radiation incidents and their potential health effects, Chapter 5 discusses protective measures, Chapter 6 discusses existing distribution plans for distribution of KI, Chapter 7 provides a scheme for evaluating KI distribution programs and options for KI distribution, and Chapter 8 contains the concluding remarks and recommendations for KI administration and distribution.

To fulfill its charge, the committee met five times in 2003: on May 29-30 in Washington, DC; on June 23-24 in Washington, DC; on July 25-26 in Irvine, CA; on August 21-22 in Washington, DC; and on September 29-30 in Woods Hole, MA. Three of the meetings included public information-gathering sessions, and the committee also received and considered other public comments and communications. The committee interacted with various federal agency representatives and other interested parties, and it benefited from the information provided by states’ authorities about the past, current, and future state plans to distribute KI. The committee appreciated and was impressed by the efforts of various speakers and other interested parties to work with us during the project; it has been important to the committee’s efforts.

Consistent with the policies of the National Academies, the committee conducted fact-finding activities involving outside parties in public information-gathering meetings and met in closed session only to develop committee procedures, review documents, and consider findings and recommendations. The information-gathering meetings were structured to solicit information from technical experts and the study sponsor on topics related to the study. All the information gathered at the open meetings is part of the National Research Council’s public-access file and is available on request.

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