Japan emergency workers may face lethal radiation

WASHINGTON - The top US nuclear

regulator told Congress on Wednesday that radiation levels
around Japan's troubled nuclear power plant may give emergency
workers "lethal doses" of radiation, preventing them from
getting near the plant.

"We believe that around the reactor site there are high

levels of radiation," Gregory Jaczko, head of the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, told a House Energy and Commerce
subcommittee hearing. "It would be very difficult for emergency
workers to get near the reactors. The doses they could
experience would potentially be lethal doses in a very short
period of time."
Jaczko noted the NRC had very limited data on what was
going on in Japan and he did not want to speculate too much on
the matter. "Our information is very limited," he said