MINING: The Future of Uranium

How big is the boom in uranium? How long will it last? Last week, for the first time, the Atomic Energy Commission gave businessmen a dazzling glimpse into uranium's future. After "phenomenal development" in discovery and mining since 1948, said AEC's Raw Materials Chief Jesse Johnson, uranium prospecting, mining, milling and construction have become a $100 million-a-year operation. The U.S., which imported 90% of its uranium ore before the Korean war, may soon become the world's biggest uranium producer.

Nor is any peak in sight. Despite the upswing in uranium strikes (TIME....

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