THE ATOM: Undercover Accident

An Atomic Energy Commission laboratory proved once again last week that classification can get to be a habit, covering bungles as well as military secrets, and denying essential information to Government atomic contractors.

The Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1 at the National Reactor Testing Station, Arco, Idaho, has been in operation since 1951, generating a small amount of electricity and yielding information of great importance to public utility companies that plan to build giant power reactors of similar type. Last year the laboratory began a series of risky but wholly legitimate experiments to find out how the reactors would behave...

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