How to Make a Buck

For building the Government's $350 million Hanford plutonium plant during World War II, Du Pont agreed to a fee of $1. But it took Du Pont a long time to collect. Only last month did the Government pay off (because it took so long to terminate the contract). Last week Du Pont announced that it had signed up with the Atomic Energy Commission to make another dollar, this time by building the hydrogen bomb plant.

In a letter to Du Pont's 122,000 stockholders, President Crawford Greenewalt referred to the new project merely as "new production facilities for atomic materials." In...