THE ATOM: Progress Report

Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Gordon Dean pulled aside the shutters and gave the U.S. one of its rare peeks at how big and fearsome its atomic plant is getting to be. In the race for atomic superiority, the U.S. has:

>Already spent close to $4,750,000,000 and intends to spend $1,750,000,000 more.

>Hired 90,000 people on the atom, through 219,000 contracts & subcontracts.

>Ordered the construction of a $900 million factory near Aiken, S.C., a new $50 million U-235 plant at Paducah, Ky., and $200 million additions to both the original Oak Ridge plant and the Hanford, Wash. plutonium works.

>Discovered valuable deposits...

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