Late last month Secretary of Commerce Sinclair Weeks took a wide sweep with his new broom and dismissed Dr. Allen V.

Astin, 48, head of Commerce's highly regarded National Bureau of Standards. Weeks intimated that the bureau had been unfriendly to small business. As a specific case in point, he charged that the bureau had not been "sufficiently objective" in testing a lead-storage-battery additive called AD-X2.

AD-X2 is supposed to prolong the life of batteries. The bureau had tested it three times, ruled it worthless three times.

Bureau in Oakland, Calif, (where AD-X2 is produced) reported that tests showed that the additive would...

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