THE ATOM: Unblocking the Gateway

The Atomic Energy Act of 1946 blocks the gateway to commercial atomic power in the U.S. by imposing a tight Government monopoly on fissionable materials and nuclear reactors. Last week the Atomic Energy Commission announced that it would soon ask Congress to loosen the Government's grip. AEC wants to let private companies: 1) buy, lease or borrow fissionable materials from AEC; 2) design, build and operate nuclear reactors.

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