CORPORATIONS: The Treasure Hunters

In Florida's sandy flatlands near Bartow last week, the Atomic energy Commission pulled back the curtain on a mysterious little factory tucked in behind the world's biggest phosphate plant. The mother plant is International Minerals & Chemical Corp.'s new $15 million operation that can turn out a total of 40,000 tons of fertilizer and 120,000 tons of cattle-feed supplement annually. But the baby annex, with its maze of pipes and vats, is even more impressive. Behind a barbed-wire fence, International Minerals & Chemical is making commercial quantities of high-grade uranium as a...

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