ATOMIC ENERGY: Roadblock to Progress

A major roadblock to the nation's private atomic power program was raised last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals. In a 2-to-1 opinion, the court ruled that the Atomic Energy Commission must sus pend a "provisional" construction permit for an $83 million, 100,000-kw. nuclear power plant near Monroe, Mich, because "it has not been positively established" that the plant can be operated safely. The AEC license to the Power Reactor De velopment Co. — a combine of Detroit Edison Co., 17 other utilities and seven manufacturing firms — was challenged by a group of unions led by Walter...

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