Power: Switching to the Atom

Convinced that nuclear power can at last meet or beat the cost of other sources of electric energy, Virginia Electric and Power Co. last June ordered a giant 750,000-kw. atomic power plant to be built on Hog Island in the James River near Norfolk. Last week the utility company doubled its bet, told Westinghouse Electric to put up two 800,000-kw. atomic-fueled reactors and generators on the same site. The price tag: $200 million.

That order is part of a nationwide surge toward atomic power. More than 60% of the new generating capacity ordered...

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