This week the Joint Atomic Energy Committee of Congress will begin considering the Dixon-Yates contract, under which private utilities would build a $107 million steam plant and sell the electric power it produces to the Government. The hearings should shed some light on an issue that so far has generated only political heat. This is the basic Dixon-Yates story, which Administration witnesses will unfold this week:

Why Dixon-Yates? The Dixon-Yates contract meets a challenge posed by President Eisenhower's budget message last January. The Atomic Energy Commission needed power, he said: could private enterprise do the...

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