National Affairs: Nix

Last spring Secretary of Commerce Sinclair Weeks questioned the objectivity of a National Bureau of Standards' investigation that found the battery additive, AD-X2, worthless, and forced the resignation of Dr. Allen V. Astin, the bureau's director (TIME, April 27; July 6). In the subsequent hullabaloo, a committee of ten well-known scientists was assigned to investigate the battery dope, and Weeks reinstated Astin "temporarily." (He later made the reinstatement permanent.) Last week the committee's report was made public: 1) the quality of the bureau's investigation under Dr. Astin was "excellent," and 2) AD-X2 is "without merit."

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