The Atomic Energy Commission, which last October put a freeze on new uranium mills until 1962, decided last week that a thaw is due. To Congress' Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. AEC Chairman Lewis L. Strauss announced a "limited'' step-up in AEC purchases of uranium concentrate from the 16 private mills now operating and the seven under construction. In addition. AEC said that four entirely new mills are needed. As Congress has pointed out. contracts for Canadian and African concentrates, which fill half of U.S. needs, will end in the early 1960s. In all, AEC wants to add about 3,000 tons...

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