ATOMIC ENERGY: Power Play

ATOMIC ENERGY Power Play For the first time, the Atomic Energy Commission opened public hearings last week on whether to approve construction of a nuclear power plant. Technically, AEC was to decide if a privately financed 100,000-kw. reactor being built at Monroe, Mich, will endanger the lives and health of more than 2,500,000 residents of nearby Detroit and Toledo. But proponents of public power, spearheaded by United Automobile Workers President Walter Reuther, wanted to turn the hearings into a decisive round in the running battle over whether nuclear-generated electricity is to be pioneered by the Government or by U.S. industry....

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