Across the U.S. last week, nuclear energy for peacetime use took a giant stride forward. From the Atomic Energy Commission, which two months ago revealed a $55 million project by the Consolidated Edison Co. of New York to build a 250,000-kw. atomic power plant near Peekskill, N.Y. (TIME, Feb. 21), came news that four more big public and private groups want to build atomic power stations in the East and Midwest.

The Yankee Atomic Electric Co., a group of twelve New England power companies, plans to build a 100,000-kw. nuclear plant in western Massachusetts, and hopes...

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