Environment: Misery in New York

The torments were almost biblical, the protagonists stoic, the resolution anticlimactic.

The first torment was New York City's power shortage, a constant worry since the great blackout of 1965. Predicted by the New York Public Service Commission last December, the new crisis became a fact in June. Within 24 days, Consolidated Edison not only announced that its big nuclear power plant at Indian Point would remain inoperative all summer, but also that its biggest single generator—"Big Allis," a million-kilowatt unit in Queens—had broken down and could not be repaired until December. These losses...

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