Environment: Change at the AEC

After ten years as Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, 59, resigned last week to return to the University of California at Berkeley. A professor of nuclear chemistry, Seaborg can look back on his long tenure at the AEC with mixed feelings. Under his stewardship, the agency actively promoted peaceful uses of atomic power and oversaw the modernization of the nation's growing nuclear defense force. On the other hand, the AEC has recently come under increasingly sharp criticism by scientists and conservationists who mainly fear the environmental effects of continuing nuclear experiments and proliferating power plants.

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