UTILITIES: Private-Power Victory

UTILITIES Private-Power Victory For three years, five New York State utility companies* have wanted to build a $400 million hydroelectric plant to harness the Niagara River (TIME, June 16, 1952). But getting permission to go ahead was as grueling as negotiating the falls in a barrel. Public-power interests, which want federal agencies to do the job, blocked them; New York's Governor Thomas Dewey insisted that Niagara development ought to be a state responsibility.

Last week the utilities won an important victory. In Congress, the House passed a bill approving the utilities plan. But a group of Senators warned that they will...

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