Environment: Changes in Dixyland

The Atomic Energy Commission, long a prime target of criticism by environmentalists, is changing. Traditionally secretive, the commission recently surprised its detractors by offering Antinuclear Crusader Ralph Nader access to all its reports on peaceful uses of the atom. New AEC policies have also dismayed the $20-billion-a-year nuclear power industry. The commission has ordered Consolidated Edison Co. to protect fish in the Hudson River by building a costly water-cooling system at a nuclear power plant near Peekskill, N. Y. In New Jersey, the AEC has banned construction of a long-planned nuclear plant because...

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