Radiation Sickness

America's atomic program is ailing, but Reagan wants to try to cure it

The nuclear industry has had its problems lately, hasn 't it?

—Robert Szalay, vice president of the Atomic Industrial Forum

Among atomic understatements, that one is a classic, ranking perhaps with initial descriptions of the March 1979 accident at Three Mile Island as "a normal aberration."

Even before the near-disaster in Pennsylvania, the growth of nuclear power had been slowing steadily. Since then, it has been stopped cold. The share of the nation's electricity generated by fissioning atoms has been stuck since...

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