Science: EBWR on the Line

"There it is," said Project Manager John West. "The EBWR is on the line." The EBWR is the Atomic Energy Commission's Experimental Boiling Water Reactor at Argonne National Laboratory 25 miles southwest of Chicago, and Congressman Carl T. Durham of North Carolina, chairman of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, had just thrown a switch that put the reactor into operation.

Argonne's new reactor will produce only a trickle of power (5,000 kw.), but it is not intended as a commercial source of electricity. The first completed of the AEC's five experimental power reactors, it was designed specifically to evaluate one of...

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