STEEL: Scrap Scrap

Everybody agrees that the scrap situation is serious, and at last men are making vigorous—if still unsuccessful—efforts to cope with it. Steel output in 1942 will be less than 1941 (83,000,000 tons) unless the mills are fed some 32,000,000 tons of outside* scrap.

The scrap is not so rich as it was. Railroads, once a big source, are scrapping less, repairing more; an 1892 locomotive was reconditioned for New York Central service last week (see cut). The closing of auto assembly lines cut another big source at least until war production reaches its...

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