Steps Toward Commercial Atomic Power
Electric power generated by an atomic reactor at a government-built and operated experimental facility at West Milton, N. Y., is expected to become available in limited quantities for commercial use late in the summer of 1955. Electricity produced by the country's first full-scale nuclear power plant, a joint government-private utility venture, may go on the market by 1957. The first offer to construct an atomic electric power plant without government assistance was announced last month, and the Atomic Energy Commission has invited private companies to submit proposals by Apr. 1 for building and operating other power reactors.
Research and experimentation in the adaptation of atomic energy to industrial use have progressed to a point where the experts, formerly absorbed in the ...