Conservation of War Materials

Archive Report

Action to Cope with Growing Shortages

Aggressive action is underway on many fronts to preserve, restore, and augment the country's dwindling reserves of basic industrial materials. As the partial mobilization called for by the Defense Production Act of (Sept. 8) 1950 gathers impetus, conservation of essential materials is receiving attention from many government agencies at Washington. Programs are in progress or under study to accelerate the stockpiling of strategic and critical materials, to conserve needed materials of all kinds, and to reclaim and salvage materials customarily junked.

The first important action of the National Production Authority, set up in the Department of Commerce, Sept. 9, to administer control features of the Defense Production Act, was to place ceilings on industrial inventories of materials. N.P.A. established a ...

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