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Atomic Energy Commission: A History
Alice Buck (au)
Almost a year after World War II ended, Congress established the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to foster and control the peacetime development of atomic science and technology. Reflecting Americańˇ╗s postwar optimism, Congress declared that atomic energy should be employed not only in the Nationńˇ╗s defense, but also to promote world peace, improve the public welfare, and strengthen free competition in private enterprise. After intensive debate among politicians, military planners and atomic scientists, President Harry S. Truman confirmed the civilian control of atomic energy by signing the Atomic Energy Act on August 1, 1946. This report presents a concise history of the Atomic Energy Commission, including: the nuclear arsenal; the national laboratories; reactor development; The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and the Five-Year Plan; weapons testing and fallout; limited test ban treaties; the civilian power program; the breeder reactor; licensing and regulation; research and applied technology; reactor safety; and the Commissionńˇ╗s last days. Figures and photos. This is a print on demand report.
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