May 14, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(2):122-123. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960020028010

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The recent Congress on Industrial Health provided an outstanding example of perfect timing of a medical meeting to meet a new and important need affecting the public welfare. The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 removed the legal barriers to private construction and ownership of atomic fuel reactors. On January 9, 1955, the Atomic Energy Commission announced plans to help private industry develop and operate experimental atomic power plants and called for early proposals. On January 25 and 26 several sessions of the 15th Congress on Industrial Health were devoted to the inherent health and safety problems involved in these operations.

One of the basic requirements for private industrial development is the competence and responsibility of the private interest. Implicit in such competence and responsibility are the all-important elements of health and safety protection not only for the workers in the plants but also for the general public in large adjacent

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