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Fusion Facility Faces Fall Deadline

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Science  07 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5378, pp. 761-762
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5378.761a

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A battle of wills between two powerful members of the U.S. Congress and the Department of Energy (DOE) is jeopardizing efforts to salvage a multibillion-dollar international fusion project. The two congressmen told DOE not to sign an agreement late last month to continue work on the effort, known as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project. Japanese officials have warned DOE that if the United States doesn't sign the agreement by fall, the project would be irreparably damaged and there would be serious consequences to fusion programs around the world.

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