News of the WeekENERGY

Fusion Facility Faces Fall Deadline

See allHide authors and affiliations

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

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


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.