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51 Senators Co-sponsor Resolution on Nuclear Desalination Plan for Middle East

Fifty-one members of the Senate today co-sponsored a resolution calling for implementation of a $540,000,000 “Eisenhower plan” for nuclear desalination to promote peace in the Near East.

The resolution was drafted by Senator Howard Baker, Tennessee Republican. It was sponsored by 32 Republican Senators and 19 Democrats. Senator Baker stated that Chairman J.W. Fulbright of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee promised that early hearings would be held on the measure.

The proposal is based on a plan first envisaged by Admiral Lewis Strauss, former head of the Atomic Energy Commission, in the 1950 s. It envisages construction of three nuclear desalination plants to be operated under control of the International Atomic Energy Agency, with the cooperation of the United States and Israel.