Comments by sjerkins | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS


sjerkins 4 years, 2 months ago on FAQ: How Will The Individual Mandate Work?

Smoke and mirrors to confuse the fact that there is seriously needed health care reform not some mandatory sinecure for insurance companies.

In my case the initial effect was to increase the cost of health insurance to the point I can no longer afford it.


sjerkins 4 years, 2 months ago on Wagging the Dog on Guns

It is actually hilarious that there is an uproar about a legislation that clarifies what is considered a concealed weapon. Nothing at all about new legislation to allow an open carry but clarification on what is considered concealed. This is legislation that was long overdue. The actual bill is rather straightforward.


sjerkins 4 years, 3 months ago on Mississippi Weighs a Nuclear Option

A couple of errors in this account. Under the Carter administration the AEC was split into the DOE and NRC. The NRC regulates commercial nuclear facilities and the DOE regulates government nuclear facilities. This was the Atomic Energy Reorganization Act of 1974. Commercial recycling of nuclear fuel assemblies was forbidden under the 1974 reorganization. The DOE was mandated to take custody of all commercial nuclear fuel assemblies for recycling by fiscal year 1998.
To date, the DOE has not taken custody of commercial spent fuel thus high cost on site storage has been required. The facility built with recycling commercial fuel (Purex Plant at the Hanford Site in Washington) was supposedly mothballed by executive order in 1989 after the Berlin Wall fell. It ended up being a hulking relic of a Superfund cleanup site and totally non functional. We need recycling of used nuclear fuel bundles instead of warehousing in deep WIPP like projects. So much waste. A used commercial fuel bundle contains a lot of usable fuel but cannot be used due to a buildup of byproducts. What would make more sense is to recycle the bundles into mixed oxide fuel then only the byproducts that poison the fission reaction would need disposal. Recycling would reduce the cost of nuclear fuel assemblies and reduce the volume of high level radioactive waste requiring permanent safe storage.