Remarks as prepared for delivery by Chairman Nils J. Diaz, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the Platts Conference in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 2006. "I believe that safe, reliable, and secure nuclear energy has been and can continue to be part of the solution to energy security and environmental stewardship, and thus contribute to the well-being of our people. I also believe that this next time around, nuclear power plant deployment should be carefully planned and key issues and interfaces resolved at the front end, executed on budget and on schedule, with all the safety and engineering know-how developed and learned over the last 25 years. The development, review, and potential deployment of reactors must contain all the safety checks and balances required by the law and demanded by the need to ensure the protection and security of our people. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has new and difficult issues to resolve in a short period of time to discharge well our licensing responsibilities, while not missing a step in our continuing safety oversight of nuclear facilities and materials. We realize the full scope of our responsibilities, are facing them with all our resources, and plan to do them well, and do them openly."
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