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Greenpeace crashes drone into nuke facility to make safety point

La Bugey: A drone resembling the character Superman crashes into a wall of a nuclear power plant on Tuesday.—AP La Bugey: A drone resembling the character Superman crashes into a wall of a nuclear power plant on Tuesday.—AP
Kristine Garrett | 05 July, 2018, 21:04

Activists of the worldwide non-governmental environmental organization "Greenpeace" explained his actions by a desire to prove that the building of nuclear power plants very vulnerable to external threats.

The environmental group has deliberately flown the drone - piloted by one of its activists - into the no-fly zone around utility EDF's Bugey nuclear plant, near Lyon, and then crashed it against the wall of the plant's spent-fuel pool building.

The group said the stunt was to highlight the lack of security around the facility, adding that "at no time was the drone intercepted or even anxious about".

France derives about 75 percent of its electricity from 19 state-controlled plants, according to the World Nuclear Association.

These pools can hold the equivalent of several reactor cores, stored in concrete pools outside the highly reinforced reactor building.

"The fuel building is a building important for safety, especially sized against natural or accidental external aggression, which ensures it a high robustness.The drone flyover does not pose a threat to safety", assures still EDF, without confirming anything more.

Greenpeace said the spent-fuel buildings were not created to withstand outside attacks and were the most vulnerable part of French nuclear plants.

After Greenpeace activists broke into another nuclear plant last November, the French government opened a parliamentary inquiry into nuclear safety and security.

These stunts have sparked a parliament investigation into nuclear security, which is due to be presented on Thursday, Reuters reported.

French electricity group EDF played down any security risk, saying police forces had intercepted one of two drones launched by Greenpeace at dawn on Tuesday.

The group was also fined €50,000 ($58,300) by a French court in February in order to pay damages to EDF.

Greenpeace is notorious for attention-grabbing stunts, which have included climbing the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and scaling Big Ben.

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