Greenpeace crashes Superman-shaped drone into French nuclear plant

Greenpeace crashes Superman-shaped drone into French nuclear plant

Activists of the global 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.

Greenpeace said the drone struck a storage pool for spent nuclear fuel next to a reactor, one of the most radioactive areas at the site.

"This is a highly symbolic action: it shows that spent fuel pools are very accessible, this time from the air, and therefore extremely vulnerable to attack", Yannick Rousselet, head of Greenpeace France's anti-nuclear campaign, in a statement.

The environmental activist group says the drone was harmless but showed the lack of security in nuclear installations in France, which is heavily dependent on atomic power.

"The presence of these drones had no impact on the security of the installations", the company said.

Greenpeace has carried out several actions aimed at highlighting the danger posed by French nuclear plants, which generate the bulk of the country's electricity needs.


The drone was decked out to resemble a tiny Superman, according to a video released today by Greenpeace.

According to company management, we are talking about two drones, one of which was intercepted by the gendarmerie.

"This action again highlights the extreme vulnerability of this type of buildings, which contain the highest amount of radioactivity in nuclear plants", Greenpeace said.

In October a year ago, Greenpeace activists breached security and launched fireworks over EDF's Cattenom nuclear plant.

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

Last October, Greenpeace France activists entered another of EDF's nuclear plants and set off fireworks. In February, a French court gave several Greenpeace activists suspended jail sentences while ordering the group to pay a fine and €50,000 in damages to EDF.

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