Greenpeace activists fly ‘Superman’ drone in to French nuclear site

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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.

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

A video released by the environmental group shows the drone zipping through restricted airspace above the Bugey plant about 25 kilometres (16 miles) outside Lyon before crashing into a building on site.

France generates about 75 percent of its electricity from nuclear power in 19 nuclear sites operated by the state-controlled EDF. They targeted the facility's spent-fuel pool building, which can hold the equivalent of several reactor cores in concrete pools outside the highly reinforced reactor building.

" This activity once more highlights the severe susceptability of this kind of structures, which include the highest possible quantity of radioactivity in nuclear plants", Greenpeace stated, inning accordance with Reuters.

Responding to the action, the French electricity group EDF said that police had intercepted one of two drones piloted by Greenpeace and announced plans to file a formal complaint with authorities.

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EDF said the spent-fuel pool buildings were robust and created to withstand natural disasters and accidents.

Back in October Greenpeace activists broke in and managed to launch fireworks over EDF's Cattenom nuclear plant, despite security barriers.

The drone stunt follows a series of staged break-ins by Greenpeace activists into French nuclear plants, which Greenpeace says are vulnerable to outside attack, especially the spent-fuel pools.

Greenpeace said the stunt was aimed at exposing lax security at the facility, and they have a point. A parliamentary committee is due to present its report on Thursday.

In February, eight activists were sentenced to jail terms or fines after breaking into a plant and setting off fireworks a year ago.

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